Chesapeake Family Life December 2019

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December |

in this issue Features



This must-attend Annapolis tradition features more than just great deals.

Find great gifts by local businesses.


These five towns go all out for the season.





Happy Holiday Happenings

New & Notable 07 / Lifestyle: Say Woof! 08 / Fun: 3 Awesome things to do this holiday season 09 / Lifestyle: Dancing with Sugarplums:

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Events, activities and fun things to do this month


Fun for grown-ups in December

Unraveling the history





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Happy Holiday Happenings


am all about holiday experiences. While we do splurge on one or two outings, like going to a drive-through lights display and cutting down our own tree (see above), I do my best to celebrate with free (or almost free) things at home like baking and decorating cookies and watching holiday movies together. Fortunately, there are also quite a few free events in Annapolis that we take advantage of each year, including the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade and Midnight Madness festivities. What I love about Midnight Madness (see page 24) is that it brings the community together, urges local residents to shop in local stores, and it’s just plain fun. It’s also one of the best opportunities to get out and buy from local businesses, which are working hard to stay afloat in the era of Amazon. This December, we have chosen to feature local artisans (including an eight-year-old entrepreneur and jeweler who is making name for herself at local craft shows) because

supporting local businesses is important. Check out our annual Buy Local gift guide on page 10 for local shops and businesses offering fun experiential gifts and locally crafted items. If you’re traveling beyond Annapolis this year, don’t miss page 16, where you can read about five small towns with tons of holiday flair, all ready to get help you get into the festive holiday spirit. Safe travels, Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays!

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3 Awesome Things to do this Holiday Season


t’s easy to get caught up in shopping and holiday parties in December. But giving the family one or two experiences to enjoy the season together is a tradition that the kids won’t soon forget. Here are our top picks for holiday fun this year, including two new and exciting walk-through lights experiences. Make sure to follow along on our annual Holiday Countdown online at, where we’ll give you plenty more ideas for ways to keep your holidays festive and fun.

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1. Ice and Fire: A Winter Wonderland

Saturdays, Sundays through Dec. 22. This brand-new holiday festival in Columbia’s Symphony Woods lets families stroll through the Light Forest, get lost in the Light Maze, and be enthralled by the Ice Fairy and her friends as they transform Symphony Woods into a Winter Wonderland. Then wander to the Chrysalis, where you will find a lighted dragon, fire pits, and a make-your-own s’mores station. Plus, you can visit Santa on the Chrysalis stage and marvel at the 30-foot Tree of Light. Adults $12; children four and over $10; three and under, free. 5–8 p.m. Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia.

2. Eastport Yacht Club Parade of Lights

December 14. A true Annapolis tradition, the Parade of Lights sends delightfully decorated boats parading around Annapolis Harbor, where onlookers line the shores of downtown Annapolis and Eastport. So grab your hats and mittens and find a spot along the water to watch as twinkling boats line the horizon in holiday cheer. If you can’t make the parade in Annapolis, keep an eye on our Holiday Countdown for a list of all of the holiday lights displays in the area! 6–8 p.m.

3. Enchant Christmas

Through December 29. Nationals Park will transform into the “World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market,” featuring “largerthan-life light sculptures that take guests on a journey to find Santa’s missing reindeer.” You can also glide along the lighted ice skating trail, stroll through a Christmas Market of more than 60 local artisan vendors, visit with Santa, take the kids to the Kid Zone, and even catch a holiday movie. Reserve your desired visit date and time early as tickets are limited. Adults: $20–$35; kids: $17–$27.

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Dancing with Sugarplums: Unraveling the History of a Holiday Treat

othing welcomes the festive holiday season more than images conjured up by Clement Moore’s c.1823 poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, especially the line that reads, “the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.” A Christmas music playlist is not complete without Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker. Images of sugarplums conjured by these deep-rooted references embedded within the traditions of the festive season lead most people to make the logical assumption that sugarplums were exactly what they sound like they should be, sugar-coated plums; however, they are not. Clearly sugar is needed to make sugarplums. A history of sugar reveals that sugar-based confections did not become popular in the Great Britain or America until the cost of sugar began to decline in the late 16th century, a result of the establishment of sugar-plantations worked by enslaved laborers. Once the cost of sugar was no longer an impediment to people on the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder, it was

no longer considered to be a luxury item just for the wealthy and became a common ingredient in recipes. As a result, cookery books began to be filled with a variety of recipes for sugar-laden baked goods, main courses, confections, and fruits preserved with sugar. However, in those days neither plums nor any other fruits preserved with sugar were actually referred to as sugarplums. Until the mid 19th century, the term sugarplum usually referred to something completely different: small sugar-coated confections made with boiled sugar that came in a variety of colors and flavors. For example, confections known as comfits were often labeled as sugarplums. Comfits are seeds, spices, and nuts (Jordan almonds) coated in several layers of sugar and finished in a crisp sugar coating dyed in assorted colors or even coated with gold or silver leaf. Moreover, skilled confectioners knew how to alter comfit recipes to achieve a variety of textures yielding smooth pearled comfits or more coarsely finished ragged comfits. Clearly, no plums are used in making these

