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Count Them! Over 40 FREE Family Events In December!!!

It may seem like holiday shopping is breaking the bank, but family fun in December doesn’t have to! We have rounded up a selection of over 40 FREE events that would even fill Scrooge with holiday cheer!

All month long:

DC ZoolightsZooLights
Through Jan. 1. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. New this year are a Gingerbread Village and Reindeer Games Fun Zone, an interactive symphony of lights canopy, laser light shows and a European style holiday market. Plus live entertainment, food and drinks and lots of holiday fun. Free. National Zoo, Washington, D.C. nationalzoo.si.edu

Georgetown Glow: Light Art Festival
Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, a spectacular outdoor public light art installations. 5–10 p.m. nightly. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Washington. georgetownglowdc.com

December 1

Cookie Walk & Tree Lighting
Visit participating shops in Downtown Stevensville Arts & Entertainment District for tasty treats and the tree lighting at 6 p.m. to kick-off the holiday season. Free. 1–5 p.m. Stevensville. stevensvilleartsandentertainment.org

Make Your Own Gingerbread House
Make your own gingerbread house with pieces made from scratch by Chef Steve Konopelski . Free. 1–3 p.m. Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. adkins.donorshops.com

Movies on the Potomac
Showing of “‘Tis the Season to Be Smurfy,” rated PG. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Free. 4:45 p.m. National Harbor. nationalharbor.com/movies-on-the-potomac

Christmas Mart
More than 35 local artisans offering handcrafted items, holiday décor, and gifts. White elephant sale, a silent auction, baked goods and more. Free. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. elaine.uk07@gmail.com. St. Martin’s-in-the-Field, Severna Park. stmartinsinthefield.com/ministries/outreach/christmas-mart

Glen Burnie High School Winter Craft Fair
Crafters display wood crafts, candles, clothing, jewelry, glassware, holiday decorations, and baked goods. Admission and parking free. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Glen Burnie High School, Glen Burnie. gbhsmusic.org/craftfairs.htm

Native Art Market
1–2. The museum’s annual Native Art Market features one-of-a-kind traditional and contemporary items for purchase directly from National Museum of the American Indian. Free. Washington, D.C. nmai.si.edu

Muddy Creek Artists Guild Holiday Art Show and Sale
December 1st, 2nd, and 7th through 9th. The Muddy Creek Artists Guild Annual Holiday Art Show and Sale features unique creations from over 40 local South County artists. Free. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. South River Colony Main Street Shopping Center, Edgewater. muddycreekartistsguild.org

Holiday Open House and Train Garden
Dec. 1–2, 8–9. Weekend open house featuring the holiday train garden, visits with Santa and lighting of the Living Farm Heritage Museum Christmas tree (Sat. Dec. 1; 5–7 p.m.). Free. Open house hours, noon–3 p.m.Living Farm Heritage Museum, West Friendship. farmheritage.org

Children’s Christmas Party
Families and school aged children are invited to come and enjoy fun. Activities include: birthday cake and party for Jesus, gift making for Mom and Dad, Christmas games, telling of the Christmas Story, and pizza. Everything is free! Parents feel free to join us, or if you would like to have some quiet time to go Christmas shopping, you can leave them under our loving care and supervision. Calvary Chapel of Anne Arundel County, Glen Burnie. ccaac.org

December 2

list header hanukkahChanukah Wonderland
Feel the joy and spirit of the holiday with the entire Jewish community! Fun activities for all ages including hot latkes, doughnuts, menorah lighting, special crafts for kids, and a Chanukah concert by Virtuoso Violinist Boris Savchuk. Free. 5 p.m. Westfield Annapolis Mall, Annapolis. chabadaac.com

Baltimore Chanukah Festival
This celebration of light includes live music, jelly doughnuts, hot drinks, family activities and entertainment for all. 2:30 p.m., Menorah lighting at 5 p.m. Free. McKeldin Square, Inner Harbor, Baltimore. baltimorechanukahfestival.com

Polar Express
Jump aboard the Polar Express for holiday stories, crafts and treats. PJs welcome! Free; donations to local food bank encouraged. 6:30 p.m. Riviera Beach Library. aacpl.net

December 6

Annual Monument Lighting
Musical selections, photo booth with Santa, face painting, and fireworks. Free. 5–8 p.m. Mount Vernon, Baltimore. godowntownbaltimore.com

Annapolis Parade and Menorah Lighting
Celebrate Hanukkah with a parade through town, ending at City Dock for a giant menorah lighting ceremony. Meet at Safeway at 5 p.m.; car parade departs at 6 p.m. Giant Menorah lighting at City Dock at 6:30 p.m. Fresh donuts, latkes and gelt. Free. Safeway and City Dock, Annapolis. chabadaac.com

Monument Lighting Celebration—Warm Up at the Walters
Ring in the holiday season after the annual lighting of the Washington Monument and fireworks display. Warm up at this free, family-friendly event. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. thewalters.org

Midnight Madness
Dec. 6, 13 and 20. Stroll through downtown Annapolis as shops remain open until midnight, and enjoy carolers, food, drinks, special deals and fun for the kids. Free. 6 p.m.–midnight. Downtown Annapolis. downtownannapolispartnership.

