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2018 Holiday Calendar

Nov 29, 2018 04:00PM ● By Brian Saucedo

By Cate Reynolds

Happy December! The holiday season is in full swing, and there is so much to see and do. This calendar is filled with holiday happenings to keep you busy now and into the new year. To discover more local events, visit our online calendar at Whatsupmag.com.


Saturday 12/1


Annapolis Area:


Muddy Creek Artists Guild Holiday Show and Sale at South River Colony Main Street Shopping Center, Edgewater. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sun.). Now through December 9th, 2018. Free. Muddycreekartistsguild.org.

Come explore unique creations from over 40 local South County artists, and find gifts for everyone on your Holiday shopping list.


Christmas Bazaar featuring Santa's Workshop at St. Anne's School, Annapolis. 9:30 a.m. $5, free for children under 3. Free. St.anneschool.org.

Join the Parents Association at St. Anne’s School of Annapolis for a Christmas Bazaar featuring Santa's Workshop.


Holiday Wreath Making Class at Whole Foods Market Annapolis, Annapolis. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. $35.

Ever wonder how our floral designers make such beautiful wreaths? Create a beautiful holiday wreath to give your front door an extra special touch. Material, decorations, wreaths and snacks are included in the price. 


Holiday Candlelight Stroll at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 7 p.m. $21 for adults, $12 for children 3-11, Free for ages 2 & Under. Annapolistours.com.

Welcome the holidays with an evening stroll and a pleasant remembrance of Christmas past. Glowing lanterns light your way as you stroll around Maryland’s historic State Capital, all trimmed in holiday greenery. Walk along the streets of Annapolis, past colonial mansions, Victorian townhouses and quaint shops. 


Jolly Express Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 6 p.m. $23 for adults, $13 for children ages 12 & Under. Cruisesonthebay.com.

'Tis the Season...for the Jolly Express!  Hop aboard Miss Anne, all decked out for the Holidays and see the sights along Spa Creek on the Jolly Express. Miss Anne will be adorned with reindeer spirit for a 45-minute cruise including hot cocoa, holiday music and holiday cheer. Cuddle up under blankets and enjoy the cruise with "Captain Santa" at the helm. The Jolly Express is a classic Annapolis holiday activity and a perfect opportunity to start a family holiday tradition.


Quaker Holiday Market at Annapolis Friends Meeting Hall, Annapolis. 9 a.m. Free. Annapolisfriends.org.

Purchase delicious food, unique goods, clothes, jewelry, toys, plants, and more at the Quaker Holiday Market. Proceeds will benefit AVP-Uganda, Springbrook High School's Free Store, and the Quaker United Nations Office.


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.


Wreath Workshop at Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. 10 a.m. Prices vary. Historiclondontown.org.

Start your holiday season with our annual wreath workshop! Create your own holiday wreaths and centerpieces using greenery from our wooded gardens, bows, ornaments, and other festive decorations. Our expert wreath makers will guide you in making the perfect natural holiday decorations for your home!


U.S. Naval Academy’s Handel’s Messiah Concert at U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Usna.edu

A long-standing Naval Academy tradition, the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs join the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company to present selections from Handel’s beloved Messiah.


State House by Candlelight at Maryland State House, Annapolis. 5 p.m. TBA.

Enjoy this annual open house featuring performances by young musicians and vocalists from throughout Maryland. The oldest State House in continuous legislative use in the nation will be adorned with 24 Christmas trees representing every Maryland county and Baltimore City.


Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. 5 p.m.–10 p.m. (Sun.–Sat.) Now through January 1st. $15-50. Lightsonthebay.org.

Head to Sandy Point State Park for Lights on the Bay, hosted by the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. The light show is a 2-mile scenic drive along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay with more than 60 spectacular animated and stationary displays illuminating the roadways.


Eastern Shore

Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol at Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 8 p.m. $10-20. Garfieldcenter.org.

Tiny Tim is determined to have his father home for Christmas Day, even if it means teaching Ebenezer Scrooge a lesson in Christmas cheer! Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens novel, Tony award winner Ken Ludwig writes a heartwarming Christmas tale full of family fun! Directed by Bonnie Hill.


Annual Chincoteague Old Fashioned Christmas Parade at Chincoteague Main Street, Chincoteague. 7 p.m. Free. Chincoteaguechamber.com.

Visit beautiful Chincoteague Island and celebrate an annual Christmas tradition during the Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade! 


Motown & More - A Holiday Celebration at Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. $30. Avalonfoundation.org. 

Motown. Just the name evokes sounds and images of a past musical era full of great artists, classic songs, smooth choreography, and exciting stage shows. For the holidays, “Motown & More—A Holiday Celebration” offers a brand new show with those special tunes that bring the season in with style


Annual Holiday Show at Chestertown RiverArts, Chestertown. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. (Sun.), 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (Tues.–Fri.), 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (Sat.) Free. Now through December 30th. Free. Chestertownriverarts.net.

RiverArts’ galleries will be filled with holiday décor for the table and wall, wreaths and ornaments, jewelry, hand painted silk scarves and jackets, ceramics, utilitarian to whimsical, knitted sweaters, socks and hats for toddlers, pets, and in-laws, and paintings both large and small. Don’t forget the cards and handmade gift tags.


Jewels for the Holidays at Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery, Easton. 12–4 p.m. (Mon.–Thurs.), 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.). Now through December 31st. Free. Thetrippegallery.com.

For the month of December, The Trippe Gallery in Easton will be exhibiting small works of art—artistic jewels that make wonderful, special, one-of-a-kind gifts for the holiday season. Small paintings in oil and watercolor, collage mosaics, fine art photography, etchings, and pastels. In addition, the gallery features table top sculpture in bonded marble and resin of animals and fruits and vegetables, as well as beautiful porcelain vessels. 


6th Annual Toy Train & Model Railroad Exhibit at Kent County Public Library, Chestertown. 10 a.m. Free. Kentcountylibrary.com.

Kent County Public Library hosts its 6th Annual Toy Train & Model Railroad Exhibit, featuring tinplate trains from the 1920s & 1930s and magnificent operating layouts in O and Standard Gauge.


Christmas in Odessa at Women's Club of Odessa, Odessa. 10 a.m. $20 in advance, $25 day of event. Christmasinodessa.com.

Christmas in Odessa is a self-guided walking tour of private homes and public buildings, many dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, decorated for the holidays.


Christmas Parade & Crab Tree Lighting at Downtown Cambridge, Cambridge. 4 p.m. Free. Christmasparade.org.

Get caught up in the swirl of light and sound during the Cambridge-Dorchester Christmas Parade, one of Maryland’s largest nighttime parades. Marching bands, floats, classic cars, horses, and more fill the streets with energy and excitement, as they have for more than 65 years. Come early and you’ll enjoy live music at Cambridge’s Crab Basket Tree, plus the official lighting of the tree.


EVFD Annual Christmas Train Garden at Easton Volunteer Fire Department, Easton. Weekdays, 6 p.m.; Weekends, 2 p.m. Now through December 25th. Free; Donations appreciated.

Multiple O and H-O guage trains and various Department 56 villages create a holiday scene enjoyed by the young and not-so-young.


Free Holiday Movies: Elf at Cambridge Premier Cinemas, Cambridge. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tritonmovies.com.

Head to Cambridge Premier Cinemas for a free holiday movie this December.


Queen Anne's Chorale: Peace on Earth at Todd Performing Arts Center, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. 7 p.m. $20. Qacchorale.org.

Queen Anne's Chorale soloist and chamber orchestra explore the theme "Peace on Earth" with Vivaldi's "Gloria", seasonal selections, and audience participation. Queen Anne's County Chorale is supported in part through grants form the United Way of Queen Anne's County, the Queen Anne's County Centre for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.


Ridgely's Old Fashioned Christmas at Martin Sutton Park, Ridgely. 6:45 p.m. Free. Visitcaroline.org.

Get into the holiday spirit at Ridgely’s Old Fashioned Christmas, featuring a parade, refreshments, Santa, the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree and more!


Santa arrives in Rock Hall at Town of Rock Hall, Rock Hall. 6 p.m. Free. Rockhallmd.com

Join the Town of Rock Hal in greeting Santa as he arrives by boat at the bulkhead on Bayside Ave.  Enjoy family fun, the lighted boat parade, and then get a chance to visit Santa on Main Street in Rock Hall.


Winterfest of Lights at Ocean City, Ocean City. 5:30–9:30 p.m. (Sun.–Thurs.), 5:30–10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.). Now through December 31st. $5 for ages 12 and over, free for ages 11 and under. Ococean.com.

See how Ocean City, MD, sparkles this winter and visit the Winterfest of Lights! You'll find more than one million holiday lights and hundreds of animated light displays throughout Northside Park. Relax and sip hot chocolate in the heated Winterfest Village pavilion, take a photo with Santa, and board the Winterfest Express to tour fairy tale themed exhibits. The one-mile journey takes you through 58 acres of lights and features a 50-foot Christmas tree.


Art & Craft Marketplace at Waterfowl Building, Easton. 9 a.m. Free. Discovereaston.com.

Kick-off your holiday season at the Art & Craft Marketplace in downtown Easton. This merry event will take place as part of the Christmas in Easton celebration, with over 40 artists and craft vendors offering a wide array of unusual and high quality gifts for everyone on your list.


Historic Stevensville Christmas Tree Lighting at Historic Stevensville, Stevensville. 6 p.m. Free. Qac.org.

Bring in the first day of December in Downtown Stevensville. Join the celebration to kickoff the holiday season!


Preston Holiday House Tour at Caroline County Office of Tourism, Denton. 10 a.m. Prices vary. Visitcaroline.org. 

The Community Club of Preston hosts a Holiday House Tour, its first such tour since 2014. Seven Preston area homes will open their doors to help welcome the Christmas season.


St. Michaels Midnight Madness at Town of St. Michaels. 10 a.m. Free. Stmichaelsmd.org.

Join the Town of St. Michaels for its 17th Annual Midnight Madness. Great shops will be open ‘til Midnight with refreshments and snacks, and special sales for that day and evening. The Town will be festively decorated for the season, and Carolers stroll the streets. The holiday spirit is felt throughout town, which makes coming to St Michaels during the holiday season a special experience, year after year, and provides a wonderful backdrop to shop for the holidays.


Christmas in Caroline at Caroline County Office of Tourism, Denton. 9 a.m. Prices vary. Visitcaroline.org

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Christmas in Caroline. Featuring artisan crafts, collectables, gifts, wreaths, a silent auction, food, costumed characters, children’s activities and more. 


Christmas Train Garden at Cambridge Rescue and Fire Company, Cambridge. 1–4 p.m. & 6–9 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), 6–9 p.m. (Mon.–Fri.). Now through December 30th. Free. Visitdorchester.org.

Gaze in wonder at this holiday-themed train display at the Cambridge Rescue and Fire Company in historic downtown Cambridge. Perfect for all ages! A tradition that has been carried on for more than 80 years, the display is created each year by volunteers with the Cambridge Rescue Fire Company.


Queen Anne's Chorale Winter Concert at Todd Performing Arts Center, Wye Mills. 7 p.m. $20 for adults, free for children. Qacchorale.org

Queen Anne’s Chorale soloists and chamber orchestra explore the theme of “Peace on Earth” with Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, seasonal selections, and audience participation.


Outstanding Dreams Farm's Holiday Open House at Outstanding Dreams Farm, Preston. 10 a.m. Free. Visitcaroline.org.

Celebrate the season at Outstanding Dreams Farm’s annual Holiday Open House. The event features farm tours, unique holiday gifts, seasonal refreshments and more! From luxurious Alpaca sweaters to toys crafted from Alpaca fiber, you’ll find a gift for everyone on your list at this family-friendly event. Attendees will also have a chance to meet the growing herd of Huacaya Alpacas and learn about the wonderful world of alpacas.


Christmas on the Creek at Town of Oxford, Oxford. 9 a.m. Prices vary. Portofoxford.com.

Head to Oxford for the Celebration of Christmas on the Creek, featuring caroling, a Christmas bazaar, the annual tree lighting, and much more. Visit website for a complete schedule of events.


West County/Regional:


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 7 p.m. $55-65. Kennedy-center.org.

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR for this annual holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music! This year, Jason Moran will be joined by Booker T. Jones and James Francies, among others. This perennially sold-out event will be recorded for future broadcast on NPR and streaming online.


Glen Burnie High School Winter Craft Fair at Glen Burnie High School, Glen Burnie. 9 a.m. Free. Gbhsmusic.org.

Get your holiday shopping done at the 35th annual GBHS winter craft fair. Over 130 crafters selling handmade crafts, including jewelry, woodcrafts, Christmas decorations, pet products, toys, home goods. Free admission, plenty of parking. Lunch available. Benefits the GBHS Music Boosters.


Story Time with Mrs. Claus at Patuxent Nursery, Bowie. 12 p.m. Free. Patuxentnursery.com.

Mrs. Claus is coming to town to share her favorite holiday stories with the children. Bring the entire family to this wonderful holiday event! It's a great way to get in the holiday spirit.


Symphony of Lights at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia. Wednesdays through Sundays, 6 p.m. Now through December 30th. $25 per vehicle. Visithowardcounty.com.

Symphony of Lights is a drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays. Light displays, both animated and stationary, glow with a total of 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Visitors can listen to seasonal music on the Symphony of Lights FM radio station while driving through.


Chesapeake Chorale Holiday Concert at Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Crofton. 7:30 p.m. $5-20. Chesapeakechorale.org.

From the quiet solitude of Away in a Manger, arranged by Ola Gjeilo, to Craig Courtney’s How Great Our Joy, with its festive four-hands piano accompaniment, the Chesapeake Chorale celebrates the season in carols! The main feature of this year’s annual holiday tradition will be a performance of Benjamin Britten’s celebrated suite A Ceremony of Carols for chorus and harp.


Santa at Homestead Gardens at Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville & Severna Park Locations. 10 a.m. (Davidsonville) & 12 p.m. (Severna Park). Free. Homesteadgardens.com.