confections; so, why are they referred to as plums? According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, a plum is defined as “something superior or very desirable; especially something desirable given in return for a favor.” A plum is often understood to be something particularly desirable, such as an advantageous prize, or a sought-after job. Obviously, a lot of people thought that adding a coating of sugar to sugarless snacks made them exceedingly desirable. If you ever find yourself dreaming of sugarplums, now you know what to imagine in those dreams. To make those dreams a reality, try creating your very own gift bags of 21st century-era sugarplums: simply fill a bag with assorted multi-colored Jordan almonds, licorice candies such as Good & Plenty, sugar-coated fennel seeds (available in Indian markets), chocolate-covered nuts, yogurt-covered nuts, sugar-coated sunflower seeds, caramelized nuts, Boston Baked Beans candy, peanut M&Ms, and chocolatecovered raisins, just to name a few. Your gift recipient will find these to be a plum treat! —Joyce White,

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BUY LOCAL GIFT GUIDE Gifts and fun for the whole family


n these days of online shopping and free shipping, it’s important to remember the people in our own communities who create great products, provide services, and employ our neighbors. This holiday season we’re highlighting local artists, crafters, makers, and authors, as well as mom-and-pop shops where you can buy awesome local goods and have great experiences while supporting small business owners. Happy (local) Shopping! —Ann Levelle

The Vino Chateau

Airy’s Jewels Handcrafted wooden boxes designed to hold and carry your favorite 3 liter box of wine. “We Make Your Box Look Good!” $55–$75. Holiday orders by Dec. 16. Airyana is a young entrepreneur, just 8 years old! After discovering that she did not see a lot of jewelry for kids, her mother mentioned that she could make my own jewelry. “I was able to master certain techniques of making jewelry pretty well,” she says. She now makes customized bracelets and earrings for kids and adults. $10—$20. Find Airy’s Jewels at St Mary’s Christmas Craft Fair, Dec. 7 in Upper Marlboro. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Find Vino Chateau at First Sunday Annapolis, Wine on the Beach, Fells Point Fun Festival

Hickory Point Farm Locally-inspired pillows, flour sack towels, aprons, and home décor.

Laura Moore Designs Specializing in handcrafted, coastal-themed pieces primarily featuring freshwater pearls, natural gemstones, Swarovski crystal, shells and sterling silver. Find Laura Moore at Annapolis First Sunday Arts Festivals, the annual PACA Garden’s Girlfriends Party, and Quiet Waters’ Art @ the Park.

Need Help This Holiday Season? Problem Solved—Errands and Organizing An errands and organizing business that provides holiday packages for people who need personal shopping, holiday decorating and gift wrapping, as well as decluttering, organizing, virtual assistant duties and errands.




Erin Pelicano Jewelry Treasures

Handcrafted fine and sentimental jewelry gifts including personalized jewelry created to celebrate your story—Favorite Mom necklaces, mother/ daughter necklaces and lockets to celebrate birthdays, holidays, weddings, anniversaries and special occasions. Average $80.

Marvelous Rustic Décor

Baseball Cap Hangers and other rustic décor made from reclaimed wood. Chesapeake High School and Glen Burnie High School craft fairs. Average price $40.

Minxes’ Trinkets

Handmade, eclectic copper electroformed art jewelry inspired by nature. Electroform art fuses vintage objects with gemstones, seaglass, and organics such as leaves, acorns, and insects—fully encasing them in copper. $15–$225; average $50. Find Minxes’ Trinkets at Holiday Maker’s Market at Annmarie Gardens in

Solomons, December 14.

Julie Ellyn Designs

Since 2009, Julie Ellyn Designs has been creating handcrafted gemstone designs and received celebrity recognition on TV shows such as “The Vampire Diaries,” “Jane The Virgin,” “Cedar Cove,” and “The Hart of Dixie.” Now Julie has opened a retail shop in her hometown of Bel Air, Md.




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Home furnishings, lighting, rugs, artwork, and seasonal decor. Average $20–$50.

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Here features apparel, jewelry, accessories, art (originals & prints), photography, gift items, home goods, furniture and more—concentrating on local artists and designers. Here pops-up four times a year, in and around Annapolis, always in a new location and each time with a new inspired theme.

Greater Annapolis LEGO® Open 2019 Holiday Edition Do you have a future architect? Let your child's imagination reach new heights in the Greater Annapolis LEGO® Open. We want to see their holiday masterpieces built using this beloved, classic toy. For additional information, rules and entry forms, visit:




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Organization for homes and businesses, including School Memory Boxes. Give the gift of organization as Systems by Susie lightens the load for busy families and businesses through systems and organization.

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Give a delicious gift that can be enjoyed with friends or family as you enjoy hot and delicious cheeses, chocolates and more at this fun fondue restaurant.

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Grab some friends and work together to solve the mystery in one of Mission Escape Annapolis’s four themed rooms that range from beginner to advanced.

