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During the Holidays, there is something exciting to do every day of the week! Check out Christmas tree farms, holiday light displays, holiday concerts, holiday train experiences, candlelight tours, holiday craft shows, DIY workshops, New Year Celebrations and more....

 

Christmas on the Potomac 
Through January 4, 2015
The Region's must see holiday attraction ICE! is back with an exciting new theme — ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman. See everyone's favorite snowman brought to life carved from over two million pounds of colorful ice. Walk thru this classic Christmas story, slide down ice slides over two stories high and watch our artisans as they create these frozen marvels in our special bonus area — The Frostbite Factory — a LIVE ice carving zone. It's all part of Christmas On the Potomac at Gaylord National Resort.
Gaylord National Harbor
Prince Georges County
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Ornament Show & Sale
Through  January 5, 2015
A juried show that features hand-crafted ornaments by 20 regional artists. This is the perfect place to find unique and affordable gift for friends and family. The ornaments are beautifully hung on trees displayed in the Main Gallery of the Arts Building. Visitors shop off the trees and take their purchases to the Gift Shop. The show kicks off before Thanksgiving and runs through early January. During Garden In Lights, the show is open late!
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 
Solomons, Calvert County
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Baltimore Clayworks Winterfest Annual Artists Holiday Sale
Through January 3, 2015
November 21, 2014 is the Winterfest Jazz Preview party. Winterfest, the utilitarian ceramics holiday invitational celebrating the gift of art features established and emerging ceramic artists. Admission is free.
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Symphony of Lights in Columbia Symphony Woods 
Through January 4, 2015
6-10 p.m. 
Symphony of Lights is a spectacular drive-through display of more than 75 animated and stationary holiday lights. All proceeds from the Symphony of Lights benefit the services of Howard County General Hospital
Merriweather Post Pavilion 
Columbia
Howard County
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Winterfest of Lights 
Through January 4, 2015
Dazzling lights on winter nights will put you in the mood for the holiday season. While at the Winterfest Village, enjoy hot chocolate, board the Winterfest Express and sing Christmas carols. Browse the Yukon Cornelius Gift Shop for that special gift and have your photo taken with Santa! Be sure to visit Ocean City, Maryland to create a lasting holiday memory. 
Ocean City
Worcester County
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Trains of Christmas
Through  Mar. 1, 2015
"The Visions, Sounds and Snows of Christmas Past and Present" This "O" guage railroad features the trains of Lionel, MTH, Williams, Weaver and others operating in a snow scene. Also "O" and "HO" scale model railroads, trains for kids to run, artifacts, photos, gift shop & much more.
Hagerstown Roundhouse
Washington County
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The B&O's Magical Holiday Express 
Through  Dec. 31, 2014
Museum closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, & Christmas 
Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday, 11am-4pm.
Mark your calendars for the B&O's Magical Holiday Express devoted to trains of all sizes, your favorite holiday characters, and a train load of fun for the entire family! 
 B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore
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Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park
Through January 1, 2015
5-10 p.m. 
An annual scenic drive through holiday lights show sponsored by the Anne Arundel Medical Center. Drive along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay and see more than 60 animated and stationary displays illuminating the roadway. $14 per car.
Annapolis
Anne Arundel County
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Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival
Through December 31, 2015 
(Closed December 25th) 
Winter Lights features more than 380 illuminated vignettes and 65 animated displays in a 3.5 mile drive through beautiful Seneca Creek State Park. Theme areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, North Pole, Toyland, and Penguin Cove. 
Seneca Creek State Park 
Gaithersburg
Montgomery County
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Winter Festival of Lights
Through January 1, 2015
Don’t miss this spectacular holiday drive-through event of more than one million twinkling lights! This year’s Festival features fun new displays. 
Watkins Regional Park
Upper Marlboro
Prince George’s County
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Holiday Festival of Trains
Through  Jan. 25, 2015
Enjoy the museum's annual holiday celebration of toy trains and model railroading. New this year is a custom built 360 degree LEGO model train layout created by The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club. This masterpiece made completely of LEGO toy pieces is interactive for children of all ages. There are push buttons along the sides that will activate lights, motors, and sounds.
Ellicott City
Howard County
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Santa Express/North Pole Express
Through  December 21, 2014
The North Pole Express departs Cumberland at 6:00 PM, and the round trip lasts approximately 3 1/2 hours. Our jolly Santa meets the train by the Depot at the North Pole, where riders will be served cookies and hot chocolate.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Cumberland
Allegany County
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Highlandtown Train Garden
Through  Jan. 3, 2015
This year marks the fifth year of the Highlandtown Train Garden. Several "engineers" set up the garden in Fire House # 41. This garden is a community event. Local businesses and associations who become sponsors have their names displayed in the garden. Free!
Baltimore City
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Miracle on 34th Street 
Through  January 1, 2015 
One block in Hampden puts on a Christmas light display that is surely visible from space. Neighbors in this block of rowhouses string Christmas lights across 34th Street. Inflatable snowglobes, musical trains and blinking angels adorn homes. A few even allow visitors to peek inside. The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving weekend to January 1st, including all night on Christmas Eve. FREE. 
