Merry-land Festivities

Get into the spirit of the season with these festivities full of Maryland cheer

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Photo By: Tracey Munson
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World
Photo By: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

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.

girl sliding on ice Photo By: Christmas on the Potomac

1 Christmas on the Potomac featuring ICE! - National Harbor

November 16, 2018 - January 1, 2019
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. ICE!—Gaylord's signature holiday attraction—is back with a new theme. Watch Charlie Brown rediscover the meaning of Christmas as the beloved story unfolds through two million pounds of ice sculptures and displays.


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Location:
201 waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745
301-965-4000


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kids with santa Photo By: Six Flags America

2 Six Flags America - Holiday in the Park

November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 (Weekends & select days)
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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Location:
13710 Central Ave
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
301-249-1500


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Town of Berlin Christmas tree and bike during Victorian Christmas Photo By: Town of Berlin

3 Victorian Christmas in Berlin

November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019
In Berlin you will find month-long celebration of the quintessential Victorian Christmas. The festive season kick-off with a  traditional Christmas tree lighting, caroling, carriage rides. You won't want to miss the New Year's Eve ball drop!


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2 North Main Street
Berlin, MD 21811
410-973.2051


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Family looking at gingerbread houses Photo By: Kennedy Krieger Institute

4 Kennedy Krieger's Festival of Trees - Timonium

November 23-15, 2018
This is the big one:  the  East Coast's Largest Holiday Extravaganza!  This Kennedy Krieger fund-raiser is full of fairyland forests, gingerbread towns, and toy train gardens.  More than 100 holiday boutiques are on hand.  Goodies  and activities for kids are offered and everyone is in the Christmas spirit!


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Location:
2200 York Rd
Timonium, MD 21093
800-830-3976


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image of ship in Christmas lights Photo By: Chesapeake City

5 Chesapeake City's Winterfest

November 24, 2018 to  January 6, 2019
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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108 Bohemia Ave.
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
410-885-5298


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Calvert Marine Museum winter painting Photo By: Calvert Marine Museum

6 33rd Annual Solomons Christmas Walk

December 7-8, 2018
Stroll through Solomons luminaria streets  and enjoy the sights and the sounds of the season. This is a fun-filled weekend of special children’s activities including "open house" at many local businesses, a live puppet show, Santa’s arrival and the Lighted Boat Parade! 
Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons


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Throughout Solomons
Solomons, MD 20688
410-535-4583


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holiday shoppers

7 Midnight Madness - Historic Ellicott City

December 7, 2018 6:00 P.M. - 12:30 A.M
Bring the family to Historic Ellicott City for the 40th annual Midnight Madness Celebration! Visit with Santa, watch the tree lighting and sip hot treats while strolling Ellicott City's picturesque historic district. Shops will be well stocked and will stay open late so that you can find unique gifts, plus local restaurants will be serving festive culinary delights late into the evening! Strolling carolers, period actors, Winterfest Garden and more make this an evening not to miss!


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Location:
8267 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
443-240-2060


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Crisfield High Marching Band performing in the Crisfield Christmas Parade

8 Christmas Parade (and more) in Crisfield

December 7-8, 2018
The evening Christmas Parade in Crisfield is Friday, December 7, 6:30 pm on Main Street. Welcome Santa to town (he might even arrive by boat!). The event is free and family friendly. 

Tea with Mrs. Claus is Saturday, December 8, 11:00 am Tawes Library, Asbury Ave. Settle in for tea and snacks with Mrs. Claus. After refreshments, she will read a holiday book.  Festive holiday attire encouraged.


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400 West Main Street
Crisfield, MD 21817
410-968-2500


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Santa Photo By: The Town of North Beach

9 Christmas on the Beach - North Beach

November 30, 2018 - 7pm: Light Up the Town
December 1, 2018 - 10 am-3 pm: Holiday Parade / Santa & Christmas on the Beach

The Town of North Beach begins the festive holiday season by Lighting Up the Town! Gather at the pavilion to see the lighting of the town Christmas tree and holiday displays. The next day, the boardwalk is lined with hundreds of spectators viewing the Annual Pat Carpenter Holiday Parade . The best part is when jolly old Santa arrives by fire truck! Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with children and give them a special treat. All are welcomed to warm up around the campfire and enjoy holiday refreshments.

