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.
For 2020, of course, many of these events will be virtual, and those that are in-person will require precaution. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, everyone!
Updated for 2020
Thanksgiving Candle Centerpiece
November 21. Create your own Thanksgiving Tablescape with a hurricane candle surrounded by fresh greenery and dried flowers, seed pods and textured elements. Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm, Severn. 11 a.m. $70.
North Pole Lights Walk
Nov. 27–29. 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.4:30–8 p.m. $7 adults; $5 children. Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm, Severn.
Fresh Christmas Greens Wreath
November 28. Make your own fresh wreath with mixed fragrant evergreens, berries and ribbon. $65. 11 a.m. Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm, Severn.
Joy Around the World Scavenger Hunt
November 27–28. 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.
Additional dates, Dec. 12, 19, 26.
Annapolis Artisans Home for the Holidays Market
November 28–29. 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. Localbydesignannapolis.com
Festival of Trees – 2020
Nov. 27–29. Kennedy-Krieger’s Festival of Trees is a three-day, family fun, holiday event that benefits the thousands of children and families who receive services and treatment at Kennedy Krieger Institute each year. Festival of Trees 2020 will be a hybrid event, but will still feature beloved traditions, such as designer-decorated trees and wreaths for sale, Santa, entertainment, and a not-to-miss online silent auction with many unique items. Virtual event. Free. Register for updates and links to activities.
More Thanksgiving Weekend Fun!
Holiday Porch Arrangement
November 28. Create a porch arrangement in a resin pot. Fill your container with fresh greens, berries, pinecones and branches for some holiday cheer. $70. 2 p.m. Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm, Severn.
Virtual Holiday Market on Main, Laurel
November 28. Celebrate Small Business Saturday by shopping virtually from local vendors on historic Laurel’s Main Street. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Free to attend. Family-friendly.
Festival of Trees – 2020
Nov. 28. The Friends of Hospice invites the community for a special edition of the Festival of Trees. The event, to be held Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 10 am to 5 pm, has been moved “outside” to the Tented Brick Wing behind the Tidewater Inn. Visitors will be able to view the HOSPICE MEMORIAL TREE, celebrating those individuals cared for by Talbot Hospice in 2020. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tidewater Inn, Easton.
Artist Sunday in Annapolis
November 29. Downtown Annapolis is filled with artist galleries, artist studios, record shops, book stores, musicians, performing arts, and shops that carry locally made items by artists. On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, join the Annapolis Arts District, Inner West Street Association and the Downtown Annapolis Partnership in supporting local professional artists as part of a national initiative, to help you find unique, personal gifts for your loved ones, and invest in art that has a lasting legacy. Learn more at annapolisartsdistrict.org or artistssunday.com.
Holiday Lights Displays Starting Thanksgiving Week
Homestead Gardens’ Christmas
While Homestead won’t be able to host its traditional holiday events this year, you can find dozens of inspirational holiday tree and tabletop themes, an amazing selection of live and lifelike trees, wreaths and other holiday plant favorites. Homestead will also have beautiful locally-grown poinsettias in a variety of sizes. And, for a little extra holiday cheer, kids of all ages will delight in our new animatronic Santa’s Workshops that complement our famous train display—remodeled and enlarged for 2020. Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville.
Lights on the Bay
Nov. 20–Jan. 2. Drive through this annual holiday lights show to raise money for the Anne Arundel SPCA. $20 per car. 5–10 p.m. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis.
Nov. 20–Jan. 3. A brilliant seasonal spectacle is coming to the Zoo this winter! Drive or walk through a festival of lights shaped like wildlife. Plus, get that warm glowing feeling inside knowing you are supporting the Zoo’s animal care and conservation work. Advanced reservations are required. Drive-through ($45) Wed.–Thurs. 5–7 p.m.; Fri. and Sun. –9 p.m. Walk-through ($20, kids under 2 free) Sat. 4:30–7:30 p.m. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
B&O’s Holiday Festival of Trains
Nov. 20–Jan. 3. Trains, holiday characters and more. 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.
Six Flags Holiday in the Park – 2020
Nov. 21–Jan 3. 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.
Symphony of Lights – 2020
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.
Santa Arrives in Baltimore
November 27. The holiday season is officially here when Santa comes to town, and we hope you’ll join us in greeting him when he arrives back in Baltimore aboard the B&O No. 6944! Santa’s locomotive will pull into the B&O Railroad Museum’s spacious Roundhouse, creating the perfect opportunity to take the first festive photos of the season.
Festival of Lights – 2020
Nov. 27–Jan. 1. Holiday drive-through event features more than 2.5 million twinkling lights and a giant 54-ft LED Tree. $8–$20. 5–9:30 p.m. Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro.
Zoolights – 2020
Nov. 29–Jan. 1 ZooLights will not be held on-site at the Smithsonian National Zoo this year. Instead, the 24-foot ZooLights Express truck will hit the road, festively decorated with light displays and featuring “Panda Claws,” and visit one Washington, D.C., ward each Friday and Saturday night from 6–8 p.m.