Head to Homestead Gardens to grab a picture with Santa! Reserve your time with the big guy using in-store registration. While you wait, explore the store. Grab some hot chocolate, enjoy the beautiful holiday decor, and find the perfects gifts for everyone on your list.


Saturday With Santa at CBEC’s Education and Arts Building, Grasonville. 9 a.m. $10 for members, $12 for non-members, children 1 and under are free. Bayrestoration.org. 

Festivities begin at 9 a.m., with a guided nature hike for the whole family. At 10 a.m., Santa arrives for story time, holiday carols and pictures! From 11 a.m.–1 p.m., local artists will lead families in making greenery arrangements, while kids make holiday crafts. Hot cocoa, coffee, muffins and treats for all. "Santa's Workshop" aka gift shop and silent auction will be open and poinsettias will be for sale.


Shades of Blue Orchestra at North County High School, Ferndale. 7:30 p.m. $25 for adults, $10 for ages 18 and under. Mdconcertseries.org.

Shades of Blue Orchestra is an 18-piece Big Band featuring the fantastic vocals of Tony Liberto and the Liberto Sisters. Their Christmas program will be the highlight of the holiday season.


Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker Prince Party at Captain Avery Museum, Shady Side. 1 p.m. $20 members, $25 non-members. Captainaverymuseum.com.

Children, and children-at-heart, are invited to the Captain Avery Museum for an afternoon with their favorite characters from The Nutcracker ballet. The Sugar Plum Fairy will read the classic holiday story and then join other costumed characters to perform a mini-ballet. 


St. Martin's Christmas Mart at St. Martin's-in-the-Field Episcopal Church, Severna Park. 9 a.m. Free. Stmartinsinthefield.com

Enjoy some holiday shopping and support local artisans. Tasty treats will be available including donuts, lunch, and Korean specialties. Don’t forget Boxwood Trees and Poinsettias, plus the White Elephant Sale and silent auction.


Saturdays with Santa at The Capital Wheel at National Harbor, National Harbor. Saturdays, 10 a.m. Now through December 22nd. Prices vary. Thecapitalwheel.com.

Visit The Capital Wheel at The National Harbor and meet Santa. Ride in a climate controlled gondola on The Capital Wheel or watch the kids spin on The Carousel. Adults can keep warm with festive drinks including several holiday packages perfect for gift giving or creating life long memories. 


Sunday 12/2


Annapolis Area:


Holidays with Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Annapolis. 8:30 a.m. Free.

You won't believe how much wisdom the Dalai Lama's & Archbishop Desmond Tutu's collaborative book, The Book of Joy, offers! The series frankly acknowledges the frankly acknowledges the aversive emotions and points to their use in finding joy. Each session can be understood separately.


Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival at Calvert and West Street, Annapolis. 12 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Annapolischocolatefestival.com.

Are you a chocoholic in need of a fix? You won’t want to miss the 4th Annual Chocolate Binge Festival. Two dozen local chocolate vendors will be selling chocolate specialties, including chocolate caramels, cakes, bars, truffles, fudge, cookies, candies, hot chocolate and more. Enjoy live music, roasting S'mores with the Fire Department, a gingerbread house moon bounce, Cocoa with the PoPo, a holiday market, the lighting of the Holiday Light Canopy, along with a visit from Santa.


Motown & More: A Holiday Celebration at Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis. 8 p.m. $39.50. Ramsheadonstage.com.

Motown. Just the name evokes sounds and images of a past musical era full of great artists, classic songs, smooth choreography, and exciting stage shows. For the holidays, “Motown & More—A Holiday Celebration” offers a brand new show with those special tunes that bring the season in with style


Jolly Express Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 6 p.m. $23 for adults, $13 for children ages 12 & Under. Cruisesonthebay.com.

'Tis the Season...for the Jolly Express!  Hop aboard Miss Anne, all decked out for the Holidays and see the sights along Spa Creek on the Jolly Express. Miss Anne will be adorned with reindeer spirit for a 45-minute cruise including hot cocoa, holiday music and holiday cheer. Cuddle up under blankets and enjoy the cruise with "Captain Santa" at the helm. The Jolly Express is a classic Annapolis holiday activity and a perfect opportunity to start a family holiday tradition.


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.


"C is for Christmas" Arundel Vocal Arts Society Holiday Concert at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Arnold. 3 p.m. $20 per person, free for students. Arundelvocalarts.org. 

Join Arundel Vocal Arts Society for its annual Holiday Concert, now in its 35th year! This year's concert is titled "C is for Christmas" and includes works beginning with each letter of Christmas.  Works by Rutter, Pergolesi, Forrest and more. 


Candlelight Concert at Charles Carroll House, Annapolis. 4 p.m. $35. Annapolischamberplayers.org. 

Celebrate the holidays with festive chamber music and seasonal favorites in this intimidate and historic setting. Get your tickets early and bring your friends to this annual one of a kind Annapolis musical feast


U.S. Naval Academy’s Handel’s Messiah Concert at U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Usna.edu

A long-standing Naval Academy tradition, the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs join the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company to present selections from Handel’s beloved Messiah.


The Nutcracker Tea at Loews Annapolis Hotel, Annapolis. 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. SOLD OUT. Whatsuptix.com. 

Fill your tea cup with holiday cheer as you experience the beauty and magic of Christmas at the holiday decked Loews Annapolis. Enjoy a delicious high tea as you watch a mini performance from The Nutcracker come to life on stage. Don’t forget story time with Santa & Mrs. Claus!


Italian Christmas Market at Annapolis Sons of Italy Lodge, Annapolis. 10 a.m. Free. Annapolissonsofitaly.com. 

Purchase unique goods from Italian artisans and craftmen, and delicious foods including desserts and cannolis. Presented by the Annapolis Sons & Daughters of Italy in America


Eastern Shore:


Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol at Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 3 p.m. $10-20. Garfieldcenter.org.

Tiny Tim is determined to have his father home for Christmas Day, even if it means teaching Ebenezer Scrooge a lesson in Christmas cheer! Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens novel, Tony award winner Ken Ludwig writes a heartwarming Christmas tale full of family fun! Directed by Bonnie Hill.


Free Holiday Movies: 8 Crazy Nights at Cambridge Premier Cinemas, Cambridge. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tritonmovies.com.

Head to Cambridge Premier Cinemas for a free holiday movie this December.


Nativity Scenes From Around the World at Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast, Cambridge. 2 p.m. $10. Cambridgehousebandb.com.

See more than 25 Nativity scenes (also known as creches) from around the world on display at the historic Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast.


Christmas in Caroline at Caroline County Office of Tourism, Denton. 10 a.m. Prices vary. Visitcaroline.org. 

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Christmas in Caroline. Featuring artisan crafts, collectables, gifts, wreaths, a silent auction, food, costumed characters, children’s activities and more. 


Breakfast with Santa at Tidewater Inn, Easton. 9 a.m. $20.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids ages 3-12, free for kids 2 and under. Tidewaterinn.com.

Enjoy the annual Breakfast with Santa at the Tidewater Inn.  Serving a breakfast buffet with specialty Kid Friendly items and “Reindeer Food” for the kiddies to take home.


Festive Holiday Buffet Cooking Class at Two if by Sea Restaurant, Tilghman. 4 p.m. $35. Twoifbysearestaurant.com.

Watch and Taste as celebrity Chef Henry Miller prepares a 7 course meal from around the world.


Christmas on the Creek at Town of Oxford, Oxford. 9 a.m. Prices vary. Portofoxford.com. 

Head to Oxford for the Celebration of Christmas on the Creek, featuring caroling, a Christmas bazaar, the annual tree lighting, and much more. Visit website for a complete schedule of events.


West County/Regional:


2018 Holiday Craft Fair at Thomas Stone High School, Waldorf. 10 a.m. $1. Humanesocietycc.org.

Join the Humane Society of Charles County for the 29th annual Holiday Craft Fair. A donation of a pet food item (any type any kind) or $1 towards the homeless pets is requested. There will be over 120 crafters selling their handmade craft items including stained glass, ceramics, hand made scarves, hats and gloves, jewelry, pens, and more.  


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


Pentatonix at The Anthem, Washington. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Theanthemdc.com

In just five years, Pentatonix has sold more than 6 million albums in the U.S. alone. They have won 3 Grammy Awards and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold-out shows across the globe. Their YouTube channel boasts close to 13 million subscribers, yielding over 2 billion video views, and their 2015 self-titled album has been certified gold after debuting #1 on Billboard's 200.


The Beach Boys Reason for the Season Christmas Tour at Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Baltimore. 6 p.m. Prices vary. Modell-lyric.com. 

As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history. The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and have become an American icon to fans around the world. Baltimore, don’t miss The Beach Boys playing all your favorite hits along with a very special Christmas show.  


Bethesda Row Chanukah Menorah Lighting at Bethesda Row, Bethesda. 5 p.m. Free.

Celebrate the festival of lights during this annual Menorah Lighting hosted in partnership with Chabad of Bethesda-Chevy Chase.


Santa at Homestead Gardens at Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville & Severna Park Locations. 12 p.m. Free. Homesteadgardens.com.

Head to Homestead Gardens to grab a picture with Santa! Reserve your time with the big guy using in-store registration. While you wait, explore the store. Grab some hot chocolate, enjoy the beautiful holiday decor, and find the perfects gifts for everyone on your list.


Children's Chorus of Maryland Annual Holiday Concert at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills. 3 p.m. $15-28.

Children's Chorus of Maryland celebrates its 43rd annual holiday concert Voices of Peace. With the guiding theme Voices of Peace, the three choirs will present selections that emphasize the need and yearning for peace, recognizing the gentle presence of peace in the world and between people.


Monday 12/3


Annapolis Area:


"C is for Christmas" Arundel Vocal Arts Society Holiday Concert at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Arnold. 3 p.m. $20 per person, free for students. Arundelvocalarts.org.

Join Arundel Vocal Arts Society for its annual Holiday Concert, now in its 35th year! This year's concert is titled "C is for Christmas" and includes works beginning with each letter of Christmas.  Works by Rutter, Pergolesi, Forrest and more. 


West County/Regional:


Pentatonix at The Anthem, Washington. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Theanthemdc.com. 

In just five years, Pentatonix has sold more than 6 million albums in the U.S. alone. They have won 3 Grammy Awards and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold-out shows across the globe. Their YouTube channel boasts close to 13 million subscribers, yielding over 2 billion video views, and their 2015 self-titled album has been certified gold after debuting #1 on Billboard's 200.


Tuesday 12/4


Annapolis Area:


Mr. Paca's Backyard- Red Sled at William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis. 10 a.m. $8 for HA members/volunteers, $10 for general admission. Annapolis.org.

When a well-loved sled is left outside a cozy cabin on a still winters night, an unlikely cast of creatures force new friendships during the ride of their lives! In reading the "Red Sled" we will join in the ride!


Half Pint Kids Club: Grinch Kabobs at Whole Foods Market Annapolis at Whole Foods Market Annapolis, Annapolis. 11 a.m. $5 per person.

Join Whole Foods Market for a fun filled culinary or craft workshop, followed by a store tour and samples. In this class, kids will learn how to make a fun craft or a delicious snack using all-natural ingredients. 


Eastern Shore:


Mid-Shore Community Band Holiday Concert at North Caroline High School Auditorium, Ridgely. 7 p.m. Free. Carolinerecreation.org. 

Kick off the holiday season with a special performance by the Midshore Community Band. This concert is becoming its own holiday tradition. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear local volunteer musicians spread a little cheer through a mix of well known and lesser known holiday tunes. Donations to the MidShore Community Band are encouraged.


West County/Regional:


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Wednesday 12/5


Eastern Shore


Nativity Scenes From Around the World at Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast, Cambridge. 2 p.m. $10. Cambridgehousebandb.com.

See more than 25 Nativity scenes (also known as creches) from around the world on display at the historic Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast.


Centreville Tree Lighting at Town of Centreville, Centreville. 6:30 p.m. Free. Qac.org

Join the Town of Centreville for its 2018 tree lighting.


Western Shore/Regional


A Christmas Carol: Student Matinee at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 10 a.m. $16. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


A Christmas Carol: Preview at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 8 p.m. $16. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


The Gift of the Mad Guy at Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park. 10 a.m. $5. Chesapeakearts.org.

The Gift of the Mad Guy is the story of Jack, a gift-crazed child who believes that Christmas is about giving — specifically to HIM — until he is promised a REALLY big gift if he gives 3 of his gifts to others. Will Jack learn that the holidays are about more than getting?


Ballet West: The Nutcracker at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 7:30 p.m. $59-175. Kennedy-center.org.

Ballet West returns to perform the D.C. premiere of its whimsical new production of The Nutcracker, which was unveiled in Salt Lake City last year. Pairing reimagined designs with beloved choreography, the opulent production delivers treasured moments and surprising new delights.


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.



Thursday 12/6


Annapolis Area:


Gingerbread House Decorating Class at Whole Foods Market Annapolis at Whole Foods Market Annapolis, Annapolis. 6:30 p.m. $25 per house.

Kids of all ages can join us for a class filled with fun and holiday cheer! Building and decorating a gingerbread house is a wonderful tradition for kids to grow up with. Best of all, it lets us adults rekindle that magic! For this popular holiday class you'll decorate an assembled gingerbread house from our bakery. We'll provide all the trimmings.


Holidays with Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Annapolis. 7 p.m. Free.

You won't believe how much wisdom the Dalai Lama's & Archbishop Desmond Tutu's collaborative book, The Book of Joy, offers! The series frankly acknowledges the frankly acknowledges the aversive emotions and points to their use in finding joy. Each session can be understood separately.


The Holly Trolley Shopping ONLY at Herald Harbor Community Center, Crownsville. 6:30 p.m. $20. Whatsuptix.com. 

Tour Lights on the Bay and enjoy shopping in Downtown Annapolis while getting to know some neighbors or hanging out with friends.  Meet at Herald Harbor Community Center at 6:15-6:25 p.m. to load on the trolleys. 


The Holly Trolley at Herald Harbor Community Center, Crownsville. 6:30 p.m. $20. Whatsuptix.com.

Tour Lights on the Bay and enjoy shopping in Downtown Annapolis while getting to know some neighbors or hanging out with friends.  Meet at Herald Harbor Community Center at 6:15-6:25 p.m. to load on the trolleys. 


