Nutcrackers, Lights displays, Santa sightings, Menorah lightings, Holiday Markets and New Year’s celebrations are still on! Some may be virtual, others outdoors, some with masks on, but this December’s family fun is here to keep you busy this season, whether at home or on the go!
The Nutcracker: Glen Echo Puppet Co.
Nov. 27–Jan. 1, Streaming. Marionettes tell the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy.
Snow Queen at Home
Dec. 12–Feb. 28, 2021. In the Imagination Stage adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous winter fairy tale, a powerful friendship is put to the test as four narrators bring to life the story of Gerda and Kai, life-long best friends whose relationship is broken by the unfeeling Snow Queen. Imagination abounds in this magical story of courage, wit, and unshakable resilience! Best for ages 5+. Your ticket purchase includes a special 25-minute live interactive prequel story, where kids will be able to join characters from the story of The Snow Queen on Zoom on a pre-show journey that sets the stage for the play.
Christmas at Mount Vernon
Nov. 27–Dec. 31. During Mt. Vernon’s Winter Glow event, you’ll see the estate illuminated with soft lights and holiday patterns as you listen to Christmas carolers and visit an 18th-century winter encampment. Plus, don’t miss daytime events including tours, behind-the-scenes programming and more.
Hoptimist Holiday Market
Nov. 27–Dec. 11. This festive, two-week virtual holiday store will feature hundreds of curated creations from some of the National Capital Region’s best artists and artisans. The Hoptimist Holiday Market “opens” at noon on Black Friday.
Babes in Toyland
Through Jan. 1. Virtual. Tickets allow you to view a virtual performance of this holiday favorite for a whole weekend, rather than just one evening! $30 per family.
Lights on the Bay
Nov. 20–Jan. 2. This annual holiday drive-through lights show features a scavenger hunt for kids and special 3-D glasses for special effects. Event benefits the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. $20 per car. 5–10 p.m. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis.
North Pole Lights Walk
Dec. 2–30, Wed.–Sat., plus Mon.–Tues. the week of Christmas and New Year’s.
Take a self guided walk to the North Pole! Walk through many different light displays as you make your way to see Santa! Bring the family for a walk to the North Pole! See the garden flower lights, forest animals and many more as you journey to the North Pole. Santa is outside to visit with children. Wednesdays–Sundays, 4:30–8 p.m. $7 adults; $5 children. Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm, Severn.
Festival of Lights
Nov. 27–Jan. 1. This spectacular drive-through event features dazzling displays with more than 2.5 million lights and a giant, 54-foot LED musical tree! 10 per car. 5–9:30 p.m. Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro.
Symphony of Lights
Nov. 25–Jan. 2. Open daily, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 300,000 bulbs. $20 per car. Mon.–Fri. 6–10 p.m. Sat.–Sun. 5–10 p.m. Symphony Woods, Columbia.
Six Flags Holiday in the Park
Nov. 23–Jan 1. More than 1 million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides. $55. Six Flags America, Upper Marlboro.
A Christmas Carol
Nov. 27–Dec. 27. Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” is a beloved holiday performance. The annual holiday tradition continues as we bring an updated production of the classic Christmas favorite. Streaming options begin Dec. 21. $30–$65. Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis.
Home for the Holidays
Nov 12–Jan 3. Head to Toby’s Dinner Theatre for a holiday spectacular. This uplifting and joyous celebration of the holiday season will feature many of your favorite Toby’s performers. Toby’s will be decked out for an evening of non-stop holiday entertainment filled with great music, humor and heart! $50–$65. Showtimes vary. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Columbia.
B&O’s Holiday Festival of Trains
Nov. 20–Jan. 3. Trains, holiday characters and more. Tour through each of Santa’s winter village shops during the entire Holiday Festival of Trains season. Santa’s winter shops are gingerbread-style storefronts with entrance for families to enjoy activities or treats. Admission: adults $20; children $12. Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. . B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore.
Reindeer Railway Evening Train Rides & Holiday Lights
Fridays & Saturdays, Dec. 4; 11–12; 18–19
Each evening, tour through Santa’s Winter Village shops, model train layouts, enjoy a visit from Santa and share cookies with spiced cider or spiked cider for the grown-ups. The train ride includes child-size light-up reindeer antlers to wear on the Reindeer Railway to help light the way for Santa!
