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9 cool ways to celebrate the season

Looking for a few special ways to help celebrate the holiday season? From train and boat rides to light displays, the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area offers plenty of opportunities for your family to get in the spirit. Here are several events that are ongoing during the winter holidays that you can enjoy whenever your family has the time.

Ongoing seasonal fun

Jolly Express WJolly Express Cruise
Take a 45-minute cruise on Spa Creek aboard the Miss Anne when it’s decorated with reindeer antlers and a lit-up red nose. Ten percent of ticket proceeds are donated to Historic Annapolis Inc. Reservations are recommended.
Tickets are $13-23. The cruise runs Dec. 4-31 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. cruisesonthebay.com

Christmas Village
Visit a Christmas village modeled after a traditional Christmas market in Germany right in Baltimore’s West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. With sections indoors and out, you can stroll among more than 60 vendors selling international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, and high-quality arts and crafts as well as traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Children’s activities and specially themed events take place throughout the season.
The village is open Nov. 26-Dec. 27, Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The village will be closed the first three Tuesdays in December and Christmas Day. Weekdays are free but there is admission of $5 for adults and $3 for children for the festival tent on select weekend days. Check the website baltimore-christmas.com for details.

ICE! Featuring Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Walk through hand-carved ice sculptures and slide down ice slides at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor Nov. 21-Jan. 3. This year’s exhibit tells the story of Santa and is crafted out of 2 million pounds of ice. ICE! is just part of the resort’s Christmas on the Potomac, which includes events such as Santa visits, gingerbread decorating and more.
ICE! runs Nov. 21-Jan. 3. Tickets are $14-35. For more information and hours, visit the website at Christmasonthepotomac.com.

B&O’s Magical Holiday Express
Hop on board a wonderland of family fun and activities at The B&O Railroad Museum’s Magical Holiday Express Dec. 5-Jan. 3. Live performances, model trains, story times and train rides are just a few of the planned activities. Each weekend features a different theme, including Santa’s Lego Block Parky and Winter Royal Adventures.
Admission is $12-18. Train rides are $2-3 extra and carousel rides are $2 extra. The event run Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit borail.org for details.

Photo of the Jolly Express by Sabrina Raymond.

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