Midnight Madness at Downtown Annapolis. 6 p.m. Free. Annapolis.org.

Downtown Annapolis Partnership proudly presents Midnight Madness, the annual holiday tradition. West Street, Main Street, Maryland Avenue, Main Street, Market Space, Randall Street, and Dock Street will be filled with carolers, musicians, dancers, and performers to make your holiday shopping experience uniquely Annapolis. Enjoy the company of family and friends as you shop in the winter wonderland of holiday decorations, lights, and garland. Don’t forget to snap a photo in Snowflake Alley or in front of the Christmas tree!


Peter White's Christmas feat. Rick Braun & Euge Groove at Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis. 6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. $45. Ramsheadonstage.com.

They’re back! A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun & Euge Groove is coming to town. Contemporary jazz lovers eagerly await this annual fun filled concert, which has packed fans into halls and arenas coast-to-coast year after year.


A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Players, Inc., Annapolis. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Thecolonialplayers.org.

This classic production takes place, as Mr. Dickens himself would have it, in the streets of Victorian London and in the counting house and bedchamber of Ebenezer Scrooge. In the revelations of his visitors and in his memory, we are transported to times and places of Scrooge's past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol has been produced by Colonial Players of Annapolis since 1981.



Eastern Shore:


Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert at Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. $50. Midatlanticsymphony.org.

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s holiday concerts will feature traditional seasonal favorites with a little extra pop! The Karpov sisters will combine opera, jazz and pop in a special way.


Denton Holiday Parade and Lighting of the Green at Caroline County Office of Tourism, Denton. 6 p.m. Free. Visitcaroline.org.

Get into the holiday spirit with marching bands, Santa and the best of the season. Following the parade, watch the illumination of the Courthouse Green and enjoy a holiday musical performance.


Holiday Benefit Gala/Festival of Wreaths at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m. Free admission.

Pleasant Day’s 19th annual Holiday Benefit Gala and Festival of Wreaths features food by local restaurateurs and caterers, live music, silent auction of holiday wreaths, and live auction with popular auctioneer Buddy Foxwell. Proceeds benefit special programs for clients of Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care.


West County/Regional:


A Christmas Carol: Student Matinee at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 10 a.m. $16. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


98° AT CHRISTMAS 2018 at The Fillmore Silver Spring, Silver Spring. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Fillmoresilverspring.com.

Pegged as one of the original boy bands of the late 1990’s and known for their authentic vocal harmonizing, Grammy-nominated 98 Degrees were never just an ordinary pop group.


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Severna Park. 7 p.m. Free. Woodschurch.org.

Mischievous kids of the Herdman family participate in the local church's Christmas pageant telling the Christmas story in a non-conventional fashion.


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Ballet West: The Nutcracker at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 7:30 p.m. $59-175. Kennedy-center.org.

Ballet West returns to perform the D.C. premiere of its whimsical new production of The Nutcracker, which was unveiled in Salt Lake City last year. Pairing reimagined designs with beloved choreography, the opulent production delivers treasured moments and surprising new delights.


Friday 12/7


Annapolis Area:


A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Players, Inc., Annapolis. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Thecolonialplayers.org.

This classic production takes place, as Mr. Dickens himself would have it, in the streets of Victorian London and in the counting house and bedchamber of Ebenezer Scrooge. In the revelations of his visitors and in his memory, we are transported to times and places of Scrooge's past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol has been produced by Colonial Players of Annapolis since 1981.


A Celebration of Christmas at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 8 p.m. $58. Marylandhall.org.

The holidays are about "Yuletide carols being sung by a choir" - in this case, a very big choir - The Annapolis Chorale! Beautiful carols are the hallmark of this longest running holiday event in the area! J. Ernest Green, The Annapolis Chorale and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra take the stage for this annual holiday favorite that includes a joyous blend of everyone’s favorite songs.


Illuminated London Town at Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. Fridays & Saturday, 6 p.m. Now through December 22nd. Prices vary. Historiclondontown.org.

Bring the family to celebrate the holidays and experience the magic of a winter evening at Illuminated London Town. Sip hot cider and roast s'mores beside roaring fires in the Historic Area. Explore the gardens illuminated with festive holiday lights. Discover colonial nighttime and holidays at a candlelit William Brown House, decorated for the season. Enjoy special performances in the gardens each week.


Holiday Candlelight Stroll at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 7 p.m. $21 for adults, $12 for children ages 3-11, Free for children 2 & Under. Annapolistours.com.

Welcome the holidays with an evening stroll and a pleasant remembrance of Christmas past. Glowing lanterns light your way as you stroll around Maryland’s historic State Capital, all trimmed in holiday greenery. Walk along the streets of Annapolis, past colonial mansions, Victorian townhouses and quaint shops. 


Jolly Express Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 6 p.m. $23 for adults, $13 for children ages 12 & Under. Cruisesonthebay.com.

'Tis the Season...for the Jolly Express!  Hop aboard Miss Anne, all decked out for the Holidays and see the sights along Spa Creek on the Jolly Express. Miss Anne will be adorned with reindeer spirit for a 45-minute cruise including hot cocoa, holiday music and holiday cheer. Cuddle up under blankets and enjoy the cruise with "Captain Santa" at the helm. The Jolly Express is a classic Annapolis holiday activity and a perfect opportunity to start a family holiday tradition.


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.


USNA Band Holiday By The Bay Concert at U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis. 7:30 p.m. Free. Usna.edu.

Join the Naval Academy Band for a favorite Annapolis tradition: Holiday by the Bay. This year's concert will feature various ensembles of the USNA Band performing traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites conducted by Lieutenant Commander Patrick K. Sweeten. Audience members will be treated to an appearance by Santa Claus, who will be on hand to deliver candy.


Eastern Shore:


Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol at Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 8 p.m. $10-20. Garfieldcenter.org.

Tiny Tim is determined to have his father home for Christmas Day, even if it means teaching Ebenezer Scrooge a lesson in Christmas cheer! Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens novel, Tony award winner Ken Ludwig writes a heartwarming Christmas tale full of family fun! Directed by Bonnie Hill.


Festive Fridays in Chestertown at Downtown Chestertown, Chestertown. 5 p.m. Free. Kentcounty.com.

Join your local independent Chestertown shops, galleries, studios, and restaurants for a night out on the town.


Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saëns and Favorite Songs of the Season Presented by the Easton Choral Arts Society at Christ Church, Easton. 7:30 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Eastonchoralarts.com.

Easton Choral Arts Society celebrates the Christmas season with Camille Saint-Saëns’ lyrical Christmas Oratorio. Afterwards, the audience will join the chorus with favorite songs of the season. The chorus, under the direction of Maestro Wes Lockfaw will be accompanied by organ, harp, strings and five accomplished soloists.


Glen Miller Orchestra Holiday Show at Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Avalonfoundation.org.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra continues to be the most popular and sought after big band in the world today. In addition to special arrangements of seasonal favorites, the famed orchestra will play timeless Glenn Miller hits from the 1930s and 40s.


Dickens of a Christmas at Downtown Chestertown, Chestertown. 5 p.m. Most activities free; ticketed events $1-35. Dickenschestertown.org.

Enjoy holiday merriments with a Dickens twist in the heart of historic downtown Chestertown. This Victorian-themed weekend, organized by the nonprofit Main Street Chestertown organization, offers fun activities for the whole family, including horse-drawn carriage rides, street performers, live music and caroling, children’s games, authentic food and market vendors, a holiday house tour, fire dancers, afternoon teas, antique bicycles, and more.


Christmas in St. Michaels at St. Michaels, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. Free. Christmasinstmichaels.org.

Enjoy a weekend of family fun and capture the magic of the holidays in the picturesque waterside town of St. Michaels. Festivities include a Christmas parade, a gingerbread house display, a swinging gala, tours of beautifully decorated homes, and live music. Don’t forget to check out the Marketplace and Sweet Shoppe for delicious goodies and unique gifts.


Christmas Wonderland at the Museum at Tilghman Waterman's Museum, Tilghman Island. 5 p.m. Free. Tourtalbot.org.

Tilghman Watermen’s Museum presents the annual Christmas Display Wonderland featuring miniature Christmas villages of lighted houses, train sets and dolls. A fun holiday activity for the whole family. Come and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as you browse the Lee House all decorated with Christmas trees!


Festival of Trees at First United Methodist Church, Chestertown. 5 p.m. Free. Kentmdsoroptimist.org.

Visit a display of trees decorated by businesses, organizations as well as families. This event is a wonderful way to welcome the holiday spirit. There will be Christmas Trees, Santa, Mrs Claus, and various entertainment groups. 



West County/Regional:


A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


Ballet West: The Nutcracker at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 7:30 p.m. $59-175. Kennedy-center.org.

Ballet West returns to perform the D.C. premiere of its whimsical new production of The Nutcracker, which was unveiled in Salt Lake City last year. Pairing reimagined designs with beloved choreography, the opulent production delivers treasured moments and surprising new delights.


Midweek Concert: A Swingin' Nutcracker at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Prices vary. Bsomusic.org.

Show-stopping hip-hop dancers join the BSO for this fun-filled holiday concert. Riffing off of Duke Ellington's reimagining of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, jazz composer Paul Murtha has created a new Swingin' Nutcracker!  


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Severna Park. 7 p.m. Free. Woodschurch.org.

Mischievous kids of the Herdman family participate in the local church's Christmas pageant telling the Christmas story in a non-conventional fashion.


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


The Washington Chorus presents A Candlelight Christmas at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $18-75. Kennedy-center.org.

It's not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring brass, organ, sing-slongs, and the magnificent candlelight processional.


Saturday 12/8


Annapolis Area:


Shells & Bells: A Party on the Creek at Historic Charles Carrol l House & Gardens, Annapolis. 6 p.m. Prices vary. Whatsuptix.com. 

Join Chesapeake BaySavers for its second annual Shells & Bells Party on the Creek. Enjoy a beautiful waterfront view of the Eastport Yacht Club Parade of Lights while staying warm in a heated outdoor tent. The event features specialty cocktails, local food, live music, a live auction, and much more.


The Nutcracker Chesapeake Ballet Company at Childrens Theater of Annapolis, Annapolis. 1 p.m & 4 p.m. $21-23. Chesapeakeballetcompany.com.

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition unlike any other. The Chesapeake Ballet Company youth ballet corps brings their production of The Nutcracker to the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis for the 12th year.


The Nutcracker Presented by Ballet Theatre of Maryland at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Marylandhall.org.

We invite you to the most famous Christmas Party of all time as you attend The Nutcracker where the possibility of dreams, the magic of Christmas and the wonder of the child merge through young Clara's adventures with mechanical dolls, life-size rats, and whirling Kingdoms of Snow and Sweets. Help Clara rescue her beloved Nutcracker from the Rat Queen's evil spell and discover her true destiny.


A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Players, Inc., Annapolis. 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m. Prices vary. Thecolonialplayers.org.

This classic production takes place, as Mr. Dickens himself would have it, in the streets of Victorian London and in the counting house and bedchamber of Ebenezer Scrooge. In the revelations of his visitors and in his memory, we are transported to times and places of Scrooge's past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol has been produced by Colonial Players of Annapolis since 1981.


Holiday Candlelight Stroll at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 7 p.m. $21 for adults, $12 for children 3-11, Free for ages 2 & Under. Annapolistours.com.

Welcome the holidays with an evening stroll and a pleasant remembrance of Christmas past. Glowing lanterns light your way as you stroll around Maryland’s historic State Capital, all trimmed in holiday greenery. Walk along the streets of Annapolis, past colonial mansions, Victorian townhouses and quaint shops. 


Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade at Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis. 6 p.m. Free. Eastportyc.org.

Lighting the Annapolis waterfront for more than 30 years, The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade is one of Annapolis’ signature holiday events! Up to 40 boats, power and sail, brightly decorated and crewed by jolly revelers will parade along the Annapolis waterfront. Boats circle the waterfront in two fleets: one circling in front of Eastport, the City Dock, and the Naval Academy seawall, and the other circling the length of Spa Creek, inside the bridge.


Live on the Farm Holiday Concert at Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Crownsville. 7 p.m. $60 for general admission, $150 for VIP. Liveonthefarm.org. 

Celebrate the holidays Live on the Farm! MTR has partnered with Live Arts Maryland to bring Anne Arundel County a festive and family friendly holiday concert. Featuring Broadway star Raissa Katona Bennet, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, members of the Annapolis Chamber Chorus and many, many more, this is sure to be an evening you do not want to miss.


Gingerbread House Decorating Class at Whole Foods Market Annapolis at Whole Foods Market Annapolis, Annapolis. 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. $25 per house.

Kids of all ages can join us for a class filled with fun and holiday cheer! Building and decorating a gingerbread house is a wonderful tradition for kids to grow up with. Best of all, it lets us adults rekindle that magic! For this popular holiday class you'll decorate an assembled gingerbread house from our bakery. We'll provide all the trimmings.


Jolly Express Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 6 p.m. $23 for adults, $13 for children ages 12 & Under. Cruisesonthebay.com.

'Tis the Season...for the Jolly Express!  Hop aboard Miss Anne, all decked out for the Holidays and see the sights along Spa Creek on the Jolly Express. Miss Anne will be adorned with reindeer spirit for a 45-minute cruise including hot cocoa, holiday music and holiday cheer. Cuddle up under blankets and enjoy the cruise with "Captain Santa" at the helm. The Jolly Express is a classic Annapolis holiday activity and a perfect opportunity to start a family holiday tradition.


Lights Parade Dinner & Dessert Cruise Dine at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 4:45 p.m. $150 for Adults. Cruisesonthebay.com.

Dine at the waterfront Severn Inn then enjoy a spectacular Dessert Cruise on the luxurious Catherine Marie to watch the 2018 Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade from the water! 


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.


Eastern Shore:


Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol at Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 8 p.m. $10-20. Garfieldcenter.org.

Tiny Tim is determined to have his father home for Christmas Day, even if it means teaching Ebenezer Scrooge a lesson in Christmas cheer! Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens novel, Tony award winner Ken Ludwig writes a heartwarming Christmas tale full of family fun! Directed by Bonnie Hill.