St. Clement’s Island Museum Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit
Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls (like Barbie, American Girl and more), classic trains and other retro toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. $3 Adults; $1.50 Children, 5 and under Free. All guests must always wear masks while in the museum building, and social distancing guidelines are encouraged outside family units. Daily Noon–4 p.m. (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
Tuesday December 1
Gallery 57 West Giveaway Countdown
The local artists of Gallery 57 West are creating a little holiday magic for you by giving away personally selected gifts, which can be won each day from the gallery in the month of December. When you visit share your experience on social media using the hashtag #57westgiveaway to be automatically entered.
Wednesday December 2
Schedule your visit with Santa!
Check out places near you where you can still visit with the big guy, or find a virtual Santa visit that fits your family!
Thursday December 3
This program invites children 18 months to 3 years, with an adult, to discover the museum together through music, stories, and special activities. Join in a story time and a carryout craft, available while supplies last. Sessions are 15-20 minutes, conducted throughout the day. Capacity limited to 12 people per session. This month’s theme is Lighthouses: Shine on Me!
Annual Baltimore Monument Lighting
This year’s annual monument lighting will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. on WJZ Baltimore. Mount Vernon, Baltimore.
Midnight Madness Annapolis
Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Stroll through downtown Annapolis as shops remain open until midnight, and enjoy carolers, food, drinks, special deals and fun for the kids. Free. 5 p.m.–midnight. Downtown Annapolis.
Virtual Family Trivia Night
Join Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum for a family friendly trivia night, all about Maryland’s Marvelous Mammals! Free. 7 p.m. Preregistration required.
Midnight Madness St. Michaels
Visiting St. Michaels during the holiday season is a special experience and provides a wonderful backdrop to shop for the holidays in our coastal harbor town as we celebrate Christmas in St. Michaels! Shops will be open later with special sales all day and night during the three days and ending with a VIRTUAL Midnight Madness drawing on Saturday on the Visit St. Michaels Facebook Page.
Friday December 4
Midnight Madness Ellicott City
Come out to support Ellicott City businesses during the annual Midnight Madness. The evening kicks off with a virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the ECP Facebook Page starting at 6pm! Then take the Holiday Train Wonderland Walk. It’s the beloved Howard County Fire & Rescue display reimagined on our Main Street in 7 different windows. It even has a scavenger hunt you can access from your smartphone. Merry Main Street Marketplace continues in The Courtyards with artisan offerings, hot drinks, and more. Free. 6 p.m.–midnight. Historic Ellicott City.
Virtual Holiday Heap Craft Show
Dec. 4, 10 a.m.–Dec. 6, 4 p.m.
Charm City Craft Mafia’s Holiday Heap is going virtual this year! While we’ll miss seeing everyone in person, we’re thrilled to still be able to bring you incredible handmade items from some of the best makers! You can expect lots of holiday deals and sales, a giant raffle basket for charity filled with amazing goods donated by our generous vendors, games and activities, Instagram and FB live demos, freebies, handmade items for everyone on your list, and so much more, all from the comfort of your home!
Saturday December 5
The Gift of the Mad Guy
Dec. 5. Virtual; 1 p.m. Learn about generosity through the hilarious story of Jack, a gift-crazed child who believes that Christmas is about giving — specifically to HIM — until he is promised a REALLY big gift if he gives 3 of his gifts away to others. Will Jack learn that the holidays are about more than getting? $15, and get you access to the live stream for you and your whole family! Get yours at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/42328
Solomons Christmas Walk
Lighted Boat parade, gazebo lights, and a beautiful 18 ft Christmas tree. Free. 6 p.m. Riverwalk at Solomons, Solomons.
It’s time for the College Park Aviation Museum’s annual Winter Fly In! Things are a lot different this year, but we are able to keep our annual tradition of having Santa fly into the College Park Airport. From the comfort of your home, watch Santa fly into the College Park Airport at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook Live! You can choose to continue the fun and register for an afternoon photo with Santa and pick up a craft kit outdoors at the College Park Aviation Museum.
Don’t miss these Christmas Tree Farms near you where you can make holiday memories by cutting down your own Christmas Tree!
