Night may fall early this time of year, but what better time to take in a festival, concert or holiday celebration. Share in the joys of the season at these favorite annual winter events.
1 Holiday Happenings (November-December)
There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at Parades and Festivals, great holiday Train Events dazzling Light Displays and Candlelight Tours, memorable Performances of holiday classics, unique Arts & Crafts Shows and spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.
2 Gaylord National Resort’s ICE!, National Harbor (November-January)
Winter comes alive every year as ice carvers build a frozen wonderland at National Harbor. Experience ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with larger-than-life ice sculptures and slides hand-carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Make this enchanting experience one you’ll remember forever.
More about Christmas on the Potomac Featuring ICE!
201 waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745
3 Festival of Trees, Timonium (November)
November 24-26, 2017
For a wonderland experience, stop by Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees, a three-day spectacle filled with approximately 600 holiday trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. Be sure to stop by SantaLand, and check out the carousel, “reindeer” pony and train rides, crafts, games and more, all taking place at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timmonium (Baltimore County.)
More about Festival of Trees - Timonium
2200 York Rd
Timonium, MD 21093
4 Annmarie Garden in Lights, Solomons (December)
December 1, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Take a magical tour through shimmering woods filled with spectacular lights and amazing “light sculptures” of mythical beasts, wild animals, airplanes, pirates, princesses, circus performers, dinosaurs and more.
5 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Schedule
Take in spectacular performances by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
6 Washington Monument Lighting, Baltimore (December)
At the December lighting of Baltimore’s Washington Monument in Mount Vernon’s West Park, music, food and fireworks contribute to a magical winter's night. Rumor has it that Santa Claus likes to make an appearance here each year.
With more than 16,000 LED's illuminating the Baltimore skyline, make sure you check out the Baltimore Office of Promotions and The Arts for more information on this and other great events...
7 Plungefest (January)
The motto for this annual winter fundraiser is "It’s not just an event, it’s an experience.” So if you’re looking for something to do that’s simultaneously chilly and heart-warming, look no further than the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. “Plungers” take a dunk in the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park to benefit Special Olympics Maryland.
8 Winter Wonderland Canal Walk on the C&O Canal Towpath, Potomac (January)
Join 100-plus walkers from the Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club on an 11K trail from Carderock Park to Olmsted Island at Great Falls. At this January walk on the towpath, take in sites that include three locks, a lock house and the Great Falls Overlook of the Potomac River.
For more information on this and other great events check out the C&O Canal Trust's website...
9 Winterfest, Oakland (February)
Enjoy the cool of winter with ice carving demonstrations, illuminated ice sculptures and an ice bowling alley and slide in the mountains.
10 Eagle Festival, Cambridge (March)
At the home of one of the largest breeding populations of bald eagles in the United States, learn about these majestic flyers on an Eagle Prowl.
More about Eagle Festival at Blackwater Refuge
2145 Key Wallace Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613