Community Notes

Howard County Notes

WHERE THE WINTER WILD THINGS ARE Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-Noon at Soldiers Delight Visitor Center (Rain or shine).Join us for a reading of the classic story Where the Wild things Are. Then, accompany a naturalist on a winter walk to see what other wild things we can find! Topics of discussion to include hibernation, migration and snow adaptation. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.


DEER OR REINDEER? Dec. 9, Noon-1 p.m. at Hilton Nature Center (Rain or shine).æWhat's the difference between a white-tailed deer and reindeer? Find out with antlers and artifacts, a craft and a short hike. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

FEATHERS IN FOCUS Dec. 9, 1-3 p.m. at Soldiers Delight Visitor Center (Shine only).Whether you are a professional or amateur photographer, capture our Scales and Tales animals in a natural setting. A naturalist will bring out 3-4 birds of prey to photograph and discuss.æ$15/photographer. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

STARGAZING Dec. 9, 8-10 p.m. at Soldiers Delight Visitor Center (Rain or shine). Join the Westminster Astronomical Society for their monthly program. Telescopes will be provided or you are welcome to bring your own. Setup assistance available. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

THE COLUMBIA PRO CANTARE CHAMBER SINGERS will present its annual holiday concert of festive music, ñA Christmas Noel,î Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3 pm, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21045. The 20-member group will perform festive works from the Renaissance to the present, both a capella and accompanied by piano and organ. Tickets are $15, $13 (students and sr. citizens) in advance; $2 more at the door. Children 5-15: $10. To order tickets, visit, or call 410-799-9321 or 301-854-0107.

SNOWFLAKES: SPECTACULAR AND SCIENTIFIC Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-Noon at Hilton Nature Center (Rain or shine). Join a naturalist and learn about the scientific process behind the formation of snowflakes. Pay homage to that process with some poems and stories, and design your own ornament using recycled materials. Recommended for ages 8 and up.æ$2/craft. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

HIBERNATING HERPS Dec. 10, 2-3 p.m. at Soldiers Delight Visitor Center (Rain or shine). Ever wonder how or why some animals hibernate? Do you wish you could hibernate? Come out and learn about our animal ambassadors that hibernate and those that do not.æ$5/person. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

ñTHE CRACKED NUTî, A DANCE PERFORMANCE presented by Kinetics Dance TheatreÍs Student Companies, Dec 9 & 10, 7pm, Slayton House Theatre, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD. Tickets: $8 presale, $10 at box office. Tickets are available at Kinetics Dance Theatre, 3280 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, MD and online until 5pm on December 8th.

HOWARD COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY ROUNDTABLES and Celebration of 20 year plus members, Dec 13, 7-9pm, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way Columbia. Table topics on Research methods, places and tools. Free. Everyone invited.

BACKYARD BIRDS Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-Noon at Hilton Nature Center (Shine only). Discover the birds that spend winter in your own backyard. We'll observe the birds along the Sensory and Santee Branch trails, and make bird feeders to take home! Recommended for ages 7 through 14. $3/craft. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT at The Retreat & Conference Center at Bon Secoursæ- Dec 16. Enjoy listening to the Traditional Choir, Contemporary Ensemble, Christmas Choir and Brass Ensemble.æ

POPS CONCERT features Nutcracker, Toyland, Carols in St. Louis Church. The St. Louis Concert Series presents ñChristmas Pops,î a program featuring the St. Louis Choirs and Orchestra 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. The holiday program will include excerpts from TchaikovskyÍs ñNutcracker Suite,î Victor HerbertÍs ñBabes in Toylandî and favorite Christmas carols. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.stlconcertseries.orgæor callæ443-535-1691. St. Louis Church is at 12500 Clarksville Pike in Howard County, off Rte. 108 near Rte. 32 and Ten Oaks Road. Ample parking on site. Friends and family are invited. Donations and sponsorships are accepted via website or by check.