Holiday Cheer Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale at Kent Island High School, Stevensville. 11 a.m. Free.

The Kent Island High School cheer team is hosting “Holiday Cheer”, a Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale. There will be arts and craft vendors, Christmas cookies, and cakes and cookie trays ready to go to your holiday party. Plus a discounted gift table, activities for the kids, an in-house photographer for family and pet portraits, and a visit from Santa. All proceeds support the cheer team as they head to Nationals this January in Dallas Texas.


Dickens of a Christmas at Downtown Chestertown, Chestertown. 5 p.m. Most activities free; ticketed events $1-35. Dickenschestertown.org.

Enjoy holiday merriments with a Dickens twist in the heart of historic downtown Chestertown. This Victorian-themed weekend, organized by the nonprofit Main Street Chestertown organization, offers fun activities for the whole family, including horse-drawn carriage rides, street performers, live music and caroling, children’s games, authentic food and market vendors, a holiday house tour, fire dancers, afternoon teas, antique bicycles, and more.


Santa's Magic Workshop at Martinak State Park, Denton. 4 p.m. 1 canned good.

Activities include a train display, festive lights, seasonal music, hayrides, refreshments, and Santa will be on hand to hear your special wishes. 


Christmas Bazaar at Our Mother of Sorrows Parrish, Centreville. 9 a.m. TBA. Sorrowsparish.org.

Vendor, crafts, silent auction, Secret Santa room for children and white elephant room. Our kitchen serves chicken and dumplings, crab soup, desserts, bread pudding and more.


Christmas in St. Michaels at St. Michaels, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. Free. Christmasinstmichaels.org.

Enjoy a weekend of family fun and capture the magic of the holidays in the picturesque waterside town of St. Michaels. Festivities include a Christmas parade, a gingerbread house display, a swinging gala, tours of beautifully decorated homes, and live music. Don’t forget to check out the Marketplace and Sweet Shoppe for delicious goodies and unique gifts.


Christmas Wonderland at the Museum at Tilghman Waterman's Museum, Tilghman Island. 12 p.m. Free. Tourtalbot.org.

Tilghman Watermen’s Museum presents the annual “Christmas Display Wonderland” featuring miniature Christmas villages of lighted houses, train sets and dolls. A fun holiday activity for the whole family. Come and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as you browse the Lee House all decorated with Christmas trees!


Free Holiday Movies: Santa Claus is Coming to Town & Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Cambridge Premier Cinemas, Cambridge. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tritonmovies.com.

Head to Cambridge Premier Cinemas for a free holiday movie this December.


Great Crab Pot Christmas Tree Lighting and Boat Parade at Tilghman Island, Tilghman Island. 5:30 p.m. Free. Pwec.org.

Kick off the holiday season with the Tilghman Island community during the annual Crab Pot Christmas Tree Lighting and Boat Parade. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocoa and cookies with Santa, followed by the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. The boat parade begins at 7 p.m. at the west end of Knapps Narrows near the Tilghman Island Marina and the evening will conclude with an awards ceremony at Characters Bridge Restaurant.


Heck With The Malls at The Queen Anne's County Arts Council, Centreville. 10 a.m. Free. Qac.org.

An arts and crafts fair with wonderful items to purchase for holiday gifts. Refreshments available


Horse & Carriage Rides at Tidewater Inn, Easton. 3 p.m. Free. Tidewaterinn.com.

The Tidewater Inn will be hosting carriage rides to celebrate the 2018 holiday season. The carriage will leave the Tidewater Inn and travel down Harrison Street and include a tour of Washington and Goldsborough streets.


QAC Holiday Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes at Queen Anne's County Courthouse, Centreville. 1 p.m. $12 for students, $25 for seniors. Qac.org

A tour of 12 Historic Homes ranging from a 1650 plantation home on the Chester River to a 1879 Queen Anne Victorian Home.  Caroling along the tour will be provided by Harmony on the Bay, a chapter of the Sweet Adelines


Santa Swim at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge. 10 a.m. Prices vary. Visitdorchester.org.

Take a dip in the Choptank River to help the Care and Share Fund, Inc. raise funds for the needy in Dorchester. Swimmers bring monies for their personal fundraising as the entrance fee for the swim. After the dip, enjoy refreshments and live music.


Christmas in St. Michaels Tour of Homes at St. Michaels, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. $30. Christmasinstmichaels.org.

One of the highlights of the Christmas in St. Michaels weekend is the Tour of Homes. In one of the longest running home tours in Maryland, both historic homes in the village and some very special countryside homes are featured.


Festival of Trees at First United Methodist Church, Chestertown. 10 a.m. Free. Kentmdsoroptimist.org.

Visit a display of trees decorated by businesses, organizations as well as families. This event is a wonderful way to welcome the holiday spirit. There will be Christmas Trees, Santa, Mrs Claus, and various entertainment groups. 


West County/Regional:


Saturdays with Santa at The Capital Wheel at National Harbor, National Harbor. Saturdays, 10 a.m. Now through December 22nd. Prices vary. Thecapitalwheel.com.

Visit The Capital Wheel at The National Harbor and meet Santa. Ride in a climate controlled gondola on The Capital Wheel or watch the kids spin on The Carousel. Adults can keep warm with festive drinks including several holiday packages perfect for gift giving or creating life long memories. 


A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington Presents... The Holiday Show at Lincoln Theater, Washington. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Thelincolndc.com.

DC's favorite way to start the season! The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC's holiday extravaganza returns with fabulous treats and festive holiday favorites. Come see what surprises the Chorus has in store for you this year as they ring in the season with tap dancers, drag queens, nutcrackers, reindeer, and more!


Old 97's Holiday Extravaganza at Rams Head Live!, Baltimore. 8 p.m. $21.50 in advance, $25 at the door. Ramsheadlive.com.

Enjoy a holiday concert featuring Caseymagic & a special solo acoustic set by Rhett Miller.


Rockville Senior Center Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair Crafts at Rockville Senior Center, Rockville. 9 a.m. Free. Rockvillemd.gov. 

Rockville Seniors Inc. host its annual holiday craft sale and bazaar at the Rockville Senior Center. The bazaar includes a plant sale, bake sale, and book sale. 


Pet Photos with Santa on Bethesda Lane at Bethesda Row, Bethesda. 12 p.m. Free.

Bring your four-legged friend for Pet Photos with Santa on Bethesda Lane to benefit Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. A $5 donation gets you a paw-fect printed photograph with the Big Guy. Select retailers will be offering dog treats, water bowls, and specials throughout the day while you and your pet enjoy festive holiday shopping and furry fun.


Story Time with Mrs. Claus at Patuxent Nursery, Bowie. 12 p.m. Free. Patuxentnursery.com.

Mrs. Claus is coming to town to share her favorite holiday stories with the children. Bring the entire family to this wonderful holiday event! It's a great way to get in the holiday spirit.


A Swingin' Nutcracker at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 11 a.m. Prices vary. Bsomusic.org.

Show-stopping hip-hop dancers join the BSO for this fun-filled holiday concert. Riffing off of Duke Ellington's reimagining of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, jazz composer Paul Murtha has created a new Swingin' Nutcracker!  


A Swingin' Nutcracker Family Luncheon at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 12 p.m. Prices vary. Bsomusic.org.

Join us immediately following the family concert for a buffet lunch in the Meyerhoff lobby. Luncheon tickets purchased separately. Hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Associates.


Ballet West: The Nutcracker at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 7:30 p.m. $59-175. Kennedy-center.org.

Ballet West returns to perform the D.C. premiere of its whimsical new production of The Nutcracker, which was unveiled in Salt Lake City last year. Pairing reimagined designs with beloved choreography, the opulent production delivers treasured moments and surprising new delights.


Hope Full Holidays at Hospice of the Chesapeake, Pasadena. 9:30 a.m. $15. Hospicecheasapeake.org. 

The holiday season brings an expectation of joyful gatherings and family traditions, yet for those who are grieving it can be a stressful and especially painful time. Chesapeake Life Center, a program service of Hospice of the Chesapeake, will offer this seminar to offer support for adults ages 18 and older who are experiencing grief during the holidays. Counselors will address self-care, coping strategies, and how to honor the grief process. 


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Severna Park. 7 p.m. Free. Woodschurch.org.

Mischievous kids of the Herdman family participate in the local church's Christmas pageant telling the Christmas story in a non-conventional fashion.


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Holiday Craft Fair at Northern High School, Owings. 9 a.m. Free; donations gladly accepted. Northernhighbands.com. 

The Northern Band Boosters presents its 16th Annual Holiday Craft Fair in the Northern High School cafeteria and adjoining Mary Harrison Center to benefit Northern High band programs. Shop from over 80 expert crafters and vendors for unique gifts such as handmade jewelry, holiday decorations, gourmet food, autographed sports memorabilia, artwork, and more. 


Jenkins Memorial Church Cookie Walk & Bazaar at Jenkins Memorial Church, Pasadena. 8 a.m. TBA.

Join Jenkins Memorial Church for its annual Ladies Aid Cookie Walk and Bazaar. Cookies, crafts, and food items will be available for purchase.


Santa at Homestead Gardens at Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville & Severna Park Locations. 10 a.m. (Davidsonville) & 12 p.m. (Severna Park). Free. Homesteadgardens.com.

Head to Homestead Gardens to grab a picture with Santa! Reserve your time with the big guy using in-store registration. While you wait, explore the store. Grab some hot chocolate, enjoy the beautiful holiday decor, and find the perfects gifts for everyone on your list.


Winter's Eve at the National Colonial Farm at National Colonial Farm, Accokeek. 4 p.m. Prices vary.

Celebrate the season at the Accokeek Foundation’s annual Winter’s Eve celebration! Tour the National Colonial Farm by candlelight while it’s halls are decked for the holidays, listen to caroling around the bonfire, and roast-your-own chestnuts.Visit the crafting tent to create your own earth-friendly holiday gifts and make a wreath from greenery grown on the farm and in the gardens.  


The Washington Chorus presents A Candlelight Christmas at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $18-75. Kennedy-center.org.

It's not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring brass, organ, sing-slongs, and the magnificent candlelight processional.


Sunday 12/9


Annapolis Area: 


Annapolis Santa Run at Annapolis Fire Department, Annapolis. 4 p.m. Free.

Annapolis Firefighters will be escorting Santa to over 60 communities in Annapolis, Annapolis Neck and Broadneck in search of new toys for our neighbors in need. 


The Nutcracker Presented by Ballet Theatre of Maryland at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Prices vary. Marylandhall.org.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland invites you to the most famous Christmas Party of all time as you attend The Nutcracker where the possibility of dreams, the magic of Christmas and the wonder of the child merge through young Clara's adventures with mechanical dolls, life-size rats, and whirling Kingdoms of Snow and Sweets. Help Clara rescue her beloved Nutcracker from the Rat Queen's evil spell and discover her true destiny.


The Nutcracker Chesapeake Ballet Company at Childrens Theater of Annapolis, Annapolis. 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. $21-23. Chesapeakeballetcompany.com.

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition unlike any other. The Chesapeake Ballet Company youth ballet corps brings their production of The Nutcracker to the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis for the 12th year.


A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Players, Inc., Annapolis. 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Prices vary. Thecolonialplayers.org.

This classic production takes place, as Mr. Dickens himself would have it, in the streets of Victorian London and in the counting house and bedchamber of Ebenezer Scrooge. In the revelations of his visitors and in his memory, we are transported to times and places of Scrooge's past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol has been produced by Colonial Players of Annapolis since 1981.


Jolly Express Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 6 p.m. $23 for adults, $13 for children ages 12 & Under. Cruisesonthebay.com.

'Tis the Season...for the Jolly Express!  Hop aboard Miss Anne, all decked out for the Holidays and see the sights along Spa Creek on the Jolly Express. Miss Anne will be adorned with reindeer spirit for a 45-minute cruise including hot cocoa, holiday music and holiday cheer. Cuddle up under blankets and enjoy the cruise with "Captain Santa" at the helm. The Jolly Express is a classic Annapolis holiday activity and a perfect opportunity to start a family holiday tradition.


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.


Messiah Sing-Along at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Crownsville. 3:30 p.m. Free.

It just isn’t Christmas until you hear the Hallelujah Chorus! Join St. Stephen's Episcopal Church for its fourth annual Messiah Sing-Along.


The Nutcracker Tea at Loews Annapolis Hotel, Annapolis. 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. SOLD OUT. Whatsuptix.com.

Fill your tea cup with holiday cheer as you experience the beauty and magic of Christmas at the holiday decked Loews Annapolis. Enjoy a delicious high tea as you watch a mini performance from The Nutcracker come to life on stage. Don’t forget story time with Santa & Mrs. Claus!


Holidays with Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Annapolis. 8:30 a.m. Free.

You won't believe how much wisdom the Dalai Lama's & Archbishop Desmond Tutu's collaborative book, The Book of Joy, offers! The series frankly acknowledges the frankly acknowledges the aversive emotions and points to their use in finding joy. Each session can be understood separately.


Eastern Shore: 


Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol at Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 3 p.m. $10-20. Garfieldcenter.org.

Tiny Tim is determined to have his father home for Christmas Day, even if it means teaching Ebenezer Scrooge a lesson in Christmas cheer! Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens novel, Tony award winner Ken Ludwig writes a heartwarming Christmas tale full of family fun! Directed by Bonnie Hill.


Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saëns and Favorite Songs of the Season Presented by the Easton Choral Arts Society at Christ Church, Easton. 4 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Eastonchoralarts.com.

Easton Choral Arts Society celebrates the Christmas season with Camille Saint-Saëns’ lyrical Christmas Oratorio. Afterwards, the audience will join the chorus with favorite songs of the season. The chorus, under the direction of Maestro Wes Lockfaw will be accompanied by organ, harp, strings and five accomplished soloists.


Dickens of a Christmas at Downtown Chestertown, Chestertown. 5 p.m. Most activities free; ticketed events $1-35. Dickenschestertown.org.