Virtual North Pole Experience
5–6. Join the Damascus Theatre Company for a family fun North Pole experience. An Elf will greet your family in a special Zoom room straight from the North Pole, then you will be transported into three different locations to experience all the fun at the North Pole. You will hear a story from Mrs. Claus, get tips from a Reindeer, and learn a holiday song in sign language. And, don’t forget a special visit with Santa Claus! $25 per family. 2–5 p.m.
Lanterns & Libations
Join the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts for an afternoon of holiday crafting. With the help and guidance of Murdoch’s Florist, we’ll be using fresh greens, ribbons, and all the trimmings to decorate a beautiful 18-inch black metal lantern. $30 ticket includes a lantern, decorations, expert instruction, and of course, the libations! Two sessions available; Noon–2 p.m. and 3–5 p.m.
Holiday Wreath Workshop
Come on out to the farm for a socially-distant Holiday Wreath Workshop. We will be set up outdoors at Wildberry Farm under the shade of mature trees.Create your beautiful, one of a kind wreath then enjoy some socially-distant socializing outside on the farm while you sip some hot cider or coffee! $50 per person. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Wildberry Farm.
DIY Piscataway Park Wreath Kits
Since we can’t gather around the bonfire together this year for Winter’s Eve, we’re bringing a part of Winter’s Eve to your hearth and home. For $25, you can purchase a DIY Piscataway Park Wreath Kit to create at home. Included in the wreath kit will be a handmade wreath base, greenery & pinecones from the farm, floral wire, wool ornaments, and a handmade bow. Order online by Thursday, December 3, then pick up your wreath kit on Saturday, December 5 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Piscataway Park.
Jingle Bell Food Drive
Dec. 5–6. Fill Santa’s Sleigh with nonperishable food or donations of grocery gift cards. Let attendant at gatehouse know you are dropping of food to not get charged a fee to enter the park. Select this link to the SPAN Wish List to see what is needed. Kinder Farm Park, Millersville.
Sunday December 6
St. Clement’s Island Museum Holiday Open House
Enjoy the opening of the St. Clement’s Island Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit 2020 inside the museum with take-home kids activities, music, take-home refreshments and get a jump on your holiday shopping with a wide variety of unique and local items inside the Museum Store. Free. Noon–4 p.m. St. Clement’s Island Museum.
First Holiday Arts Show
This season, shop outdoors during the holiday season at the popular First Sunday Arts Holiday Market in downtown Annapolis on December 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop from handcrafted jewelry, wheel-thrown pottery, hand-knitted hats and scarves, alpaca clothing, photography, paintings, candles, forged metal arts, fused glass, and home décor, as the first block of West Street in the Annapolis Arts District will be filled with 50 local artisans with some of the region’s best artists, crafters, musicians, and food.
The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker Virtual Tea Party
A quintessential Washington, DC holiday tradition, The Nutcracker Tea Party is coming to your home this season! Tune in on YouTube on December 6 at 3 p.m. for a 40-minute steaming and streaming Nutcracker experience – featuring guest performances, interactive activities, a special appearance by the Sugar Plum Fairy, the story of The Washington Ballet’s unique production of The Nutcracker, and behind the scenes interviews. Everyone is welcome to join!
Hanukkah in Space
How do you spin a dreidel in zero gravity? Can you light a menorah on the International Space Station? Come celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah—in outer space! In this live-stream family event, we’ll share how we celebrate our favorite holidays, experience several Hanukkah traditions, and discover how astronauts celebrate in space. This program is best suited for ages 5-7, though it will be plenty of fun for the whole family. Free. 3–4 p.m. Presented by the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
Christmas for Kids—Baltimore Choral Arts
This Christmas, Baltimore Choral Arts presents Christmas with Kids virutally, premiering live on our Facebook page. Watch as the ever-lovable Pepito the Clown and Tilly are swept away on an imaginative adventure as they attempt to help Santa prepare for Christmas. This children’s show is perfect for the young and young-at-heart! The video will later be available to watch all season long on our YouTube channel and website. 3 p.m. baltimorechoralarts.org
Muddy Creek Artists Guild Virtual Holiday Art Show and Sale
Find a unique, handcrafted gift and support the artists of MCAG this season by shopping our new virtual storefront!
Monday December 7
Walk through Symphony of Lights with your pups and see the dazzling light displays up close. Children in strollers, wagons and carriers are welcome. $12; $15 day of. 5–8 p.m. Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia.