WINTER ADAPTATIONS Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-Noon at Hilton Nature Center (Rain or shine).æIt takes a lot of work to sleep it off! Discover how local animals and plants can survive through the bitter winter months. Celebrate your favorite hibernators with an animal mask or track craft.æRecommended for ages 6 through 12.æ$2/craft. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

HARRY CONNICK JRÍS THE HAPPY ELF at Red Branch Theatre Company - through Dec 17. Follow Eubie the Elf as he sets out on a mission to restore Christmas joy to a town called Bluesville where every single child is on Santa's naughty list.æ

FIRST DAY OF WINTER HIKE Dec. 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hilton Nature Center (Shine only). Welcome winter with a moderate hike on the Pigs Run, Forest Glen and Santee Branch trails. Learn how the park's forests and wildlife adapt to the cold and snow. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

TRACKS & T-SHIRTS Dec. 23, 1-2 p.m. at Soldiers Delight Visitor Center (Rain or shine). Learn a little bit about the animal tracks that might be found within the park. Then we'll decorate a T-shirt or other piece of fabric with an image of animal footprints. It could be just what you need for that last-minute gift for the nature-lover in your life! Bring your own item to decorate; paint and stencils to be provided.æ$2/person. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

ROCKY RACCOONS Dec. 29, Noon-1 p.m. at Hilton Nature Center (Rain or shine.)Learn about these familiar yet fascinating furry animals and their role in the park's forests through hands-on activities and artifacts. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

WINTER BIRD HIKE Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-Noon at Lost Lake (Shine only).Observe cardinals, sparrows, woodpeckers and more at Lost Lake and along the Grist Mill Trail. Bring your own binoculars or borrow ours! (Limited supply). Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

THE KIWANIS CLUB OF ELLICOTT CITY meets Monday evenings at 6:30pm at the Bob Evans Restaurant, 4900 Beaver Run Court (off Executive Park Drive at Rte 100). Please contact Harry Slade with questions at 410-418-8218.

LOOKING FOR DONATIONS OF FABRIC, LACES, TRIMS, ELASTIC colorful sheets and pillow cases, any sewing materials. We are a group of church ladies from the community making dresses for poor countries including places here at home. Next mission is Mexico and we are running low on supplies, 410-795-3252.

Carroll County Notes

THE MT. AIRY VFW POST 10076 AUXILIARY is having their monthly dinner on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 5-7pm for $10 eat-in or carryout. æThe menu is: æHomemade meatloaf, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, side salad, dinner roll, dessert, coffee and iced tea. æBar drinks may be purchased separately. æThere is no dinner in January. æFor more information regarding our monthly dinners, please call Doris Bujanowski at 410-458-6458.

FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH ELDERSBURG will present its annual production of their narrated Live Nativity on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10 at 6:30 p.m. on the church grounds. Costumed performers and live animals will highlight the occasion. Following the performance, hot chocolate and cookies will be served in the church fellowship hall. The church is located at 1700 St. Andrews Way, Eldersburg, next to the public library. For information, call the church office at 410-795-8082. Visit

CHURCH TO HOLD FOOD PANTRY Ebenezer United Methodist Church will hold the ñRock of Helpî Food Pantry for anyone in the community in need of food from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the church, 4901 Woodbine Road, near Winfield. Non-perishable foods, assorted frozen foods, plus a non-food household item, and childrenÍs shoes, are available. Those coming to the food pantry are asked to fill out a short information sheet, then the church gives them a list of available foods to check off what they need. The food pantry will be held Dec. 16, 2017. The church is one-half mile south of Liberty Road on Woodbine Road. For information, call the church office at 410-795-6136 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO NEW WINDSOR ON A BIG RED FIRE TRUCK He will be pulling out of the Fire Hall at 6:30pm. Dec 7, he will visit Glen View Drive, Overbrook Drive and Smiley Drive. Dec 13, he will visit Atlee ridge, Hallowell Drive, Clear Ridge Road and Uniontown. On Dec 18, he will visit New Windsor, Blue Ridge Manor and Springdale Village. In case of rain or snow, he will be around on Dec 22nd. Courtesy of the New Windsor Volunteer Fire Company.

SUGAR PLUMB SHOPPE Open Saturdays and Sundays: December 1 - 22 Noon to 4 p.m. Cookies $1,Bucket of Cookies $10, Hot Cider/Hot Chocolate $. Located in the Living History Center, Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street Westminster, MD.

