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Things to do with the kids this weekend December 19-22

Pajama parties, North Pole walks, Hanukkah celebrations and even a scuba diving Santa round out this weekend’s family fun. Here are our top picks for December 19 to 22 in and around Annapolis, Baltimore and DC.

Thursday, December 19

Messiah Sing Along
Dec. 19–22. Experience Messiah’s supreme glory in Sir Andrew Davis’s must-hear orchestration of the beloved classic. A stellar cast of singers joins Davis, the Orchestra, and The Washington Chorus. $15–$90. Thurs. 7 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 

Diving Santa Claus
In between making his list and checking it twice, Santa Claus will be at the National Aquarium for his annual scuba dives in our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit, bringing holiday cheer to guests and the habitat’s 1,000 resident tropical fish. Regular admission. 1:00 p.m. –1:30 p.m. Also December 23 and 24. National Aquarium, Baltimore.

holiday lights 1Friday, December 20

Cookies with Santa
Santa, songs, music, playtime, cookies and more. $15–$21. Time slots 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. My Gym, Annapolis. 

Target $2 Family Fun Night
Enjoy crafts, storytimes, and the three floors of hands-on, educational exhibits. $2. 4–8 p.m. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore. 

Handel’s Messiah
The Annapolis Chorale’s annual performances of “Messiah” feature world-class soloists, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and, of course, the Annapolis Chorale, as they all come together in historic St. Anne’s Church for a powerful presentation of this iconic work. 8 p.m. $18 students; $51 adults. 

ICE!
Through Jan. 1. This year’s ICE! brings the Grinch to life with giant ice sculptures depicting the classic movie. Plus enjoy the ice slides and tunnels and travel to the “North Pole,” where you can ice skate, indulge in hot chocolate and other treats, and ride a carousel. Gaylord also features a nightly Cirque Dreams show $25–$33. Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor. 

Lights on the Bay
Nov. 24–Jan. 1. This annual holiday drive-through lights show features a scavenger hunt for kids and special 3-D glasses for special effects. Event benefits SPCA of Anne Arundel County. $20 per car. 5–10 p.m. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. 

Saturday, December 21

Family Holiday Concert
Hear Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, and highlights from “The Nutcracker” with our friends from Dance Connections, and other family-friendly favorites. $10–$15. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia. 

Holiday Movie on the Potomac
Showing of the “A Christmas Story” rated PG. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Free. 3:30 p.m. National Harbor. 

Winter Break: Pajama Party Palooza
Tis the season for family traditions, crazy fun, and cozy jammies! Roll out of bed and straight to Port Discovery for an over-the-top day filled with over-sized games, activities, and family fun! Free with museum admission, something new every day during the winter break week (except Dec. 24–25 and early closure Dec. 23). Port Discovery, Baltimore. 

Holiday Spectacular
Festive favorites, the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas, an audience sing-along and a musical surprises. Plus, the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall will become a winter wonderland with pre-concert performances, an opportunity for family photos and holiday cookies and ornaments for sale. $17.50–$80. 3 and 8 p.m. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Batlimore. 

The Colonial Ringers
The Colonial English Handbell Ringers performs holiday classics including “Frosty the Snowman,” “Away in a Jingle,” and more. $5. 2 p.m. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. Bowie. 

North Pole Lights Walk
Fri.–Sat., through Dec. 23. Take a self guided walk to the North Pole as the North Pole Fairy sends you on your way through the garden flowers and arctic animals to the North Pole Palace. Plus, visit Santa in the Garden Cabin. Willow Oak Flower Garden and Herb Farm, Severn. 4:30–8:00 p.m. 

The Nutcracker: Glen Echo – 2019
Through Dec. 29, Thursdays-Sundays. Marionettes tell the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. $12. Sat–Sun. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo.  

Sunday, December 22

Happy Hanukkah!
Chanukah on Ice. Skate to Chanukah music then head to McKeldin Square for the Chanukah festival and Menora lighting at 5 p.m. 2:30–5 p.m. Pandora Ice Rink, Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 

Six13 Concert
Celebrate Chanukah with this groundbreaking, six-man a cappella group that brings unprecedented style and energy to Jewish music with the power of the human voice. Anchored by a strong Jewish identity and fueled by soulful harmonies, intricate arrangements and a dynamic, full-band-like sound, Six13 aims to connect the Jewish community with their powerful vocals and Jewish musical heritage. $23. 3 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, Owings Mills. 

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. 

For more weekend fun, be sure to check our full Calendar of Events!

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