Community Notes


Frederick County Notes

JOHNSVILLE UMC CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Nov 17, 8am-2pm, 11106 Green Valley Road (Rt. 75), between Libertytown & Union Bridge. Cookie trays, crafts, mystery gifts, silent auction, bake table. Food service all day with breakfast sandwiches, oyster sandwiches and platters. Call 410-775-7217 for more information.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT COUNTRY BREAKFAST Liberty/Central U.M. Church, Main Street, Libertytown, MD., Sat. Nov. 17th, 7am-11am. Adults $8, children 6-12 $4, 5 and under free. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, sausage gravy, french toast, scrambled eggs, puddin & hominy, fried potatoes, biscuits, fruit, orange juice, apple juice, coffee & tea. Country ham sandwiches will be available for purchase.

TASTE OF FREDERICK FOOD TOURS thru November 18, 2018, 11am-2pm, Recurring weekly on Saturday, Sunday. Downtown Frederick, Frederick, MD. $65 per person.

MARKET STREET FOOD TOUR 11am-2pm, Saturdays and Sundays through November 18, Downtown Frederick, Frederick, MD. $65/person. Call 301-658-7520 for more information.

HOLIDAY BIG MONEY BINGO Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department, Nov 24. Doors open at 4pm, dinner served 4:30-5:30pm, games start at 6:30pm. Total prize money over $10,000. 20 games paying up to $5000, 3 jackpots paying $500, $1000, $1000. $60/person, incls 9 pack and dinner. Extra papers 9 pack $15, 6 pack $10, 3 pack $5. Jackpots $1 per strip. For information and/or tickets contact Carol Fuller at 240-285-3134 or email cfuller769@gmail.com. All proceeds to benefit the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department.

MARYLAND CHRISTMAS SHOW Nov 16, 17, 18 & Nov 23, 24, 25, 797 E Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701. Call 301-845-0003 for more information.

TAKE A TURN AT THE WHEEL Always wanted to try throwing clay on a Potter's Wheel? Here is your chance! The Potters' Guild of Frederick holds an introductory evening at the potter's wheel on the 2nd Saturday of each month from thru Dec 8, 6-9pm at the Frederick Clay Studio, Frederick Clay Studio, 119 N. East St., Frederick, MD. No experience is necessary. The Guild instructors provide all the materials and tools needed for the evening. All you need to bring is yourself and an old towel. To register and pay for the event, go to www.pottersguildoffrederick.com and click on "Classes". Pieces made by the participants are finished by the Instructors and ready for pick-up about 3 weeks after the course. Presented By The Potter's Guild of Frederick. $100 registration fee. Call 301-360-0640 for more information.

SCHIFFERSTADT ARCHITECTURAL MUSEUM TOUR thru - December 9, 2018,1-4pm, recurring weekly on Saturday & Sunday, 1110 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD, $5.

STITCHES IN TIME thru December 15, 10am-12pm, recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday, Monocacy National Battlefield, 4632 Araby Church Rd., Frederick, MD. Free

THE "CHRISTMAS SHOP" an extension of the Thrift Shop at Marvin Chapel, is now open in the church basement the same hours as the thrift shop - 10a.m to p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Along with the many, many Christmas items a Silent Auction will again be featured. Some of the auction items include several Longerberger baskets, an antique child's EasyBake oven, large decorative bowl, Bombay Company corner cupboard, chime wall clock, vintage "teaTime" child's dishes, and antique Keystone Moviegraph. The auction closes at 12 noon on Saturday, Dec. 8th. Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church is located at 5101 Woodville Road, just 1/4 mile north of Rt. 144 between New Market and Mt Airy. Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m. and all are welcome.

SAILING THROUGH WINTER SOLSTICE Nov 18-Feb 3, Carroll Creek Park, Frederick, MD. Lighting up the night is an age-old custom during the dark of winter. Visit this exciting "take" on that theme. Some seven sailing boats, festooned with unique designs, will be bringing joy to Carroll Creek. The display helps raise funds for local charities too. Call 301-600-4023 for more information.


Montgomery County Notes

THANKSGIVING PARADE Saturday, November 17, 10am, Downtown Silver Spring, Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building, Fenton Street and Ellsworld Drive.

