Holiday Happenings

'Tis the Season to enjoy holiday happenings including light displays, train exhibits, and New Year's Eve celebrations!




New Year’s Eve Celebrations

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at great holiday Train Events dazzling Light Displays and these spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.

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1 New Year's Annapolis

December 31, 2018
New Year’s Annapolis is a family-oriented celebration based on the “First Night” concept that provides attendees with a fun-filled and safe environment for all ages to celebrate New Year's Eve. The event includes music and  two fireworks displays, an early show for families and early-risers and a traditional midnight spectacular to ring in 2019.

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2 New Year's Eve in Ocean City

December 31, 2018
Fireworks at midnight.
As part of our Winterfest celebration, join us to ring in the New Year with a firework display at Northside Park at midnight.  Winterfest will stay open extended hours for this special festive night!

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3 Baltimore's New Year's Eve Spectacular

December 31, 2018
Be part of a giant NYE celebration and a night of great music, culminating an amazing, colorful midnight fireworks display over the Inner Harbor!  Live music begins at 9pm; followed by the big fireworks display at mid-night.

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4 USS Constellation New Year's Eve Deck Party, Baltimore

December 31, 2019
Ring in 2019 while sipping champagne and enjoying the fireworks from the deck of USS Constellation, high above the crowds.  A menu provided by Copper Kitchen will be served with local beer, wine and hot cider.

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5 Chesapeake Children's Museum New Years Eve Celebration, Annapolis

December 31, 2018, 10am-5:30pm
Chesapeake Children's Museum (CCM) is open 10am to 3pm with crafts to help you celebrate the new year --- crowns, noisemakers, and Chinese yo - yo's! Free with admission. Then head over to Weems-Whalen Field for the City of Annapolis Children's Celebration. CCM will be providing Crafts from 3-5:30pm, then there will be a Fireworks show!

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6 Midnight Noon - Maryland Science Center, Baltimore

December 31, 2018
Children can enjoy the ball drop before bed time. There will be fun New Year’s festivities throughout the day including a live concert by popular kids band Milkshake performing their Grammy-nominated tunes.  The entire Science Center will open early at 9am so families can arrive and enjoy even more.  Admission covers access to all the Science Center has to offer including Midnight Moon activities. 

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7 Noontime New Year - Port Discovery, Baltimore

December 31, 2018, 12 Noon
Out with the old, in with the new! Celebrate the wonderful memories, fun and adventures of 2018  - and the magical new things to come in 2019 - at a New Year’s celebration for kids in Baltimore! Revelers small and tall are invited to join in festive celebrations to ring in 2019 at noon on Monday, December 31.

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8 Berlin's New Years Eve Celebration

December 31, 2018,  9:30pm-1am
(Ball Drop for Kids at 6pm)
Berlin transforms into a mini Times Square with dancing in the streets, music, fabulous food, refreshments and plenty of entertainment. Count down the New Year with a ball drop at midnight. The festivities will take place at the intersection of Main Street and Broad Street.

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9 Krumpe's Donut Drop, Hagerstown

December 31, 2018,  5-7:30pm
Times Square has nothing on Hagerstown! In addition to dropping the big doughnut, Krumpe’s gives away 5,000+ donuts to New Year's Eve revelers. Gather on the square in downtown Hagerstown for free popcorn, coffee, cocoa and yummy Krumpe's Donuts available too. 

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10 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, Downtown Salisbury

December 31, 2018,  8pm-12 Midnight
Ring in the New Year in Downtown Salisbury, with the 2018 New Years Eve Ball Drop. This year's ball drop will take place at Main and N. Division Streets and you can watch it on the outdoor jumbotron while enjoying Tops Cut Off DJ Team and the Larks.  A cash bar serving beer and wine will be available. For more info....

11 New Year’s Eve Duck Drop and Fireworks, Havre de Grace

December 31, 2018, 10pm-12midnight
Countdown to 2019 by enjoying the annual Havre de Grace Duck Drop and fireworks celebration. Ring in the New Year by dancing outdoors to music by local DJ at 10pm and then watch the Duck Drop at midnight!
This year the event moves to the grounds of the Concord Point Lighthouse.

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12 Midnight Muskrat Dive, Princess Anne

December 31, 2018,  9pm-1am
The immortalized rodent, Marshal P. Muskrat will bring local and regional music and entertainment out to celebrate the closing of 2018 and welcome in 2019 as he is dropped during the final seconds of the year.

