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85 FREE family events in December

Most families are on a tight budget in December. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean the kids have to be bored all month long. There are plenty of fun things for the family to do that are totally free in the Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington, D.C. area throughout the month of December. Check out our list of events that won’t cost you a dime to get in.

Ballerinas W1 Tuesday

Have a Holly Jolly Craft Month
Dec. 1-31. Drop in and make a holiday craft. Free. All day. Crofton Library, Crofton. aacpl.net/location/crofton

New Year’s Resolutions
Dec. 1-31. Write your New Year’s Resolution on a Post-it and leave it in the library’s teen area. Free. All day. Glen Burnie Regional Library, Glen Burnie. aacpl.net/location/Glenburnie

Ballet Day
Dress like your favorite ballerina. Songs, stories and a craft. Ages 3-6. Free. 2pm. Howard County Library System Miller Branch, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950, hclibrary.org/locations/miller-branch

‘The Polar Express’
Slide-show telling of “The Polar Express.” Ages 2-5. Registration required. Free. 7pm. Howard County Library System Elkridge Branch, Elkridge. 410-313-5077, hclibrary.org/locations/elkridge-branch

2 Wednesay

Illustrators on Parade
Discover the creativity of children’s illustrators through stories and activities. Ages 3-6 with adult. Registration required. Free. 2pm. Howard County Library System Central Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org/locations/central-branch

Let It Snow Stories and Fun
Let it snow, with stories, songs and a craft. Free. 3:30pm. Brooklyn Park Community Library, Baltimore. 410-222-6260, aacpl.net/location/brooklynpark

Author Visit: Jennifer Keats Curtis
Writer signs her newest release, “The Lucky Litter: Wolf Pups Rescued from Wildfire.” Free. 7-8pm. Barnes and Noble, Annapolis. 410-573-1115, barnesandnoble.com

3 Thursday

Mitten Tree Kickoff
Bring an item to donate to Holiday Mitten Tree. Stories and songs about winter outerwear. Ages 2 and up. 10:15am. Howard County Library Central Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org/locations/central-branch

‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Story Time
Story time featuring holiday classic. Free. 11am. Barnes and Noble, Annapolis. 410-573-1115, barnesandnoble.com

Spin the Dreidel
Listen to a funny story about Hanukkah and play a game to win a prize. Free. 3:30pm. Brooklyn Park Community Library, Baltimore. 410-222-6260, aacpl.net/location/brooklynpark

Monument Lighting
Musical selections, children’s activities, Santa visit, fireworks, laser show and more. Free. 5:30pm. Mount Vernon, Baltimore. godowntownbaltimore.com

Solomons Christmas Walk
Dec. 3-5. Holiday shopping, entertainment, Santa and holiday crafts. Free. 6-9pm. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. solomonsmaryland.com/events/signature-events/solomons-christmas-walk/

Holiday Cookie Decoration Workshop
Professional chef teaches 5th-7th graders to decorate holiday cookies. Registration required. Free. 6:30-8pm. Calvert Library Prince Frederick, Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291, 301-855-1862, calvertlibrary.info

4 Friday

‘The Polar Express’ Story Time
Pajama party celebrates the story’s 30th anniversary. Free. 7pm. Barnes and Noble, Annapolis. 410-573-1115, barnesandnoble.com

5 Saturday

OC Christmas Parade
Parade features high school bands, floats and marching units. Free. 11am-1pm. Oceanside North Ocean City. ococean.com

Winter Wonderland
Celebrate winter with stories, songs and activities. Make a craft to take home. Ages 5 and under. Free. 10am. Edgewater Community Library, Edgewater. 410-222-1538, aacpl.net/location/edgewater

Gingerbread House Workshop
Build a small gingerbread house. Each child is asked to bring a bag of any edible item to share with the group to decorate all the gingerbread houses. Registration required. Free. 10-11am. Calvert Library Southern Branch, Solomons. 410-326-5289, calvertlibrary.info