Kids Crafts and Secret Santa Shop
Dec. 7 and 9. For all kids, 13 and under, a fun time making 2 holiday crafts. For social distancing reasons this is a ticket only event. Ticket price of $10 donation to the AACSPCA. While you visit with the animals or shop our retail area, your child will be assisted by our volunteers in making 2 holiday crafts they can give as gifts. For an additional charge parents can get a personalized letter from Santa and your child can buy special gifts for parents in our Secret Santa store. Volunteers will help them wrap gifts before they leave. 5:15–7:45 p.m. Register for half-hour time slots.
Wednesday December 9
Gingerbread House Show and Contest
Dec. 9–18. View displays of edible gingerbread houses virtually and vote on your favorite in the Viewer’s Choice Award Competition. $2. Noon–5 p.m. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, Upper Marlboro.
Pet Photos with Santa
Head to Westfield Annapolis with your pup for a photo op with Santa! Only pets will be able to be photographed with Santa, so bring your phone or camera and snap away. Santa will stay socially distanced from all humans. For social distancing reasons this is a ticketed only event. Ticket price is $10 and goes directly to the SPCA and the care of our animals.
We Read Wednesdays
We Read Wednesdays is a monthly virtual book club for kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. This month, we’re reading Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein and playing fun games inspired by the book! To register your child for this program, please call the Edgewater Library at 410-222-1538. 2–3 p.m. Ages 8–11.
Thursday December 10
Chanukah Joy at Westfield Mall 2020
Dec. 10. Feel the joy and spirit of the holiday with the entire Jewish community with Chanukah Kits which will include Chanukah treats, crafts and more. Free. 5–7 p.m. In front of H&M, Westfield Annapolis Mall, Annapolis.
Toddler Time with Santa
Dec. 10, 10 a.m. Santa will join children and families for a fun holiday craft, listen to a reading of one of Santa’s favorite books, The Polar Express! Toddler Time is included with admission, but pre-registration is required. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore.
Friday December 11
Dec. 11–26. This brand-new festive production features singing and dancing to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends. Enjoy some of your favorite holiday music featuring the Unified Jazz Ensemble. Only 8 Performances! Streaming options begin Dec. 22. $30–$65. Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis.
Family Ornament Day
The days grow short and cold, but cheer is in the air! Although we can’t meet in person this year, Museum staff will still offer the chance to create holiday ornaments and share in family fun. Grab-n-Go Ornament Day Art Kits will be available from Friday, December 11th–Saturday, December 19th. There is no cost to participate. Academy art museum, Easton.
11–22. It’s time to carry the banner on your stage with Disney’s Newsies! Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right! Fri.–Sat. 7 p.m.; Sat.–Sun. 2 p.m. $18. Streaming options available. West Arundel Creative Arts, Hanover.
Saturday December 12
Winter Wonderland Murder
Join Children’s Theatre of Annapolis for an evening of mystery! Betty Crosby, wife of famous football star Joseph Crosby, is hosting her annual Christmas Party fundraiser in her home. This year’s theme is Winter Wonderland, and celebrities and society’s elite are vying for an invitation. Until it all goes wrong. Test your deductive skills. It’s up to you to question the suspects and find the killer! Best for ages 16+. $20 per device login. 7–9 p.m.
Holiday Family Funshop at The Y
Join the Y in Arnold for holiday fun at the Holiday Family Funshop! Make holiday ornaments and other crafty creations, warm up with a cup of cocoa, smile bright in our photo booth, and more. Move from station to station with your family and celebrate the holiday season at the Y! This event is open to everyone. Registration is required. 5–7 p.m. The Y in Arnold (Greater Annapolis), Arnold.
Christmas in St. Michaels
St. Michaels will light up the night with a Lighted Boat Parade in the harbor and houses decorated for the holiday season. Virtual events and videos starring Santa will be available, online auction and marketplace. St. Michaels.
Everyday Coding Challenge
In this virtual program, brought to you by Code Ninjas and AACPL, kids will learn to think like a computer programmer and practice using algorithms, if-then statements, and loops. Then they’ll test their skills with unplugged activities, puzzles and challenges! Free. Best for ages 6–10. 2–3 p.m.