Local Authors

The Purple Bird

by Dylan Roche, author and CFL Contributor This YA novel features a group of human kids who teams up with a purple-feathered creature called Archit to face off against the forces of evil in the world of Nalgordia. Available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble for $21.95. Author visit scheduled for Saturday, December 7, at Barnes & Noble in the Annapolis Harbor Center (time TBA).Â

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Eastern Shore Shorts: Stories set in Berlin, Cambridge, Chestertown, Chincoteague, Easton, Rock Hall, Salisbury, St. Michaels, and Tilghman Island

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Drip, Drop and Drizzle: A Journal for Growing Your Child’s Creativity

by Mary Ostrowski, local author and owner Weems Creek Nursery School Jumpstart your children’s creative side with this journal (aimed for 8- to 12-year olds) that inspires kids to imagine, draw and write! Available on Amazon, $15.95

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Small Towns That Go Big At Christmas When caroling and candy canes don’t cut it By Katie Riley


uring the holiday season, most towns will light a Christmas tree, hang a few wreaths, and pass out candy canes to mark the occasion. For a few small towns, a bit of tinsel here and there just won’t suffice. These five towns go Christmas crazy starting at Thanksgiving, decking the halls with lights, Santas, and anything red or green. Streets are transformed into a Christmas wonderland, and everything from parades to trolley tours focus on all things Christmas. Read on to discover five Mid-Atlantic towns that take Christmas so seriously, even the worst Grinch may be filled with the holiday spirit.





Williamsburg, Va.

No town puts on a classic Christmas quite like Williamsburg. Celebrate in Colonial Williamsburg with caroling, fifes and drums music, or go skating at the Liberty Ice Pavilion. The Grand Illumination on December 8 kicks off the season with a bang with the firing of guns, a spectacular fireworks display and musical performances. Visit the Jamestown and Yorktown settlements to observe colonial holiday traditions, or watch the lighted boat parade in Yorktown from the Riverwalk Landing on December 7. To experience an indoor winter wonderland complete with snow, visit the Yankee Candle Village, a 45,000 square-foot shopping and interactive entertainment venue with train displays, Santa, and countless activities for kids. A must-do during the holidays is Christmas Town at Busch Gardens, featuring more than 8 million Christmas lights—the largest lights display in North America. Take a ride on the Christmas Town Express, watch holiday performances, visit Traditions Tree Maze, or experience thrills on Busch Garden’s many attractions, including the recently opened Finnegan’s Flyer.





Cape May, N.J.

Bethlehem, Pa.

Lancaster, Pa.

If a Victorian-era Christmas has always been on your wish list, head to Cape May, N.J., where the entire town is transformed into a Dickens’ village. Grand hotels like Congress Hall and the Southern Mansion are draped in their best finery, with candles, greenery and fairy lights decorating the property, while multiple Christmas trees adorn each lobby. On weekends in December, take a candlelight house tour of homes or take a Ghosts of Christmas Past trolley tour. Christmas tours abound as the many historic B&Bs of Cape May open their doors during weekday afternoons for tours. The popular Lamplighter Christmas tour visits four private homes and inns and includes the exhibit “An Old Fashioned Christmas” on display at the historic Emlen Physick Estate. Arts and culture aficionados can take in two different Christmas shows offered at the two theaters in town, The East Lynne Theater Company and the Cape May Stage.

Named ‘Christmas City USA,’ Bethlehem lives up to its moniker. Downtown Bethlehem kicks off the celebration before Thanksgiving with more than 800 lighted Christmas trees, greenery, lights, and a candle in every window—a tradition that is carried throughout the town. Take a Christmas City Stroll with a costumed guide and learn about the history of Bethlehem’s Victorian and colonial architecture, hear the tale of a ‘candle in every window,’ and learn about the Bethlehem star, set high atop South Mountain. A horsedrawn carriage tour will highlight the landmarks of the town or visitors can take an evening bus tour to see the lights, hear about the town’s traditions and visit the Bethlehem star by night. Bethlehem is also home to the nation’s only live Advent calendar, where each day visitors can gather at the historic Goundie House to hear a special guest address a different Christmas topic. A destination in itself, the town’s Christkindlmarkt is a German Christmas market with over 150 vendors, and an outdoor village with fire pits and igloos.

Pennsylvania Dutch country knows how to do Christmas right, with dozens of events held during the season in Lancaster. On November 29, the mayor lights the town tree with live music from Tuba Christmas. Santa arrives on a fire truck, and evening hours begin at the Lancaster Central Market. Take a carriage ride through downtown Lancaster or watch the “Miracle of Christmas” show at the Sight and Sounds Theatres. Tour the area’s authentic B&Bs on the ‘Find Your Belsnickle Tour,’ which visits 15 inns decked in their holiday finest. A must-do for families is the historic Strasburg Railroad, which runs special holiday themed train rides throughout the season, such as The Night Before Christmas Train and the Christmas Feast Train. Just a short drive away from is Koziar’s Christmas Village, an outdoor lights show voted ‘Best Outdoor Lights Display in the World.’ Barns and buildings such as Santa’s Workshop and Santa’s Post Office twinkle with more than 500,000 lights.




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St. Michaels, Md. Known for it’s nautical appeal, St. Michaels is a charming town any time of year, but it really lights up at Christmastime when the streets and shops are bedecked in greenery and twinkling white lights. For 33 years, ‘Christmas is St. Michaels’ has been an annual event that includes a gingerbread house competition, visits with Santa, a tour of homes and holiday music. Enjoy a classic Christmas parade on Talbot Street with a marching band, fire trucks, antique cars and boats, llamas and a horse-drawn carriage. Families can also don a Santa hat and participate in the Santa Dash, a one-mile run that kicks off the parade. A visit to the Sweet Shoppe and marketplace will yield some delectable holiday gifts or visit one of the many antique shops that line Talbot Street. Parents can continue the celebration with an evening Yuletide Party held at the Inn at Perry Cabin. For even more Holiday events and happenings visit us online at

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Ongoing ICE!

Through Jan. 1. This year’s ICE! brings the Grinch to life with giant ice sculptures depicting the classic movie. Plus enjoy the ice slides and tunnels and travel to the “North Pole,” where you can ice skate, indulge in hot chocolate and other treats, and ride a carousel. Gaylord also features a nightly Cirque Dreams show $25–$33. Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor.

Lights on the Bay

Nov. 24–Jan. 1. This annual holiday drive-through lights show features a scavenger hunt for kids and special 3-D glasses for special effects. Event benefits SPCA of Anne Arundel County. $20 per car. 5–10 p.m. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis.

Festival of Lights

Nov. 29–Jan. 1. This spectacular drive-through event features dazzling displays with more than 2.5 million lights and a giant, 54-foot LED musical tree! $10 per car. 5–9:30 p.m. Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro.

Symphony of Lights

Nov. 27–Jan. 1. Display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Plus a Laser light show and 3-D holiday video. Check out the Festive Families Night, Dec. 1, and Tail Lights night on Dec. 9. $20 per car. Pre-Purchasing tickets is recommended. Weekdays 6–10 p.m., weekends 5–10 p.m. Symphony Woods, Columbia.

North Pole Lights Walk

Fri.–Sat., through Dec. 23. Take a self guided walk to the North Pole as the North Pole Fairy sends you on your way through the garden flowers and arctic animals to the North Pole Palace. Plus, visit Santa in the Garden Cabin. Willow Oak Flower Garden and Herb Farm, Severn. 4:30–8:00 p.m. $5.00 children (15 years old and younger), $7.00 adults

Christmas Light Show on Horseback Through December 29th

Horseback ride through the elaborately decorated trails at Happy on Hooves and view lights that dance to Christmas music. The leisurely pace of this ride allows you see and appreciate the beauty of the trail decorated with over 100,000 lights. After your ride enjoy hot chocolate and warm up at the bonfire. $49. Ages 5 and up. Happy on Hooves, Hampstead.

Enchant Christmas

Through Dec. 29. Head to Nationals Park where you can navitage giant light sculptures, a light maze, and glide along the lighted ice skating trail. Plus stroll through a Christmas Market of more than 60 local artisan vendors, visit with Santa, and hit up the Kid Zone. Adults: $20–$35; kids: $17–$27.

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calendar | december Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Nov. 23–Jan 1. More than 1 million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides. $55. Six Flags America, Upper Marlboro.

Christmas Light Show on Horseback See highlight on page 20.

The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker

Nov. 23–Dec. 29. This Nutcracker performance is set in historic Georgetown using George Washington and King George III, among other historical figures, as characters. $30–$60. Thearc Theater, Washington, D.C. $32–$130. Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.


Nov. 29–Jan. 1. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Check out the new glowing animal lanterns and stroll through thousands of reflecting lights as part of the interactive art exhibit called “Entre Les Rangs.” Plus an interactive symphony of lights canopy, laser light shows and a European style holiday market, live entertainment, food and drinks. Free. National Zoo, Washington, D.C.

Holiday Art Expo

Visit the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar for all holiday gifts. Enjoy complimentary gift wrapping by the BOPA team at the “It’s A Wrap” tent. Free.

3 Tuesday

Holiday Concert: Trident Brass

This fun-filled holiday concert by the Navy’s swingin’, rockin’, jazz band—Trident Brass along with the Naval Academy Band Jazz Ensemble. Free. 7 p.m. USNA Mahan Hall.

5 Thursday

Annual Monument Lighting

See Baltimore’s Washington Monument lit up for the holidays, while enjoying a holiday village, live music, photo booth with Santa, face painting, and fireworks. Free. 5–8 p.m. Mount Vernon, Baltimore.

6 Friday

Georgetown Glow: Light Art Festival

A Christmas Story

Nov. 8–January 5. It’s the holiday season in 1940s Indiana and bespectacled Ralphie Parker is on a quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—a Red Ryder BB gun! The infamous leg lamp, pink bunny PJ’s and a triple dog dare are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Children $49.50, adults $65–$70. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Columbia.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Nov. 23–Jan. 5. Leap through the wardrobe and into a winter wonderland in this dance-based adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s treasured novel from the Chronicles of Narnia, which tells the story of four siblings who journey from war-torn England to a magical land frozen in eternal winter, where the powerful lion Aslan leads them on a journey to discover their destiny. Imagination Stage, Bethesda.

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Grand Illumination—City Tree Lighting The lighting of the Annapolis tree plus Santa, live performances, refreshments and more. Free. 5:30–8 p.m. Market Space at the Market House, Annapolis.