December  7

Midnight Madness
Come out to support Ellicott City businesses on this 40th annual Midnight Madness, which will feature visits with Santa (4–8 p.m. at the firehouse), strolling carolers, late-night shopping, libations, and the tree lighting. Free. 6 p.m.–midnight. Historic Ellicott City. visitoldellicottcity.com/events/midnight-madness

Christmas in St. Michaels
Dec. 7–9. A Christmas parade, shopping, Santa’s Wonderland, Gingerbread House display, Celebration of Choirs and more. Check website for specific events and times. Free. St. Michaels, various venues. christmasinstmichaels.org

December 8

Gingerbread House Workshop
Build a gingerbread house at local Calvert County libraries (check for your branch). Each child is asked to bring a bag of any edible item to share with the group. Please register. Free. 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. depending on branch. calvertlibrary.info/events-classes/calendar

PinkHoliday Movie on the Potomac
Showing of “A Pink Panther Christmas,” rated PG. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Free. 4:45 p.m. National Harbor. nationalharbor.com/movies-on-the-potomac

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
Find a spot along the Annapolis waterfront and watch a parade of boats decorated with holiday lights. Free. 6–8 p.m. Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek. eastportyc.org

December 10

Build a Gingerbread House
Design, build, and decorate a gingerbread house to take home with you. Free. 4 p.m. Riviera Beach Library. aacpl.net

December 11

Explore science, technology, engineering and math with hands-on experiments. Free. 4–5 p.m. Laurel Library. pgcmls.info

December 13

Girls Who Code
Give girls grades 3-5 computer science education and tech industry exposure while working on collaborative curriculum-based technology projects. Free. 4:30–5:30 p.m. Bowie Library. pgcmls.info

December 15

Holiday Breakfast at The Y
Listen to holiday music as you enjoy seasonal crafts, games and refreshments. Plus, get your picture taken with a very special guest! Free. 11 a.m.–noon. The Y in Arnold (Greater Annapolis), Arnold. ymaryland.org

Holiday Choral Concert
The Encore Chorale program, conducted by Jeanne Kelly, will perform a variety of holiday pieces. Free. 3 p.m. Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Arnold. encorecreativity.org

December 16

Handel and Hamilton for the Holidays
Holiday music combined with an historical narrative that reflects the time period between 1700 and 1800 is performed at this recital featuring two Washington National Opera soloists. The concert features holiday music by G. F. Handel and includes touches of Broadway. Free 3–5 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel. Arts.pgparks.com

Holly Jolly Food Truck Festival
Santa Claus is coming, and he’s bringing 10+ food trucks along with him! Make sure to bring your camera or phone to take a photo with Santa in front of the fire engine inside of the heated engine bay. Food trucks will be serving lunch in the main parking lot, and the hall will be open for seating. Hot and cold drinks will be on sale for purchase. Free. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, Elkridge. elkridgevfd.org

December 17

Lego Play
Drop in and build a new world with your imagination and the library’s Legos! Free. Ages 3–5. 2 p.m. Annapolis Library. aacpl.net

December 19

Holidays Around the World
Families will explore some of the different winter holidays that are celebrated throughout the country and around the world through stories, crafts, and other fun activities. Free. 6 p.m. Severn Library. aacpl.net

Deale Parade of Lights
Gather at Hidden Harbor Marina, Happy Harbor Restaurant or Shipwright Harbor to see the fleet of lighted boats parade along Rockhold Creek. 6–10 p.m. southcounty.org

December 20

Jammie Movie Night
Bring the whole family in your jammies to watch and Sing Along to “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” If you know the words, sing along! Free. 6:30 p.m. Linthicum. aacpl.net

December 22

Holiday Movie on the Potomac
Showing of the original, 1966, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” rated PG. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Free. 4:45 p.m. National Harbor. nationalharbor.com/movies-on-the-potomac

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
Countdown the days until Christmas with George and the Man with The Yellow Hat while you make a craft and watch the movie (58 min). 10 a.m. Eastport/Annapolis Library, Annapolis. aacpl.net

December 25
Merry Christmas!
All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam
Millennium Stage tradition featuring host and vibraphonist Chuck Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeters Robert Redd and Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores King Williams. Free. 6 p.m. The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. kennedy-center.org

Military Bowl Parade Clydesdales Visit Annapolis webDecember 30

Family Fun Day with the Clydesdales
Ahead of the Military Bowl, The West Annapolis Business Affiliation is hosting a new family-friendly part with an appearance by the Clydesdales, food trucks, beer tents, games, and activities for children and adults. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. West Annapolis. facebook.com/westannapolisbiz

December 31

Military Bowl Parade
Naptown’s big bowl game kicks off with a fantastic parade up Main Street, led by the Budweiser Clydesdale horses. Parade begins at 9 a.m. militarybowl.org

Noon Year’s Eve Party
Noon Year’s Eve Party for families with young children. Countdown to 12:00-noisemakers, snacks, activities, dancing, and a balloon drop. Free. 11:30 a.m. Discoveries at the Mall, Annapolis. aacpl.net

Happy Noon Year
Celebrate the new year at noon with music, crafts, snacks and more. Free. 11 a.m. Severn Library. aacpl.net



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