Washington Monument lighting in Baltimore
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Winning Winter Events

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. 

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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.

ICE Gaylord Holiday Extravaganza

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.

Tickets and information are available at the Gaylord National Resort website...

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201 waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745

Santa at Timonium's Festival of Trees Photo By: Kennedy Krieger Institute

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.)

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2200 York Rd
Timonium, MD 21093

Annmarie Garden in Lights

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.

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See this beloved winter show to get into the festive spirit. Photo By: Photo By: Illume Communications

5 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Schedule

Take in spectacular performances by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Check out the BSO's full calendar for a complete lineup of monthly events.

Washington Monument lighting in Baltimore Photo By: Downtown Partnership Baltimore

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...

Polar Bear Plunge

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.

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WinterWonderland Canal Walk

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...

Winterfest - Oakland Photo By: GOBA

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.

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Bald Eagle at Black Water Wildlife Festival

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.

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2145 Key Wallace Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613

Winter Photos & Videos

Shab Row in Frederick
Referred to as Shab Row, this quaint section of Frederick's Everedy Square offers a unique shopping experience in beautifully renovated 19th century buildings decorated for the season.
Photo By: Tourism Council of Frederick County
Loy's Station Covered Bridge in Winter
Historic sites like this covered bridge are snap-worthy even in the chill of winter.
Photo By: Tourism Council of Frederick County
Ladew Topiary Gardens in Winter
Don't be afraid of a little snow! Ladew's 100 larger-than-life topiary farms sparkle in winter.
Snowshoeing in Western Maryland
Winter sports are hot in Maryland. Try snowshoeing in the mountains out West.
State Circle, Annapolis
State Circle, Annapolis
Photo By: Jennifer Casey
Pink Flamingos in Snow by Kevin Moore
Pink flamingos in snow by Kevin Moore Photo
Photo By: Kevin Moore Photo


Trip Ideas

Skiers at Wisp
Top Things to do in Winter

Fun never hibernates in Maryland! So dig out the boots, gloves and hats, and head to Western Maryland because the slopes are beckoning you to come out and play. ...


Silver Spring Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
Outdoor Ice Skating

Join Family and Friends for Outdoor Ice Skating Fun.


Washington Monument lighting in Baltimore
Winning Winter Events

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 sports are hot in Maryland. Try snowshoeing in the mountains out West.
Cross Country Skiing

The following Maryland State Parks offer cross country skiing ...


Pup on boat
Holiday Happenings

'Tis the Season to enjoy holiday light displays, train exhibits, parades and festivities. Consider buying local while shopping at holiday arts and crafts shows.


girl sipping cocoa
Hot Cocoa in Maryland

 A cool winter day in Maryland is perfect for enjoying a cup of hot chocolate.