Merry-land Holiday Festivities

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

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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.
Make this year special with a Home for the Holidays hotel package.

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1 Christmas on the Potomac featuring ICE!, National Harbor

November 15 - December 30, 2019
Enter a magical Christmas wonderland with with lavish Christmas decorations, twinkling holiday lights, indoor snowfall and ICE!—Gaylord's signature holiday attraction—is back with Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Watch how the Grinch tries to steal Christmas from the Whos of Who-ville through interactive ice sculptures and displays. 
Experiences include Village Express - a classic children’s train in the heart of Christmas Village, outdoor ice skating in Winter Square, Reindeer Rush Tubing, a live entertainment – Cirque Dreams Unwrapped and much more! 


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


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2 Six Flags America - Holiday in the Park, Bowie

November 23 through January 1, 2020  (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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13710 Central Ave
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
301-249-1500


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3 Christmas on the Square and Annual Tree Lighting in Leonardtown

November 29, 2019 4:30–8:30pm
The Town of Leonardtown will ring in the holiday season with the traditional "Christmas on the Square and Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony".  Event activities include live entertainment, rides, face painting, a living nativity, food and much more!  Don't miss Santa's arrival  at 7pm and the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree! 


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22670 Washington Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650
301-475-9791


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Town of Berlin Christmas tree and bike during Victorian Christmas Image Credit: Town of Berlin

4 Victorian Christmas in Berlin

Events between  November 29, 2019 - January 1, 2020
In Berlin you will find several celebrations of the quintessential Victorian Christmas. The festive season kicks-off with a traditional Christmas tree lighting, caroling, carriage rides. You won't want to miss the Berlin Christmas Parade on December 5 or 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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5 Kennedy Krieger's Festival of Trees - Timonium

November 29 - December 1, 2019
This is the big one:  the East Coast's Largest Holiday Extravaganza!  This Kennedy Krieger fund-raiser is full of fairyland forests of more thatn 800 trees, gingerbread towns, and toy train gardens.  Plus - more than 100 holiday boutiques are on hand for holiday shopping.  Goodies and activities for kids are offered and everyone is in the Christmas spirit!


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


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6 Christmas on the Beach - North Beach

November 29, 2019 | 7pm: Light Up the Town
December 7, 2019 | 10am-3pm North Beach Christmas Market; 12 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.


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9023 Bay Avenue
North Beach, MD 20714
301-855-6681


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7 Grand Illumination--Annapolis City Tree Lighting

December 1, 2019
Join all of Annapolis at Market House's Hopkins Plaza as we kickoff the downtown holiday season. Watch Santa arrive by horse and carriage. Sponsored by the Annapolis Jaycees, this popular Annapolis event helps everyone get into the holiday spirit.


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25 Market Space
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-263-7996


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8 Bel Air Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration - 30th annual

December 1, 2019  from 2:30-5pm
Treat yourself to a traditional parade at 3:30.  Partake in the community bonfire and singalong in Shamrock Park, with free cookies and hot chocolate at 4:00.  A tree lighting completes this family friendly community event at 4:45.
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119 S Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-838-7777


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9 Chesapeake City's Winterfest

December 1, 2019  -  with Holiday Lights Display through January 4, 2020
The month-long holiday season begins with the December 1st lighting of the town's many seasonal figures.  Come to Pell Gardens on December 7, 2019 to shop at one of the most applauded Christmas markets in America:  Poplar Hall European Christmas Market.   14Stroll through the town again on December 14 and enjoy a Victorian Candlelight House Tour, horse-drawn carriage ride, Dickens carolers, and ice-skating. Don’t miss the Town Christmas Tree made entirely of crab pots. 


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Location:
108 Bohemia Ave.
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
410-885-5298


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10 Midnight Madness - Historic Ellicott City

December 6, 2019 4-12midnight
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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11 Cambridge & Dorchester Christmas Parade & Crab Tree Lighting

December 7, 2019 5pm
Get caught up in the swirl of light and sound during the 71st 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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12 Christmas in Princess Anne

December 7, 2019
Celebrate Christmas in Princess Anne with a great line-up of events including: pop-up shops, parade, Christmas house tour, and for the finale, a candlelight reception and dinner at Historic Teackle Mansion in Princess Anne (reservations are required for reception and dinner).
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11794 Somerset Ave
Princess Anne, MD 21853
410-651-2961


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13 Frostburg Storybook Holiday

December 7, 2019
This is a very unique event in Mountain Maryland and Maryland as a whole. Storybook Holiday is in its 16th year and 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!