HERO DOGS VOLUNTEER TRAINING On Sunday November 18 we are offering two volunteer trainings. At 12:30PM for any volunteer interested in working one of our three daily shifts with our kennel dogs. Introduction to Hero Dogs is offered at 3PM for all interested volunteers, applicants and donors. You will learn about our mission to raise, train and provide Service Dogs for veterans and first responders, get the overview of our program, volunteer positions, a dog demo and kennel tour. We are located near Brookeville (a mile or two from intersection of Georgia Ave & Damascus Rd, but we don't show up on the GPS services), more detailed instructions and map will be provided to registered attendees the Friday before the event. Please register for each session at www.hero-dogs.org/events Contact us with questions at hero@hero-dogs.org or 1-888-570-8653

GAITHERSBURG WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL November 23 - December 31, 2018, 11950 Clopper Rd, Gaithersburg, MD. 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. Call 301-258-6350 for more information.

BROOKSIDE GARDEN OF LIGHTS November 16, 2018 - January 1, 2019, 1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, MD. Brookside Gardens is hosting its annual Garden of Lights outdoor holiday lights exhibit; experience magical winter lights in this wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling lights depicting flowers, animals and nature. Visit inside the Conservatory to enjoy seeing the G-Scale model trains wind through a festive landscape. Afterward, warm up with hot cocoa inside the Visitors Center as you listen to one of the nightly musical performances. Call 301-962-1453 for more information.


Carroll County Notes

UNION BRIDGE FIRE COMPANY BINGO BANQUET Nov 17, 8 W Locust St, Union Bridge MD. Doors open at 4pm, meal at 5pm, Bingo at 6:30pm. Early birds at 6pm. Over $2500 in cash prizes included. $30 per ticket, meal included. Bring nonperishable canned food items to be entered into a raffle. One ticket per item donated to benefit local food bank. Call or text Melvin Smith by Nov 12 at 443-789-3823. A few tickets will be available at the door.

THE KIWANIS CLUB OF MOUNT AIRY is having a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, Nov 17th, from 7 to 11am in the Good Shepherd Hall (top level) of Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 South Main Street, Mount Airy. The cost is $8.00 for adults, and $4.00 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and under are free. This all-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes (regular, chocolate chip, and blueberry), eggs (cooked to order), Wagner Meats sausage, and beverages. The proceeds will benefit local community projects. Santa will be visiting from 8:00-10:30 am; bring your camera for photos. Please bring a canned or boxed food item to donate to the Mount Airy Net Food Pantry!

NATURE WALK Saturday, November 17, 9 to 11 a.m. Join us at the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary in Mt. Airy for a Bob Schaefer Nature Walk, sponsored by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland. In November, migratory birds are transitioning to or settling into their winter homes, so come out and let's see what species we find! People of all ages are welcome. Meet at 9 a.m. at the entry gate to the sanctuary at 13030 Old Annapolis Road (just east of Detrick Road) in Mt. Airy. Limited restroom facilities are available. The walk will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

WESTMINSTER TOY TRAIN SHOW Sponsored by the Deer Park Lions Club, held at the Agriculture Center, 706 Agriculture Center Dr, Westminster, Nov 18, 10am-3pm. Large operating train layout sponsored by The Baltimore American Flyer Club. 190 tables of toy trains and related items for sale, including LIonel, American Flyer, Bing, Ives, HO, N, Standard Gauge and many others. Refreshments by the Deer Park Lions Club. Admission $5. For info call Richard Liebno 410-848-4929.

TOY TRAIN SHOW Nov 18, 10am-3pm, Sponsored by the Deer Park Lions Club, Agricultural Center, 706 Agriculture Center Dr, Westminster. Admission $5, children under 12 free.

CHURCH TO GIVE THANKS Ebenezer United Methodist Church will hold a Thanksgiving Eve worship service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in the sanctuary at 4901 Woodbine Road, Winfield. All are welcome to this service of thanksgiving. The Rev. Judith A. Emerson is pastor. Information: 410-795-6136, e-mail to eumcwinfield@yahoo.com, or visit www.ebenezerumchurch.org.

UNION BRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT LADIES AUXILIARY is having their annual Christmas Mart on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Multiple vendors, food will be served, baked goods will be available to purchase and door prizes every 15 minutes. Santa will be there from 10 a.m,. to noon for you to take pictures with for free. There is still room for vendors, call Missi Green at 443-340-9462.

CRAFTERS/VENDORS WANTED for our annual "A White Rock Christmas" Bazaar on December 1, 2018 from 9am-3pm, White Rock Independent Methodist Episcopal Church, 6300 White Rock Rd., Sykesville, MD. For more information call 410.627.0310 or email rj-hudson@hotmail.com.