Enjoy holiday merriments with a Dickens twist in the heart of historic downtown Chestertown. This Victorian-themed weekend, organized by the nonprofit Main Street Chestertown organization, offers fun activities for the whole family, including horse-drawn carriage rides, street performers, live music and caroling, children’s games, authentic food and market vendors, a holiday house tour, fire dancers, afternoon teas, antique bicycles, and more.


5th Annual Santa Chase at Martinak State Park, Denton. 3:30 p.m. $15-25.

Enjoy a 2-mile walk, run, or jog filled with holiday magic during the fifth annual Santa Chase. Candle luminaries and holiday lights will light up the race trail. Be sure to dress in your best holiday attire for the costume challenge, which will be judged by Santa himself.


Christmas in St. Michaels at St. Michaels, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. Free. Christmasinstmichaels.org.

Enjoy a weekend of family fun and capture the magic of the holidays in the picturesque waterside town of St. Michaels. Festivities include a Christmas parade, a gingerbread house display, a swinging gala, tours of beautifully decorated homes, and live music. Don’t forget to check out the Marketplace and Sweet Shoppe for delicious goodies and unique gifts.


Christmas Wonderland at the Museum at Tilghman Waterman's Museum, Tilghman Island. 12 p.m. Free. Tourtalbot.org.

Tilghman Watermen’s Museum presents the annual “Christmas Display Wonderland” featuring miniature Christmas villages of lighted houses, train sets and dolls. A fun holiday activity for the whole family. Come and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as you browse the Lee House all decorated with Christmas trees!


Free Holiday Movies: Scrooged at Cambridge Premier Cinemas, Cambridge. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tritonmovies.com.

Head to Cambridge Premier Cinemas for a free holiday movie this December.


Nativity Scenes From Around the World at Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast, Cambridge. 2 p.m. $10. Cambridgehousebandb.com.

See more than 25 Nativity scenes (also known as creches) from around the world on display at the historic Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast.


Christmas in St. Michaels Tour of Homes at St. Michaels, St. Michaels. 4 p.m. $30. Christmasinstmichaels.org.

One of the highlights of the Christmas in St. Michaels weekend is the Tour of Homes. In one of the longest running home tours in Maryland, both historic homes in the village and some very special countryside homes are featured.


Festival of Trees at First United Methodist Church, Chestertown. 11 a.m. Free. Kentmdsoroptimist.org.

Visit a display of trees decorated by businesses, organizations as well as families. This event is a wonderful way to welcome the holiday spirit. There will be Christmas Trees, Santa, Mrs Claus, and various entertainment groups. 


Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saëns and Favorite Songs of the Season Presented by the Easton Choral Arts Society at Christ Church, Easton. 4 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Eastonchoralarts.com.

Easton Choral Arts Society celebrates the Christmas season with Camille Saint-Saëns’ lyrical Christmas Oratorio. Afterwards, the audience will join the chorus with favorite songs of the season. The chorus, under the direction of Maestro Wes Lockfaw will be accompanied by organ, harp, strings and five accomplished soloists.


Run Like The Dickens 5K at Downtown Chestertown, Chestertown. 8 a.m. Prices vary. Dickenschestertown.org.

As part of Chestertown's Dickens of a Christmas weekend, this fun race takes runners through charming, historic downtown Chestertown including the beautiful Chester Cemetery and Wilmer Park. There will also be a Dickens Dash for kids 12 and under. Costumes are encouraged for all ages.


West County/Regional:


Handel's Messiah at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 3 p.m. Prices vary. Bsomusic.org.

Experience Handel’s great masterwork, including the iconic "Hallelujah" Chorus. A recording of this perennial BSO favorite is released this season on Naxos featuring conductor Edward Polochick and many of the soloists on this performance.


Ballet West: The Nutcracker at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 7:30 p.m. $59-175. Kennedy-center.org.

Ballet West returns to perform the D.C. premiere of its whimsical new production of The Nutcracker, which was unveiled in Salt Lake City last year. Pairing reimagined designs with beloved choreography, the opulent production delivers treasured moments and surprising new delights.


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Severna Park. 7 p.m. Free. Woodschurch.org.

Mischievous kids of the Herdman family participate in the local church's Christmas pageant telling the Christmas story in a non-conventional fashion.


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Santa at Homestead Gardens at Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville & Severna Park Locations. 12 p.m. Free. Homesteadgardens.com.

Head to Homestead Gardens to grab a picture with Santa! Reserve your time with the big guy using in-store registration. While you wait, explore the store. Grab some hot chocolate, enjoy the beautiful holiday decor, and find the perfects gifts for everyone on your list.


A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Baltimore. 1 p.m. Prices vary. Modell-lyric.com.

This brand-new touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage by Charles M. Schulz features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang – Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally, and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown – as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. 


The Washington Chorus presents A Candlelight Christmas at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $18-75. Kennedy-center.org.

It's not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring brass, organ, sing-slongs, and the magnificent candlelight processional.


Brunch with Santa at La Fontaine Bleue, Glen Burnie. 9 a.m. Prices vary. Whatsuptix.com. 

Join La Fontaine Bleue for Brunch with Santa, featuring a craft corner, movie corner, and pictures. 


A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


Monday 12/10


Annapolis Area:


An Annapolis Christmas 20th Anniversary at Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis. 7 p.m. $42. Ramsheadonstage.com.

Join us along with the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians at this annual favorite! Enjoy a great lineup of talented local artists that will be performing a mix of original and classic holiday songs. This show was inspired by the release of the popular holiday album, "An Annapolis Christmas" 20 years ago, and is now an annual tradition for many local music lovers. All proceeds from this show support the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians, Inc. (AMFM)


West County/Regional:


HOT 99.5 Jingle Ball 2018 at Capital One Arena, Washington. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Capitalonearea.com. 

Don't miss Jingle Ball 2018 featuring Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers, G-Eazy, Meghan Trainor, NF, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi, and Sabrina Carpenter.


Vienna Boys Choir | Christmas in Vienna at Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Baltimore. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Modell-lyric.com.

The illustrious group of child musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and popular repertoire. Christmas in Vienna showcases these gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites.  


Tuesday 12/11


Annapolis: 


An Annapolis Christmas 20th Anniversary at Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis. 7 p.m. $42. Ramsheadonstage.com.

Inspired by the popular holiday album, "An Annapolis Christmas" of 19 years ago, this is now an annual tradition for many music lovers. Proceeds from support the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians, Inc.


Half Pint Kids Club: Gingerbread Men Decorating at Whole Foods Market Annapolis, Annapolis. 11 a.m. $10 per person.

In this class, kids will learn how to make a fun craft or a delicious snack using all-natural ingredients. 


West County/Regional:


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


A Christmas Carol: Student Matinee at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 10 a.m. $16. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Wednesday 12/12


Eastern Shore: 


Nativity Scenes From Around the World at Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast, Cambridge. 2 p.m. $10. Cambridgehousebandb.com.

See more than 25 Nativity scenes (also known as creches) from around the world on display at the historic Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast.


Holiday Open House at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 4 p.m. Prices vary. Cbmm.org.

Celebrate the holiday season & join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in the museum store with exclusive deals and complimentary gift wrapping, caroling, door prizes, light refreshments, and more!


Gingerbread Houses in Chestertown at Kent County Public Library, Chestertown. 5:30 p.m. Free, pre-registration required. Kentcountylibrary.com.

Looking for some fun family time to get ready for the holidays? Why not build a gingerbread house and fill your home with sugar plums and gumdrops.


Gingerbread Houses in Rock Hall at Rock Hall Municipal Building, Rock Hall. 3 p.m. Free, pre-registration required. Kentcountylibrary.com.

Looking for some fun family time to get ready for the holidays? Why not build a gingerbread house and fill your home with sugar plums and gumdrops.


Skate with Santa at Talbot County Community Center, Easton. 6 p.m. $15. Tourtalbot.org.

Santa will be taking a break from his busy schedule at the North Pole to visit the Talbot County Community Center to share holiday memories with the whole family! Kids will have an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap to reveal wishes and receive a special gift. Pre-registration is required. Please bring your own camera to take a memorable photograph with Santa.


West County/Regional:


A Christmas Carol: Student Matinee at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 10 a.m. $16. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org. 

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


Elves Wrestling Event at La Fontaine Bleue, Glen Burnie. 5:30 p.m. $25-55. Whatsuptix.com

Head to La Fontaine Bleue for the elves wrestling event.


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Thursday 12/13


Annapolis Area:


Midnight Madness at Downtown Annapolis. 6 p.m. Free. Annapolis.org.

Downtown Annapolis Partnership proudly presents Midnight Madness, the annual holiday tradition. West Street, Main Street, Maryland Avenue, Main Street, Market Space, Randall Street, and Dock Street will be filled with carolers, musicians, dancers, and performers to make your holiday shopping experience uniquely Annapolis. Enjoy the company of family and friends as you shop in the winter wonderland of holiday decorations, lights, and garland. Don’t forget to snap a photo in Snowflake Alley or in front of the Christmas tree!


A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Players, Inc., Annapolis. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Thecolonialplayers.org.

This classic production takes place, as Mr. Dickens himself would have it, in the streets of Victorian London and in the counting house and bedchamber of Ebenezer Scrooge. In the revelations of his visitors and in his memory, we are transported to times and places of Scrooge's past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol has been produced by Colonial Players of Annapolis since 1981.


A Broadway Holiday at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

A holiday confection of Broadway showstoppers on ASC's Main Stage featuring Christine Asero, Sally Boyett, Ian Charles, Joe Rossi and special guests. Reserved your tickets now - only four performances. Live orchestra!


Gingerbread House Decorating Class at Whole Foods Market Annapolis at Whole Foods Market Annapolis, Annapolis. 6:30 p.m. $25 per house.

Kids of all ages can join us for a class filled with fun and holiday cheer! Building and decorating a gingerbread house is a wonderful tradition for kids to grow up with. Best of all, it lets us adults rekindle that magic! For this popular holiday class you'll decorate an assembled gingerbread house from our bakery. We'll provide all the trimmings.


Holidays with Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Annapolis. 7 p.m. Free.

You won't believe how much wisdom the Dalai Lama's & Archbishop Desmond Tutu's collaborative book, The Book of Joy, offers! The series frankly acknowledges the frankly acknowledges the aversive emotions and points to their use in finding joy. Each session can be understood separately.


The Holly Trolley at Herald Harbor Community Center, Crownsville. 6:30 p.m. $20. Whatsuptix.com

Tour Lights on the Bay and Enjoy Shopping in Downtown Annapolis while getting to know some neighbors or hanging out with friends.  Meet at Herald Harbor Community Center at 6:15-6:25 p.m. to load on the Trolleys. 


Eastern Shore:


Skate with Santa at Talbot County Community Center, Easton. 6 p.m. $15. Tourtalbot.org

Santa will be taking a break from his busy schedule at the North Pole to visit the Talbot County Community Center to share holiday memories with the whole family! Kids will have an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap to reveal wishes and receive a special gift. Pre-registration is required. Please bring your own camera to take a memorable photograph with Santa. 


West County/Regional:


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Cirque Nutcracker at The National Philharmonic Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Strathmore.org.

The awe-inspiring talents of Troupe Vertigo come to the concert hall as acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen and high-flying aerialists join the BSO for this spectacular holiday-themed show.


A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


Friday 12/14


Annapolis:


Holiday Pops with Cathy Ryan: A Winter's Heart Celebration Presented by Annapolis Symphony Orchestra at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Marylandhall.org.

The Symphony will celebrate the holidays with Celtic flair this season, with Irish-American vocalist Cathie Ryan for the annual Holiday Pops concert, one of the Symphony’s most popular events. 


Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas with Bobby Caldwell & Marion Meadows at Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis. 6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. $45. Ramsheadonstage.com.

Get into the holiday spirit with Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas at Rams Head on Stage


The Talent Machine Presents Holiday Cheer 2018 at Saint John's College, Annapolis. 7:30 p.m. $15. Talentmachine.com.

Join The Talent Machine Company as they celebrate Holiday Cheer 2018! This high energy production will feature the holiday classics that we have grown to love and enjoy. Traditional holiday favorites will be performed as well as some new high energy numbers that will delight audiences of all ages. 


A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Players, Inc., Annapolis. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Thecolonialplayers.org.

This classic production takes place, as Mr. Dickens himself would have it, in the streets of Victorian London and in the counting house and bedchamber of Ebenezer Scrooge. In the revelations of his visitors and in his memory, we are transported to times and places of Scrooge's past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol has been produced by Colonial Players of Annapolis since 1981.


Holiday Candlelight Stroll at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 7 p.m. $21 for adults, $12 for children 3-11, Free for ages 2 & Under. Annapolistours.com.

Welcome the holidays with an evening stroll and a pleasant remembrance of Christmas past. Glowing lanterns light your way as you stroll around Maryland’s historic State Capital, all trimmed in holiday greenery. Walk along the streets of Annapolis, past colonial mansions, Victorian townhouses and quaint shops. 


Jolly Express Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 6 p.m. $23 for adults, $13 for children ages 12 & Under. Cruisesonthebay.com.

'Tis the Season...for the Jolly Express!  Hop aboard Miss Anne, all decked out for the Holidays and see the sights along Spa Creek on the Jolly Express. Miss Anne will be adorned with reindeer spirit for a 45-minute cruise including hot cocoa, holiday music and holiday cheer. Cuddle up under blankets and enjoy the cruise with "Captain Santa" at the helm. The Jolly Express is a classic Annapolis holiday activity and a perfect opportunity to start a family holiday tradition.


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.


Gingerbread House Decorating Class at Whole Foods Market Annapolis at Whole Foods Market Annapolis, Annapolis. 6:30 p.m. $25 per house.

Kids of all ages can join us for a class filled with fun and holiday cheer! Building and decorating a gingerbread house is a wonderful tradition for kids to grow up with. Best of all, it lets us adults rekindle that magic! For this popular holiday class you'll decorate an assembled gingerbread house from our bakery. We'll provide all the trimmings.


Eastern Shore:


Festive Fridays in Chestertown at Downtown Chestertown, Chestertown. 5 p.m. Free. Kentcounty.com.

Join your local independent Chestertown shops, galleries, studios, and restaurants for a night out on the town.