Gingerbread House Contest and Show

Visitors will have the opportunity to vote in the Viewer’s Choice Competition. $1. Noon–5 p.m. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, Upper Marlboro.

Nov. 29–Dec. 1. See the annual amazing display of edible gingerbread houses. No nibbling allowed!

Dec. 6–Jan. 1. Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, a spectacular outdoor public light art installations. 5–10 p.m. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Washington.

Disney’s Frozen, Jr.

6–7; 13–14. This enchanting modern classic brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs and characters from the animated film, plus five new songs written for the Tony nominated Broadway production. $13. 7:30 p.m. West Arundel Creative Arts, Hanover.

Muddy Creek Artists Guild Holiday Art Show and Sale

6–8; 13–15. The Muddy Creek Artists Guild Annual Holiday Art Show and Sale features unique creations from over 40 local South County artists. Free. Fridays, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. South River Colony Main Street Shopping Center, Edgewater.

7 Saturday

Jingle Bell Hayrides

Festive hayride, snacks, warm drinks, roast marshmallows, visit the holiday decorated farmhouse and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Get your tickets early! $7. 10 a.m.–noon. Kinder Farm Park, Millersville.

Santa Fly-in

Watch Santa fly into the College Park Airport in a helicopter and have your picture taken. Holiday arts and crafts throughout the museum. $5. Noon–4 p.m. College Park Aviation Museum, College Park.

Christmas Mart

More than 35 local artisans offering handcrafted items, holiday décor, and gifts. White elephant sale, a silent auction, baked goods and more. Free. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. St. Martin’sin-the-Field, Severna Park. ministries/outreach/christmas-mart

Glen Burnie High School Winter Craft Fair

Crafters display woodcrafts, candles, clothing, jewelry, glassware, holiday decorations, and baked goods. Free. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Glen Burnie High School, Glen Burnie.

Skate with Santa

Make a wish list, and Skate with Santa, the first 100 kids will receive a free hat. 2–4 p.m. Pandora Ice rink, Baltimore.

Holiday Open House

Celebrate the merry holidays by visiting both the William Paca House and Hogshead for a variety of activities to celebrate the holiday season with a touch of history. $5 adult; $3 children. 3–6 p.m. William Paca House, 186 Prince George Street; Hogshead, 43 Pinkney Street, Annapolis.

West Annapolis Winterfest and Holiday Market

7, 14. Visit the West Annapolis European-style Winterfest and Holiday Market to enjoy the highlights of the season: glowing lights, beautiful trees, skilled artists and crafters, and of course, the “spirits” of the season: Gluhwein, Stella, champagne, cocktails and hot chocolate. Plus activities for the entire family. Free. Noon. Giddings Avenue, West Annapolis.

Santa Visits the B&O

7, 21. Visit Santa at the B&O Ellicott City Station! Come ready to share your holiday wishlist with him during the holiday festivities in the historic district. Bring your camera; that perfect shot is waiting! Free. Noon. Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum, Ellicott City.

Downtown Dollar Days

7–8. In the spirit of the holidays, Baltimore area attractions will open their doors and offer free or $1 admission. Museums include the American Visionary Arts Museum, Historic Ships, the Christmas Village, National Aquarium, and Port Discovery. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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7–8. This Victor Herbert Operetta is the longest-running Holiday musical spectacular in Maryland. $15 kids, $20 adults. 2 p.m. Goucher College, Kraushaar Auditorium, Baltimore.

Native Art Market

7–8. The museum’s annual Native Art Market features one-of-a-kind traditional and contemporary items for purchase directly from National Museum of the American Indian. Free. 10 a.m.–5:30p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.

The Nutcracker

come to the concert hall as acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen and high-flying aerialists join the BSO for this spectacular holiday-themed show. $35–$90. Performances at Strathmore and Meyerhoff; check for times.

13 Friday

Ring in the Holiday 2019

Dec. 13–15 and 19–22. This annual show brings traditional holiday music together with new, energetic numbers. Holiday characters include Frosty, Rudolph, Dancing Bears and Trees and more. For all ages. $15. 7:30 p.m.; matinees certain days at 2 p.m. St. John’s College Key Auditorium, Annapolis.

Dec. 7–8; 14–15. Presented by Ballet Theatre of Maryland. The magic of Christmas and the wonder of a child merge through young Clara’s adventures with mechanical dolls, life-size rats, and whirling Kingdoms of Snow and Sweets. $30–$50. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis.

Christmas in St. Michaels

8 Sunday

14 Saturday

A SQRRL! Family Holiday

This family-friendly holiday concert is one you’ll never forget! SQRRL’s high energy and good fun creates an interactive experience guaranteed to have the kids and parents too, singing and dancing to the holiday classics. Look for special appearances by Eddie the Elf, Daisy SQRRL, Aunt Vicky and Santa Claus! $13.50. Noon. Ram’s Head on Stage, Annapolis.

Italian Christmas Market

The Annapolis Sons of Italy presents its annual Italian Christmas Market! Join us for this unique “Bazaar in an Italian Piazza” holiday experience! Includes fresh Italian food including cannoli, Italian baked goods, meatball subs, calamari, and more! Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 620 Ridgley Ave., Annapolis.

