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Things to do with the kids this weekend November 28 to December 1

Turkey day is upon us and we have stuffed this round up full of family fun, from turkey trots to holiday bazaars, musicals and more! From Harry Potter and Charlie Brown to the Grinch, here are more than 20 of our top picks for November 28 to December 1.

Thursday, Nov. 28

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run
A 5k or fun run through downtown Annapolis. Strollers, kids and dogs are welcome! Plus a prize for the best turkey costume, and refreshments provided post race. $10–$40. 9 a.m. 318 6th Street, Eastport. 

Turkey Trot
Run, walk, jog or stroll during this 5K to help raise funds for children living in poverty throughout central Maryland. $40 adults; $22 ages 7–17; $5 ages 6 and under; Dogs $15. 8:30 a.m. The YMCA, Arnold. 


Turkey Chase
An out-and-back route on the dirt and gravel driveway. Strollers welcome but pets are not allowed. Benefits Caring for Community scholarships for children who cannot afford to go to camp. $25–$40. 8:30 a.m. YMCA Camp Letts, Edgewater. 

Christmas Village in Baltimore
Nov. 28–Dec. 24. This Christmas Village will transform West Shore Park at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor into an authentic German Christmas market. Free. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. West Shore Park, Baltimore. 

Friday, Nov. 29

BAZAART Holiday Art Market
Nov. 29–30. Shop hundreds of original creations by regional artists and craftspeople, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, apparel, and other work that simply defies categorization! Free. Fri. Noon–6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore. 

Hearth and Home in Early Maryland
Nov. 29–30. Explore 17th-century foodways, and celebrate the end of the growing season. Discover what it took to weather the winter before refrigerators, gas/electric stoves, and grocery stores. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission $10, children $6. Historic St. Mary’s City. 

Festival of Trees
Nov. 29 –Dec. 1. The elves from the Kennedy Krieger Institute transform the Maryland State Fairgrounds into a winter wonderland complete with decorated trees, a gingerbread town, shopping, holiday activities and entertainment for children of all ages. $6–$16, children under 4 free.

Christmas on the Square
Holiday festivities, music, entertainment, sleigh rides, live nativity, petting zoo, stories with Mrs. Claus and Santa’s arrival and tree lighting (7 p.m.) Free. 4:30–8:30 p.m. Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown. 

Festival of Lights
Nov. 29–Jan. 1. Holiday drive-through event features more than 2.5 million twinkling lights and a 54-foot LED musical tree. $10. 5–9:30 p.m. Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro. 

Nov. 29–Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). More than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights transform the zoo and a light show set to music. Also includes live music, winter treats and holiday shopping. Free. 5–9 p.m. National Zoo, Washington, D.C. 

Gingerbread House Show and Contest
Nov. 29–Dec. 1. View displays of edible gingerbread houses and vote on your favorite in the Viewer’s Choice Award Competition. $2. Noon–5 p.m. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, Upper Marlboro. 

NSO Pops:Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Nov. 29–Dec.1.Year Five begins! See Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert presented in HD on a giant screen with composer Nicholas Hooper’s score played live by the NSO. $29–$99. The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 

Saturday, Nov. 30

The Nutcracker
Nov. 30– Dec. 29. This Nutcracker performance is set in historic Georgetown using George Washington and King George III, among other historical figures, as characters. $30–$60. Warner Theater, Washington, D.C. 

A Christmas Carol
Nov. 30–Dec. 29. Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” is a beloved holiday performance. $39–$65. Annapolis Shakespeare Company. 

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Harbor Holiday Movies
Showing of “The Grinch,” 2018 version, rated PG. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Free. 2 p.m. National Harbor. 

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt
Work off your Thanksgiving feast by exploring Holt Park and nature cabin. Free. 1–4:30 p.m. Holt Park, Baltimore. 

Cookie Walk & Tree Lighting
Visit participating shops in Downtown Stevensville Arts & Entertainment District for tasty treats and the tree lighting at 6 p.m. to kick-off the holiday season. Free. 1–5 p.m. Stevensville. 

Holiday Bazaar & Tea at the Cloisters
Nov. 30–Dec. 1. Maryland artisans will sell handmade items inside the historic Cloisters Castle. Plus tea, finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, scones, cheese, and an assortment of pastries and desserts. The Bazaar is free to attend and shop, but there is a fee for participating in the tea. Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun. Noon–4 p.m. Cloisters Castle, Timonium. 

Miracle on 34th Street / Hampden Lights – Opening Night
Nov. 30–Jan. 1. Every evening from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Day, the block of 34th Street in between Keswick Road and Chestnut Avenue in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood is decked out a holiday light display that’s unique to Baltimore. Free. 6 p.m.–11 p.m. 700 Block of 34th Street (between Chestnut Ave. and Keswick Rd.). 

Sunday, Dec. 1

Grand Illumination—City Tree LightingGrand Illumination—City Tree Lighting
The lighting of the Annapolis tree plus Santa, live performances, refreshments and more. Free. 5:30–8 p.m. Market Space at the Market House, Annapolis. 

A Charlie Brown Christmas with The Eric Byrd Trio
Bring the whole family to hear this holiday favorite by the famous jazz trio. $14.75– $34.75. Doors open at 2 p.m. and show at 3 p.m. The Hamilton, Washington, D.C. 

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


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