Baysox Holiday Expo
Dec. 5-6. Appearances from Santa, the Grinch, the Baysox mascot and more. Also, vendors for holiday shopping. Free admission. Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 10am-4pm. Prince George’s Stadium, Bowie. baysoxholidayexpo.com

Pat Carpenter Holiday Parade and Christmas on the Beach
Annual event features Santa visit, treats, campfire and more. Free. Noon-3pm. North Beach Waterfront, North Beach. hmd-calvertcountyedc.civicplus.com

Snow Globe Adventure!
Listen to holiday classics while creating your own snow globe using recycled materials and craft supplies. Free. 1-2pm. Deale Community Library, Deale. 410-222-1925, aacpl.net/location/deale

Holiday Crafts
Create a holiday decoration for your home. Free. 1-4pm. Odenton Regional Library, Odenton. 410-222-6277, aacpl.net/location/odenton

Tuskegee Airman Colonel Charles McGee visit
Colonel Charles McGee, a highly decorated Tuskegee pilot, will talk about his life from entering the Tuskegee University to flying in three wars. A question period and book signing will follow. For elementary school-aged children. Free. 2-3:30pm. Crofton Community Library, Crofton. 410-222-7915, aacpl.net/location/crofton

6 Sunday

Mayor’s Christmas Parade
Marching bands, Santa, floats and more. Free. 1pm. Falls Road, Baltimore. mayorschristmasparade.com

Bring on the Games
Meet and compete with friends. Ages 11-17. Free. 1pm. Howard County Library System Central Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org/locations/central-branch

Children’s Open House
Visit from Santa, holiday treats and reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” Free. 1-3pm. Captain Avery Museum, Shady Side. captainaverymuseum.org

National Menorah Lighting
Live music, latkes, games and more. Free, ticket required. 4pm. The White House, Washington D.C. nationalmenorah.org

7 Monday

Holiday Friends: Frosty
Enjoy stories and activities, then pose for a picture with Frosty. Bring a camera. Free. 10:15am. Howard County Library System Savage Branch, Laurel. 410-313-0760, hclibrary.org/locations/savage-branch

Minion Merriment
Activities and a Minions ornament craft. Ages 3-5. Free. 11:30am. Howard County Library Central Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org/locations/central-branch

8 Tuesday

For the Birds!
Stories and songs about birds. Make a winter feeder. Ages 3-5. Free. 10:30-11am. Broadneck Community Library, Broadneck. 410-222-1905, aacpl.net/location/broadneck

A Long Winter’s Nap
Hibernation facts, stories and activities. Teddy bears welcome. Ages 3-5. Registration required. Free. 10:30am. Howard County Library System Glenwood Branch, Cooksville. 410-313-5577, hclibrary.org/locations/glenwood-branch

Star Wars SuperBuild
Building fun. Costumes and cameras encouraged. Free. 5pm. Annapolis Regional Library, Annapolis. 410-222-1750, aacpl.net/location/Annapolis

Polar Express
Stories, crafts and treats. Pajamas are welcome. Bring a donation for the food bank. Free. 7pm. Riviera Beach Community Library, Pasadena. 410-222-6285, aacpl.net/location/rivierabeach

9 Wednesday

Holiday Friends: Frosty
Stories and activities, then pictures with Frosty. Free. 11:15am. Howard County Library Savage Branch, Laurel. 410-313-0760, hclibrary.org/locations/savage-branch

10 Thursday

Little Elves’ Workshop
Make gifts for friends and family. Hot chocolate and cookies provided. Free. 6:30-8pm. Linthicum Community Library, Linthicum. 410-222-6265, aacpl.net/location/linthicum

Movie Time: ‘Elf’
Watch the story of Buddy, the baby who stowed away in Santa’s toy bag. Rated PG. Free. 6:30pm. Brooklyn Park Community Library, Baltimore. 410-222-6260, aacpl.net/location/brooklynpark

LEGO Wars
See if you can build the best structure using 150 pieces in 45 minutes. Ages 9-17. Free. 7pm. Howard County Library System Miller Branch, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950, hclibrary.org/locations/miller-branch

