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ISSUE 132 | December 2017
Winterfest Of Lights, Ocean City


Christmas on the Potomac & ICE!
Through January 1
National Harbor
Six Flags America Holiday in the Park
Through January 1
Upper Marlboro
Christmas Village in Baltimore
Through December 24
Winterfest of Lights
Through December 31
Ocean City
Downtown Silver Spring Sustainable Energy Holiday Tree
Through January 1
Silver Spring
An Appalachian Holiday Concert
December 1-2
Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination
December 2
Mayor’s Christmas Parade
December 3
Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
December 9
Santa’s Magic Workshop
December 9-16
How the Grunch Stole Hanukkah
December 16
2017 Military Bowl
December 28

Parades, Twinkling Holiday Light Shows, Ice Skating, Santa Sightings and More Great Holiday Happenings

Find your favorite Santa, go ice skating, find a spot by the water for a lighted boat parade, or go extreme with a Holiday Haunt or just marvel at the lights. Head to our website for information on all these and other great ideas, because there’s always more during the holidays in Maryland.

Choo-Choo-Choose Your Perfect Holiday Railroad Adventure

Whether it’s huffing and puffing around the bend on a real-life steam engine or marveling at the delicate craftsmanship of a traditional train garden, in Maryland the holidays come by rail. So whether it’s a steam-powered adventure through the mountains, or a jaunt over to the local firehouse, we’ve got the lowdown on Maryland’s great holiday train events. All aboard!

Find Unique Gifts for One-Of-A-Kind Friends for the Holidays

Maryland is a land of makers. Experience the wonder of creativity and find hand-sewn quilts, beautiful artworks, Old World wooden crafts, and even cutting-edge 3-D printed creations at these fantastic holiday crafts shows or at the Maryland Artist Marketplace.

Get in the Swing of the Season at These Amazing Holiday Performances

Is it really Christmas without "The Nutcracker"? Does it really feel like the holidays if you haven’t kicked up your bell-bedecked elf shoes? For a full rundown on holiday theater events and where to catch the magical music of the holidays, head to our Holiday Performances Page.

Main Street in Maryland during the holidays

Stuff those Stockings with Maryland Main Street Treasures

From the mountains to the sea, Maryland is home to vibrant downtowns and welcoming communities that make perfect holiday shopping destinations. Whether it’s a classic waterfowl decoy for dad, a funky, one-of-a-kind ornament for mom​, or a delicious Smith Island cake for the whole family, Maryland’s one-of-a-kind, Main Street shopping destinations have the perfect gifts to fit under every tree.

Performers celebrating Kwanzaa

​Celebrate the Start of Kwanzaa

​Honor African heritage and rich African-American culture and traditions during the seven days of Kwanzaa. Join celebrations at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, and Benjamin Banneker Park in Oella.

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