Concord Point Lighthouse, Havre de Grace
Adam Rybczynski

Merry-land Holiday Festivities

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

Concord Point Lighthouse, Havre de Grace
Adam Rybczynski

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

Make this year's holiday season extra special by taking advantage of our "Open for the Holidays" Deals and Hotel Packages.

Six Flags America - Holiday in the Park, Bowie
Family at Six Flags America
Six Flags America

Through January 3, 2021 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.

Rock Hall Hometown Christmas
Carriage ride

Come and enjoy the Christmas festivities in Rock Hall.  Main Street shops will host mini-events and small open houses.  Enjoy charming Rock Hall at the start of this Holiday Season!  On Main Street there will be carriage rides (3 carriages capable of carrying a total of 14 passengers) available throughout the day.  Special precautions and safety measures will be taken to keep passengers safe.

Christmas in St. Michaels
St Michaels stores decorated for the holidays
Kevin Moore

November - December 2020
Check out the new and imaginative holiday happenings to help you capture the holiday magic and share in the spirit of giving!

There will be an amazing raffle and online auction, and expanded online marketplace. 
For magical Santa visits,  make pancakes at home and watch a special video for Breakfast with Santa, bake Santa’s favorite cookies to leave out on Christmas Eve, or watch and listen to stories with Santa videos.
On the evening of December 12 St. Michaels will “Light Up the Night” with a Lighted Boat Parade in the harbor and houses will be lit up for your drive-by enjoyment.

Christmas on the Square and Annual Tree Lighting in Leonardtown
Christmas tree lighting

The Town of Leonardtown will ring in the holiday season with a modified "Christmas on the Square and Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony."  Event activities include Santa's arrival at 7pm and the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree! 

Monument Lighting - Virtual
fireworks and lighting of the Monument
Downtown Partnership Baltimore

December 3, 2020 - 7:30pm
While there is no in-person gathering at the Monument this year, the Show must go on.  The 49th annual Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting will take place virtually this year. Tune into WJZ Channel 13 at 7:30pm for festive performances and special guests and count down the lighting of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Place.  Local Celebrities Duff Goldman and Cal Ripken join the Morgan State Choir and Shelonda Stokes, who provides a special Holiday Restaurant Round Up.

Midnight Madness - Historic Ellicott City
Main Street Ellicott City

December 4, 2020 from 6pm-midnight
Bring the family to Historic Ellicott City for the 42nd annual Midnight Madness Celebration!  Watch the (virtual) 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! 

Pedestrian walkways have been widened in some areas to create more space.   Shops will control the number of visitors inside at any one time. 

And new for 2020, the Merry Main Marketplace,  an outdoor holiday market in the Courtyards,  hosts rotating local artisans and small businesses offering their gift-able creations.   Warm up at the fire pit with your favorite holiday themed hot drink. 


Christmas in Crisfield
Crab pot  Christmas tree

December 4-5, 2020
On December 4, Main Street hosts the Christmas Parade at 6:30pm.

December 5, it's Miracle on Tenth Street from 4 - 7pm along Tenth Street.   The Lighting of the Crab Pot Christmas Tree,  with Vendors and Pictures with Santa take place around 5pm.


Midnight Madness in St. Michaels
Holiday shopping

December 3-5, 2020
Visiting the coastal harbor town of St. Michaels during the holiday season is a special experience and provides a wonderful opportunity to shop for the holidays. Stores will be open late with special sales all day and night. The celebration ends with a VIRTUAL Midnight Madness drawing on Saturday on the Visit St. Michaels Facebook Page!

Midnight Madness - Annapolis

December 3, 10 & 17, 2020
Residents and visitors are invited to stroll along Main Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, State Circle, and Dock Street from 4 PM until Midnight to support local businesses. When we Shop Local, we reinvest in our community and help our downtown businesses thrive.  Check out all the stores, galleries, and boutiques along West Street, Maryland Ave, State Circle, Main Street, Market Space, Randall Street, and Dock Street.

To make these annual shopping nights safe during COVID, stores will be limiting the number of people inside stores to 50% of capacity and restaurants are at 25% capacity. We also ask everyone to wear a facemask while downtown, to bring hand sanitizer so you can wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick. This year there will not be live music, entertainment or refreshments while shopping. The goal is to remove the party atmosphere and still safely support our local businesses by shopping locally.


A Dickens of a Christmas Weekend
people dressed in holiday costumes

December 4- 5, 2020
Main Street Chestertown presents “A Dickens of a Christmas” celebration throughout the historic downtown.  This year there are modifications for safety.

December Saturdays in Downtown Frederick
Downtown Frederick with Holiday Lights
Visit Frederick

December 5, 12 & 19, 2020
First Saturday means holiday lights, late-night shopping and dining. During each of the first three Saturdays in December, celebrate the holiday season by shopping and dining local.

Shopping with an independent retailer, eating at a local restaurant, and supporting local artists really matters. 


Annual Solomons Christmas Walk
Lighted Boat Parade
Calvert Marine Museum winter painting
Calvert Marine Museum

December 5, 2020
Solomons celebrates its 37th year of Christmas Walk a little differently this year! 
Christmas celebrations kick off with the fabulous Lighted Boat Parade at 6 pm, weather permitting.  The Lighted Boat Parade, begins at dusk at the Solomons Yachting Center and ends along the Riverwalk at approximately 7:15pm.  Sail and power boats are welcome. The parade can be viewed from many places in Solomons and from the Patuxent Riverwalk.

Yuletide Festival at Mount Harmon
Colonial room decorated for the holidays

December 5-6, 2020
Mount Harmon’s Open Air Yuletide Festival & Holiday Marketplace has been re-imagined for pandemic times. The Festival features an Open Air Yuletide Decorations & Greens Sale, Open Air Artisan Marketplace & Holiday Gift Shops, Hearth Cooking Demonstrations, and Self-Guided Open Air Yuletide Walking Tours of our beautifully decorated historic buildings and grounds, featuring our carriage house visitor center, serpentine-walled boxwood garden, colonial outbuildings, and manor house grand outside entrances.

Colonial Yuletide, Annapolis
Masked colonial woman
Historic London Town

December 12, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am ​
It's time to deck the halls! Join in on a fun afternoon and explore the lives and traditions of people in the Colonial Chesapeake as they celebrated Yule, Christmas, and other holidays. Sample colonial-style, non-alcoholic beverages and enjoy bonfires, good stories, and a safe outing.

Menorah Car Parade and Public Lighting
Annapolis, Parade from Housley Rd to City Dock for Lighting
Parade of Light & Menorah Lighting
Chabad of Anne Arundel County

Sunday, December 13
Join Chabad Anne Arundel County for the annual Menorah Car Parade. The parade departs Safeway (2635 Housley Rd, Annapolis). Parade participants arrive by 5pm. At approximately 5:45pm, event organizers kindle a giant Menorah and celebrate the Festival of Lights at City Dock. Individually wrapped chocolate gelt (coins), prepackaged latkes, and Chanukah kits will be given out while supplies last. All are welcome!

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Honor African-American Traditions and Heritage During Kwanzaa
Candle Light Ceremony with Sankofa Dance Theater
Jane Yoon

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, at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center and virtually at the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis.