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Dec 16, 2011 09:36PM ● By Anonymous

This Saturday, Naptown's west side is playing host to "It's a Wonderful Life" in West Annapolis, which will raise funds for the Lighthouse Shelter, the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, and the Salvation Army.

This nostalgic holiday event is complete with shopping, entertainment, children's activities, and visits from Santa. Attendees can take part in free horse and carriage rides between 5 and 8 p.m., and can check out screenings of the film It's A Wonderful Life throughout the day.

And, for any of you late shoppers, stores participating in the event are planning on staying open late. That means that you can get your holiday shopping done at your convenience, and in just the St. Nick of time (sorry, I couldn't help myself).

Speaking of late shoppers—Cambridge isn't taking any chances with that one.

Deeming dads as some of the most notorious last-minute shoppers, the town has organized the Dads & Kids Holiday Outing throughout the downtown area. The event takes place on Saturday, the last shopping Saturday before Christmas.

The event welcomes dads and granddads to treat the kids to a holiday lunch at a local restaurant before hitting the shops in search of the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Perhaps something special for mom?

Along the way, family members can make the most of opportunities to stop at museums or galleries, and participate in a family-friendly activity.

If you don't want to do any shopping this weekend (and I can't say I blame you), then consider heading to Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.

There, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform A Christmas Carol - In Concert.

This holiday musical festival is complete with music ranging from classical and Broadway, to blues and gospel. The brainchild of Bob Christianson of the wildly popular Too Hot to Handel, A Christmas Carol - In Concert is a perfect event for the whole family.

Kids young and old will get the chance to relish in the spirit of the season as the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future fly them through an inspiring journey.

Performances of A Christmas Carol - In Concert take place on Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets range from $16 to $57.