Drive-Through Chanukah Experience
12–13. This epic drive-through audio-visual experience brings the story of Chanukah to life! Brought to you by JCrafts, local Chabads of MoCo, and the DC Party Box! This is going to be epic, safe, and fun for the whole family! Tickets need to be purchased online prior to the event at www.chanukahexperience.com.
Joy Around the World Scavenger Hunt
12; 19; 26. This virtual scavenger hunt takes you to holiday markets and festivals, amazing museums and many scenic places around the world, in search of answers to fun, holiday-related questions. Whether it’s for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or even Boxing Day, it’s a fun game to unite families and friends. Guaranteed to delight any Grinch! For ages 10 and up. Teams of up to six can play together or remotely. Advance booking is required. $19 per person. 5–6:30 p.m. 877-9GO-HUNT.
Vintage Christmas Market
Dec. 12–13. Join us on the farm for an open-air Vintage Christmas Market. We will be hosting a variety of Vendors, a fun Photo Op, Raffle, Social Media Scavenger Hunt, and a lot of other fun activities! Free. 3–7 p.m. Wildberry Farm & Market, Crownsville.
Annapolis Artisans Home for the Holidays Market
December 12–13. Local by Design at the Gallery is home of 12 local businesses who put on the Annapolis Artisans Market; the AAM is an amazing furniture, art, and home decor show. Connect with local artists while you shop, get information on custom work from furniture, original art, soft goods, and framing; you will be inspired by the amazing works of art each business creates! Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Local by Design, 1818 Margaret Ave. Annapolis.
Dec. 12–13; 19–20. Presented by Ballet Theatre of Maryland. The magic of Christmas and the wonder of a child merge through young Clara’s adventures with mechanical dolls, life-size rats, and whirling Kingdoms of Snow and Sweets. $30–$50. Ticket and venue information coming soon!
Looking for more Christmas and Holiday fun? Check out our Guide to Holiday Events and Seasonal Fun!
Sunday December 13
Menorah Car Parade and Lighting At City Dock
Dec. 13. Celebrate the festival of lights with a Menorah Care Parade. Meet at Safeway (2635 Housley Rd, Annapolis) at 5 p.m.; car parade departs Safeway at 5:30 p.m. Each car Menorah will be attached with four strong magnets. Parade destination is City Dock with Giant Menorah lighting approximately 5:45 p.m. Free. Safeway and City Dock, Annapolis.
Tuesday December 15
A Christmas Carol STREAMING
Dec. 15–Jan. 3. It wouldn’t be Christmas at Olney without Paul Morella’s solo performance of A Christmas Carol. We weren’t going to let COVID dampen the joy of the season, so we’ve created this new, filmed version of his one-man show of the Charles Dickens classic. Even better, you can watch as many times as you like between December 15, 2020 – January 3, 2021. That’s the Christmas Spirit! $20. Olney Theatre Center.
Wednesday December 16
Holiday Pops with Jack Everly (Virtual)
Dec. 16. Artistic Partner Wordsmith joins this special holiday episode with a new rendition of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” as a reflection on 2020. Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly presents a program of holiday cheer featuring familiar favorites including “Sleigh Ride”, “A Hanukkah Celebration,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. Spend part of your holidays virtually with the BSO! $10 Pay per view.
Virtual LEGO Build
Join the Discoveries library staff for an interactive challenge to test your building skills and creativity. Families are welcome and only need to register once. Free. Kids ages 6–10. 2–3 p.m.
Festive Nature Crafts and Ornaments
Using natural materials, create a fun and festive ornament or other seasonal creation! Hands-on activities will be provided in kit form, and must be picked up prior to the start of the first class. Must have a laptop or desktop with the capabilities to use Microsoft Teams with video camera and microphone to engage. All instructions will be emailed to participants after registration. You will receive a detailed email with all information you will need for this activity. 1–1:45 p.m.
Thursday December 17
Tea with Mrs. Claus
Dec. 17, 12:30 p.m. Don your finest festive attire for a very special afternoon tea with Mrs. Claus! Guests will enjoy tea or hot cocoa, followed by traditional tea sandwiches and cakes. After lunch, take a train ride on the Reindeer Railway, then return to the B&O for craft and story time. Kids will take home their very own craft and leave their Christmas list with Mrs. Claus to make sure it goes directly to the big man in red! B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. Get your tickets here.