Holiday Concert with Stef Scaggiari at Queen Anne's County Centre for the Arts, Centreville. 7 p.m. $20. Friendsofqaclibrary.org.

A Holiday Concert, jointly sponsored by the Friends of Queen Anne’s County Library and the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts, featuring Stef Scaggieri. Proceeds from the concert will benefit both of the sponsoring organizations. 


Christmas Wonderland at the Museum at Tilghman Waterman's Museum, Tilghman Island. 5 p.m. Free. Tourtalbot.org.

Tilghman Watermen’s Museum presents the annual “Christmas Display Wonderland” featuring miniature Christmas villages of lighted houses, train sets and dolls. A fun holiday activity for the whole family. Come and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as you browse the Lee House all decorated with Christmas trees!


Annie the Musical at Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Avalonfoundation.org.

The Avalon Foundation presents a heart-warming rendition of the classic musical, Annie.


Centreville Christmas Parade at Town of Centreville, Centreville. 6:30 p.m. Free. Qac.org.

Join the Town of Centreville for its 2018 Christmas Parade

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West County/Regional:


A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! Under the Mistletoe with Ashley Brown at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $24-99. Kennedy-center.org.

Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics in this singalong tradition with the NSO and The Washington Chorus, a perfect holiday treat for the entire family!


Cirque Nutcracker at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Bsomusic.org.

The awe-inspiring talents of Troupe Vertigo come to the concert hall as acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen and high-flying aerialists join the BSO for this spectacular holiday-themed show.


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at The Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore. 7 p.m. Prices vary. France-merrickpac.com.

Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls. Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Washington National Opera: Holiday Family Opera: The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 7:30 p.m. $49-79. Kennedy-center.org.

As the first Christmas nears, a special character will share the Nativity story from his perspective: the donkey! Director Francesca Zambello brings the award-winning children's book to vibrant life in this heartwarming family opera, revived after its acclaimed 2013 world premiere.


Front Porch Orchestra Presents Bluegrass Nutcracker at Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park. 7 p.m. $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. Chesapeakearts.org.

Dreading another season of canned Christmas music? Get in the spirit with sizzling, bluegrass steeped take on Tchaikovsky's Christmas classic, with a comical retelling of E.T.A Hoffman's story.


The Washington Chorus presents A Candlelight Christmas at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $18-75. Kennedy-center.org.

It's not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring brass, organ, sing-slongs, and the magnificent candlelight processional.


Saturday 12/15

Annapolis Area:


Santa Speedo Run at Downtown Annapolis. 10:30 a.m. Santaspeedorunannapolis.com.

The mission of the SSR is to bring holiday cheer to our community while at the same time collecting toys for needy children.  Since 2006 we have collected well over 5,000 toys and have brought a lot of smiles to a lot of children's faces in our community.  

The Nutcracker at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Marylandhall.org.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland invites you to the most famous Christmas Party of all time as you attend The Nutcracker where the possibility of dreams, the magic of Christmas and the wonder of the child merge through young Clara's adventures with mechanical dolls, life-size rats, and whirling Kingdoms of Snow and Sweets. Help Clara rescue her beloved Nutcracker from the Rat Queen's evil spell and discover her true destiny.


Holiday Breakfast at The Y in Arnold (Greater Annapolis), Arnold. 11 a.m. Free. Ymaryland.org

Join us for a special holiday breakfast at the Y! Listen to holiday music as you enjoy seasonal crafts, games and refreshments. Plus, get your picture taken with a very special guest! Activities vary by location. This is a free event but space is limited. All attendees must register in advance for one hour time blocks.


Encore Chorale Present Free Holiday Choral Concert at Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Arnold. 3 p.m. Free. Encorecreativity.org.

The Encore Chorales for Older Adults will perform in a holiday concert this season. This free concert is perfect for all ages and will include members of the Encore Chorales of Anne Arundel Community College and Southern Maryland. 


Sons of the Severn Barbershop Chorus Holiday Concert at Trinity United Methodist Church, Annapolis. 7 p.m. Free. Voluntary offering supports programs of TUMC.

Come share an evening with us as Sons of the Sever Barbershop Chorus performs songs of the season!


The Talent Machine Presents Holiday Cheer 2018 at Saint John's College, Annapolis. 7:30 p.m. $15. Talentmachine.com.

Join The Talent Machine Company as they celebrate Holiday Cheer 2018! This high energy production will feature the holiday classics that we have grown to love and enjoy. Traditional holiday favorites will be performed as well as some new high energy numbers that will delight audiences of all ages. 


The Nutcracker Chesapeake Ballet Company at Childrens Theater of Annapolis, Annapolis. 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. $21-23. Chesapeakeballetcompany.com.

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition unlike any other. The Chesapeake Ballet Company youth ballet corps brings their production of The Nutcracker to the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis for the 12th year.


The Nutcracker Presented by Ballet Theatre of Maryland at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Marylandhall.org.

We invite you to the most famous Christmas Party of all time as you attend The Nutcracker where the possibility of dreams, the magic of Christmas and the wonder of the child merge through young Clara's adventures with mechanical dolls, life-size rats, and whirling Kingdoms of Snow and Sweets. Help Clara rescue her beloved Nutcracker from the Rat Queen's evil spell and discover her true destiny.


A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Players, Inc., Annapolis. 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m. Prices vary. Thecolonialplayers.org.

This classic production takes place, as Mr. Dickens himself would have it, in the streets of Victorian London and in the counting house and bedchamber of Ebenezer Scrooge. In the revelations of his visitors and in his memory, we are transported to times and places of Scrooge's past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol has been produced by Colonial Players of Annapolis since 1981.


Holiday Candlelight Stroll at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 7 p.m. $21 for adults, $12 for children 3-11, Free for ages 2 & Under. Annapolistours.com.

Welcome the holidays with an evening stroll and a pleasant remembrance of Christmas past. Glowing lanterns light your way as you stroll around Maryland’s historic State Capital, all trimmed in holiday greenery. Walk along the streets of Annapolis, past colonial mansions, Victorian townhouses and quaint shops. 


Jolly Express Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 6 p.m. $23 for adults, $13 for children ages 12 & Under. Cruisesonthebay.com.

'Tis the Season...for the Jolly Express!  Hop aboard Miss Anne, all decked out for the Holidays and see the sights along Spa Creek on the Jolly Express. Miss Anne will be adorned with reindeer spirit for a 45-minute cruise including hot cocoa, holiday music and holiday cheer. Cuddle up under blankets and enjoy the cruise with "Captain Santa" at the helm. The Jolly Express is a classic Annapolis holiday activity and a perfect opportunity to start a family holiday tradition.


A Broadway Holiday at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

A holiday confection of Broadway showstoppers on ASC's Main Stage featuring Christine Asero, Sally Boyett, Ian Charles, Joe Rossi and special guests. Reserved your tickets now - only four performances. Live orchestra!


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.


Holiday Open House at William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis. 3 p.m. Free for HA members/volunteers, $10 for non-members, $5 for children, Free for children 2 and under. Annapolis.org. 

Come join the Pacas for a festive occasion as they entertain for the holidays! Living historians will bring the house to life with laughter, games, music and of course, sweet treats to share! Make sure to visit Hogshead, to see how the middling sort celebrate the holiday season with living historians and a variety of fun activities fit for the whole family. Light refreshments and holiday activities are included.


The Gift of the Mad Guy at Annapolis Friends Meeting House, Annapolis. 2 p.m. $12 for ages 4 and over, free for ages 3 and under. 

The Gift of the Mad Guy is the story of gift-crazed child who believes that Christmas is about giving specifically to HIM until he is promised a REALLY big gift if he gives 3 of his gifts to others. Will Jack learn that the holidays are about more than getting? 

Eastern Shore:


Christmas Wonderland at the Museum at Tilghman Waterman's Museum, Tilghman Island. 12 p.m. Free. Tourtalbot.org.

Tilghman Watermen’s Museum presents the annual “Christmas Display Wonderland” featuring miniature Christmas villages of lighted houses, train sets and dolls. A fun holiday activity for the whole family. Come and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as you browse the Lee House all decorated with Christmas trees!


Free Holiday Movies: Home Alone at Cambridge Premier Cinemas, Cambridge. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tritonmovies.com.

Head to Cambridge Premier Cinemas for a free holiday movie this December.


Gather 'Round at Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 3:30 p.m. TBA. Garfieldcenter.org.

Christmas storytelling event! Hot chocolate, carols, Christmas joy.


Horse & Carriage Rides at Tidewater Inn, Easton. 3 p.m. Free. Tidewaterinn.com.

The Tidewater Inn will be hosting carriage rides to celebrate the 2018 holiday season. The carriage will leave the Tidewater Inn and travel down Harrison Street and include a tour of Washington and Goldsborough streets.


Annie the Musical at Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Avalonfoundation.org.

The Avalon Foundation presents a heart-warming rendition of the classic musical, Annie.


It's a Redd Christmas with Chuck and Robert Redd at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Oxford. 8 p.m. $20. Mainstayrockhall.org

Chuck Redd made his international debut when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio in 1980 at the age of 21. Chuck performs around the world and throughout the US. Robert Redd continues to base his musical career in Washington DC. He often appears as a free-lance musician at Blues Alley and is a current member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.


Winter Solstice Concert at Oxford Community center, Oxford. 3 p.m. $20, free for children under 12. Oxfordcc.org. 

Performer Moira Smiley will be joined by many new voices to celebrate the season.


Gingerbread Houses in North County at North County Branch, Galena. 11 a.m. Free, pre-registration required. Kentcountylibrary.org.

Looking for some fun family time to get ready for the holidays? Why not build a gingerbread house and fill your home with sugar plums and gumdrops.


West County/Regional: 


A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington Presents... The Holiday Show at Lincoln Theater, Washington. 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Thelincolndc.com.

DC's favorite way to start the season! The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC's holiday extravaganza returns with fabulous treats and festive holiday favorites. Come see what surprises the Chorus has in store for you this year as they ring in the season with tap dancers, drag queens, nutcrackers, reindeer, and more!


NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! Under the Mistletoe with Ashley Brown at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $24-99. Kennedy-center.org.

Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics in this singalong tradition with the NSO and The Washington Chorus, a perfect holiday treat for the entire family! 


Pine cone winter crafts at Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park. 11 a.m. Free. Chesapeakearts.org.

Make winter themed crafts out of pine cones and other natural materials!


Story Time with Mrs. Claus at Patuxent Nursery, Bowie. 12 p.m. Free. Patuxentnursery.com.

Mrs. Claus is coming to town to share her favorite holiday stories with the children. Bring the entire family to this wonderful holiday event! It's a great way to get in the holiday spirit.


Cirque Nutcracker at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 3 p.m. Prices vary. Bsomusic.org.

The awe-inspiring talents of Troupe Vertigo come to the concert hall as acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen and high-flying aerialists join the BSO for this spectacular holiday-themed show.


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at The Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore. 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Prices vary. France-merrickpac.com.

Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls. Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Washington National Opera: Holiday Family Opera: The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 7:30 p.m. $49-79. Kennedy-center.org.

As the first Christmas nears, a special character will share the Nativity story from his perspective: the donkey! Director Francesca Zambello brings the award-winning children's book to vibrant life in this heartwarming family opera, revived after its acclaimed 2013 world premiere.


Santa at Homestead Gardens at Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville & Severna Park Locations. 10 a.m. (Davidsonville) & 12 p.m. (Severna Park). Free. Homesteadgardens.com.

Head to Homestead Gardens to grab a picture with Santa! Reserve your time with the big guy using in-store registration. While you wait, explore the store. Grab some hot chocolate, enjoy the beautiful holiday decor, and find the perfects gifts for everyone on your list.


The Washington Chorus presents A Candlelight Christmas at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $18-75. Kennedy-center.org.

It's not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring brass, organ, sing-slongs, and the magnificent candlelight processional.


Photos with Santa Claws at Crunchies Natural Pet Foods, Crofton. 10:30 a.m. Prices vary. Ruderanch.org.

Bring your Dog, Cat, Rabbit, Iguana, Even your Kids! Each participant will receive a portrait photo of their session with Santa and a keepsake ornament. Santa will sit with families and kids and any kind of pet.


Saturdays with Santa at The Capital Wheel at National Harbor, National Harbor. Saturdays, 10 a.m. Now through December 22nd. Prices vary. Thecapitalwheel.com.

Visit The Capital Wheel at The National Harbor and meet Santa. Ride in a climate controlled gondola on The Capital Wheel or watch the kids spin on The Carousel. Adults can keep warm with festive drinks including several holiday packages perfect for gift giving or creating life long memories. 


Sunday 12/16


Annapolis Area:


The Nutcracker at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Prices vary. Marylandhall.org.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland invites you to the most famous Christmas Party of all time as you attend The Nutcracker where the possibility of dreams, the magic of Christmas and the wonder of the child merge through young Clara's adventures with mechanical dolls, life-size rats, and whirling Kingdoms of Snow and Sweets. Help Clara rescue her beloved Nutcracker from the Rat Queen's evil spell and discover her true destiny.


The Talent Machine Presents Holiday Cheer 2018 at Saint John's College, Annapolis. 7:30 p.m. $15. Talentmachine.com.

Join The Talent Machine Company as they celebrate Holiday Cheer 2018! This high energy production will feature the holiday classics that we have grown to love and enjoy. Traditional holiday favorites will be performed as well as some new high energy numbers that will delight audiences of all ages. 


The Nutcracker Chesapeake Ballet Company at Childrens Theater of Annapolis, Annapolis. 1 p.m. $21-23. Chesapeakeballetcompany.com.

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition unlike any other. The Chesapeake Ballet Company youth ballet corps brings their production of The Nutcracker to the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis for the 12th year.


The Nutcracker Presented by Ballet Theatre of Maryland at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Prices vary. Marylandhall.org.

We invite you to the most famous Christmas Party of all time as you attend The Nutcracker where the possibility of dreams, the magic of Christmas and the wonder of the child merge through young Clara's adventures with mechanical dolls, life-size rats, and whirling Kingdoms of Snow and Sweets. Help Clara rescue her beloved Nutcracker from the Rat Queen's evil spell and discover her true destiny.