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Location:
101 Braddock Rd
Frostburg, MD 21532
301-687-3133


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14 Colonial Christmas at Historic St. Marys City

December 7, 2019 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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15 Cecil County Christmas Parade - downtown North East

December 7, 2019 11am-6pm
The  tradition continues with floats, marching bands, animals, antique and classic automobiles and SANTA CLAUS!  Get in the holiday spirit, arrive early and stay late 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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16 Bethesda's Winter Wonderland

December 7, 2019  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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17 Christmas in Crisfield

December 7, 2019
Don't miss the lighting of the Crab Pot Christmas Tree!  There will be entertainment, food, vendors and Santa will be there too!  Plenty of fun events for the kids so bring the family to this free holiday event.
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1012 West Main Street
Crisfield, MD 21817
443-880-1731


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18 Midnight Madness - Annapolis

Thursdays, December 5, 12 & 19, 2019
Lights, garland, action! Historic Annapolis' shops throw open their doors in a glorified block party that is open to all. Enjoy musical performances as well as food and refreshments at many stores as you stroll along Main Street, Maryland Avenue, West Street, and State Circle in search of that perfect gift. Explore the uniqueness that makes downtown Annapolis special.
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Downtown Annapolis
Annapolis, MD 21401
000-000-0000


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19 35th Annual Solomons Christmas Walk

December 7, 2019
Stroll through Solomons luminaria streets  and enjoy the sights and the sounds of the season. This is a fun-filled day 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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20 Yuletide Festival at Mount Harmon

December 7-8, 2019 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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600 Mount Harmon Rd
Earleville, MD 21919
410-275-8819


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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 6-7, 2019
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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3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
410-557-9570


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22 Mayor's Christmas Parade - Baltimore

December 8, 2019, 1pm
The 47th 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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23 Old Tyme Holiday Gathering, La Plata

December 8, 2019, 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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Location:
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata, MD 20646
301-934-8421


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24 Christmas in St. Michaels

December 13-15, 2019
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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Candle Light Ceremony with Sankofa Dance Theater Image Credit: Jane Yoon

25 Honor African-American Traditions and Heritage During Kwanzaa

Honor African heritage and rich African-American culture and traditions during the seven days of Kwanzaa. Join celebrations at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center in Annapolis, and the Benjamin Banneker Park & Museum in Catonsville.


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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
Christmas on the Square in Leonardtown
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Location:
22670 Washington Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650
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
Grand Tree With Lights
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Location:
25 Market Space
Annapolis, MD 21401
Historic Downtown Bel Air celebrates
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Location:
119 S Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
Christmas lights
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Location:
108 Bohemia Ave.
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
holiday shopping
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Location:
8267 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
holiday celebration
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Location:
High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
Holiday table
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Location:
11794 Somerset Ave
Princess Anne, MD 21853
students dressed as elves
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Location:
101 Braddock Rd
Frostburg, MD 21532
Colonial Christmas at Historic St. Mary's City
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Location:
Rt 5 and Rosecroft Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
pinecone and holly
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Location:
Main Street
North East, MD 21901
students singing
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Location:
Corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues
Bethesda, MD 20814
Christmas tree made of crab pots
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Location:
1012 West Main Street
Crisfield, MD 21817
Holiday store window
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Location:
Downtown Annapolis
Annapolis, MD 21401
Calvert Marine Museum in winter
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Location:
Throughout Solomons
Solomons, MD 20688
holiday hearth
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Location:
600 Mount Harmon Rd
Earleville, MD 21919
Christmas Open House at Ladew Gardens
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Location:
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
Christmas parade
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Location:
832 W. 36 St
Baltimore, MD 21211
horse carriage
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Location:
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata, MD 20646
horsedrawn-carriage
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Location:
200 S. Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Candle Light Ceremony with Sankofa Dance Theater
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Location:
830 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum
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Location:
300 Oella Ave
Baltimore, MD 21228
Wiley H. Bates statue bust
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Location:
1101 Smithville St
Annapolis, MD 21401
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