Holiday Parade and Christmas on the Beach

Colonial room decorated for the holidays Photo By: MountHarmon.org

10 Yuletide Festival at Mount Harmon

December 1-2, 2018 11am-3pm
The Yuletide Festival features holiday decorations inspired by Colonial Williamsburg, hearth cooking demonstrations, children’s holiday craft activities, and holiday decorations  and greens sale. Visitors enjoy hearth cooking demonstrations, hearth-made gingerbread and Wassail punch in the colonial kitchen, and children’s holiday craft activities in the Education and Discovery Center.


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Location:
600 Mount Harmon Rd
Earleville, MD 21919
410-275-8819


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parade float Photo By: Cambridge-Dorchester Christmas Parade

11 Cambridge & Dorchester Christmas Parade & Crab Tree Lighting

December 1, 2018 5pm
Get caught up in the swirl of light and sound during the 70th annual Cambridge-Dorchester Christmas Parade -- one of Maryland's largest nighttime parades. Marching bands, floats, classic cars, horses, and more fill the streets with energy and excitement. Shortly before the parade kicks off at 5pm, Cambridge's Crab Basket Tree will be lit. This tree is constructed of  200 crab baskets -- the very bushel baskets that local watermen use to harvest blue crabs.


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High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-3092


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holiday street Photo By: Main Street Princess Anne

12 Christmas in Princess Anne

December 1, 2018
Celebrate Christmas in Princess Anne with a great line-up of events:
10am-2pm Pop-up Shops;
11am-Noon Christmas Parade;
1-5:30pm Old Princess Anne Days Christmas House Tour;
6-9pm Candlelight Reception at Teackle Mansion.


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Location:
11794 Somerset Ave
Princess Anne, MD 21853
410-651-2961


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Photo By: Frostburg, MD's Annual Storybook Holiday

13 Frostburg Storybook Holiday

December 1, 2018
This is a very unique event in Mountain Maryland and Maryland as a whole. Storybook Holiday is in its 15th year and is an event that is sponsored by Frostburg State University’s Children’s Literature Centre. The event includes a Parade, Elk Olympics, Breakfast with the Elves, Storybook Readings, Elves’ Secret Workshop (letter writing to Santa, Photo with an Elf, arts and crafts), Festival of Trees and much more!

woman walking through snow in red cape Photo By: VisitStMarysMD.com

14 Colonial Christmas at Historic St. Marys City

December 1, 2018 11am-4pm
Celebrate Christmas the way the first Marylanders did with a walking tour of holiday traditions. Tours depart hourly beginning at 11am the last tour is at 3pm.


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Rt 5 and Rosecroft Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
240-895-4990


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Christmas ball

15 Cecil County Christmas Parade - downtown North East

December 1, 2018
The  tradition continues with floats, marching bands, rescue animals, antique and classic automobiles and SANTA CLAUS!  Get in the holiday spirit, arrive early to enjoy the yummy goodies and great deals from North East Main Street Merchants.


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Main Street
North East, MD 21901
410-287-5801


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Bethesda's Winter Wonderland Photo By: Bethesda Urban Partnership

16 Bethesda's Winter Wonderland

December 1, 2018  1-4pm
This community event features live performances, ice sculpting and Santa Claus too.  Wander over to Veterans Park in downtown Bethesda and enjoy the festivities.
 


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Corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-215-6660


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Seasons Greetings from the Annual Mayor's Christmas Parade Photo By: mayorschristmasparade.com

17 Mayor's Christmas Parade - Baltimore

December 2, 2018 1pm
The 46th Annual Mayor's Christmas Parade will feature about 160 marching units, floats, local TV and radio personalities, over 100 Harley Davidson motorcycles, a steam calliope, great bands, Mummers of Philadelphia, Miss Yuletide and Jr. Miss Yuletide and of course - the big man himself - Santa!


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832 W. 36 St
Baltimore, MD 21211
410-366-0726


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Bel Air Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration

18 Bel Air Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration - 29th annual!

December 3, 2017 from 2:30-4:45pm
Treat yourself to a traditional parade that is almost 30 years old.  The Parade Route revolves around historic Downtown Bel Air.  A tree lighting follows this family friendly community event. 

 


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119 S Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-838-7777


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horse drawn carriage

19 Old Tyme Holiday Gathering - La Plata

December 3, 2017 3-6pm
A seasonal celebration of friends, community, and good cheer. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday music, activities, refreshments, and a visit from Santa.