A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Players, Inc., Annapolis. 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Prices vary. Thecolonialplayers.org.

This classic production takes place, as Mr. Dickens himself would have it, in the streets of Victorian London and in the counting house and bedchamber of Ebenezer Scrooge. In the revelations of his visitors and in his memory, we are transported to times and places of Scrooge's past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol has been produced by Colonial Players of Annapolis since 1981.


Jolly Express Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 6 p.m. $23 for adults, $13 for children ages 12 & Under. Cruisesonthebay.com.

'Tis the Season...for the Jolly Express!  Hop aboard Miss Anne, all decked out for the Holidays and see the sights along Spa Creek on the Jolly Express. Miss Anne will be adorned with reindeer spirit for a 45-minute cruise including hot cocoa, holiday music and holiday cheer. Cuddle up under blankets and enjoy the cruise with "Captain Santa" at the helm. The Jolly Express is a classic Annapolis holiday activity and a perfect opportunity to start a family holiday tradition.


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.


Holidays with Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Annapolis. 8:30 a.m. Free.

You won't believe how much wisdom the Dalai Lama's & Archbishop Desmond Tutu's collaborative book, The Book of Joy, offers! The series frankly acknowledges the frankly acknowledges the aversive emotions and points to their use in finding joy. Each session can be understood separately.


The Holly Trolley at Herald Harbor Community Center, Crownsville. 6:30 p.m. $20. Whatsuptix.com.

Tour Lights on the Bay and enjoy shopping in Downtown Annapolis while getting to know some neighbors or hanging out with friends.  Meet at Herald Harbor Community Center at 6:15-6:25 p.m. to load on the trolleys. 


Eastern Shore:


Nativity Scenes From Around the World at Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast, Cambridge. 2 p.m. $10. Cambridgehousebandb.com.

See more than 25 Nativity scenes (also known as creches) from around the world on display at the historic Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast.


Annie the Musical at Avalon Theatre, Easton. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Avalonfoundation.org.

The Avalon Foundation presents a heart-warming rendition of the classic musical, Annie.


Community Sing-Along: Christmas Carols, Holiday Songs at Fountain Park, Chestertown. 3 p.m. Free. Kentcounty.com

Join your friends and neighbors in an old-fashioned community sing-along. Celebrate the spirit of the season singing Christmas carols and holiday songs.


A Winter's Eve: Concert by the Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chestertown. 4 p.m. Free.

The ESWE, the all-ages community concert band directed by Charles Thai and based in Chestertown, will present an hour-long program of holiday music, followed by refreshments in the parish hall.



West County/Regional:


A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington Presents... The Holiday Show at Lincoln Theater, Washington. 3 p.m. Prices vary. Thelincolndc.com.

DC's favorite way to start the season! The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC's holiday extravaganza returns with fabulous treats and festive holiday favorites. Come see what surprises the Chorus has in store for you this year as they ring in the season with tap dancers, drag queens, nutcrackers, reindeer, and more!


Cirque Nutcracker at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 3 p.m. Prices vary. Bsomusic.org.

The awe-inspiring talents of Troupe Vertigo come to the concert hall as acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen and high-flying aerialists join the BSO for this spectacular holiday-themed show.


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Washington National Opera: Holiday Family Opera: The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 7:30 p.m. $49-79. Kennedy-center.org.

As the first Christmas nears, a special character will share the Nativity story from his perspective: the donkey! Director Francesca Zambello brings the award-winning children's book to vibrant life in this heartwarming family opera, revived after its acclaimed 2013 world premiere.


Santa at Homestead Gardens at Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville & Severna Park Locations.12 p.m. Free. Homesteadgardens.com.

Head to Homestead Gardens to grab a picture with Santa! Reserve your time with the big guy using in-store registration. While you wait, explore the store. Grab some hot chocolate, enjoy the beautiful holiday decor, and find the perfects gifts for everyone on your list.


The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents Songs of the Season: Christmas with Choral Arts at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 1 p.m. $15-69. Kennedy-center.org.

Choral Arts brings Songs of the Season to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.


The Washington Chorus presents A Candlelight Christmas at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $18-75. Kennedy-center.org.

It's not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring brass, organ, sing-slongs, and the magnificent candlelight processional.



Monday 12/17


Annapolis:


The Weepies: Holiday Acoustic Duo Tour at Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis. 8 p.m. $49.50. Ramsheadonstage.com.

Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, they quietly sold more than 1.5 million records with over 54 million streams on Spotify, 25+ million views on YouTube, and over 110k social media followers. They married and had three children, rarely touring but continuing to release their music; five records over seven years.



West County/Regional:


The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents Songs of the Season: Christmas with Choral Arts at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 1 p.m. $15-69. Kennedy-center.org.

Choral Arts brings Songs of the Season to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.


Tuesday 12/18


Annapolis:


Mr. Paca's Backyard- A Wish to be a Christmas Tree at William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis. 10 a.m. $8 for HA members/volunteers, $10 for general admission. Annapolis.org.

Consider the different ways to celebrate the holidays and create memories. In "A Wish To Be a Christmas Tree" we will explore the natural world during the holidays and how forest animals give a very special gift to a very special tree.


West County/Regional:


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Wednesday 12/19


Eastern Shore:


Nativity Scenes From Around the World at Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast, Cambridge. 2 p.m. $10. Cambridgehousebandb.com.

See more than 25 Nativity scenes (also known as creches) from around the world on display at the historic Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast.



West County/Regional:


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


The Oh Hellos Christmas Extravaganza The Family Crest at 9:30 Club, Washington. 7 p.m. $25. 930.com.

The Oh Hellos are siblings Tyler and Maggie Heath. Originally formed after writing a song for their mother's birthday, the band has gone on to release six records, including their fan-favorite holiday album The Oh Hellos Family Christmas Album.


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Thursday 12/20

Annapolis Area:


Midnight Madness at Downtown Annapolis. 6 p.m. Free. Annapolis.org.

Downtown Annapolis Partnership proudly presents Midnight Madness, the annual holiday tradition. West Street, Main Street, Maryland Avenue, Main Street, Market Space, Randall Street, and Dock Street will be filled with carolers, musicians, dancers, and performers to make your holiday shopping experience uniquely Annapolis. Enjoy the company of family and friends as you shop in the winter wonderland of holiday decorations, lights, and garland. Don’t forget to snap a photo in Snowflake Alley or in front of the Christmas tree!


The Talent Machine Presents Holiday Cheer 2018 at Saint John's College, Annapolis. 7:30 p.m. $15. Talentmachine.com.

Join The Talent Machine Company as they celebrate Holiday Cheer 2018! This high energy production will feature the holiday classics that we have grown to love and enjoy. Traditional holiday favorites will be performed as well as some new high energy numbers that will delight audiences of all ages. 


A Broadway Holiday at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

A holiday confection of Broadway showstoppers on ASC's Main Stage featuring Christine Asero, Sally Boyett, Ian Charles, Joe Rossi and special guests. Reserved your tickets now - only four performances. Live orchestra!


Ugly Sweater Run at Armadillo's, Annapolis. 6:30 p.m. $25.

It's that time of year again! Christmas cookies, holiday shopping, presents under the tree...and yes, UGLY SWEATERS galore! Break out your best holiday get-up and join Fleet Feet Sports Annapolis for a festive Ugly Sweater Run! 


Holidays with Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Annapolis. 7 p.m. Free.

You won't believe how much wisdom the Dalai Lama's & Archbishop Desmond Tutu's collaborative book, The Book of Joy, offers! The series frankly acknowledges the frankly acknowledges the aversive emotions and points to their use in finding joy. Each session can be understood separately.


West County/Regional:


A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 7 p.m. $15-89. Kennedy-center.org.

Join the NSO, exceptional singers, and a heavenly chorus in the festively decorated Concert Hall for our holiday tradition! Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel’s much-loved Messiah, conducted by Nicholas McGegan.


Friday 12/21


Annapolis:


The Talent Machine Presents Holiday Cheer 2018 at Saint John's College, Annapolis. 7:30 p.m. $15. Talentmachine.com.

Join The Talent Machine Company as they celebrate Holiday Cheer 2018! This high energy production will feature the holiday classics that we have grown to love and enjoy. Traditional holiday favorites will be performed as well as some new high energy numbers that will delight audiences of all ages. 


Holiday Candlelight Stroll at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 7 p.m. $21 for adults, $12 for children 3-11, Free for ages 2 & Under. Annapolistours.com.

Welcome the holidays with an evening stroll and a pleasant remembrance of Christmas past. Glowing lanterns light your way as you stroll around Maryland’s historic State Capital, all trimmed in holiday greenery. Walk along the streets of Annapolis, past colonial mansions, Victorian townhouses and quaint shops. 


Jolly Express Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 6 p.m. $23 for adults, $13 for children ages 12 & Under. Cruisesonthebay.com.

'Tis the Season...for the Jolly Express!  Hop aboard Miss Anne, all decked out for the Holidays and see the sights along Spa Creek on the Jolly Express. Miss Anne will be adorned with reindeer spirit for a 45-minute cruise including hot cocoa, holiday music and holiday cheer. Cuddle up under blankets and enjoy the cruise with "Captain Santa" at the helm. The Jolly Express is a classic Annapolis holiday activity and a perfect opportunity to start a family holiday tradition.


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.



Eastern Shore:


Annie the Musical at Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Avalonfoundation.org.

The Avalon Foundation presents a heart-warming rendition of the classic musical, Annie.



West County/Regional:


A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


Gospel Christmas with CeCe Winans at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Bsomusic.org.

Renowned gospel singer and twelve-time Grammy® Award-winner CeCe Winans joins the BSO and the Morgan State University Choir in a rousing Gospel Christmas program of holiday favorites.


National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day at The Capital Wheel at National Harbor, National Harbor. 6 p.m. Prices vary. Thecapitalwheel.com.

What would Christmas be without the traditional Ugly Sweater Christmas Party! Join The Capital Wheel as they celebrate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, Friday, December 21 at The Flight Deck from 6-9 p.m. Guests who show off their ugliest Christmas sweater get their first drink compliments of Flight Deck, plus discounted Capital Wheel tickets and drink specials all evening.


National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 7 p.m. $15-89. Kennedy-center.org.

Join the NSO, exceptional singers, and a heavenly chorus in the festively decorated Concert Hall for our holiday tradition! Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel’s much-loved Messiah, conducted by Nicholas McGegan.


The Washington Chorus presents A Candlelight Christmas at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $18-75. Kennedy-center.org.

It's not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring brass, organ, sing-slongs, and the magnificent candlelight processional.


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Saturday 12/22


Annapolis Area:


The Talent Machine Presents Holiday Cheer 2018 at Saint John's College, Annapolis. 7:30 p.m. $15. Talentmachine.com.

Join The Talent Machine Company as they celebrate Holiday Cheer 2018! This high energy production will feature the holiday classics that we have grown to love and enjoy. Traditional holiday favorites will be performed as well as some new high energy numbers that will delight audiences of all ages. 


A Holiday Drag Brunch at Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis. 12:30 p.m. $20. Ramsheadonstage.com.

Come join us for a Holiday inspired drag brunch. Let our entertainers help determine if you've been naughty or nice over the last year while they perform a chorus of your favorite holiday inspired songs, some of your favorite hits from the radio, provide you with a laugh as they do comedic skits, and make you go OMG as they dance, twirl, and somersault for you to high energy dance numbers.


Holiday Candlelight Stroll at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 7 p.m. $21 for adults, $12 for children 3-11, Free for ages 2 & Under. Annapolistours.com.

Welcome the holidays with an evening stroll and a pleasant remembrance of Christmas past. Glowing lanterns light your way as you stroll around Maryland’s historic State Capital, all trimmed in holiday greenery. Walk along the streets of Annapolis, past colonial mansions, Victorian townhouses and quaint shops. 


Jolly Express Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 6 p.m. $23 for adults, $13 for children ages 12 & Under. Cruisesonthebay.com.

'Tis the Season...for the Jolly Express!  Hop aboard Miss Anne, all decked out for the Holidays and see the sights along Spa Creek on the Jolly Express. Miss Anne will be adorned with reindeer spirit for a 45-minute cruise including hot cocoa, holiday music and holiday cheer. Cuddle up under blankets and enjoy the cruise with "Captain Santa" at the helm. The Jolly Express is a classic Annapolis holiday activity and a perfect opportunity to start a family holiday tradition.


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.


Handel's Messiah at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Annapolis. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Marylandhall.org.

Join Live Arts Maryland for its performance of Handel’s Messiah. What sets these performances apart is the extra energy, passion, and meaning that come from the direction of Maestro J. Ernest Green and the performance of the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. Several acclaimed guest soloists join for this year’s performances including soprano Amy Cofield, mezzo soprano Catrin Davies, tenor Joe Regan, and bass baritone David Murray.


Eastern Shore:


Free Holiday Movies: Polar Express at Cambridge Premier Cinemas, Cambridge. 10:05 a.m. Free. Tritonmovies.com.

Head to Cambridge Premier Cinemas for a free holiday movie this December.


Horse & Carriage Rides at Tidewater Inn, Easton. 3 p.m. Free. Tidewaterinn.com.

The Tidewater Inn will be hosting carriage rides to celebrate the 2018 holiday season. The carriage will leave the Tidewater Inn and travel down Harrison Street and include a tour of Washington and Goldsborough streets.


Annie the Musical at Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Avalonfoundation.org.

The Avalon Foundation presents a heart-warming rendition of the classic musical, Annie.


West County/Regional:


A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


Holiday Pops at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Bsomusic.org.

Broadway musical director Andy Einhorn leads the BSO and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in an exciting new holiday pops program, highlighted by festive favorites from Broadway to American classics, the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas, an audience sing-along and a few musical surprises. The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall becomes a winter wonderland with pre-concert performances, holiday cookies and ornaments for sale. Join us for this celebration of the holiday season!


KIX-mas at Rams Head Live!, Baltimore. 9 p.m. $27.50. Ramsheadlive.com.

Enjoy "one of rocks truly legendary live acts" KIX's holiday show!