THE CARROLL COUNTY FARM MUSEUM SEARS & ROEBUCH HOLIDAY TOUR is happening thru December 22, 2017. The Farm Museum is also hosting many holiday events throughout the season.Holiday admission is $3 for adults and $10 for a family. Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 South Center St. Wesminster, MD. Visit or call 800-654-4645 for more info.

EBENEZER UMC CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES Ebenezer United Methodist Church will holdæspecial Christmas worship services at 4901 Woodbine Roadænear Winfield.æDue to Christmas Eve and New YearÍs Eve falling on Sunday, there will be only one worship service at 10 a.m., and no Sunday school, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.æThe childrenÍs Sunday School Christmas Pageant will be held during the 10 a.m. worship service, Dec. 24. Special Christmas Eve services will include a traditional family worship with the Chancel choir at 8 p.m., followed by a candlelight worship, with special music, at 10 p.m.æThe Rev. Judith A. Emerson is pastor. Information: 410-795-6136 or æ

CARROLL COUNTY ALATEEN MEETING Every Tuesday at 8 pm, St. BenjaminÍs Lutheran Church, 700 KreiderÍs Cemetery RD, Westminster, MD 21158. In Alateen meetings, young people share their own experiences„everyone in the meeting has been affected by someone elseÍs drinking. Some currently live with a problem drinker, others do not. Alateens share their feelings, encourage each other, and share how the Alateen program has helped them.

MARVINÍS CHAPELÍS THRIFT SHOP With the cool weather fast approaching, the ladies at Marvin Chapel Thrift Shop have replaced summer clothing with all fall and winter apparel. æAt $2/bagful, there are may real bargains. æBackroom items are still 50% off and weekly specials are listed on the board as you enter. æThe Thrift Shop hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. æMarvin Chapel is located at 5101 Woodville Road, just north of Rt. 144 between New Market and Mount Airy. æWorship services are at 9:30am on Sunday mornings and all are welcome.

WINFIELD LADIES AUXILIARY DANCE Jan 14, 6:30 pm Ð 10:00 pm. Winfield Volunteer Fire Company Social Hall, 1320 W Old Liberty Rd, Sykesville, MD 21784. Cost $10. æAn evening of fun and dancing! æEnjoy refreshments and a beautiful hardwood dance floor. æA DJ will provide music and take requests. æBYOB. Hosted by the Winfield Ladies Aux.

COUNTRY BREAKFAST BUFFET February 3, 2018 7-11am, Church of the Ascension - Holy Cross Hall, 23 N Court St, Westminster, MD 21157. $8 adults; $4 kids ages 4-8. Contact Cheryl Vecera 410-848-3251.

CHOCOLATE CRAWL February 9, 2018, 5-8pm, Historic Downtown Mount Airy, 110 S Main St, Mt Airy, MD 21771. Free. The Annual Chocolate Crawl is a sweet filled treat in Downtown Mount Airy. Stop by participating downtown businesses for your sweet treats and more. Who knows, maybe a little wine tasting.

STOP, SWAP AND SAVE February 11, 9am-2pm, Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agricultural Center Dr, Westminster, MD 21157. DonÍt miss the 21st annual Stop, Swap and Save, the East CoastÍs largest indoor bicycle swap and consumer bike expo. If youÍ ve never made it to the SWAP before, donÍ t miss out in 2018ƒItÍs our 21st year !!! The Stop, Swap and Save is the place to sell your old parts and bikes or take advantage of unbelievable deals on everything you need for a great season of cycling. Buy, sell, browse, shop, trade or just hang out with industry reps, individual vendors, bike shops, manufacturers and like-minded cyclists! Admission is still only $5 and includes thousands of square feet (yes, itÍs all indoor and heated) of everything that cycling has to offer. Whether you re looking for road, mountain, triathlon, BMX, vintage, new or used, thereÍ s something for everyone!

Frederick County Notes

FESTIVAL OF TREES thru December 7, Wed-Sat 1am-4pm; Sun 12-4pm, HERITAGE FREDERICK, 24 E Church St, Frederick, MD. Free to view, Tickets to vote: $1 per ticket.

KRIS KRINGLE PROCESSION December 8, 2017, 6:30-8pm, MARKET STREET & BAKER PARK BAND SHELL, 121 N Bentz St, Frederick, MD. Free.

SCHIFFERSTADT ARCHITECTURAL MUSEUM TOUR thru December 9, recurring weekly on Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm, Schifferstadt Architectural Musem, 1110 Rosemont Ave, Frederick, MD,301-663-3885.

DUKE ELLINGTONÍS NUTCRACKER December 9, 3pm & 7:30pm, FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD. Various Seating and Pricing Options.

HOLIDAY SANTA VISIT & TOYS FOR TOTS December 9, 12-3pm, WESTVIEW PROMENADE, Buckeystown Pike (Rt 85) & Crestwood Blvd., Frederick, MD. Free.

HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS Presented By BRUNSWICK MAIN STREET, December 9, 1-4pm, Downtown Brunswick, 1 West Potomac Street, 8 North Maple Ave., Brunswick, MD. Free.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA & FRIENDS Saturday, December 9, 8-10am. Santa is making a stop at Adventure Park USA this holiday season! Meet Santa and his friends, and enjoy our attractions! A $20 Combo Pass (available online only) includes Breakfast and 3 hours access to rides and attractions. $15 Breakfast Only tickets (per person) are also available. 11113 West Baldwin Road, Monrovia, MD. 301-865-6800.

FERMENTED FUN! BREWERY TOURS AND TASTINGS, 12/10, Hampton Inn, 5311 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, 301-834-9950. $75 per person.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS December 15, 7-8pm, CITY HALL COURTYARD, 101 N. Court Street, Frederick, MD. Free.

A CHILDRENÍS THEATER CHRISTMAS CAROL 12/9, 12/10, 12/16, 11:30am to 1:30pm, Way off Broadway Dinner Theatre & ChildrenÍs Theatre, 5 Willowdale Dr., Frederick, MD. 301-662-6600. $17 per person for lunch and show.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL December 15-17, Fri 7:30PM, Sat 2 & 7:30PM, Sun 2PM, WEINBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 20 West Patrick St., Frederick, MD. Adults -$24; Seniors (62+) - $20; Students (7-18) - $20; Children (3-6) - $12.

SANTA TRAIN thru Dec 23, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, recurring weekly on Saturday, Sunday, Walkersville Southern Railroad, 34 West Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville, MD. 301-898-0899. Adults: $16 Seniors (55+): $15 Children (1-12): $13 Babies under 1: Free.

A CHRISTMAS STORY 12/8/2017, 12/9/2017, 12/10/2017, 12/14/2017, 12/15/2017, 12/16/2017, 12/17/2017, 12/21/2017, 12/22/2017, 12/23/2017, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 31 W Patrick St., Frederick, MD. Thurs, Fri and Sat 8 pm; Sun 3 pm, $20 tickets.

THE CHRISTMAS SHOP held at Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church annually is now open and will remain open Fridays and Saturdays from 10a.m. till 2p.m. until Saturday, Dec. 30th.æ Many, many Christmas decorations and gift items are available.æ A silent auction will be held again this year.æ Among the auction offerings is a framedæ artwork by Barry Richardson as well as 2 ceramic Christmas trees, a hand crocheted bed spread,a Lenox Christmas bowl,2 vintage dolls (one with clothing marked Madam Alexander), a vintage child's tool set, a Blue glass pitcher with 4 glasses, and a ceramic "horse in basket"æ The bidding for these items will close at noon on Saturday, Dec. 16th.æ The Christmas Shop, which is part of Marvin's Thrift Shop operation, is located in the church basementæ and is open the same hours as the thrift shop - 10a.m. to 2 p.m. - on Fridays and Saturdays, weather permitting.æ Donations are welcomed during these hours.æ The Thrift Shop phone number is 240-344-8718.æ æ æMarvin Chapel United Methodist Church is located at 5101 Woodville Road, just North of Rt. 144 between New Market and Mt. Airy.æ Worship Services are 9:30 a.m. Sunday and all are welcome.æ

GREAT FREDERICK FAIR FARMERSÍ MARKET Frederick Fairgrounds, E. Patrick St, Frederick, MD, open Saturdays 8am-2pm year round except holidays.

J BAR W RANCH 10530 Green Valley Road, Union Bridge. Frederick's best kept secret in family fun! Activities include battle of the beast event, pro-bull riding, cowgirls barrel racing, Muttton bustin', face painting, food, fun & much more. Visit for more information.

LOEW VINEYARDS 14001 Liberty Rd, Mt. Airy, MD. Wine tastings, winery & vineyard tours, and picnic grounds. Visit for more information.

LINGANORE WINECELLARS 13601 Glissans Mill Rd, Mt. Airy. Winery tours and tastings offered daily. Open year round to the public, with monthly activities in the tasting room. Visit for more information.

MAYNEÍS TREE FARM 3420 Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown, MD. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pick your own fruits, vegetables and pumpkins, cut your own Christmas tree, moon bounce and pedal tractor course. Pumpkin barn set up for group and bus tours and gatherings. Visit

CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN ORCHARD 15036 North Franklinville Rd, Thurmont. We offer several pick your own crops, black raspberries, dark sweet cherries, blueberries, sour cherries. For approximate picking dates you need to call 301-271-2737. Pick your own pumpkins (on the weekends in October only). Enjoy creating a beautiful bouquet from our large cut your own flower garden as well as a self guided walking tour of our orchard. Maps will lead you around to signs that identify crops. Guided education school and bus tours - must call to set up. Visit for more information.

FAMILY NEW YEARS PARTY Dec 31, 9pm-12:30am. We're already counting down for the New Year! Adventure Park USA is having a New Year's Eve Family Celebration on December 31st from 9PM to 12:30AM. Buy your tickets online ahead of time and save $8! Admission is $25 online or $33 at the door and includes light meal and all inside attractions. Children under 48" may also enjoy the Gold Rush Playground. One child under age 2 is FREE with each paying adult. $15 Chaperone & Children Under 5 tickets are also available that include light meal and video games only. 11113 West Baldwin Road, Monrovia, MD. 301-865-6800.

Montgomery County Notes

CANADIAN BRASS Dec 8, 8pm at the Music Center At Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln, Rockville, MD. Visit for information and/or tickets.

CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM Dec 9 & 10th, 12-5pm, at the Agricultural History Farm Park, 18400 Muncaster Rd, Derwood, MD.

NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC: STAN ENGEBRETON - HANDELÍS MESSIAH Dec 16, 8pm, Music Center At Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, MD. Visit for information and/or tickets.

MOSCOW BALLETÍS GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER Dec 22, 8pm, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, Music Center At Strathmore, Visit for information and/or tickets.

FRIENDS OF AGRICULTURE HISTORY FARM PARK Membership meetings, 7pm on 12/12, at the Agriculture History Farm Park, 18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD. Call 301-670-4661 or visit for more information.

PARKINSONÍS SUPPORT GROUP second Wednesday of each month, 2-3:15pm at Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 18131 Slade School Road on the Sandy Spring, Maryland, campus of Brooke Grove Retirement Village. Free. Confidential. For more information or to register, contact Toni Davis, 301-388-7209 or

PFNCA EXERCISE FOR PARKINSONÍS CLASSES each Monday and Wednesday, 3:3-4:30pm at Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 18131 Slade School Road on the Sandy Spring, Maryland, campus of Brooke Grove Retirement Village. Exercises are designed to improve posture, balance and circulation while also increasing strength, muscle control and mobility in those with Parkinson's or other neurodegenerative diseases. Free. For information or to register, contact Toni Davis, 301-388-7209 or

ALZHEIMERÍS SUPPORT GROUP third Wednesday of each month, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 18131 Slade School Road on the Sandy Spring campus of Brooke Grove Retirement Village. Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, this group is designed for those who have a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia and provides an opportunity for individuals and families to find support, gain understanding, share caregiving tips and discover other helpful information. Free. For more information, contact group facilitator Bill Neely,æ301-924-5176æoræ

NEW YEARÍS EVE SWING DANCE December 31, 2017, 8pm-12:30am. Pretend it is a '50s Senior Prom! Wear your high school prom finery.æ A vintage moon backdrop for photo ops, corsages and boutonnieres for the first 75 arrivals will be available along with party favors and light refreshments. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812. 301-634-2222.

