Holiday Happenings

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




Maryland Festivities

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! 

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1 Christmas on the Potomac featuring ICE! - National Harbor

Enter a magical Christmas wonderland with with lavish Christmas decorations, twinkling holiday lights, indoor snowfall and ICE! Carved from over two million pounds of colorful ice.
Experience Build-A-Bear Workshop® and Scavenger Hunt, Ice Skating, a new live entertainment show – JOY A Holiday Spectacular – featuring the Gaylord National Singers.

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2 Six Flags America - Holiday in the Park

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. Combine holiday traditions with a thrilling family experience that is uniquely Six Flags.

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3 Victorian Christmas in Berlin

In Berlin you will find month-long celebration of the quintessential Victorian Christmas. The festive season kick-off with a  Black Friday holiday arts night, traditional Christmas tree lighting, caroling, carriage rides. You won't want to miss the New Year's Eve ball drop!
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4 Chesapeake City's Winterfest

Don't miss the Annual Display of Lights, and holiday events happening at Chesapeake City along both sides of the canal. Weekend activities include carolers, carriage rides, Santa’s workshop and ice skating at the outdoor rink.
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5 State House Holiday Display

Decorated trees and wreaths, provided by Garden Clubs from every jurisdiction in Maryland, as well as a six-foot Menorah, line the historic State House Rotunda. A spectacular display, enjoyed by all ages. Photo ID required for entrance.

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6 Holiday Tours at Historic Montpelier

The beautiful Montpelier Mansion shines with festive decor and traditional greens.  The tour takes you into the post at this historic property.  While there, visit the Artists' Boutique (through December 29) and stop by the Gift Shop too. 

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7 Kwanzaa Celebration at Benjamin Banneker Park & Museum

Join the celebration of the principles of Kwanzaa with Master Griots who will weave stories about the principle of Nia, setting goals to benefit the community. FREE. Ages 4+, advanced registration required.

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8 Kwanzaa Celebration - Baltimore

Celebrate this annual African American holiday,  at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, with African dance, storytelling, drumming performances, workshops, traditional crafts and an African Marketplace.

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Holiday Train Experiences

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! 

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1 The Trains of Christmas - Hagerstown

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. 

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2 Martinville Christmas Train Garden

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 Festival of Trains

Enjoy the museum's annual holiday celebration of toy trains and model railroading. 

Ellicott City
Howard County

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4 Holiday Train Garden - Timonium

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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5 Highlandtown Train Garden

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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Baltimore City

6 Brookside Garden of Lights and Model Trains

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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7 Miracle in the Showroom - Full Steam Ahead

Just a short distance from the Miracle on 34th St. Light Display - Make Studio's Miracle in the Showroom train garden brings to life Harry Potter and Disney themed trains.  Original art and and gifts will be for sale along with hot chocolate and sweet treats available.  

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8 Christmas Doll and Train Exhibit at St. Clement’s Island Museum

Enjoy antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in festive holiday displays. 

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St. Mary's County

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9 The B&O's Magical Holiday Express

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!  
B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore

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10 Christmas Train Garden - Cambridge

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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11 37th Annual Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company Train Garden

An annual tradition for many family’s, the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company's 37th Annual Christmas brings enjoyment to the faces of the children and adults alike.  Children of all ages are welcomed, but should be appropriately supervised. Please remember there is a $1 donation at the door for ages 8 and up.


12 Christmas City Express - Cumberland

Enjoy a magical holiday train ride and a chance to visit with Santa!Your journey includes listening to Christmas music and a story, meeting Santa, and hot cocoa and cookies.  Dining guests enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with Santa and his elves aboard one of Western Maryland Railroad's vintage dining cars.

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Holiday Light Displays

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.

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1 Winterfest of Lights

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 a lasting holiday memory.
Ocean City
Worcester County

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2 Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park

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

Through February 3, 2018 - Dusk 'til Dawn
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, will be bringing joy to Carroll Creek.  And the display helps raise funds for local charities too.

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4 Brookside Garden of Lights

Brookside Gardens is hosting its 19th annual Garden of Lights outdoor holiday lights exhibit; a magical winter 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

Winter Lights features more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes 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.
Seneca Creek State Park.  
Gaithersburg, Montgomery County

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6 Winter Festival of Lights

Don’t miss this spectacular holiday drive-through event of more than one million twinkling lights! This year’s Festival features fun new displays. $10-30.00
Watkins Regional Park
Upper Marlboro
Prince George’s County

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7 Miracle on 34th Street

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 all night on Christmas Eve. FREE. 
Baltimore City

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8 Chesapeake City Winterfest

Through January 7, 2018
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.
Chesapeake City
Cecil County

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9 Garden in Lights

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

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10 Holiday Light Show at McDaniel College

View this drive-through light display synchronized to music throughout the holiday season. The show will be on display through the holiday season.

