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 "Welcome Home for the Holidays" Deals and Hotel Packages.

Christmas At Gaylord National, National Harbor
Gaylord Atrium at National Harbor Decorated for the Holidays
Gaylord National Harbor

Explore acres of twinkling lights and decorations and hours of exciting holiday activities, shows, and events, including our Gaylord Hotels Original Experience, I Love Christmas Movies™ featuring five beloved films. Walk thru immersive scenes from A Christmas Story™, The Polar Express™, Elf™ and More!

A Dickens of a Christmas Weekend, Chestertown
Carriage ride

As an arts-rich community with strong literary, musical, and theatrical talents, Chestertown invites visitors to enjoy a memorable weekend filled with authentically themed holiday fun. The charm of our historic 313-year-old river town will be the backdrop to a lively display of Dickens-era holiday attractions: carriage rides, street theater, live music, food vendors, decorated house tour, and more!

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

Events include the Tour of Homes, the Talbot Street Parade, the Boat Parade, Marketplace, Santa, Breakfast with Santa, the Ornament, and the Old Fashion Christmas Dinner. Advance reservations required for certain events. Check out the website for more details on each event.

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
fireworks and lighting of the Monument
Downtown Partnership Baltimore

Illuminating the historic Washington Monument is a joyous holiday tradition. The night includes caroling, food and good cheer. Fireworks cap the evening marking the official start of the holiday season.

Midnight Madness - Historic Ellicott City
Main Street Ellicott City

Our 70+ one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants have decked their halls, and stocked their shelves with treasures to make your holiday merry and bright.  Find sidewalk sales, festive cocktail & food offerings, plus specials galore. 

Christmas in Crisfield
Crab pot  Christmas tree

The Crisfield Christmas Parade will start at the Crisfield Library and continue down Route 413 to 11th St. Singer Jewelie Brumley will perform at reviewing stage immediately after.

Midnight Madness in St. Michaels
Holiday shopping

Each year, the town of St Michaels is transformed into a picture perfect holiday postcard, the shops, restaurants and B&B’s are decorated with stunning greenery, lights and festive cheer. The holiday spirit is felt throughout town, which makes coming to St Michaels during the holiday season a special experience, year after year, and provides a wonderful backdrop to shop for the holidays. Stored will be open late with special sales all day and night.

Midnight Madness - Annapolis
Annapolis during the Holidays

A Historic Downtown Annapolis holiday tradition that encompasses the charm and character of our most beloved memories of Norman Rockwell and Charles Dickens. We will adorn the streets and participating storefronts with holiday decorations, trees, garland, snowflakes, bows, and lights to create a Downtown Winter Wonderland.

Residents and visitors are invited to stroll along Main Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, State Circle, Market Space and Dock Street from 4 PM until Midnight to support our 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 throughout the downtown area.

Holiday Happenings in Chestertown
people dressed in holiday costumes

Santa's Arrival & the Lighting of Chestertown
Welcome Santa back to Chestertown by firetruck to Fountain Park. Kids can meet with Santa at a safe distance and get their picture taken. The Fountain Park Christmas Tree will be lit to open the holiday season.

Christmas Parade
Kick off the holiday season with Chestertown's annual Parade! One of Kent County’s favorite holiday traditions! Line up on High Street to see all of your favorites ring in the holiday season. The annual parade will begin at Dixon Drive and commence at the intersection of High and Spring Street. Enjoy marching bands, classic automobiles, floats and your favorite holiday characters.

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

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. 

Whether you’ve lived here for years, or you’re a first time visitor, First Saturday (and every Saturday in December) is a great time to discover something new about our beautiful downtown.

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

The museum is open and free to the public from 6-9pm. Enjoy musical entertainment, Santa, the Otter mascot, holiday crafts, model train display, and shopping in the Museum Store.  Christmas celebrations kick off with the fabulous Lighted Boat Parade at 6pm, 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.

Open Air Yuletide Festival & Holiday Marketplace, Earleville
Colonial room decorated for the holidays

Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy old-fashioned holiday fun for the whole family at Mount Harmon’s Yuletide Festival! Event features Yuletide Manor House Tours and great holiday shopping with handmade Holiday Wreaths, Decorations & Greens Sale, Holiday Artisan Marketplace in Carriage House Visitor Center, Live Plant & Tree Sale, Hearth Cooking & Wassail in the Colonial Kitchen, and Yuletide Food Court & Open Air Tavern!

Colonial Yuletide, Annapolis
Historic Londontowne and Gardens

As the nights grow dark and cold, it's time to celebrate winter, colonial style! Join us for an evening learning how colonists celebrated Christmas, Yule, and other winter holidays on a candlelight tour of the ca. 1760 William Brown House, followed by glasses of warm chocolate port, game play, and winter festivity.

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

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!

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.