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13 Family New Year's Eve Celebration - Adventure Park USA, Frederick

December 31, 2018,  9pm-12:30am
Looking for something to do with the WHOLE family on New Year's Eve? Bring your children, relatives and  friends! Includes unlimited laser tag, ropes course, rock wall, spin zone bumper cars, dinner and video games.
Adventure Park USA, Frederick

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14 Big Night DC, National Harbor

December 31, 2018,  9pm-3am
The DC Area's Largest New Year's Eve Extravaganza. Themed party areas encompassing the ballroom complex of the resort. Mardi Gras, Vegas Casino Lounge, ShamrockFest Stage, Retro - Best of 70's, 80's & 90's dance tunes, Electronica Club, Hip Hop Club Room, Karaoke Zone, VIP Lounges, open bar and more.
Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, National Harbor
Prince George's County

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15 New Year's Eve Swing Dance, Glen Echo

December 31, 2018, 8pm-12:30am
Pretend it is a '50s Senior Prom! Wear your high school prom finery.  A vintage moon backdrop for photo ops, corsages and boutonnieres for the first 75 arrivals will be available along with party favors and light refreshments.  Arrive at 8pm for a beginner's lesson in swing.  Then put your new skill to use from 9pm until midnight.  More info...

16 Charm City Countdown New Year’s Eve Party, Linthicum

December 31, 9pm-2am
Charm City Countdown New Year’s Eve Party is back again at the gorgeous Hilton BWI Hotel! Join thousands of people for a party that’s too big and too sexy for the city! This year they are hosting another special themed New Years Eve event - "Midnight in Hollywood."  You can walk the Red Carpet or dress as your favorite movie icon.

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17 Charm City New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise, Baltimore

December 31, 2018, 10pm-1am
Ring in the New Year on an elegant fireworks cruise aboard the Raven, Watermark's newest yacht in the Inner Harbor!  Cocktails, dancing, festive decor and party favors.  Watch fireworks over the water.

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18 New Year's Eve Party - Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, Chesapeake Beach

December 31, 2018
New Year’s Eve Party featuring Maryland's own "The NoWhere Men." Enjoy party favors & champagne toast at midnight. (Must be 21+.)  The NYE hotel package at the resort includes an overnight stay so you can relax.

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19 New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise in Annapolis

December 31, 2018
Greet the New Year onboard the Catherine Marie, Watermark's flagship vessel.  Watch the fireworks over Annapolis and enjoy cocktails, dancing, party favors and festive decor.  Light snacks and full cash bar.

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20 New Years Eve Murder Mystery Trains, Cumberland/Frostburg

December 31, 2018, at  4pm and 10pm
Guests will enjoy a show and very special dinner and Champagne toast at midnight!
During the performance,“Murder Most Fowl” the great TV chef Appletini is filming his latest show aboard the train for New Year’s Eve. Will it be a delight for all involved ... or will some end up as yesterday’s menu? 

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21 New Year's Eve Celebration, WISP Resort, McHenry

December 31, 2018
The McHenry Lodge at Wisp is just the place for a New Year's Celebration.  The  DJ plays the music that makes you want to dance. The bars and restaurants will be open so you can eat, drink and be merry. the New Year's Eve Celebration is family friendly.

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22 Maryland State Park First Day Hikes - January 1st

January 1, 2019
Don't stay out too late New Years Eve because First Day Hikes in Maryland state parks are a wonderful tradition and the BEST way to start the new year! Take a look at the list of 36 hikes in 32 parks to find the one for you.
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Holiday Light Displays

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at great holiday Train Events and spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.

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1 Winterfest of Lights, Ocean City

Through December 31, 2018
While at the Winterfest Village, enjoy hot chocolate, board the Winterfest Express and sing Christmas carols. Browse the Yukon Cornelius Gift Shop for that special gift and have your photo taken with Santa! Be sure to visit Ocean City to create lasting holiday memories.

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2 Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis

Through January 1, 2019
Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park has become a tradition for many families for the past decade. Enjoy a scenic drive along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay with more than 60 spectacular animated and stationary displays illuminating the roadway.
$15/car, $28/large van and mini-bus, $50/bus.

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3 Sailing Through Winter Solstice, Frederick

Through February 3, 2019
Lighting up the night is an age-old custom during the dark of winter.  Visit this exciting "take" on that theme.  Some seven sailing boats, festooned with unique designs, bring joy to Carroll Creek.  And the display helps raise funds for local charities too.

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4 Brookside Garden of Lights, Wheaton

Through January 1, 2019
Brookside Gardens is hosting its annual Garden of Lights outdoor holiday lights exhibit. Experience magical winter lights in this wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling lights depicting flowers, animals and nature. Visit inside the Conservatory to enjoy seeing the G-Scale model trains wind through a festive landscape. Afterward, warm up with hot cocoa inside the Visitors Center as you listen to one of the nightly musical performances.

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5 Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival

Through December 31, 2018 6-9pm
 Enjoy an enchanted woodland setting with 450 illuminated displays and lit park trees in a 3.5 mile drive through beautiful Seneca Creek State Park. Theme areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, North Pole, Toyland, and Penguin Cove.

