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Guide to Holiday Events and Seasonal Fun

Looking for some family fun this holiday season? We have all the information you need on the best guide to holiday events in Maryland. Plus, you’ll find festive fun every day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s in our Holiday Countdown!

We have a list of all the places for your family to see the holiday lights and tree lightings, a calendar of Christmas concerts and performances, and a guide to holiday festivals and open houses in the Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area.

If you are looking for great holiday shopping and craft shows or want a Christmas tree farm to chop down a tree, we have listings for you. We also have all of the New Year’s Eve events for kids and family friendly Kwanzaa events in the area.

Check out our links below to make sure your family’s holiday is festive from start to finish this season.

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  • Red for Train Gardens
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Holiday Countdown

Between Nov. 27, and Jan. 1, we post something fun to do as a family to help you enjoy the special times, traditions and joy of this magical winter season. Check here each day for a new idea and way to celebrate the winter holidays in Maryland.

Maryland Santa sightings

We list all the places from Baltimore to Annapolis and from Bowie to the Eastern Shore where Santa will be stopping to visit with kids this holiday season. 

Where to cut your own Christmas tree

Interested in cutting your own Christmas tree? Here’s a list of Maryland tree farms in Anne Arundel, Howard, Queen Anne’s, Harford and Carroll counties where you can cut your own. Many also offer other family activities, wreaths and roping for sale, hot drinks and snacks, and even Santa visits so you can make a day of it. And if you don’t want to actually do the cutting, many sell pre-cut trees too.

santasLapMaryland holiday lights displays and Christmas tree lightings

Check out the tree lightings and light displays from the Chesapeake Bay to Columbia and everyting in between. If you are looking for a light display at the zoo or a Christmas boat parade, it’s listed here.

Maryland holiday festivals and open houses

From gigantic ice displays to train gardens to historic houses decorated for the holidays, you will find all the holiday festivals and open houses in Annapolis and beyond.

Maryland holiday concerts and performances

There are many Christmas concerts, The Messiah, performances of The Nutcracker, and other holiday favorites for kids and adults at this time of year. Check out our guide to see what your family would enjoy.

Maryland holiday shopping and craft shows

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list at one of the many craft shows and shops at this time of year. For a full listing of events around Baltimore and Annapolis check out our listing. 

Train gardens

Kids love trains and holiday train gardens are a thrill for any age. Check out this listing of train gardens in the area and hit one or every one of them.

Hanukkah events

This year’s Festival of Lights starts at sundown Dec. 23 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.

Kwanzaa Celebrations

Celebrate African culture and heritage at these Kwanzaa celebrations in Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids in Maryland

Find the perfect way to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your kids in our listing of events in the Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

And check our list of toy, clothing and food drives and other ways to help if you are looking to make a holiday donation. Teach your kids that giving is more important than getting.

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