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What's Up? Weekend 11/22/18

Nov 21, 2018 04:00PM ● By Brian Saucedo

Happy Thanksgiving! The Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to surround yourself with the people you care about. After you’ve filled up on turkey and stuffing, make the most of your long weekend (and maybe even work off some of that food!). For a list of more fun happenings this weekend, visit our online calendar at Here are a few activities to enjoy with family and friends this weekend

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A Christmas Carol – Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Friday, November 23rd, 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 24th, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday, November 25th, 2 p.m.

Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents A Christmas Carol. This original production of a classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.


American Indian Heritage Day – Historic London Town and Gardens

Friday, November 23rd, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Historic London Town and Gardens is happy to welcome the Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians for American Indian Heritage Day. An annual holiday for the state of Maryland, American Indian Heritage Day is a celebration of the living culture of native people in our state.  ​


Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 24th, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

Small businesses are what give communities their unique flavor. These locally owned restaurants, boutiques, galleries, and shops can be found nowhere else. Shop and dine in small, locally owned businesses throughout downtown Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. This is your chance to show local business owners that you appreciate the unique shopping and dining experiences they offer when you visit them on this day. 


The Grand Illumination – Downtown Annapolis

Sunday, November 25th, 5:30–9:30 p.m.

The Downtown Annapolis Partnership joins the Annapolis Jaycees to ring in the holiday season in downtown Annapolis. Enjoy dancing, carols by local school groups, hot chocolate and candy canes, and ornament decorating. Plus, Santa will make a special appearance to help light the tree and get everyone in the holiday spirit. The Jaycees will be accepting non-perishable food items and unwrapped toys for their Angel Tree program, which supports local families in need during the holiday season. 


Eastern Shore

Santa’s Arrival and the Kent County Christmas Parade – Downtown Chestertown

Friday, November 23rd, 6:30–8:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 24th, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Join Kent County as they kick off the holiday season. It’s a tradition that Kent County families and friends look forward to each Thanksgiving weekend. The festivities begin Friday night in downtown Chestertown with the Community Marching Band playing holiday favorites, Santa and Mrs. Claus’ arrival atop a fire truck, and the town turning on the holiday lights. Saturday morning, head to High Street for the annual Holiday Parade, which includes bands, fire trucks, floats, classic cars, and more.


Created in Caroline Arts Tour – Downtown Denton

Friday, November 23rd through Saturday, November 24th

Don’t fight the crowds on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Instead, find unique, handmade gifts for your holiday giving, and support local small businesses while you enjoy a pleasant self-guided driving tour of Caroline County’s amazing and unique artists and artisans. From fine arts to hard cider to all things lavender, experience the best of Caroline’s own. 


Festival of Trees – Tidewater Inn, Easton

Friday, November 23rd through Tuesday, November 27th

Join the Friends of the Hospice for the 33rd Festival of Trees, benefiting Talbot Hospice. Festival events include tours of beautifully decorated Talbot County homes, Candy Cane Lane children’s activities, holiday shopping, and a mother-son and father-daughter dance.


Chestertown Antiques Show & Sale – Washington College, Chestertown

Friday, November 23rd, 4–7 p.m.; Saturday, November 24th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, November 25th, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Now in its 55th year, the Chestertown Antiques Show & Sale is a high point of the Thanksgiving holiday. Highlights include restored oil lamps, vintage American flags, antique firearms, vintage documents, and much more. Nationally recognized art and antiques appraiser Todd Peenstra will be on-site throughout the weekend. Proceeds benefit the Kent Association of Riding Therapy.


Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting – Spring Valley, Cambridge

Saturday, November 24th, 5:30 p.m.

Bring the family and kick off the holiday season with Cambridge's annual Christmas tree lighting. The festive evening includes music, a visit from Santa Claus, and plenty of Christmas cheer. Entertainment provided by the Maple Elementary Marching Band and the Community Mass Choir.


Western Shore

Symphony of Lights – Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia

Now through December 30th, 6–10 p.m.

Enjoy a drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays during Symphony of Lights. Light displays, both animated and stationary, glow with a total of 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Symphony of Lights benefits Howard County General Hospital.


Festival of Trees – Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium

Friday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 25th, 10 a.m.

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays! Santa, Rudolph, the elves, and their friends at Kennedy Krieger Institute are preparing for the East Coast’s largest holiday-themed festival, Festival of Trees! The Maryland State Fairgrounds will transform into a winter wonderland with decorated trees, a gingerbread town, shopping, holiday activities, and non-stop entertainment for children of all ages.


Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama – Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

Sunday, November 25th, 8 p.m.

Attendees will hear firsthand Mrs. Obama’s intimate reflections on the experiences and events, both public and private, that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her years spent at the most famous address in the world.