Rates vary for cars, SUV's, Mini-vans, large vans, mini-buses, buses.

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6 Winter Festival of Lights, Upper Marlboro

Through January 1, 2019
Don’t miss this spectacular holiday drive-through event at Watkins Regional Park of more than one million twinkling lights! This year’s festival features fun new displays.

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7 Miracle on 34th Street, Baltimore

Through January 1, 2019
One block in Hampden puts on a Christmas light display that is surely visible from space. Neighbors in this block of rowhouses string Christmas lights across 34th Street. Inflatable snowglobes, musical trains and blinking angels adorn homes. A few even allow visitors to peek inside. The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving weekend to January 1st, including staying on all night on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. FREE.

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8 Chesapeake City Winterfest

Through January 6, 2019
Chesapeake City’s month-long Victorian Christmas celebration takes place on both sides of the C&D Canal with a blizzard of holiday lights and spectacular lighted displays along the waterfronts.

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9 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Kensington

Through - December 31, 2018
One of the area's great community traditions is to drive through the famous Temple grounds glowing with over 650,000 lights. The Christmas trees are decorated in international themes, crèches are from around the world.

Nightly performances are also free and held in the state-of-the-art theater in the Visitors' Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more. Each performance is presented twice nightly.  Reserve your free ticket on-line; tickets become available one hour prior to the performance on a first-come, first-served basis.

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10 Garden in Lights, Solomons

Through - January 1, 2019
A magical tour that takes visitors on a beautiful trip through the glittering woods and light sculptures at Annmarie Garden and Sculptural Arts Center. Enjoy the "Holiday I Spy Game," nightly entertainment, special discount nights, sweet treats, and other fun activities.

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Holiday Train Experiences

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at dazzling Light Displays and spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.

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1 Christmas at the Roundhouse, Hagerstown

Through February 18, 2019
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 1- 5 pm
Also open December 26-27 
Newly renovated "Trains of Christmas" includes favorite steam and diesel trains operating on four levels over a winter landscape. The layout grows as the season progresses. Santa visits on December 2, 9, 16, 2018!

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2 Martinville Christmas Train Garden, Middle River

Through January 12, 2019
Open Wednesday - Saturday from 11am - 3pm
A special holiday display of miniature planes and trains in the Martinville Christmas Train Garden can be seen during a tour at the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum.

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3 Holiday Train Garden, Timonium

December 22, 26-29, 2018
Open from 10am - 4pm
See O-scale trains wind through a 20th century town and pick out your favorite local landmarks. The Holiday Train Garden is included with admission to the Fire Museum.

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4 Highlandtown Train Garden, Baltimore City

Through December 31, 2018 & January 1, 2019
Open from 11am - 5pm
Closed December 25
Local businesses and associations sponsor model train displays throughout the garden.  Several "engineers" set up the garden in Fire House #41.  A timeless event in Baltimore City; best of all-- it's free!

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5 Brookside Garden of Lights and Model Trains, Wheaton

Through January 1, 2019
Open Sunday - Thursday 5:30om - 9pm & Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10pm
Closed November 19-22 & December 24-25
In addition to Brookside Garden of Lights outdoor holiday light exhibit (with more than one million dazzling lights,) G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape inside the Conservatory. Inside the Visitors Center, enjoy hot cocoa while listening to one of the nightly musical performances.

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6 Christmas Doll and Train Exhibit at St. Clement’s Island Museum, Coltons Point

Through January 6, 2019
Open from 12pm - 4pm
Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the St. Clement’s Island Museum. Experience  a very unique Christmas exhibit in a museum setting. This year’s doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents and books that highlight aspects of St. Mary’s County’s past. Recapture or share your youth by running the model trains and complete your holiday shopping inside the Museum Store

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7 The B&O's Magical Holiday Express, Baltimore

Through December 31, 2018
Open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sunday from 11am - 4pm
Closed December 24-25, 2018, January 1, 2019
Each day there is something to see and do at B&O's Magical Holiday Express which is devoted to trains of all sizes, your favorite holiday characters, and a train load of fun for the entire family! 

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8 Christmas Train Garden, Cambridge

Through December 28, 2018
Open Monday - Friday 6pm - 9pm
Delight in a miniature landscape of trains, houses, businesses, even emergency rescue displays. A Rescue Fire Department tradition for more than 80 years! 

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9 WinterLand on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, Cumberland

Through December 23, 2018
Open Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays
Take a one-of-a-kind trek through Winter Land aboard the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. During this 3-hour expedition, you will meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves as you join in on reindeer games and more! Each child will have one-on-one time with the jolly guy and will enjoy some Christmas Treats, too! Dining guests will enjoy a traditional turkey dinner aboard one of our vintage dining cars, and a snack bar is available to all passengers.

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