Get Frozen at the North Pole

This third annual Breakfast with Santa event also features a special appearance by two Royal Icy Sisters! Kids 13 and under $25, 14 and up $15. 9–10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Children’s Theatre of Annapolis.

13–15. St. Michaels goes all out for Christmas, with a town parade, shopping, Santa’s Wonderland, gingerbread house display, celebration of choirs and more. Check website for specific events and times. Free. St. Michaels, various venues.

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade

Find a spot along the Annapolis waterfront and watch a parade of boats decorated with holiday lights. Free. 6–8 p.m. Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek.

Chesapeake Ballet’s Nutcracker

14–16; 20–22. Head to the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis to see Clara’s winter adventures in this full-length, beautiful performance of The Nutcracker. $18–$30. Children’s Theatre of Annapolis.

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! Free. 10 a.m. The Y in Arnold (Greater Annapolis), Arnold.

Christmas Market

The Severna Park Farmer’s Market is holding its second annual outdoor Christmas Market with a wonderful variety of local vendors. Free. Severna Park Farmer’s Market, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. facebook. com/SevernaParkFarmersMarket

Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker Prince14–15.

10 Tuesday

Kids Club: Gingerbread Men Decorating

Make and decorate a gingerbread man. Ages 3–5. Registration required. $5. 11–11:45 a.m. Whole Foods Market, Annapolis.

12 Thursday

Cirque Nutcracker

12–15. The awe-inspiring talents of Troupe Vertigo

Spend an afternoon with favorite characters from The Nutcracker, all members of Edgewater’s National Ballet Company. The Sugar Plum Fairy will read the classic holiday story and join other costumed characters to perform a mini-ballet. Santa also will make an appearance. $20–$25. 1 p.m. Reservations required. Shady Side Community Center.

15 Sunday

Holly Jolly Food Truck Festival

Santa Claus is coming, and he’s bringing 10+ food trucks along with him! Make sure to bring your camera or phone to take a photo with Santa in front of the fire engine inside of the heated engine bay. Food trucks will be serving lunch in the main parking lot, and the hall will be open for seating. Hot and cold drinks will be on sale for purchase. Free. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, Elkridge.

17 Tuesday

Snowmen at Christmas

Snowmen at Christmas is a story about how snowmen come to life after everyone is asleep. All the snow families gather together in the town square to sing songs, eat treats, and eagerly await Snow Kris Kringle. Plus kids will sing holiday songs and create holiday crafts! $8; members, $10. 10–11:15 a.m. William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis.

20 Friday

Cookies with Santa

Santa, songs, music, playtime, cookies and more. $15–$21. Time slots 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. My Gym, Annapolis.

Target $2 Family Fun Night

Enjoy crafts, storytimes, and the three floors of hands-on, educational exhibits. $2. 4–8 p.m. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore.

21 Saturday

Holiday Movie on the Potomac

Showing of the “A Christmas Story” rated PG. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Free. 3:30 p.m. National Harbor.

Winter Break: Pajama Party Palooza

Tis the season for family traditions, crazy fun, and cozy jammies! Roll out of bed and straight to Port Discovery for an over-the-top day filled with oversized games, activities, and family fun! Free with museum admission, something new every day during the winter break week (except Dec. 24–25 and early closure Dec. 23). Port Discovery, Baltimore.

22 Sunday

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Chanukah on Ice

Skate to Chanukah music then head to McKeldin Square for the Chanukah festival and Menora lighting at 5 p.m. 2:30–5 p.m. Pandora Ice Rink, Inner Harbor, Baltimore.

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Celebrate Chanukah with this groundbreaking, six-man a cappella group that brings unprecedented style and energy to Jewish music with the power of the human voice. $23. 3 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, Owings Mills.

24 Tuesday

27 Friday

Military Bowl and Parade

Naptown’s big bowl game kicks off with a fantastic parade up Main Street, led by the Budweiser Clydesdale horses. Then head to the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium for the big game! Parade begins at 9 a.m. Bowl game, noon.

Waterskiing Santa

28 Saturday

25 Wednesday

Celebrate this African American holiday with African dance, storytelling with puppets, drumming performances, and workshops. $5. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore.

Watch Santa on skis, plus elves, the Grinch and reindeer on jetskis as they zoom along the Potomac. Free. 1 p.m. Waterfront, Old Alexandria, Virginia.

Merry Christmas!

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31 Tuesday

Noontime New Year: When You Wish Upon a Star

26 Thursday

Happy Kwanzaa! A Miracle on Annapolis Street

Ahead of the Military Bowl, The West Annapolis Business Affiliation is hosting a new family-friendly part with an appearance by the Clydesdales, food trucks, beer tents, games, and activities for children and adults. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. West Annapolis.

Count down to 2020 with a celebration including a magical noontime countdown, a juice and cookie toast, festive tunes, and more. $17.95. 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. Port Discovery, Baltimore.