Baltimore City
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Holiday Train Garden
Through Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27-30, 2014
O-scale trains wind through a 20th century town.
Music Sensations Choir sings - Dec. 13, 11 am 
Fire Museum of Maryland
Lutherville, Baltimore County
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Chesapeake City Winterfest
Through January 3, 2015
Chesapeake City’s month-long Victorian Christmas celebration takes place on both sides of the C&D Canal with a blizzard of holiday lights and spectacular lighted displays along the waterfronts. 
Chesapeake City
Cecil County
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Midnight Madness 
Through December 18, 2014
Lights, garland, action! Historic Annapolis' shops throw open their doors in a glorified block party that is open to all. Enjoy musical performances as well as food and refreshments at many stores as you stroll along Main Street, Maryland Avenue, inner West Street, and State Circle in search of that perfect gift. Explore the uniqueness that makes downtown Annapolis special. 
Annapolis
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Sotterley Christmas Traditions by Candlelight
Through December 20, 2014
A living history Christmas tour within our 1703 Plantation House
Hollywood
St.Mary's County
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Garden in Lights
Through January 5, 2015 (various dates)
A magical tour that takes visitors on a beautiful trip through the glittering woods and light sculptures. Enjoy the "Holiday I Spy Game," nightly entertainment, special discount nights, sweet treats, and other fun activities. 
Annmarie Garden and Sculptural Arts Center
Solomons
Calvert County
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Holiday Trains and Planes
Dec. 13- Dec. 20, 2014
During the holiday season College Park Aviation Museum gets ready for the festivities as miniature trains, villages, tunnels, and depots spark the imagination and bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating and constantly moving display of model railroads to the Museum.
College Park Aviation Museum
Prince George's County
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Luminaria Night Celebration
December 20, 2014
More than 1,500 glowing luminarias will line the streets of Vienna this Christmas. Private homes decorated for the season, historic buildings including the old Customs House and Ferry Toll Collector's House, and community churches will open their doors for tours, Christmas music, refreshments and old fashioned hospitality from 5-8pm.
Vienna
Dorchester County
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Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship
December 26, 2014
Self-guided walking tour of historic worship sites in Frederick's downtown historic district. Several houses of worship invite the public to celebrate their heritage and holiday customs. Visitors are greeted with seasonal music, tours, and lectures. Many of these sites are linked to the Civil War. 4-9pm
Historic downtown Frederick
Church St., 2nd St. & All Saint's St.
Frederick
Frederick County
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Midnight at 7 at a Symphony of Lights
December 31, 2014
Celebrate the closing of the Symphony of Lights and ring in the New Year with an exciting fireworks display at 7pm. Walk through the Symphony of Lights, enjoy the toasty bonfire, food vendors, music, party favors and more!
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia
Howard County
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Big Night DC
December 31, 2014
The DC Area's Largest New Year's Eve Extravaganza. Ten themed party areas encompassing the ballroom complex of the resort. Mardi Gras, Vegas Casino Lounge, ShamrockFest Stage, Retro - Best of 70's, 80's & 90's dance tunes, Electronica Club, Hip Hop Club Room, Karoake Zone, VIP Lounges, open bar and more.
Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, National Harbor
Prince George's County 
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Baltimore's New Year's Eve Spectacular
December 31, 20134  9 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Be part of a giant holidy celebration with a night of musicm the official countdown to 2015 and an amazing, colorful midnight fireworks display.
Inner Harbor
Baltimore
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Midnight Noon
December 31, 2014
10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Ring in the New Year at the Maryland Science Center! Or should we say, Noon Year? Join us, and the popular band Milkshake, for our annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Midnight Noon, where children can enjoy the ball drop before bed time.
Maryland Science Center
Baltimore
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Noontime New Year - Masquerade Bash
December 31, 2014
Countdown to the New Year at 11:30am at Port Discovery!
Join us, with Eric Energy, for our annual Noontime New Year Celebration! Come dressed in your favorite costume as we make giant numbers and sound makers for our noon countdown, complete with a juice and cookie toast!
Discovery Children's Museum, 
Baltimore
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Big Night Baltimore Gala 
December 31, 2014
Big Night Baltimore is the perfect, all-inclusive night. Leave your wallet at home, because your ticket includes everything - all drinks included all night without the long lines! Plus, a buffet and entertainment throughout the eight different party zones. (All you need to remember is your ID, because you must be at least 21 to attend.)
Baltimore
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New Years Cruise on The Black-Eyed Susan
December 31, 2014
Enjoy an elegant dockside cocktail reception followed by a buffet dinner. The Black-Eyed Susan offers a panoramic view of the midnight fireworks display from our heated and glass enclosed observation deck.  Dance to the sounds of a 1st class professional Disc Jockey.