11 Friday

Christmas in St. Michaels
Dec. 11-13. Christmas parade, Santa’s Wonderland, gingerbread house display, Celebration of Choirs and more. Check website for specific events and times. Free. St. Michael’s, various venues. christmasinstmichaels.org

Computer Guts
Change hard drives, power supplies, and motherboards to restore the machines. Ages 11-17. Registration required. Free. 4:30pm. Howard County Library System East Columbia Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7700, hclibrary.org/locations/east-columbia-branch

Chanukah Pot Luck Dinner and Latke Challenge
Live music, food and more. Bring our menorah and candles to light. Register by Dec. 7. Free. 5:30pm. Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, Columbia. dev.columbiajewish.org, signupgenius.com/go/60b0c44acab29a02-chanukah1

12 Saturday

Sock Monkey Saturday
Make your own sock monkey. Free, bring socks. 10am. American Visionary Arts Museum, Baltimore. 410-244-1900, avam.org

West Annapolis Holiday Magic Saturday
Family-friendly shopping event. Free. 10am. West Annapolis. westannapolisbusinessaffiliation.org

Make-and-Take Gifts: Winter Sun Catchers
Transform CDs into beautiful mandalas to catch the sun, hang on your tree or give as a gift. For middle school students. Free. 10am-noon. Broadneck Community Library, Broadneck. 410-222-1905, aacpl.net/location/broadneck

Waiting Is Not Easy! Story Time
Story time and activities. 11am. Barnes and Noble, Annapolis. 410-573-1115, barnesandnoble.com

Santa & Mrs. Claus on the Square
Bring cameras and Christmas lists. 11am-1pm. Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown. leonardtown.somd.com

‘All Dolled Up’ Exhibit Special Event
See the exhibit of antique dolls and toys, enjoy cider and cookies. Free. Noon-4pm. Surratt House Historic Site, Clinton. pgparks.com

Kinder Kristmas
Tour, craft, treats and puppet show. Free. 1-4pm. Belair Mansion, Bowie. cityofbowie.org

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
Annual event features boats decorated with holiday lights. Free. 6-8pm. Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek. eastportyc.org

13 Sunday

A Nutcracker Sweet
Story dance and craft. Ages 3-7. Registration required. 2pm. Howard County Library System Glenwood Branch, Cooksville. 410-313-5577, hclibrary.org/locations/glenwood-branch

14 Monday

Where is the Gingerbread Man?
Find the Gingerbread Man and his friends. Hear a story, play a game and decorate gingerbread cookies. Ages 2-3 with adult. Registration required. Free. 10:15am. Howard County Library System East Columbia Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7700, hclibrary.org/locations/east-columbia-branch

Hooray for Holidays!
Stories and songs. Ages 18-36 months. Free. 10:30-11am. Broadneck Library, Annapolis. 410-222-1905, aacpl.net/location/broadneck

¡Hola, Niños! Leer un Cuento (Read a Story)
Stories, songs and activities in English and Spanish. Free. 11am. Howard County Library System Miler Branch, Ellicott City. Howard County Library System Miler Branch, Ellicott City

15 Tuesday

Olaf’s Winter Celebration
Snowy stories, songs and a craft. Refreshments. Ages 2-5 with adult. Registration required. Free. 10:30am. Howard County Library System Glenwood Branch, Cooksville. 410-313-5577, hclibrary.org/locations/glenwood-branch

Family Story Time
Stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities Free. 6:30-7pm. Riviera Beach Community Library, Pasadena. 410-222-6285, aacpl.net/location/rivierabeach

Winter Wonderland Party!
Festive stories, songs, crafts and cookies. Free. 7pm. Severn Community Library, Severn.

16 Wednesday

Preschool Holiday Party Storytime
Festive stories, seasonal music and a craft. Ages 5 and under. Free. 10:30am. Mountain Road Community Library, Pasadena. 410-222-6699, aacpl.net/location/mountainroad

Holiday Friends: Santa
Stories, activities and pictures with Santa. Free. 11:15am. Howard County Library System Savage Branch, Laurel. 410-313-0760, hclibrary.org/locations/savage-branch

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