Noon Year’s Eve Party

Noon Year’s Eve Party for families with young children. Countdown to 12:00 with noisemakers,

snacks, activities, dancing, and a balloon drop. Free. 11:30 a.m. Discoveries at the Mall, and Eastport branches. Annapolis.

New Year’s Eve Skate

Skate late and ring in the new year with a fireworks show from the ice rink! Open until 12:30 a.m. Pandora Ice Rink, Inner Harbor, Baltimore.

Midnight at 7

Ring in the New Year with an exciting fireworks display at 7pm. Walk through the Symphony of Lights, entertainment, music, food vendors, party favors and more. $15; ages 4 and under free. 5–7:30 p.m. Symphony Woods, Columbia.

Annapolis New Year’s Celebration

Festive activities for the whole family start at 3 p.m. at Weems Whelan park behind Maryland Hall, including a moon bounce, face painting, obstacle course and early bird fireworks at 5:30 p.m. Downtown, enjoy a DJ under the big tent from 8 to 9 p.m., live music 9 to midnight, and more fireworks to ring in the new year. For even more events, visit us online at


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A Must-Attend Annapolis Tradition



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The Market Space Christmas Tree

season shopping

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street, storefront and store

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interior will be festooned with

to see” entries, you don’t

Friday, Small Business Saturday

want to miss checking out

garlands, wreaths, bows, and

and Cyber Monday behind us, you might

lights galore. From twinkling stars

downtown’s official tree, illuminated

already be done shopping. But that’s no

hanging over West Street, Maryland Ave., and

on December 1 and is selfie-friendly

reason not to head to Midnight Madness.

super-selfie-site Snowflake Alley, to the always-

as usual.

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amazing seasonal window display at A.L.

attended each Midnight Madness since

Goodies and well-lit Ego Alley boats, they’ll

The Red Kettle

he could walk, guarantees that there

give visitors of all ages the

Like thousands of

are always more unexpected gifts to

holiday feels.

other cities across the country, downtown

discover, and more memories to make in downtown Annapolis on Thursday nights

Home Decorations

Annapolis is home

in December.

Wherever your journey takes

to a Salvation Army

Here are 10 things—one for each

you, it will inevitably include getting to see

kettle each holiday season. You’ll know

of Santa’s reindeer, plus one for good

candles and Christmas trees in the windows

how to find it by hearing the sounds coming

luck—that you won’t want to miss on

of many of the beautiful historic homes

from its volunteer bell-ringer, and letting

December 5, 12, and 19:

surrounding downtown, from the Governor’s

your kid drop in some coins, as I did as a

Mansion and Paca House to the cozy colonial

little one and still do now, provides a great

townhouses on Cornhill and Conduit streets.

opportunity for an early-childhood lesson in philanthropy.




stay inspired Music Galore

People- and Pet-Watching

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schedule” of who will

saying, but Midnight

play or sing what when, the Salvation Army Band, professional choral groups,

Madness draws quite a diverse crowd. From the fancily dressed bourgeoisie and colonial reenactors

and school choruses will be providing

to seasonably inspired holiday enthusiasts

holiday vibes all night—not to mention the

and pets, many of whom often have

all-holiday soundtracks playing in each

Christmas lights around their necks, there’s

store and the many members of the general

no shortage of sights. Word on the street is

public, like me, who can’t resist joining in or,

that there will be at least one Santa roaming

at the very least, doing some

the town as well!

heavy humming.

One-Night Only Deals Adult- and Kid-Friendly Libations and Bites Virtually every store will have something to satisfy

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even this uncle on a budget has bought

highlights include:

multiple gifts there—will be offering a

• A full spread of cheeses you might not

storewide special on all three nights (keep

be able to pronounce and wines you

your eye on the store’s social media!), while

might not be able to resist at 26-year-old

The Black Dog will not only be offering free

downtown mainstay The Big Cheese

balloons to all kiddos but a free branded

• Endless samples at my three year-round

tote bag to anyone who spends $100 or

go-tos, Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar

more. As Kayley Summerfelt, the store’s

Taproom, where I highly recommend

manager, told me (and I completely agree),

asking about the “Wild West” that is olive

Midnight Madness is all about “having a

oil labeling regulations; The Spice & Tea

fun and festive shopping experience (unlike

Exchange, where I can confidently say

most mall shopping trips, she added) and

I’ve spent at least 50 cumulative hours

discovering one-of-a-kind things while

If so, remember that City of Annapolis

opening and smelling diverse spices, salts,

showing your support for businesses that are

and Annapolis Parking have introduced

sugars, and teas; and Annabeth’s, where

actually part of your community.”

New Stores

and a new craft beer in-keg to try.

Store-Specific Photo Opps As in most years, Alpaca International will have an alpaca to pet so that you can feel the fiber that

a new Holiday Parking Program that runs through December 31. As always,

there are always plenty of unique snacks

pose with and (if you’re so inclined)


downtown shoppers can receive three

Downtown’s newest

hours of free parking at metered parking

store, Surf’s Up

spaces but, unlike in past years, they

Candles, has an awesome

will need to download and use the

atmosphere (and amazing

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smells) that people of all ages

Android) and enter “ParkDTA” to do so.

will love, while Mango + Main, another

Another option is to take advantage of

the store’s owner says was once reserved

newcomer on Maryland Ave., has unique,

the two FREE Circulator buses that will run

exclusively for Incan kings and queens. I

artisan-made, 100% fair-trade fashion and

from 4 p.m. to midnight on a route from

also learned that 41-year-old Hats in the

home décor (much of it quite appropriate

Park Place to West Street, State Garage,

Belfry will not only be encouraging adults to

for stocking stuffers!) that owner Shannon

State Circle, Church Circle, Duke of

try on and take photos with as many hats as

Riesenfeld can’t wait to share with guests.