Baltimore
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New Year's Annapolis
December 31, 2014
New Year’s Annapolis is a family-oriented event based on the “First Night” concept that provides attendees with a fun-filled and safe environment for all ages to celebrate New Year's Eve. The event includes live musical entertainment and will feature two fireworks displays, an early show for families and early-risers and a traditional midnight spectacular to ring in 2015.
Annapolis
Anne Arundel County
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New Years Eve in Ocean City
December 31, 2014 
As part of our Winterfest celebration, join us to ring in the New Year with a firework display at Northside Park at midnight.  Winterfest will stay open extended hours for this special festive night!
Ocean City
Worcester County
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First Night Talbot
December 31, 2013
6 p.m. – Midnight,
It's the biggest New Year's Eve party in the Midshore Area! Come join the fun at a family-oriented celebration of the year past and the year to come. Downtown Easton will be tran sformed into a huge performance center with musicians, dancers and actors taking the stage at  different venues. One admission button will get you into all of the different sites.
Easton
Talbot County
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Great Scale Model Train Show 
January 31- February 1, 2015
A marketplace for everyone who enjoys building, operating, or simply watching scale model railroads.  It's the largest show in the country dedicated to "scale" model trains, -- model trains that are intended to be reasonably accurate scale models.  The merchandise at our shows includes all the common scales from Z to large scale.   And there's much more than just the trains -- shop for scenery, tools, electronics, parts, videos, books, building supplies, software, display cases... everything you could want to make your hobby more enjoyable!
Maryland State Fairgrounds
Timonium, Baltimore County  
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Howard County Crafts Spectacular
October 31 - November 2, 2014
Over 200 artists and crafters - All items hand-crafted by the exhibitors. Magic Shows at 11:00 am and 12:30 pm on Sat& Sun. Santa Claus - Sat & Sun from 1:00 pm to 4:00 p.m. Free parking
Fairgrounds, West Friendship
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Trash to Treasure Green Craft Fair
November 8, 2014
Shop local this holiday season! Join us for our 6th annual Trash to Treasure green craft fair at Watkins Nature Center. Handmade goods by local artisans and crafted from recycled, sustainable, organic or fair trade materials. Items for sale include jewelry, wood carvings, bee products.
Watkins Nature Center, Upper Marlboro
Prince George’s County
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Holiday Shopper's Fair
November 28-30, 2014
Perfect event to do your holiday shopping. Unique handmade merchandise, nautical, candles, photography, florals, jewelry, ceramics. Great gift & household items. Children's activities, photo w/Santa & Non-Shopper's lounge. Admission
Ocean City Convention Center
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Bazaart Holiday Art Market
November 29, 2014
American Visionary Art Museum's Annual Holiday Marketplace of original creations by over 50 regional artists and craftspeople. Painting, sculpture, paper crafts, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, and other work that simply defies categorization! FREE ENTRY. And, of course, the Museum, Mr. Rain's Fun House & Sideshow will be open too!
American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore
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Chestertown First Friday
December 5, 2014
Meander the red-brick, tree-lined sidewalks of Historic Chestertown, while enjoying extended shop hours and arts and entertainment throughout Downtown. Luminary bags are being decorated by local school children. Kristen Owen will need assistance in placing and collecting bags around town on Friday.
Santa will stroll around town and visit stores. Kent School students will be caroling.
Downtown Chestertown
Kent County
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Harbor Holiday Festival
December 5-7, 2014
The magic of the holidays comes alive at the Harbor Holiday Festival. This NEW fantastic, fun-filled, family festival offers something for everyone! Handmade crafts, unique one-of-a kind gift items, great holiday décor, wonderful wines and foods, magical entertainment, costumed merry-makers, kids activities, and so much more.
National Harbor
Prince George's County
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Olde Tyme Holiday Parade
December 6, 2014
Join our Easton community and Easton Business Alliance for a First Weekend Event to celebrate and kick off our Holiday Season!
Downtown Easton
Talbot County
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The Charm City Craft Mafia - HOLIDAY HEAP
December 6, 2014 - 10am to 5pm
Skip those overcrowded malls and save your dough at this juried indie craft fair featuring over 40 renegade crafters from the area and beyond. A free event, open to everyone, and perfect for purchasing out-of-the-ordinary gifts for the holiday season.
St John's Church
2640 St Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
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MICA Art Market
December 10-13, 2014
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents its annual MICA Art Market! This festive, four-day sale features illustrations, paintings, prints, posters, sculptures, mosaics, stationery, T-shirts, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, book arts, toys, and wrapping paper designed and created by more than 250 MICA students, faculty, alumni and staff. Free!
MICA - Brown Center's Leidy Atrium and Falvey Hall lobby
1301 W. Mt. Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
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Kris Kringle Procession
December 12, 2014 - 6:30pm
Welcome the holiday with Old World Charm with this walking parade that ends with lighting the city Christmas tree.
Frederick
Frederick County
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Chesapeake City's Candlelight House Tour
December 13, 2014
Holiday walking tour of homes and inns, Victorian carolers and special displays. 6-9pm
Town Hall, Bohemia Ave. 
Chesapeake City
Cecil County
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