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305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata, MD 20646
301-934-8421


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Kris Kringle spreads holiday cheer during the parade in Frederick

20 Kris Kringle Procession - Frederick

December 7, 2018  -  6:30 pm
The procession begins at the corner of South Carroll and West Patrick Streets in Frederick and ends in Baker Park with the lighting of the City Tree. The event reflects the small town charm that makes Frederick so endearing during the holidays. Local children dress as reindeer, snowflakes, angels, elves and frolic through Frederick’s downtown streets.


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100 N Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-600-2489


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Don't be afraid of a little snow! Ladew's 100 larger-than-life topiary farms sparkle in winter.

21 Annual Christmas Open House at Ladew Gardens

December 7-8, 2018
Seasonal resplendence as floral designers and Garden Clubs decorate the rooms of the circa 1747 Manor House, adorning walls, tabletops and fireplace mantels in festive holiday decor. Holiday arrangements, greens and gifts are available for sale. The Ladew Café will be open for lunch and will be serving wine and beer.  


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Location:
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
410-557-9570


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Mr. and Mrs. Claus welcome the holiday season during the St. Michaels Christmas Parade Photo By: Historic St. Michaels

22 Christmas in St. Michaels

December 7-9, 2018
Celebrate the arrival of the Christmas season St. Michaels! Both ticketed and free events including the Tour of Homes, Holiday Gala, Breakfast with Santa and the largest Holiday Parade on the Eastern Shore.


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Location:
200 S. Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-5008


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holiday store window Photo By: VisitAnnapolis.org

23 Midnight Madness Holiday Shopping - Annapolis

Thursdays, December 6 &13 from 6pm-Midnight and December 20 from 6-11pm
Don't miss Midnight Madness where stores in downtown Annapolis will stay open late to give bargain-hunters a reason to enjoy the spirit of Annapolis - the town will be inundated with live music, holiday entertainment and cheer throughout the season. It's also the perfect excuse to catch up with friends and take advantage of special deals in the middle of holiday festivities.


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Downtown Annapolis
Annapolis, MD 21401
000-000-0000


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polar bear painting by Donnon Photo By: Donnon

24 2nd Saturday at the Artsway - Denton

December 8, 2018
Open House for all! Come visit The Foundry to find unique holiday gifts and support local artists. The Fiber Arts Center (FACES) will be open as well.


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401 Market Street
Denton, MD 21629
410-479-1009


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Candle Light Ceremony with Sankofa Dance Theater Photo By: Jane Yoon

25 Kwanzaa Celebration - Baltimore

December 29, 2018 12-4pm
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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Location:
830 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
443-263-1800


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Featured Places
ice slide
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Location:
201 waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745
Santa with kids
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Location:
13710 Central Ave
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Atlantic Hotel
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Location:
2 North Main Street
Berlin, MD 21811
Kids looking at gingerbread houses
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Location:
2200 York Rd
Timonium, MD 21093
drawing of a snowflake
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Location:
108 Bohemia Ave.
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
candle
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Location:
Throughout Solomons
Solomons, MD 20688
shopping icon
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Location:
8267 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Santa arriving on a boat to Crisfield
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Location:
400 West Main Street
Crisfield, MD 21817
Yuletide Festival Flyer
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Location:
600 Mount Harmon Rd
Earleville, MD 21919
Image
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Location:
High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
holiday greenery
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Location:
11794 Somerset Ave
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Colonial Christmas at Historic St. Mary's City
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Location:
Rt 5 and Rosecroft Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
Christmas Tree image
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Location:
Main Street
North East, MD 21901
Winter Wonderland poster
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Location:
Corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues
Bethesda, MD 20814
image of a Christmas Tree
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Location:
832 W. 36 St
Baltimore, MD 21211
Historic Downtown Bel Air celebrates
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Location:
119 S Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
image of a holiday tree
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Location:
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata, MD 20646
Kris Kringle and Friends
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Location:
100 N Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Christmas Open House at Ladew Gardens
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Location:
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
christmas tree icon
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Location:
200 S. Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Holiday store window
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Location:
Downtown Annapolis
Annapolis, MD 21401
Arts icon
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Location:
401 Market Street
Denton, MD 21629
Candle Light Ceremony with Sankofa Dance Theater
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Location:
830 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
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