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Things to do with the kids this weekend December 26 to 28

Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and more! So many holidays all at once and that means lots of celebratory fun this weekend! Here are our top picks for December 25 to 28 in and around Annapolis, Baltimore and DC.

Thursday, December 26
Happy Kwanzaa!

A Miracle on Annapolis Street
Ahead of the Military Bowl, The West Annapolis Business Affiliation is hosting a new family-friendly part with an appearance by the Clydesdales, food trucks, beer tents, games, and activities for children and adults. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. West Annapolis. 

12 Days of Science
Through January 1. Featuring a different theme every day through Jan. 1. Participate in drop-in workshops, live demonstrations and hands-on building throughout the Science Center. Activities for those at home will also be available on the Science Center website and social media. Free with admission, $19.95–$25.95. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore.

Friday, December 27

Military Bowl and Parade
Naptown’s big bowl game kicks off with a fantastic parade up Main Street, led by the Budweiser Clydesdale horses. Then head to the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium for the big game! Parade begins at 9 a.m. Bowl game, noon. 

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. 

Festival of Lights
Nov. 29–Jan. 1. This spectacular drive-through event features dazzling displays with more than 2.5 million lights and a giant, 54-foot LED musical tree! $10 per car. 5–9:30 p.m. Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro. 

Symphony of Lights
Nov. 27–Jan. 1. Display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Plus a Laser light show and 3-D holiday video. Check out the Festive Families Night, Dec. 1, and Tail Lights night on Dec. 9. $20 per car. Pre-Purchasing tickets is recommended. Weekdays 6–10 p.m., weekends 5–10 p.m. Symphony Woods, Columbia. 

holiday lights 1Saturday, December 28

Riversdale by Candlelight
Residents from Riversdale’s past welcome guests to the candlelit museums for tours, refreshments, music, and children’s activities. $5. Free ages 12 and under. 6–9 p.m. Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park. 

Kwanzaa Celebration
Celebrate this African American holiday with African dance, storytelling with puppets, drumming performances, and workshops. $5. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore. 

The Nutcracker: Glen Echo
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. 

Enchant Christmas
Through Dec. 29. Head to Nationals Park where you can navigate giant light sculptures, a light maze, and glide along the lighted ice skating trail. Plus stroll through a Christmas Market of more than 60 local artisan vendors, visit with Santa, and hit up the Kid Zone. Adults: $20–$35; kids: $17–$27. Nationals Park, Washington DC.

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. 

A Christmas Story
Through January 5. It’s the holiday season in 1940s Indiana and bespectacled Ralphie Parker is on a quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—a Red Ryder BB gun! The infamous leg lamp, pink bunny PJ’s and a triple dog dare are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Children $49.50, adults $65–$70. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Columbia.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Through Jan. 5. Leap through the wardrobe and into a winter wonderland in this dance-based adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s treasured novel from the Chronicles of Narnia, which tells the story of four siblings who journey from war-torn England to a magical land frozen in eternal winter, where the powerful lion Aslan leads them on a journey to discover their destiny. Imagination Stage, Bethesda. 

B&O’s Magical Holiday Express
Through Dec. 31. Trains, holiday characters and more. Admission: adults $20; children $12. Train rides: $2–$3 with paid admission. Carousel Rides: $2 with paid admission. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. 

Starting to plan your New Year’s Eve festivities? We’ve got you covered with both family friendly and adult events! Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Maryland!


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