PROSPECT UMC will be having an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday December 1st from 7am-noon, at the church hall located at 5923 Woodville Road, Mt. Airy. Adults $7, Children 6 - 12 $5, Children under 6 free. Regular and Buckwheat pancakes, sausage and drinks included. There will also be Bake Table and Gift Basket Silent Auction.

SUNDAY SOCIAL DANCE hosted by the Winfield Ladies Aux, Dec 9, 6:30-10pm at the Winfield Vol Fire Co Social Hall, 1320 W. Old Liberty Rd, Sykesville, MD. Enjoy refreshments and a beautiful hardwood dance floor. DJ will provide music and take requests. Admission is $10. BYOB. For more info call 410-596-5997.

EBENEZER UMC METHODIST CHURCH will hold the "Rock of Help" 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 children's 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. The food pantry will be held Saturday Nov. 17 and Dec. 15, 2018. The church is one-half mile south of Liberty Road on Woodbine Road.Information: call the church office at 410-795-6136 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; e-mail eumcwinfield@gmail.com; or go to www.ebenezerumchurch.org.

TOBACCO CLINICS Ready to stop using tobacco? Free walk-in tobacco clinics are available for Carroll County residents. Participants may be eligible to receive vouchers for nicotine replacement patches, gum, or Chantix (with a prescription from your doctor). No registration or appointment needed. Sponsored by the Carroll County Health Department's Cigarette Restitution Fund Program. First Wednesday of each month, 10:00-11:30 a.m., at Access Carroll, 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster. Third Thursday of each month, 4:00-5:30 p.m., at Carroll County Health Department, 290 S. Center St., Westminster. For more information, call 410-876-4429 or see website at http://cchd.maryland.gov/health-services-tobacco-prevention/

COUNTRY BREAKFAST BUFFET held at the Church of the Ascension - Holy Cross Hall, 23 N Court St., Westminster, MD, the first Saturday of every month, 7am-11am. Come hungry, leave full. Called the best in Carroll County by many of our customers, a full all-you-can-eat breakfast menu including pancakes, Hahn sausage, scrambled eggs, hashed brown potatoes, egg and ham casserole, sausage gravy and biscuits, creamed chipped beef, assorted fruit, assorted pastries, fresh brewed coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, milk, and juices all at an affordable price. Plenty of parking in the lot behind the church off Ralph St. The breakfast crew is always looking for more volunteers. If you would like to be involved with this monthly event that benefits the church financially, please contact the church office.

CATKNITS Join Catknits on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday every month knitting/crocheting blankets and toys for our cats up for adoption. All skill levels welcome! We meet from 1 PM to 3 PM in our community cat room at the Humane Society of Carroll County, 2517 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, MD 21158. For info contact Theresa Micheau, 410-848-4810 x 819.

THE SOUTH CARROLL LIONESS LIONS CLUB meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Messiah Lutheran Church Celebration Hall, 5600 Old Washington Road, Sykesville, Maryland. Membership is open to both men and women. You will not find a better service organization than the South Carroll Lioness Lions Club; come and join us! For more information, contact us at 443-745-1281 or southcarrolllions@gmail.com.


Howard County Notes

STEM WEEK Oct 31-Nov 12. Join the park in celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math with events all week. For more info 410-461-5005.

TOT SWAP Nov 8-12 Shop for gently used maternity and kids' clothes, shoes, books, toys and other children's items in this massive consignment sale. $7 for VIP pre-sale at 6 p.m. Nov. 8. Public sales times vary. Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship. totswap.net/shop/howard-county-sale.

HOWARD COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY monthly meeting, Wednesday, 14 November, at 7:00PM at the Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Topic: "What I Learned from my DNA Test". Free to attend. All are welcome.

JAH WORKS, RUFUS ROUNDTREE AND DA B'MORE BRASS FACTORY Nov 17, The Soundry, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pM. Tickets $15. www.thesoundry.com for more information.

OMAR QUARTET RECITAL Nov 17, St. Louis Chapel, Clarksville, MD. The prize-winning, internationally recognized Omer String Quartet performs Haydn and Debussy in a Candlelight Concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the historic 1889 St. Louis Chapel in Clarksville. Comprised of young violinists, violist and cellist - with a Doctoral Fellowship-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, College Park - the Quartet will also perform in New York City this season and debut at D.C.'s Kennedy Center next year. For $10 reserved tickets with limited seating at the pre-Thanksgiving recital -- or information about other classical and pop events at St. Louis Church through May. Visit www.stlconcertseries.org or call 410-531-6040.