GARDEN OF LIGHTS thru Jan. 1, 2018.Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, MD. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Call 301-254-6257 for more info.

CATHERINE RUSSELL & JOHN PIZZARELLI Jan 5, 8:00pm, Music Center At Strathmore, Visit for information and/or tickets.

GAITHERSBURG WINTER LIGHTS FESTIAL thru December 31, 2017, 6-9 pm (10pm Fri & Sat), closed on Christmas. Winter Lights features more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes 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. Rates vary for cars, SUV's, Mini-vans, large vans, mini-buses, buses. Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg,æMD.

General Notes

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Dec 7, 10am, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Dec 8, 10am & 11:30am, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall - Baltimore, MD.

BALTIMORE CHANUKAH FESTIVAL Dec 12, McKeldin Square, Inner Harbor. Celebrate the start of Chanukah with the lighting of MarylandÍs largest menorah, complete with live music, kidÍs activities and fireworks.

MISTLETOE MELTDOW: FERGIE Dec 14, 8am, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD.

MIDNIGHT MADNESS HOLIDAY SHOPPING - ANNAPOLIS Thursdays, December 7 &14 from 6pm-Midnight and December 21 from 6-11pm. Don't miss Midnight Madness where stores in downtown Annapolis will stay open late to give bargain-hunters a reason to enjoy the spirit of Annapolis - the town will be inundated with live music, holiday entertainment and cheer throughout the season. It's also the perfect excuse to catch up with friends and take advantage of special deals in the middle of holiday festivities.

CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE Dec 22 8pm & Dec 23 3pm & 8pm,Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD.

WALKING IN A CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND - NORTH POLE LIGHTS WALK thru December 23, 4:30-7pm Fridays and Saturdays. Take a self-guided walk through our shimmering Winter Wonderland,and stop by Santa's Cabin to put in your Christmas request. The gardens have new trails with lighted scenes of Christmas. See the flower fairies decorate the gazebo, Polar Bear Central,æGingerbread house, Forest Animals, and Enchanted Fairy Garden. Be sure to come back to the barn to warm up withæhot chocolate. Don't miss this year's special guest from the North Pole, Prancer! Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm. Severn.

GERMAN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE Come and enjoy an authentic German Christmas market right here in Charm City through December 24, Christmas Village in Baltimore returns to BaltimoreÍs Inner Harbor to transform West Shore Park into European wonderland. Our huge heated festival tent and the beautiful outdoor wooden booths around the majestic Christmas Tree will harbor 45 vendors and their high quality arts and crafts from all over the world, to offer you the perfect Holiday shopping experience within a festive atmosphere! DonÍt miss famous German vendor Kathe Wohlfahrt - with the skyline of an ancient German town as a backdrop, shopping for genuine German Schwibbbogen and Pyramids gets even more enjoyable. When you are done with Christmas shopping, have a seat in our Bavarian Beergarden and enjoy the German delicacies offered by our vendors, such as Brautwurst, Pretzls, Lebkuchen (gingerbread), Mulled Wine or a good German beer. Daily performances of local choirs, bands and performers and special themed weekend events will sweeten your visit at Christmas Village in Baltimore!

LIGHTS BY THE LAKE thru Dec. 24, 2017. Rocky Gap State Park, 12500 Pleasant Valley Rd, Flintstone, MD. Features over 150,000 lights synchronized to music in an animated show lasting more than 30 minutes. Park & watch the show surround you. Then come inside for refreshments & special events. Event Hours: 6-10pm. Costs: General: $7.

CENTRAL MARYLAND ANTIQUE TRACTOR CLUB, INC meetings every 4th Thursday, 7:30pm Jefferson Community Center.

ALL ABOARD FOR TRAIN RIDES! December 31, 11am-2pm, B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St, Baltimore, MD. Train rides are offered Thursday & Friday at 11:30am, Saturday at 11:30am & 2pm and Sunday at 1pm. Take the Mile One Express train for a round trip train ride along the first commercial mile of railroad right-of-way in America. Please note that some dates are excluded or scheduled modified.