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11 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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.
Kensington, Montgomery County


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12 Flat Iron Farm Christmas Village & Light Display

Visitors may drive through the farm, and enjoy the lights and music at this famous light display. The Christmas Village is well-stocked, santa will be visiting, pony rides too!
Great Mills, Southern Maryland


New Year’s Eve Celebrations

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! 

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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 2018.
Anne Arundel County

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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!
Ocean City
Worcester County

3 Baltimore's New Year's Eve Spectacular

December 31, 2018
Fireworks at mid-night
Be part of a giant NYE celebration and a night of great music, culminating an amazing, colorful midnight fireworks display!
Inner Harbor

4 New Years Eve Celebrations (children)

December 31, 2018
Chesapeake Children's Museum (CCM) is open 10 am to 3 pm 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 3:00-5:30, then there will be a Fireworks show!!
Chesapeake Children's Museum

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5 Midnight Noon (children)

December 31, 2018 10am-2pm
Ring in the New Year at the Maryland Science Center! Join us for our annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Midnight Noon, where 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.
Maryland Science Center

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6 Noontime New Year's Celebration (children)

December 31, 2018 10am-5pm
Early bedtime or not, partygoers will enjoy a festive day of play inside a Winter Snow Ball Wonderland! Dance the day away during our Snow Ball while rockin' tunes fill the Museum. Watch special performances from Eric Energy, who will teach revelers about Cool Science, and the Kindersinger, who will keep little ones jingling all day long. Make sound sandwiches and diffusion snowflakes to help out with our famous Noontime Countdown featuring confetti and a balloon drop. After the countdown, enjoy a juice and cookie toast and continue exploring the Museum for more festive family fun.
Port Discovery Children's Museum

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7 Berlin's New Years Eve Celebration

December 31, 2018 9:30pm - 1am
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. Horse and carriage rides will be available for a romantic tour of holiday decorations and lights starting at 8 P.M.
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8 Krumpe's Donut Drop

December 31, 2018  5-7:30pm
Times Square has nothing on Hagerstown! In addition to dropping the big doughnut, Krumpe’s gives away 6,000+ donuts to New Year's Eve revelers. Gather  on the square in downtown Hagerstown for free popcorn, coffee, cocoa and  yummy Krumpe's Donuts. 
Krumpe's Donut Shop
10 Public Square

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9 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop - Downtown Salisbury

December 31, 2018 from 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.

10 New Year’s Eve Duck Drop and Fireworks - Havre de Grace

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 10:00 pm and then watch the Duck Drop at midnight!
Havre de Grace

11 Midnight Muskrat Dive

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 2017 and welcome in 2018 as he is dropped during the final seconds of the year.
Town Center
Princess Anne

12 Family New Year's Eve Celebration

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,

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13 Big Night DC

December 31, 2018
9:00pm - 3:00am
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

14 New Year's Eve Swing Dance

December 31, 2018, 8 P.M. – 12:30 A.M.

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.

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15 Charm City Countdown New Year’s Eve Party

December 31, 2018
9:00pm - 2:00am
Charm City Countdown New Year’s Eve Party is back again for its 10th year, moving their headquarters to 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 - "Chicago". 

16 Charm City New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise

December 31, 2018
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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17 Gatsby Speakeasy Party - Frostburg

December 31, 2018
Join the gang for a night back in time.... when the Prohibition Law was just abolished. At the historic Gunter Hotel they will be celebrating in a way that would make J. Gatsby proud! Enjoy an elegant four course dinner in Gunter’s Dining Room or the Gin Mill Restaurant .... then dance the night away to the tunes of the renowned Gatsby Gang Jazz Band in the newly renovated ballroom! Champagne will flow along with the carefully crafted signature cocktails The Gin Mil is known for...after all, mum's the word, right?

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

December 31, 2018

New Year’s Eve Party featuring NoWhere Men with opening by Joe Martone. Party Favors & Champagne Toast at Midnight. (Must be 21+) Overnight NYE hotel package includes stay and tickets for two.

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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

December 31, 2018

Guests will enjoy a show and a 5-course All-You-Can-Eat Seafood Dinner. Plus, there will be a free Champagne Toast when the clock strikes Midnight!

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21 New Year's Eve Celebration - WISP Resort

December 31, 2018
The McHenry Lodge at Wisp is just the place for a New Year's Celebration.  The House DJ Jazzy Jan 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 and FREE.

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22 Say Hello to 2018 with Rams Head

All Rams Head locations will be ringing in the New Year in joyous fashion with live music, drink specials, and our complimentary Miller High Life, A.K.A. champagne of beers, toast at midnight – a favorite Rams Head tradition.

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23 Big Night Baltimore New Year's Eve Gala

December 31, 2018
9pm - 2am
Big Night Baltimore is the perfect, all-inclusive night. Leave your wallet at home, because your ticket includes everything - all drinks included all night without the long lines! Plus, a buffet and entertainment throughout the eight different party zones.