Gloucester, City Dock, and Main Street.

they desire, but will also have a family- and

With so many things to see and do, it’s

kid-friendly selfie station, including props, in

clear that Midnight Madness is something

downloading the RLS Shuttle app on your

its front window.

you and your family will be glad you didn’t

smartphone and selecting “Annapolis.”

You can track its real-time location by

take for granted.





Events worth hiring a babysitter

3 Tuesday

The Caring Tree Girls’ Night Out This evening of merriment, sparkle, and cheer features culinary treats, sweets, and libations with holiday music favorites on the piano. A minimum donation of $35 is requested for entry. 6–8 p.m. All proceeds go directly to support the Wellness House of Annapolis.

Giving Tuesday Kick off the charitable season of giving with this global day of giving. Find your favorite charity, nonprofit or organization at

5 Thursday

Midnight Madness Dec. 5, 14 and 19. Stroll through downtown Annapolis as shops remain open until midnight, and enjoy carolers, food, drinks, special deals and fun for the kids. Free. 5 p.m.–midnight. Downtown Annapolis.

6 Friday

Holiday Sip ‘n’ Search Enjoy a holiday scavenger hunt for beer, liquor and wine on the Farm! The Holiday Style Sip N Search will give you lots of chances to do photo ops with your friends, even meet Santa. Celebrate the holiday season with boozy eggnog, apple cider, hot chocolate, local beer, wine and liquor throughout the scavenger hunt on the farm. $30 per person includes admission, hayride and beer & wine samples in the maze. 21 and older. Spider

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Midnight Madness Ellicott City


Come out to support Ellicott City businesses on this

Georgetown Glow: Light Art Festival Through Jan. 5.Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, a spectacular outdoor public light art installations. 5–10 p.m. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Washington.

Holiday Candlelight Stroll Fridays and Saturdays (except Dec. 14). Holiday walk through downtown Annapolis. $12–$21. 7–8:30 p.m. Downtown Annapolis.

Jolly Express Cruise

A Christmas Carol

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in Dec. Enjoy

Weekends through Dec. 29. Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” is a beloved holiday performance. $30–$40. Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis.

a 45-minute Spa Creek cruise aboard the Miss Anne, while the boat is decorated in reindeer antlers and a lit up red nose. Reservations recommended. $13–$23. 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Annapolis City Dock.

40th annual Midnight Madness, which will feature visits with Santa (4–8 p.m. at the firehouse), strolling carolers, late-night shopping, libations, and the tree lighting. Free. 4 p.m.–midnight. Historic Ellicott City.

7 Saturday Shells and Bells

This party on the Creek will feature a front row seat to the Eastport Yacht Club’s Parade of Lights. As part of the evening guests will enjoy specialty cocktails, wine and spirits tastings, local food, live music, oysters & champagne, and an auction. $125. 6–10 p.m. Historic Charles Carroll House & Gardens, Annapolis.




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8 Sunday

Chocolate Binge Festival Family-friendly entertainment, chocolate, holiday shopping and the lighting of the West Street Light Canopy. Other activities include giant gingerbread moon bounce, marshmallow-roasting, and visits with Santa. Suggested donation of $5; children are free.

14 Saturday

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Strip down to your Speedos for this annual run

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Noon–5 p.m. First block of West Street, Annapolis.

Santa Speedo Run

543 Old Stage Road Glen Burnie, MD

through downtown Annapolis! Post-run party with live

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16 Monday

CeeLo Green Holiday Hits

Hello Gorgeous!

Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, & producer CeeLo Green will be performing fan favorites from his critically acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning album, “CeeLo’s Magic Moment,” including “What Christmas Means to Me,” “This Christmas” “All I Want” & more. $55–$85. 8 p.m. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis.

28 Saturday

Battle of the Birdland Wing Festival A wing-eating competition, sauce competition and facemelter challenge (waiver required) mark this fourth annual wing festival. Noon–4 p.m. $25. Delia Foley’s, Baltimore.

Pet Photo Contest For details and to enter, go to:

31 Tuesday

New Year’s Eve Bash Open bar, hors d’oeuvres, music, raffles, and a great view of the fireworks. Ages 21 and older. $120 in advance. 8:30 p.m. Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

Big Night DC Fifteen themed party areas, open bars, food buffets, multiple dance floors, live music and DJs, party favors and more. $99–$329. 9 p.m.–3 a.m. Gaylord National Hotel & Resort, National Harbor.

Charm City Fireworks Cruise Ring in the New Year on an exclusive and fun fireworks cruise aboard the luxury yacht, Raven in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. $35–$55. 10 p.m.–1 a.m.

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