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 Six Flags Holiday in the Park
November 19, 2016 - January 2, 2017
This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides!
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13710 Central Ave
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
2 Gaylord National Harbor's ICE!
November 19, 2016 - December 3, 2016
December 8, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Winter comes alive every year as talented ice carvers build a frozen wonderland at National Harbor. Ice slides, magical creatures and so much more make this enchanting experience one you’ll remember forever.
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201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745
3 Festival of Trees, Timonium
November 25 - 27, 2016
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 November.
4 Annmarie Garden in Lights, Solomons
December 2, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Take a magical tour through glittering woods filled with spectacular lights and amazing “light sculptures” of mythical beasts, wild animals, airplanes, pirates, princesses, circus performers, dinosaurs and more.
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13480 Dowell Rd
Dowell, MD 20629
5 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's A "Swingin' Nutcracker"
December 9, 2016 - December 11, 2016
Take in a jazzy performance of this fully realized jazz version of Nutcracker. Riffing off of Ellington's dazzling reimagining of a portion of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, composer Paul Murtha has created an entire "Swingin Nutcracker." The production features the vibrant and percussive dancing of Washington based company, Step Afrika!
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1212 Cathedral St
Baltimore, MD 21201
6 Washington Monument Lighting, Baltimore
December 1, 2016
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.
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699 North Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201
7 Plungefest 2017
January 26 - 28, 2017
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. Various "Plunges" are offered starting on January 26. The Super Plunge and Police Plunge take place on January 27. The Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for January 28. “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 14, 2017
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.
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13 Canal Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
9 Winterfest, Oakland
Enjoy the cool of winter with ice carving demonstrations, illuminated ice sculptures, an ice bowling alley and slide in the mountains. You won't want to leave this great small town.
10 Eagle Festival, Cambridge (Late Winter)
Learn about these majestic flyers on an Eagle Prowl at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, home of one of the largest breeding populations of bald eagles in the United States.
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2145 Key Wallace Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613