Christmas Movie Trivia
We’ve got another excuse for you to start watching Christmas movies now! We’re hosting Christmas Movie Trivia on December 17th at 7 p.m., covering “A Christmas Story,” “Elf,” “Home Alone” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Grab your team and get researching! The Tin Roof, Baltimore.
For preschoolers ages 3–5, with an adult. This month’s theme is Lighthouse Discovery. Join us for story time and a carryout craft, available while supplies last. Sessions are 15–20 minutes. Offered at various times throughout the day.
Friday December 18
Dec. 18. Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring your favorite Rock Holiday tradition directly into your home with an up-close-and-personal livestream performance of “Christmas Eve and Other Stories!” Join us on Friday, December 18th at 8 p.m. EST for an intimate 90-minute performance of this beloved album. Tickets for this virtual event are on-sale now on tsolivestream.com.
Ice Sculpting Masters Drive Through Holiday Display
18–19. Eight of the world’s best ice sculptors are coming to Maryland to compete for the 1st place medal. Almost 50,000 pounds of frozen water will be used to create 8 ice carving displays, each consisting of 20 crystal clear ice blocks. This is a U.S. National Championship event. Carvers will design and sculpt a sculpture based on our Theme: The Winter Season & The Holiday’s Around The World. The sculptures will be completed just before opening drive thru viewing to the public so everyone can see the finished work. A live ice-sculpting demonstration will be happening at our lot entrance each night. 4–10 p.m. $40 per car. Turf Valley Resort, Ellicott City.
Don’t Miss out on Holiday Concerts and Performances this year with our great roundup of all the Holiday Performances available!
Virtual Winter Scavenger Hunt
Kids can register as a team and work together to find items around your house. You will be prompted to seek out items from around the house. Race against the clock to find the items in multiple rounds in order to earn the most points. Hosted by the Deale Library. 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Saturday December 19
Family Holiday Concert
Join the Columbia Orchestra on YouTube for our virtual Holiday Concert! It will look a little different this year, but you’re sure to enjoy small groups from the Orchestra playing your favorite Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, selections from The Nutcracker & more! 7:30 p.m. columbiaorchestra.org
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – 2020 (Virtual)
Dec. 19. See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker from the best seat in the house; your living room! Experience the smash-hit Holiday tradition in this ground-breaking debut. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up close look at the behind-the-scenes action. 8 p.m. $25. Streaming.
Winter Solstice Celebration
Celebrate the longest night of the year with activities that explore the light and the dark! Enjoy a planetarium program to discover the significance of the solstice, myths, and folklore about our sun. Take in nature’s winter beauty during a night hike as we examine how animals and plants prepare for the long nights and short days ahead. Warm up with a campfire and hot chocolate. Alternative online or kit-based programs will be offered in the event of COVID closures. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia.
Sunday December 20
$2 Community Day
Enjoy crafts, storytimes, and the three floors of hands-on, educational exhibits. $2. 11 a.m. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore.
Santa Comes to St. Philip’s
Santa Claus is coming to town- Virtually Saint Philip’s Episcopal Church will have Santa appear on Zoom and Facebook Live this year. He still wants to know who has been naughty or nice. He is waiting for you to visit with him and Mrs. Claus on Sunday, December 20, 2020, from 3–3:30 p.m. Please join Santa for fun and story time.
Virtual Guided Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem
As we celebrate the holiday season, it is time to explore the sites from where they all began! Join a virtual guide as we explore the Holy City through each of its four quarters as well as the nearby city of Bethlehem. 7 p.m.
Thursday December 24
See the Waterskiing Santa and all his friends on Christmas Eve at 1 p.m. This year due to Covid-19 Santa and Friends will not be in Old Town Alexandria, but on your screen. Stay home, get some hot chocolate and popcorn and cozy up while watching the Waterskiing Santa.
Friday December 25
Winter is peak harvesting season for Crassostrea virginicia, the Eastern oyster. Head to the Calvert Marine Museum, which will showcase “Rock E. Feller,” the museum’s giant oyster model, and an oyster-themed carryout craft. Activities appropriate for ages 5-10. Program included with museum admission.
Watch anytime on the Banneker-Douglass site. Celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa through musical performances, games, crafts, and more! The program will include: Musical Performance; Zawadi (Gift Making) Session; Kwanzaa Feast Cooking Tutorial; Discussion on the Importance of Community and Intergenerational Engagement; Virtual Lighting Ceremony; and a “Buy Black” Marketplace. 12–2 p.m. Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis.
