Winter Holiday Fun and Winter Activities for Kids and Parents

Celebrate Kwanzaa in Maryland

KwanzaaKwanzaa is a week-long celebration of African American heritage. Take part in the rich culture of this holiday during one of the kid-friendly Kwanzaa events around Maryland.

Check out all the Kwanzaa events going on in Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington, D.C., and other locations around Maryland. For even more holiday fun, make sure to check out our list of New Years Eve events.

Click the event name for more information. Remember to call ahead to verify.

Updated for 2017. List is updated regularly. Check back often!

Tips for planning a stress-free holiday open house

Christmas PartyMost of us love the idea of mixing and mingling with family and friends in the comfort of our own homes, but hate planning, shopping, straightening the house and, of course, cleaning up. Parties can be stressful! Instead of planning the blowout to end all blowouts, why not plan a simple open house instead?

The concept of an open house is easy: Set start and end times with guests coming and going throughout. Here are a few tips to pull off the perfect holiday open house.

Celebrate Hanukkah in Maryland and DC

It's time for latkes, dreidels and gathering with friends and family—it's time for Hanukkah! This year's Festival of Lights starts at sundown Dec. 12, but Hanukkah events and celebrations start earlier in December. Check out these ways to celebrate the Festival of Lights, from Baltimore to Washington, D.C.

Updated for 2017. List is updated regularly. Check back often!

Ways to serve, help others and donate for the holidays

'Tis the season for giving! Teach your kids the true meaning of the holidays by helping others. There are plenty of ways to serve your community in Maryland coming up: food drives, collections of donations for nonprofits, toy and gift drives, and serving or delivering holiday dinners for those less fortunate. Help the homeless and needy during these winter months by volunteering at some of the events or donation drives listed below.

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Upcoming Events

Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' 4-D Experience, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
A Christmas Carol, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Annie, Olney
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Christmas Village, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
ICE, National Harbor
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Pictures With Santa, Annapolis
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Pictures With Santa, Hanover
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Santa at the Mall, Columbia
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Worlds Largest Gingerbread House, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 8:00AM - 07:00PM
ZooLights, Washington, D.C.
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Lights on the Bay, Annapolis
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 5:00PM - 09:30PM
Festival of Lights, Upper Marlboro
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Symphony of Lights, Columbia
Thu Dec 14, 2017 @12:00AM
'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' 4-D Experience, Baltimore
Thu Dec 14, 2017 @12:00AM
Pictures With Santa, Annapolis

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Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' 4-D Experience, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Christmas Village, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
ICE, National Harbor
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Pictures With Santa, Annapolis
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Pictures With Santa, Hanover
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Santa at the Mall, Columbia
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Worlds Largest Gingerbread House, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 8:00AM
ZooLights, Washington, D.C.
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 5:00PM
Festival of Lights, Upper Marlboro
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 5:00PM
Lights on the Bay, Annapolis