Maryland "Ho Ho Ho" Holiday
The holidays are full of festivities and cheer in Maryland
Arrive for a guided tour of Baltimore to explore the city’s illustrious past while driving through colorful and diverse neighborhoods. Then, it’s off to the Holiday Festival of Trains at the B&O Railroad Museum. You’ll see antique toy train layouts and treasured holiday memorabilia; enjoy train rides with Santa and Frosty; and listen to archival recordings from the B&O's Glee Club. After lunch, visit the Inner Harbor where the Inner Harbor Plaza is transformed into a delightful German Christmas Village. After a bountiful dinner, see the "Miracle on 34th" Street, an amazing spectacle of lights. This one block of row homes, in the Hampden neighborhood, string Christmas lights across the street, inflate snow globes,display musical trains and blinking angels adorn homes.
Travel to Christmas on the Potomac to see the amazing holiday display ICE, a walk-through life-size winter wonderland sculpted entirely of 2 million pounds of ice. Step in to the grand atrium of the Gaylord National Hotel to see the lights and snowfall inside. Enjoy lunch, free time and explore the delightful shops, including the 85 outlet stores at Tanger Outlets-National Harbor. Later we depart for Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park. Then we’ll enjoy a holiday performance at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia.
Start at the Rawlings Conservatory for their Holiday Poinsettia Display. See hundreds of exquisite and unusual poinsettia specimens that are produced in the greenhouses at Cylburn Arboretum. Time your visit to enjoy a matinee performance of the Holly Jolly Pops at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore or Strathmore Music Hall in North Bethesda. Experience this sparkling holiday celebration with full chorus, orchestra and guest vocalists. Six Flags America's Holiday in the Park is the most magical time of the year filled with enchanting experiences that create those special family fun outings again and again. Their breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit.
Travel to Washington, D.C.’s Union Station to see the holiday model train panorama and the holiday decorations. Next, visit the US Botanical Gardens and see the amazing poinsettia displays and Christmas exhibits. Then, it’s off to visit one of the grandest churches in America; the National Cathedral or the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Spend time at the Pageant of Peace across from the White House and see the National Christmas Tree. After a traditional family-style dinner, visit the Washington DC’s Temple Visitor’s Center’s Festival of Lights. See a life-sized outdoor nativity, listen to a live musical performance, and experience more than 600,000 lights and tree displays from around the world. Located in Kensington, MD, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theatre with a different performing artist or group showcased each night. (2 shows).