ARTS OF ASIA Weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD. Some of the most exceptional collections of Asian art in North America takes center stage on Sunday, October 1, when the Walters Art Museum opens its new installation Arts of Asia. The dramatic display offers a rich exploration of artistic traditions from diverse cultures and regions across India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia. The stunning array of more than 150 works spanning 2,000 years includes 30 objects that have never been on view.

NEW YEARÍS EVE ANNAPOLIS December 31, 2017, Downtown Annapolis, Annapolis, MD.New YearÍs Annapolis is a family-oriented celebration based on the ñFirst Nightî concept that provides attendees with a fun-filled and safe environment for all ages to celebrate New Year's Eve. The event includes music andæ two fireworks displays, an early show for families and early-risers and a traditional midnight spectacular to ring in 2018.

BALTIMOREÍS NEW YEARÍS EVE SPECTACULAR December 31, 2017 9pm- 12:30am. Fireworks at mid-night. Be part of a giant NYE celebration and a night of great music, culminating an amazing, colorful midnight fireworks display! Inner Harbor Baltimore

BIG NIGHT BALTIMORE NEW YEARÍS EVE GALA Dec. 31, 2017, Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor, 101 W Fayette St, Baltimore, MD. Baltimore's Largest All-Inclusive New Year's Eve Gala. This spectacular event features: MULTIPLE party rooms & dance floors, 10 incredible bands, DJs, acts. Massive midnight celebration, great buffet & more. Event Hours: 9pm-2am. Costs: General: $114.99. Visit for more info.

CHARM CITY NEW YEARÍS EVE FIREWORKS CRUISE December 31, 2017, 10pm-1am. Ring in the New Year on an elegant fireworks cruise aboard the Raven, the newest yacht in the Inner Harbor!æ Cocktails, dancing, festive decor and party favors.æ Watch fireworks over the water. 555 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21201. 410-268-7601.

NEW YEARÍS EVE FIREWORKS CRUISE IN ANNAPOLIS December 31, 2017, 10pm-1am. Greet the New Year onboard the Catherine Marie, Watermark's flagship vessel.æ Watch the fireworks over Annapolis and enjoy cocktails, dancing, party favors and festive decor.æ Light snacks and full cash bar. $83 adults 21 & over. 1 Dock St,Annapolis, MD 21401. 410-268-7601.

NEW YEARÍS EVE MURDER MYSTERY TRAIN December 31, 4-10pm. Ring in the New Year aboard theæWestern MarylandæScenicæRailroad!æ Guests will enjoy a show and a 5-course All-You-Can-Eat Seafood Dinner. Plus, there will be a free Champagne Toast when the clock strikesæMidnight! NOTE: Murder Mystery shows are designed for an adult audience and may contain some mild adult humor and innuendo not suitable for children. No child fares or menus are provided. Children may ride for the adult fare at parentsÍ discretion. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-TRAIN50 x112æ(301-759-4400 x112).

CHRISTMAS ON THE POTOMAC FEATURING ICE! thru Jan. 1, 2018, 201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD. The must-see holiday attraction is back with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer theme. Enjoy more than two million pounds of colorful ice sculpture that tells the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Call 301-965-4000 for more info.

SIX FLAGS AMERICA HOLIDAY IN THE PARK thru Jan. 1, 2017. Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! Weekends & select days. Call 301-249-1500 for more info.

LIGHTS ON THE BAY thru Jan. 1, 2018, Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E College Pkwy., Annapolis, MD 21409. Don't miss this spectacular drive-through holiday lights show beside the Chesapeake Bay. The event features dozens of animated and stationary displays. Rates available for cars, vans, buses.

TANK AND THE BANGAS Jan 4, 8pm, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Jan 5, 8pm, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall - Baltimore, MD.

AFTER FABERGE thru May 27, 2018, 10am-5pm, The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD. Five digital prints by artist Jonathan Monaghan present finely-crafted, surreal versions of the famous FabergŽ Imperial Easter eggs, two of which are in the WaltersÍ collection. His large-scale prints blend the dazzling detail of the original masterworks with modern culture.