Maryland Thanksgiving Events

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Looking for something fun to do this Thanksgiving season? Check out the many Thanksgiving events that are taking place in Maryland throughout the month of November. From Turkey Trots to Thanksgiving crafts and story times, you're sure to find a few fun family activities for kids of all ages.

Updated for 2018

Pasadena Thanksgiving Parade - 2018

Nov. 4. Parade will feature bands, floats and more. Food donations will be collected along the parade route. 2pm. Tick Neck Road, Pasadena. pasadenabusinessassociation.com/Thanksgiving-Parade

Native American Traditions - 2018
Let’s learn how maple, osage orange and tulip trees all provided early Americans with materials to meet their many needs. Registration required. Ages 2-6. $15; $5 members. 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Ladew Gardens, Monkton. ladewgardens.com

Kids Club: Gobble Gobble Turkey Cupcakes - 2018
Nov. 13. Children’s culinary workshop using all natural ingredients. Registration required. $5. 11–11:45 a.m. Whole Foods Market, Annapolis. wholefoodsmarket.com

Thanksgiving is Here - 2018
Nov. 20. During Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program, read 'Thanksgiving is Here' and learn why we celebrate Thankgiving. $10; members, $8. 10-11:15am. William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis. 410-990-4543, annapolis.org/media/48-414-mr-pacas-backyard-preschool-program

Gobble Gobble for Toddlers and Preschoolers - 2018
Nov. 14-15. Special toddler storytime, Nov 14. Preschool storytime, Nov 15. Celebrate Thanksgiving with songs, rhymes, and stories. Free. 9:30am. Crofton Library. aacpl.net

Empty Bowls Fundraiser - 2018
Nov. 14. Over 15 varieties of soup. This dinner will simulate a typical dinner for those less fortunate. To benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. $5-15. 6-7:30pm. South River High school, Edgewater. srhsinteract.wix.com/emptybowls

The Polar Express Train Ride - 2018
Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 23-25. Relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on The Polar Express. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served while passengers listen to the classic book The Polar Express. Each child will receive a silver bell. $47-90. B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. 410-752-2490, borail.org

Homestead Gardens' Grand Illumination - 2018
Nov. 17. Lighting of the trees and christmas lights. Live music, trains and 250,000 lights. Free. 5-6:30pm. Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville. 410-798-5000, homesteadgardens.com

Thanksgiving Glitterfest - 2018
Nov. 17. A one-day workshop for young artists and families to decorate sparkling centerpieces with glitter for their Thanksgiving table. Nothing says "Thanks!" like glitter - and all the mess can stay in our classroom. Families are encouraged to bring their own items to decorate or choose from a limited selection of free centerpiece items at the workshop. Free. 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Brentwood Arts Exchange, Brentwood. 301-277-2863. mncppc.org

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rsz boat paradeICE! A Charlie Brown Christmas - 2018
Nov. 16-Jan. 1. ICE! is featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas this holiday season. There will be 4 2-story ice slides, ice sculptures, and a full Nativity scene. Travel through the North Pole, sit inside Santa’s sleigh and see artisans from China carve live inside the Frostbite Factory. $17-38. Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor. 301-965-4000, gaylordnationaltickets.com

Lights on the Bay - 2018
Nov. 17-Jan. 1. Annual holiday lights show. $15 per car. 5-10pm. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. lightsonthebay.org

Six Flags Holiday in the Park - 2018
Nov. 23-Jan 1. More than 1 million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides. $45-$70. Six Flags America, Upper Marlboro. 301-249-1500, sixflags.com/america

Thanksgiving Storytime and Craft - 2018
Nov. 20. Thanksgiving themed storytime and craft. Free. 10am. Deale Library. aacpl.net

Symphony of Lights - 2018
Nov. 22-Dec. 30 (Wednesdays-Sundays). Also open 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. $25 per car. 6pm-10pm. Symphony Woods, Columbia. hcgh.org/symphonyoflights

Christmas on the Square and Annual Christmas Tree Lighting - 2018
Nov. 23. Holiday festivities, music, entertainment, sleigh rides, live nativity, petting zoo, stories with Mrs. Claus, and Santa's arrival at 7pm. Free. 5-9pm. Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown. visitstmarysmd.com/events-entertainment/christmas-on-the-square-and-annual-christmas-tree-lighting

Festival of Lights - 2018
Nov. 23-Jan. 1. Holiday drive-through event features more than 2.5 million twinkling lights and a giant 54-ft LED Tree. $10-30. 5-9:30pm. Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro. http://www.pgparks.com/742/Festival-of-Lights

Festival of Trees - 2018
Nov. 23-25. Hundreds of designer-decorated trees, wreaths, and gingerbread towns to view and buy. Toy train gardens, princesses, a carousel, and pony rides, over 100 gift boutiques, holiday goodies, and fun activities for kids. $7-$16; children under 4 are free. 10am. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org/

Zoolights - 2018
Nov. 23-Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25, 31). Live music, winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music. Free. 5-9pm. National Zoo, Washington D.C. 202-633-4888, nationalzoo.si.edu

Festival of Trees - 2018
Nov. 24-27. Breathtaking displays celebrating the holiday season. $5; $1, ages 12 and under. 10am-6pm. Tidewater Inn, Easton. 410-253-0919, festival-of-trees.org

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt - 2018
Nov. 24. Explore the nature cabin and complete a scavenger hunt for a prize. Free. 1-4:30pm. Holt Park, Baltimore. 410-887-5307, overleafrc.com/programs/holtpark

Harbor Holiday Movies - 2018
Nov. 24. Showing of ‘Flintstone Family Christmas’, rated PG. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Free. National Harbor. nationalharbor.com/movies-on-the-potomac

Grand Illumination – Annapolis City Tree Lighting - 2018
Nov. 25. The lighting of the Annapolis tree. Santa, live performances, hot chocolate and candy canes. Free. 5:30-7pm. Market Space at the Market House, Annapolis. downtownannapolispartnership.org/grand-illumination


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