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1 Holiday Happenings

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.

Lobby of Gaylord National Harbor Image Credit: Clark Vandergrift

2 Home for the Holidays Family Hotel Packages

There’s nothing like coming home to Maryland for the holidays, but this year, why not make that homecoming a little sweeter with just a bit of space? With Home for the Holidays packages, you can get a great deal on a hotel just minutes from mom’s.
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3 Christmas on the Potomac Featuring ICE!

November 15 - December 30, 2019
Marvel at more than 2 million holiday lights and acres of magnificent decorations, plus spectacular holiday activities and events that are sure to get you in the spirit of the season. ICE!—National Harbor'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. Experience favorite scenes from this Christmas special such as the Grinch lurking through the chimneys of the Who-ville homes, the Grinch’s heart growing three sizes after realizing Christmas means a little bit more and sitting down at the Whos’ feast where the Grinch carves the roast beast.

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201 waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745

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4 Train Experiences

There's just something magical about trains during the holidays, so try one of these great Maryland railroad experiences to get the season on track.
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5 Holiday Light Displays

Dazzling lights on winter nights will put you in the mood for the holiday season.
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 Monument Lighting and fireworks Image Credit: Downtown Partnership

6 Washington Monument Lighting, Baltimore

December 5, 2019
Illuminating the historic Washington Monument is a 48 year old  Baltimore tradition that includes  a holiday village, photos with Santa and live performances. Fireworks at 8 pm cap the evening marking the official start of the festive holiday season.

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Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21201

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7 Holiday Arts & Crafts Shows

November - December 2019
You can count on Maryland's immensely talented artists and craftsmen to provide that perfect, one-of-a-kind, holiday gift for that someone special on your shopping list. 
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couple dining Image Credit: Petit Louis Restaurant

8 Winter Restaurant Weeks

Winter 2020
From picking crabs at a table to haute cuisine, Maryland has that and everything in between. Many communities and their local restaurants sponsor a week-long experience so that you can eat to your heart's content - at a great price.  
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FeBREWary to celebrate Maryland Craft Beer Lovers Month

9 FeBREWary

FeBREWary 2020
FeBREWary is Maryland’s official month-long celebration of craft beer, and with craft brew events on tap across the state, it’s the perfect time for a beer lover's getaway. Breweries, ale houses and brew pubs are in full swing, so head to your favorite Maryland vacation destination and expand your brew I.Q. with a new style of beer from a local craft brewer, or cozy up with a tall mug of an old favorite in a bit of Maryland you've yet to explore. From the mountains to the beach, FeBREWary in Maryland is the perfect opportunity to hoist a pint with good friends in great places.
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Frederick Douglass Sign Image Credit: Clark Vandergrift

10 Black History Month

February 2020
The story of the African-American experience in Maryland is the story of America. From the founding of the colony, through the horrors of slavery and the heroism of the Underground Railroad, to the Jazz Age and the thriving contributions to the sciences, arts and culture of today: the Maryland African-American story is one of perseverance, courage and triumph.
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11 Valentine's Day in Maryland

February 2020
Indulge that special someone with a little romantic Maryland magic. You’ll LOVE celebrating the month of "amour" in Maryland.

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12 Seaside Boat Show, Ocean City

February 14-16, 2020
The #1 indoor Boat Show on the Eastern Shore, featuring over 350 boats, electronics, dock builders, boat lifts, crafts, canvas, fishing rods, fishing tackle, paddle boards, artists, and food vendors.
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Ocean City Convention Center
Ocean City, MD 21842

Oakland Winterfest

13 Oakland Winter Fest

February 15, 2020
Winterfest is always held President's Day weekend in Oakland, located in Western Maryland. Events include ice carving demonstrations, illuminated ice sculptures, interactive sculptures, store specials, vendors/crafters, carriage rides, exceptional dining and more!
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Downtown Oakland
Oakland, MD 21550

Maryland Wine Month

14 Maryland Wine Month

March 2020
This March, both connoisseurs and novices of wines can celebrate during Maryland Wine Month with a jam-packed calendar of events and eight wine trails.
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Winter Photos & Videos

Loy's Station Covered Bridge in Winter
Historic sites like this covered bridge are snap-worthy even in the chill of winter.
Image Credit: Visit Frederick
Ladew Topiary Gardens in Winter
Don't be afraid of a little snow! Ladew's 100 larger-than-life topiary farms sparkle in winter.
Snowshoeing in Western Maryland
Winter sports are hot in Maryland. Try snowshoeing in the mountains out West.
State Circle, Annapolis
State Circle, Annapolis
Image Credit: Jennifer Casey
Pink Flamingos in Snow by Kevin Moore
Pink flamingos in snow by Kevin Moore Photo
Image Credit: Kevin Moore Photo
Snowmobile in Western Maryland
Image Credit: Clark Vandergrift


Trip Ideas

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Outdoor Ice Skating

Join Family and Friends for Outdoor Ice Skating Fun.


Top Things to do in Winter

Fun never hibernates in Maryland! So dig out the boots, gloves and hats, and head to Western Maryland because the slopes are beckoning you to come out and play.  ...


Winter sports are hot in Maryland. Try snowshoeing in the mountains out West.
Cross Country Skiing

The following Maryland State Parks offer cross country skiing ...


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Hot Cocoa in Maryland

 A cool winter day in Maryland is perfect for enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. 


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Winning Winter Events