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Holiday Pops at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 3 p.m. Prices vary. Bsomusic.org.

Broadway musical director Andy Einhorn leads the BSO and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in an exciting new holiday pops program, highlighted by festive favorites from Broadway to American classics, the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas, an audience sing-along and a few musical surprises. The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall becomes a winter wonderland with pre-concert performances, holiday cookies and ornaments for sale. Join us for this celebration of the holiday season!


Santa at Homestead Gardens at Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville & Severna Park Locations. 10 a.m. (Davidsonville) & 12 p.m. (Severna Park). Free. Homesteadgardens.com.

Head to Homestead Gardens to grab a picture with Santa! Reserve your time with the big guy using in-store registration. While you wait, explore the store. Grab some hot chocolate, enjoy the beautiful holiday decor, and find the perfects gifts for everyone on your list.


National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 7 p.m. $15-89. Kennedy-center.org.

Join the NSO, exceptional singers, and a heavenly chorus in the festively decorated Concert Hall for our holiday tradition! Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel’s much-loved Messiah, conducted by Nicholas McGegan.


The Washington Chorus presents A Candlelight Christmas at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $18-75. Kennedy-center.org.

It's not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring brass, organ, sing-slongs, and the magnificent candlelight processional.


Saturdays with Santa at The Capital Wheel at National Harbor, National Harbor. Saturdays, 10 a.m. Now through December 22nd. Prices vary. Thecapitalwheel.com.

Visit The Capital Wheel at The National Harbor and meet Santa. Ride in a climate controlled gondola on The Capital Wheel or watch the kids spin on The Carousel. Adults can keep warm with festive drinks including several holiday packages perfect for gift giving or creating life long memories. 


Sunday 12/23

Annapolis Area:


The Talent Machine Presents Holiday Cheer 2018 at Saint John's College, Annapolis. 7:30 p.m. $15. Talentmachine.com.

Join The Talent Machine Company as they celebrate Holiday Cheer 2018! This high energy production will feature the holiday classics that we have grown to love and enjoy. Traditional holiday favorites will be performed as well as some new high energy numbers that will delight audiences of all ages. 


Jolly Express Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 6 p.m. $23 for adults, $13 for children ages 12 & Under. Cruisesonthebay.com.

'Tis the Season...for the Jolly Express!  Hop aboard Miss Anne, all decked out for the Holidays and see the sights along Spa Creek on the Jolly Express. Miss Anne will be adorned with reindeer spirit for a 45-minute cruise including hot cocoa, holiday music and holiday cheer. Cuddle up under blankets and enjoy the cruise with "Captain Santa" at the helm. The Jolly Express is a classic Annapolis holiday activity and a perfect opportunity to start a family holiday tradition.


A Broadway Holiday at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

A holiday confection of Broadway showstoppers on ASC's Main Stage featuring Christine Asero, Sally Boyett, Ian Charles, Joe Rossi and special guests. Reserved your tickets now - only four performances. Live orchestra!


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.


Dave Tucker Big Band with Sue Matthews & Tony Liberto: A Big Band Christmas at Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis. 7 p.m. $34. Ramsheadonstage.com.

Wings Productions presents a gift-wrapped package of Christmas jazz and seasonal standards to get you into the holiday spirit. The outstanding Dave Tucker Big Band will feature two of the area’s best vocalists - Sue Matthews and Tony Liberto - and a marvelous selection of exciting instrumental arrangements, vocals and duets.


Holidays with Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Annapolis. 8:30 a.m. Free.

You won't believe how much wisdom the Dalai Lama's & Archbishop Desmond Tutu's collaborative book, The Book of Joy, offers! The series frankly acknowledges the frankly acknowledges the aversive emotions and points to their use in finding joy. Each session can be understood separately.


Eastern Shore:


Free Holiday Movies: Christmas Vacation at Cambridge Premier Cinemas, Cambridge. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tritonmovies.com.

Head to Cambridge Premier Cinemas for a free holiday movie this December.


Nativity Scenes From Around the World at Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast, Cambridge. 2 p.m. $10. Cambridgehousebandb.com.

See more than 25 Nativity scenes (also known as creches) from around the world on display at the historic Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast.


Annie the Musical at Avalon Theatre, Easton. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Avalonfoundation.org.

The Avalon Foundation presents a heart-warming rendition of the classic musical, Annie.



West County/Regional:


A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with this one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in Chesapeake Shakespeare's best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Capital One Arena, Washington. 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Capitalonearena.com.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Washington, D.C. for their highly anticipated Winter Tour 2018 "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve".


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Santa at Homestead Gardens at Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville & Severna Park Locations. 12 p.m. Free. Homesteadgardens.com.

Head to Homestead Gardens to grab a picture with Santa! Reserve your time with the big guy using in-store registration. While you wait, explore the store. Grab some hot chocolate, enjoy the beautiful holiday decor, and find the perfects gifts for everyone on your list.


National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 7 p.m. $15-89. Kennedy-center.org.

Join the NSO, exceptional singers, and a heavenly chorus in the festively decorated Concert Hall for our holiday tradition! Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel’s much-loved Messiah, conducted by Nicholas McGegan.


The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents Songs of the Season: Christmas with Choral Arts at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 1 p.m. $15-69. Kennedy-center.org.

Choral Arts brings Songs of the Season to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.


Monday 12/24

Annapolis Area:


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.


Eastern Shore:


Free Holiday Movies: Charlie Brown & The Grinch at Cambridge Premier Cinemas, Cambridge. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tritonmovies.com.

Head to Cambridge Premier Cinemas for a free holiday movie this December.


West County/Regional:


The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents A Family Christmas at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 11 a.m. $20-45. Kennedy-center.org.

Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills the concert hall with holiday classics just for them!


The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents Songs of the Season: Christmas with Choral Arts at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 1 p.m. $15-69. Kennedy-center.org.

Choral Arts brings Songs of the Season to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.


Tuesday 12/25

West County/Regional:


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Wednesday 12/26

Eastern Shore:


Nativity Scenes From Around the World at Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast, Cambridge. 2 p.m. $10. Cambridgehousebandb.com.

See more than 25 Nativity scenes (also known as creches) from around the world on display at the historic Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast.



West County/Regional:


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Thursday 12/27


West County/Regional:


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


Clutch - Annual Holiday Run at Rams Head Live!, Baltimore. 7:30 p.m. $39.50 in advance, $45 at the door. Ramsheadlive.com.

Enjoy the hard rock band Clutch give its annual holiday performance!


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Friday 12/28

Annapolis Area:


Jolly Express Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 6 p.m. $23 for adults, $13 for children ages 12 & Under. Cruisesonthebay.com.

'Tis the Season...for the Jolly Express!  Hop aboard Miss Anne, all decked out for the Holidays and see the sights along Spa Creek on the Jolly Express. Miss Anne will be adorned with reindeer spirit for a 45-minute cruise including hot cocoa, holiday music and holiday cheer. Cuddle up under blankets and enjoy the cruise with "Captain Santa" at the helm. The Jolly Express is a classic Annapolis holiday activity and a perfect opportunity to start a family holiday tradition.


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.



West County/Regional:


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Saturday 12/29


Annapolis Area:

Jolly Express Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 6 p.m. $23 for adults, $13 for children ages 12 & Under. Cruisesonthebay.com.

'Tis the Season...for the Jolly Express!  Hop aboard Miss Anne, all decked out for the Holidays and see the sights along Spa Creek on the Jolly Express. Miss Anne will be adorned with reindeer spirit for a 45-minute cruise including hot cocoa, holiday music and holiday cheer. Cuddle up under blankets and enjoy the cruise with "Captain Santa" at the helm. The Jolly Express is a classic Annapolis holiday activity and a perfect opportunity to start a family holiday tradition.


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.


West County/Regional:


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.



Sunday 12/30


Annapolis Area:


A Christmas Carol at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Annapolisshakespeare.org.

Annapolis Shakespeare's recommended original production of this classic holiday story is a special way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.


Jolly Express Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 6 p.m. $23 for adults, $13 for children ages 12 & Under. Cruisesonthebay.com.

'Tis the Season...for the Jolly Express!  Hop aboard Miss Anne, all decked out for the Holidays and see the sights along Spa Creek on the Jolly Express. Miss Anne will be adorned with reindeer spirit for a 45-minute cruise including hot cocoa, holiday music and holiday cheer. Cuddle up under blankets and enjoy the cruise with "Captain Santa" at the helm. The Jolly Express is a classic Annapolis holiday activity and a perfect opportunity to start a family holiday tradition.


Eastern Shore:


Nativity Scenes From Around the World at Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast, Cambridge. 2 p.m. $10. Cambridgehousebandb.com.

See more than 25 Nativity scenes (also known as creches) from around the world on display at the historic Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast.



West County/Regional:


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


The Second City's Love, Factually at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 8 p.m. $49-59. Kennedy-center.org.

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.


Monday 12/31


Annapolis Area:


New Year's Eve Bash at Annapolis Marriott Waterfront, Annapolis. 8:30 p.m. $116. Whatsuptix.com

Join Pusser's Caribbean Grille at the Annapolis Waterfront for their New Year's Eve Bash. Enjoy a full open bar with heavy hors d'oeuvres, a DJ, dancing, and the best view of Annapolis' midnight fireworks. 


New Year's Eve Annapolis Fireworks Cruise at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 10 p.m. $90 for Adults. Cruisesonthebay.com

Ring in the New Year on an exclusive and FUN fireworks cruise on Catherine Marie in Annapolis, Watermark's flagship vessel. Includes an excellent and comfortable view of the city of Annapolis' New Year’s Eve fireworks from the sparkling water. Enjoy dancing, DJ entertainment, celebrating and a full cash bar on board! Light snacks will be served. 


Annapolis New Year's Eve Celebration at Downtown Annapolis, Annapolis. 3 p.m. Free. Visitannapolis.org.

Family activities fill the day and music and dancing fills the night at this annual celebration welcoming the New Year. Kids’ activities will take place with activities that include face painting, an obstacle course, moon bounces and live music. The festivities wraps up with on-site fireworks for the kids,then, it’s off to area restaurants for dinner with the kids. The second round of festivities includes live music and dancing at Susan Campbell Park at City Dock.


Military Bowl Parade at Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. 9 a.m. Free. Militarybowl.org.

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will continue their tradition of headlining the Military Bowl Parade to kick off gameday prior to this year’s game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Kick off your New Year festivities as thousands of spectators are expected to line the streets as the parade steps off from City Dock before winding its way through historic downtown Annapolis en route to the stadium.


2018 Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis. 12 p.m. $30-150. Militarybowl.org.

The Military Bowl, presented by Northrop Grumman, kicks off for the 11th year. The Military Bowl serves as a premier regional event benefiting the USO and other organizations supporting members of the Armed Forces and their families. Since its inception in 2008, the Bowl has donated more than $700,000 to the USO and provided more than 30,000 complimentary tickets for troops and their families. Complimentary tickets to troops and their families will also be distributed for the game through the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore in early December.


Eastern Shore:


New Year's Eve Potluck at The Mainstay with Joe Holt at the Piano! at The Mainstay, Rock Hall. 5 p.m. Free. Mainstayrockhall.org.

Ring out 2018 at a Mainstay Potluck with the dynamic Joe Holt at the piano. Bring a dish to share with the group and fill up on good cheer and good food. The bar in the Byrd Room will be open and serving holiday favorites. Doors open at 5pm, music from 6 to 8pm.


Horse & Carriage Rides at Tidewater Inn, Easton. 4 p.m. Free. Tidewaterinn.com.

The Tidewater Inn will be hosting carriage rides to celebrate the 2018 holiday season. The carriage will leave the Tidewater Inn and travel down Harrison Street and include a tour of Washington and Goldsborough streets.


New Year's Eve "Rock the Block" on Main Street at Main Street, Rock Hall. 6:45 p.m. Free. Rockhallmd.com.

The Town of Rock Hall's Parks and Recreation Board is pleased to host a New Year's Eve celebration on Main Street to ring in 2019.


Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra New Year’s Eve Concert at Christ Church, Easton. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Midatlanticsymphony.org.

Enjoy the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra's New Year's Eve Concert featuring vocalist Jessica Renfro


First Night Talbot NYE Celebration at Downtown Easton, Easton. 6 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for students, free for children under 5. Firstnighttalbot.org. 

Ring in the new year and celebrate the arts during First Night Talbot. This family-friendly, alcohol-free event takes place at five indoor venues in downtown Easton, and features a variety of festivities, including two crab drops.


West County/Regional:


Elf The Musical at Olney Theatre, Olney. 2 p.m. Prices vary. Olneytheatre.org.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.


New Year's at Noon at Eco Adventures, Millersville. 11 a.m. & 1:45 p.m. $15 ages 3 and up. Ecoadventures.org.

Activities include crafts, animal interactions, feeding demonstrations, face painting, snacks, and more! Plus face painting, green screen, snacks/food for a small fee


70s & 80a NYE Prom Night at La Fontaine Bleue, Glen Burnie. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Whatsuptix.com.

La Fontaine Bleue presents the 25th Annual New Year's Eve event, featuring great 70s and 80s music. 


New Year's Eve Charm City Fireworks Cruise at Baltimore Finger Pier, Baltimore. 10 p.m. $90 for Adults. Cruisesonthebay.com

Make your New Year's Eve memorable with this special celebration on the water. Ring in the New Year on an exclusive and fun fireworks cruise aboard a luxury yacht, Raven in Baltimore...the newest yacht in the Inner Harbor. Perfect for couples or a group of friends! The night will feature hats and party noise makers, light bites and mini desserts, a great DJ with a festive Countdown and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. 


A Jazz New Year's Eve: Patti Austin's Bebop Hip Hop Ella featuring Trevor Lawrence Jr. at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. 7 p.m. $79-89. Kennedy-center.org.

Ring in 2019 in style with a night of Hip Hop scatting and Bebop-Hip Hop mashups celebrating Ella Fitzgerald! This year stars legendary jazz and pop singer Patti Austin and acclaimed Hip Hop drummer Trevor Lawrence Jr. Your ticket includes the Grand Foyer Party, with festive dancing to great bands, a countdown to midnight, a big balloon drop, and more.