A dozen date night ideas to put you in the holiday mood – from Christmas on the Square in Leonardtown, to Motown & More at Rams Head On Stage to checking out how George and Martha celebrated the holidays at Mount Vernon. Here are our tops picks for November 29 to December 1.
Friday, Nov. 29
Hearth and Home in Early Maryland
Nov. 29 –30. Explore 17th-century foodways, and celebrate the end of the growing season. Discover what it took to weather the winter before refrigerators, gas/electric stoves, and grocery stores. $10, children $6. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City.
Festival of Trees
Nov. 29 –Dec. 1. The elves from the Kennedy Krieger Institute transform the Maryland State Fairgrounds into a winter wonderland complete with decorated trees, a gingerbread town, shopping, holiday activities and entertainment for children of all ages. $6–$16, children under 4 free. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium.
Christmas on the Square
Holiday festivities, music, entertainment, sleigh rides, live nativity, petting zoo, stories with Mrs. Claus and Santa’s arrival and tree lighting (7 p.m.) Free. 4:30–8:30 p.m. Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown.
Motown & More: A Holiday Celebration at Rams Head On Stage
For the holidays, MOTOWN & MORE: A Holiday Celebration offers a brand new show with those special tunes that bring the season in with style–The Temptations’ “Silent Night” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song,” Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” and Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby” —just to name a few. $39.50. 8 p.m. Rams Heads On Stage, Annapolis.
Christmas Light Show on Horseback
Through Jan. 4. Horseback ride through the elaborately decorated trails and view lights that dance to Christmas music. The leisurely pace of this ride allows you see and appreciate the beauty of the trail decorated with over 100,000 lights. After your ride enjoy a hot chocolate and warm up at the bon fire. $49. Happy on Hooves, Hampstead.
Saturday, Nov. 30
Christmas with the Celts
An uplifting and spirited holiday musical celebration starring international music group the Celts and a cast of fantastic dancers. 21 and over show. $39.50. 8 p.m. Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis.
Miracle on 34th Street / Hampden Lights Opening Night
Nov. 30–Jan. 1. Every evening from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Day, the block of 34th Street in between Keswick Road and Chestnut Avenue in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood is decked out a holiday light display that’s unique to Baltimore. Free. 6 p.m.–11 p.m. 700 Block of 34th Street (between Chestnut Ave. and Keswick Rd.).
Mount Vernon by Candlelight
Select dates and times through Dec. 22. The annual candlelit guided tours of George and Martha Washington’s home. Learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia! $18-$26. 5:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m. Children under 5 free. George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Virginia.
Sunday, Dec. 1
Georgetown Glow: Light Art Festival
Through Jan. 5. Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, a spectacular outdoor public light art installations. 5–10 p.m. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Washington.
Jolly Express Cruise
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in Dec. Enjoy a 45-minute Spa Creek cruise aboard the Miss Anne, while the boat is decorated in reindeer antlers and a lit up red nose. Reservations recommended. $13–$23. 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis.
A Christmas Carol
Weekends through Dec. 29. Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” is a beloved holiday performance. $30–$40. Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis.
Holiday Candlelight Stroll
Fridays and Saturdays (except Dec. 14). Holiday walk through downtown Annapolis. $12–$21. 7–8:30 p.m. Downtown Annapolis.
In the mood for even more lights? Check out our round up of holiday light displays!