Holiday Events Worth The Drive

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With Anne Arundel County's close proximity to Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and beyond, families have the opportunity to enjoy unique holiday festivities within a relatively short distance from home. These events are open for several weeks during the holiday season and are worth the drive.

 

BALTIMORE

Miracle On 34th Street, Hampden

Be dazzled by a city block full of bright lights, holiday music and over-the-top displays in a charming, kitschy Baltimore kind of way. Now in its 73rd year, the event now known as Miracle on 34th Street began when a teenager put a string of lights on a tree in front of his family home on 34th Street, and it grew to include the whole block of neighbors. Some of the unique attractions on the block include a hubcap Christmas tree, bike-rim snowmen, overhead trains and a lighted crab.

When

November 30 - December 31
Evenings, beginning around 5:45pm

Where

720 34th Street, Baltimore, Maryland

Info

www.christmasstreet.com

German Market, Inner Harbor

An authentic German Christmas market sets up annually in West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. The market includes around 50 vendors who sell authentic European food, Christmas decorations, crafts and more from all over the globe.

When

November 23 – December 24
Sundays – Thursdays: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Fridays – Saturdays: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Days: November 25, 26, 27; December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17

Where

West Shore Park

501 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland

Info

www.baltimore-christmas.com

 

B&O Museum Magical Holiday Express

The B&O Railroad Museum celebrates the season through train rides with Santa, Frosty and other characters. The museum also showcases a special holiday model train display and a 30-foot Christmas tree.

When

December 2 - December 31
Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Where

901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland

Info

www.borail.org/holiday

Washington, D.C.

Enchant Christmas at Nationals Park

Visit Nationals Park, home of the World Series champion Washington Nationals, for their first-ever Christmas maze and market. The outfield will be transformed into a giant lighted maze, the infield will turn into an ice rink, and the concourse will become a Christmas market.

When

November 22 - December 19

Where

1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, D.C.

Info

www.enchantchristmas.com

ZooLights at Smithsonian’s National Zoo

During this free annual event, more than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights transform the zoo into a holiday spectacular. Features of the event include laser light shows, train rides for a fee, a field of swaying lights, and lanterns crafted in China.

When

November 29 - January 1

5:00pm - 9:00pm

Where

3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

Info

www.nationalzoo.si.edu/events/zoolights

U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory

The 2019 theme of “Season's Greenings: America's Gardens!” will highlight botanic gardens from across the county. In addition, visitors will find a room dedicated to model train displays, a conservatory filled with thousands of flowers including poinsettias, and D.C. landmarks made of plant materials. Concerts are offered on select evenings.

When

November 28 - January 5

10:00am - 5:00pm

Where

100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C.

Info

www.usbg.gov/plan-your-holiday-visit

Washington, D.C. Suburbs

Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National offers many family-friendly activities and events throughout the holiday season. Decorated in over 2 million lights, the hotel offers concerts, light shows, a Christmas village, ice skating, train rides, ice tubing, scavenger hunts, gingerbread decorating and the ice sculpture attraction, ICE! This year's ICE! theme is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

When

November 15-December 30

Where

201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland

Info

www.marriott.com/gaylord-hotels/gaylord-national-harbor-christmas-on-the-potomac.mi

 

George Washington's Mount Vernon, Virginia

Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington’s estate. Activities throughout the holiday season at Mount Vernon include candlelight tours, wreath-making workshops, musical demonstrations and chocolate-making demonstrations.

When

November 29 - December 31

Where

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, Virginia

Info

www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/tours-activities/christmas-at-mount-vernon

 

Winterfest of Lights, Northside Park, Ocean City

Over 1 million holiday lights, hundreds of animated light displays and a 50-foot Christmas tree are part of this annual event. A 1-mile train ride goes through 58 acres of lights.

When

November 21 - December 31

Sunday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:30pm

Where

200 125th Street, Ocean City, Maryland

Info

www.oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/special-events/winterfest

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