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ISSUE 120 | December 2016


Christmas on the Potomac & ICE!
Through Jan. 1
National Harbor
Six Flags America
Holiday in the Park

Through Jan. 2
Upper Marlboro
North Pole Experience Train Ride
Through Dec. 18
Winterfest of Lights
Through Jan. 1
Ocean City
Christmas Village in Baltimore
Nov. 24 through Dec. 24
Holiday Skate Rink
Nov. 25 through Jan. 8
(weekends only)
Havre de Grace
5th Annual Winterfest of Lights
Nov. 27 through Jan. 7
Chesapeake City
Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination
Dec. 3
Mayor's Christmas Parade
Dec. 4
Santa and Friends Breakfast
at Adventure Park

Dec. 10
Santa's Magic Workshop
Dec. 10, 16 & 17
Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
Dec. 10
Chanukah Festival
Dec. 25
Kwanzaa Celebration
Dec. 30
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park, Oella
Six Flags America "Holliday in the Park"

Holiday Parades, Yuletide Extravaganzas, and More at these Maryland Holiday Happenings

Find your favorite Santa, go ice skating, find a spot by the water for a lighted boat parade, or go extreme with a Holiday Haunt or just marvel at the lights. Head to our website for information on all these and other great ideas, because there’s always more during the holidays in Maryland.


Two annual Maryland events have been nominated by USA Today in their 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest: The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade and the Mayor’s Christmas Parade in Baltimore. Vote for your choice here. Voting ends Monday, December 5, 2016.

Stuff those Stockings with Maryland Main Street Treasures

From the mountains to the sea, Maryland is home to vibrant downtowns and welcoming communities that make perfect holiday shopping destinations. Whether it’s a classic waterfowl decoy for dad, handcrafted and sold on our Eastern Shore, or a funky, one-of-a-kind ornament for mom from the bustling big cities, Maryland’s unique Main Street shopping destinations have the perfect gifts to fit under every tree.


Enter our Holiday Sweepstakes to escape from the hustle and bustle for a cozy getaway in Old Town Bel Air. Enjoy destination fine dining, unique shopping opportunities, and the welcoming smiles of small-town Maryland. For more information and to enter to win, visit our sweepstakes page.

Celebrate Yule Tide Traditions or Rock Your Jingle-Belled Socks Off at these Holiday Performances

Is it really Christmas without The Nutcracker? Does it really feel like the holidays if you haven’t kicked up your bell-bedecked elf shoes? Check out our Holiday Events Page for a full rundown on holiday theater events and where to catch the magical music of the holidays.

Choo-Choo-Choose Your Perfect Holiday Railroad Adventure

Whether it’s huffing and puffing around the bend on a real-life steam engine or marveling at the delicate craftsmanship of a traditional train garden, in Maryland the holidays come by rail. So whether it’s a steam-powered adventure through the mountains, or a jaunt over to the local firehouse, we’ve got the lowdown on Maryland’s great holiday train events. All aboard!

Find One-of-a-Kind Creations at these Holiday Crafts Shows

Maryland is a land of makers. Experience the wonder of creativity and find hand-sewn quilts, beautiful hand-tied fishing flies, Old World wooden crafts, and even cutting-edge 3-D printed creations at these fantastic holiday craft shows.

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