Principles of Kwanzaa
Dec. 26–31. Every day during Kwanzaa, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum will bring you a virtual event based on a principle of Kwanzaa. It will start on Dec. 26 with a storytime
embracing Africana history and culture with the Conolly family (Umoja). This follows on Dec. 28 with a workshop on Collective Work and Responsibility (Ujima); Dec. 29 with Cooperative Economics for kids and adults (Ujamaa); and Dec. 31 on Creativity (Kuumba).
Winter Break at Port Discovery
Dec. 26–27; Dec. 31; Jan. 2-3. Explore three floors of educational exhibits at the Museum and take part in special activities including Snow Shadow Puppets inside the StudioWorkshop, challenge your family to a Catapult Snowball Fight and so much more!
Sunday December 27
Military Bowl and Parade (Virtual)
Due to the ongoing global health crisis, the Military Bowl is putting a new twist on its ever-popular Military Bowl Parade. The Bowl encourages past parade participants and new groups interested in joining the fun to submit a video of up to two minutes in length. The Bowl will assemble the videos into this year’s parade, premiering online via various social media platforms on Sunday, December 27, the day before the 2020 Military Bowl. After the premier, the parade also will be available to watch on the Military Bowl’s YouTube page. 11 a.m. Bowl game, Dec. 28.
Monday December 28
While winter air temperatures throughout the Chesapeake region are relatively mild, the water temperatures are downright icy! Discover how different species cope with the arrival of winter at the Calvert Marine Museum. Don’t forget to pick up your hibernation-themed carryout craft. Activities appropriate for ages 5–10. Program included with museum admission.
Tuesday December 29
From reports of “Chessie” and other unusual animals of the bay to a rich history of storytelling, the Chesapeake region has its own unique lore, legends, and superstitions. Discover some of the tales of Southern Maryland during your museum visit. Activities appropriate for ages 5-10. Program included with museum admission. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.
Wednesday December 30
Kwanzaa Live with Culture Queen
Join Culture Queen for a virtual Kwanzaa celebration from the comforts of your home. Kwanzaa expert, Culture Queen, teaches your royal children a fresh approach to celebrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa through interactive music, movement, storytelling, and Black History themed games. Virtual. 10:30–11 a.m.
Winter Birds of the Chesapeake
The Chesapeake Bay becomes home to many waterfowl during the winter months. Check out a bird watching kit to use along the museum’s marsh walk and play a round or two of the bird migration game. A waterfowl-themed carryout craft is also available. Activities appropriate for ages 5–10. Program included with museum admission. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.
Thursday December 31
Virtual Countdown to New Year’s
Stay home and countdown to noon with your favorite end-of-the-year library program! Join us live on the Discoveries Facebook page for stories, songs and the annual countdown to the new year. Pick up a special pack of fun for the program starting December 10th, while supplies last! 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. aacpl.net
Noontime New Year
Dec. 31. Join us for an intimate, fun and bedtime-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration that will have kiddos and parents smiling and enjoying a well-deserved day of play, fun, and time together as we say goodbye to 2020 (woohoo!) and hello to a new year! Take part in fun (and physically distant) New Year’s Eve activities as we countdown to a year full of new adventures! Advanced registration required due to limited capacity. $17.95. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Port Discovery, Baltimore.
Join the Maryland Science Center and Domino Sugar for Midnight Noon Online on Thursday, December 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with hands-on activities, a livestream performance by Grammy nominated Milkshake, and of course, a countdown to the new year at noon!
Midnight on the Hour
Ring in the New Year with an exciting fireworks display every hour, 6–9 p.m. Walk through the Symphony of Lights,,, food vendors, party favors and more. $15; ages 4 and under free. 5–7:30 p.m. Symphony Woods, Columbia.
Annapolis New Year’s Celebration – 2019. 2020 Details to come.
Festive activities for the whole family start at 3 p.m. at Weems Whelan park behind Maryland Hall, including a moon bounce, face painting, obstacle course and early bird fireworks at 5:30 p.m. Downtown, enjoy a DJ under the big tent from 8 to 9 p.m., live music 9 to midnight, and more fireworks to ring in the new year.