It is officially "find something to do indoors" season! Check out our list of can't miss family excursions.
Lights on the Bay
What holiday experience in Maryland would be complete without a drive-through of Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park? $15/car, open daily 5-10pm. http://www.lightsonthebay.org
Easton Volunteer Fire Department
Visit the EVFD to see an amazing train garden with six different trains, including one kids can activate with the push of a button. The garden takes up 400 square feet and includes trains of different sizes and more than 100 snow villages. This is the department’s fourth year hosting the display, which is assembled and run by the firefighters. November 23 through December 31. Weeknights 6-8 p.m., Saturdays 2-8 p.m., and some Sundays. FREE EVENT, donations welcome. https://www.facebook.com/pg/eastonvfdmd/events/
The Ballet Theatre of Maryland kicks off its Nutcracker performances December 6 and 13 with two Thursday morning mini-shows—performances especially staged for school groups and senior centers held at Maryland Hall For Creative Arts. At only $10 a ticket, the goal is to introduce Ballet to young children from as many elementary schools in the area as possible. Saturday and Sunday performances (December 8–9; 15–16) bring patrons flooding in to see the full-length ballet. Sunday Matinee goers are even invited to a Sugar Plum party with holiday treats, crafts, a holiday sing-along and a visit with Santa. Chesapeake Family Life will be giving away tickets to every performance for the 2018 show. Click here to enter! balletmaryland.org
The Gaylord National Hotel presents ICE!™ – an indoor wonderland where your family can explore a variety of holiday scenes created entirely of 2 million pounds of ice, including thrilling ice slides that stand more than two stories tall. Guests can experience ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas at Gaylord National at the Baltimore Harbor. ICE! is hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling 9 degrees, so dress warmly!
This winter, take a trip across America as this annual holiday show, Season's Greenings, showcases Roadside Attractions. In the model train show, trains will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States. Explore classic attractions like Texas' Cadillac Ranch, Colorado's hot-dog-shaped Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, South Dakota's Corn Palace, New Jersey's Lucy the Elephant, and many more
The Trains & Planes holiday train garden is a trip into the past with miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots that bring history to life. The old-fashioned trains and planes are set up by train enthusiasts from the National Capital Trackers club.
All aboard the B&O’s Magical Holiday Express, a holiday spectacular celebration devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities. Walk through a 30-foot Christmas tree in the center of the B&O's historic roundhouse and enjoy all new holiday-themed weekends, featuring some of your favorite guests. Open daily in December and January (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day). B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City, MD. https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Baltimore-Ohio-Station-at-Ellicott-City
OTHER LIGHT DISPLAYS
Holiday Candlelight Stroll
Dec. 1,7, 14-15, 21-22. Holiday walk through downtown Annapolis. $12-21. 7-8:30pm. Downtown Annapolis. watermarkcruises.com
Illuminated London Town
Fridays and Saturdays in December, see the Lord Mayor's Tenement illuminated with holiday lights. Performances, s'mores, cider and more. $12; $10 seniors; $7 ages 7- 17; $3 ages 4-6. 6-9pm. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. historiclondontown.com
Annual Monument Lighting
Dec. 6. Musical selections, fireworks, photo booth with Santa, face painting, and more. Free. 5-8pm. Mount Vernon, Baltimore. godowntownbaltimore.com
Annapolis Lights Boat Parade
Dec. 8. Parade of boats illuminated with thousands of colored lights and crewed by jolly revelers. Free. 6-9pm. Annapolis Harbor, Annapolis. eastportyc.org
Winterfest of Lights
Nov. 15-Jan. 1. Holiday lights display, Winterfest Village pavillion, photos with Santa and more. $5. Sun.-Thurs., 5:30-9:30pm; Fri. and Sat., 5:30-10:30pm; Thanksgiving Day 5:30-10:30pm. Northside Park, Ocean City. ococean.com/events/winterfest-of-lights
Symphony of Lights
Nov. 22-Dec. 30. Display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Laser light show, 3D holiday video and outdoor ice skating rink. Tues.-Fri. $20; Sat. $25. Tickets sold at the gate will increase by $5. 5:30pm. Symphony Woods, Columbia. hcgh.org/symphonyoflights
Nov. 23-Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24 and 25). More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the zoo and a light show set to music. Also includes live music, winter treats and holiday shopping. Free. 5-9pm. National Zoo, Washington, D.C. 202-633-4888, nationalzoo.si.edu
Festival of Lights
Nov. 23-Jan. 1. Holiday drive-through event features more than 1 million twinkling lights. $10-30. 5-9:30pm. Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro. pgparks.com/festival_of_lights.htm
Annmarie Garden in Lights Through Jan. 1. Closed Dec. 3–4 and 24-25. Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette. $6 for ages 5 and older, free for younger than 5. 6-9pm. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. 410-326-4640, annmariegarden.org
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