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Gear up for Christmas - It's Right Around the Corner!

Dec 13, 2013 02:03PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds

By Jake Russell

It’s almost here. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. Christmas, yes Christmas, is just six days away!

If you’re doing any last-minute shopping, be sure to spend some time at the shops in Downtown Annapolis for 11th Hour on Thursday, December 19 at 5 p.m. Local businesses will stay open until 11 p.m. on Maryland Avenue, State Circle and Main Street. The Annapolis Circulator trolleys will be running free of charge for your convenience. Enjoy musical performances with food and refreshments at several stores.

Take in the sounds of the season with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s holiday pops concert Christmas in Annapolis on Friday at 8 p.m. The ASO will be accompanied by the hit vocal group Five By Design for a festive Maryland Hall performance. José-Luis Novo will serve as the show conductor. Tickets range from $10-$45. Visit annapolissymphony.org or call 410-269-1132.

Through Christmas Eve, Baltimore's Inner Harbor West Shore Park is converted into a traditional German Christmas Market for “Christmas Village in Baltimore.” This theme, which is expanding from Philadelphia, provides vendors in more than 60 booths that will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks with a shopping experience with international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. The event runs from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Visit baltimore-christmas.com for more info.

Join the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating staff and board of directors for A Holiday Evening with CRAB at the Annapolis Maritime Museum for an evening of music, holiday cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from some of the best local restaurants. Door prizes and silent auction items from Pandora, Fawcett Boat Supplies and more will be on hand. The entry fee is a tax deductible donation of $20 per person.

Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis will be holding Christmas in the Courtyard tonight from 5 p.m. to midnight for some holiday cheer. There will be Christmas trees, wreaths and local vendors selling hand-crafted gifts. Hot cider, cocoa and other warm treats will be available. Visit reynoldstavern.org or call 410-295-9555 for more information.

This children’s classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will be brought to life in a special matinee reading at the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge Saturday at 2 p.m. courtesy of the Dorchester Drama Guild’s actors. Tickets are $3 for children, $5 for adults with light refreshments included. Call 410-228-7782 or stop by the event’s Facebook page for more show details.

Talbot County Free Library’s St. Michaels branch will host “The Library Guy” Bill Peak and his wife, Melissa McLoud, as they give a reading of Dylan Thomas’s poem “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” No need to pre-register. Visit tcfl.org or call 410-822-1626 for more details.

Old Dominion Brewery in Dover will be hosting a special Free Tour Day and Movie Night on Saturday. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., visitors will receive a free brewery tour with a donation of canned food to the Delaware Food Bank. There will also be free admission to their Holiday Movie Marathon, which will feature “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “A Christmas Story” from 4-8 p.m.
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