FRIENDSGIVING - A THANKSGIVING POTLUCK & GAMES NIGHT Nov 17, 4-8pm, sponsored by The Mix 30+ Singles Ministry at Bridgeway Community Church, Bridgeway's Nexus Center, 9179 Red Branch Road, Columbia, MD. Free.

MARRIOTTS RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS OUR FALL PRODUCTION "You Can't Take It With You", a whimsical comedy that follows the romance of Alice Sycamore and Tony Kirby as they explore what can only be described as the "madness of sanity" when allowing their very different families to get acquainted. A heartfelt story about the importance of acceptance and living life to the fullest, this production is sure to resonate with a 21st-century audience. The show runs November 15-17th at 7 PM and November 18th at 3 PM. Tickets will be priced $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Enjoy the show!

WILDE LAKE HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS Peter and the Star Catcher, November 15-17 at 7pm. Tickets are available online at wildelake.seatyourself.biz for $12 or at the door for $14. Call 512-698-6374 for more information.

CATHOLIC DAUGHTER ANNUAL CRAFT AND BAKE SALE November 18, 2018 at Resurrection Parish,3175 Paulskirk Rd, Ellicott City, 8 to 1:30 PM. Craft Tables for rent at $25.00. Contact Helen Nycum for details. 410-461-6710.

CRAFT FAIR & BAKE SALE at the Resurrection Church, in Ellicott City, on Sunday, November 18, from 8:00 to 1:30 PM. Crafters can rent tables for $25. For information contact Helen Nycum at 410-461-6710 or vernonny321@comcast.net.

HARRY POTTER FEAST IN THE GREAT HALL Sun, Nov 18, 5pm, Elkridge Furnace Inn, Elkridge, MD, 5745 Furnace Avenue Elkridge, MD. Witches, Wizards, & Muggles alike, come join us for an enchanting themed dinner in our own Great Hall! Come dressed in Hogwarts robes or muggle attire! Readings from J. K. Rowling's magical novels between each themed course. All aboard the Hogwarts Express! Tickets start at $62.50. For tickets visit eventbrite.com.

THINGS THAT ARE ROUND thru Nov 18. This dark comedy, getting its world premiere from Rep Stage, is described as a mashup between "Thelma and Louise" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf." Times Vary. Studio Theatre, Horowitz Center at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $10-$40. 443-518-1500 or howardcc.edu.

ELLICOTT CITY Y TURKEY TROT Nov. 22 During this Thanksgiving tradition, businesses, dogs, families and friends come together for a 5K fundraiser benefiting Central Maryland families living in poverty. 8:30 a.m. Long Gate Shopping Center, 4390 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City. $5-$45. ymdturkeytrot.org.

THE DIRTY GRASS PLAYERS - WICKED SYCAMORE Nov 23, The Soundry, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm. Tickets $10-$15. www.thesoundry.com for more information.

THE HOWARD COUNTY 4-H PROGRAM will be hosting a 4-H Family Informational Night on Tuesday, November 27th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Library. Please plan to come and enjoy learning about what the 4-H program has to offer. You will be able to meet 4-H members, volunteers, and participate in fun hands on activities.

SOLDIERS DELIGHT OPEN HOUSE Dec 1, Noon-4pm. Learn about this unique ecosystem, and experience our Scales and Tales program with activities at the Nature Center. For more info 410-461-5005.

US NAVY CONCERT BAND December 1, 7pm, River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, Md. Call 202-433-2525 or visit www.twitter.com/usnavyband for more info.

"HOLIDAYS, HOLY DAYS...HOLLYWOOD" CONCERT A free community "Holidays, Holy Days...Hollywood" concert is scheduled 4pm, Sunday, Dec. 16, at St. Louis Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville. St. Louis and Treble Choirs of youth from area schools will perform with Orchestra and guest artists. They will explore sacred and commercial music written for the feasts and festivities of season, from the Christmas Octave to the silver screen. No tickets are required, but best seating is available on a first-come basis. Ample free parking is available at the Church entrance off Route 108. For more information about the Dec. 16 concert or other classical and pop events in the Series through May - visit www.stlconcertseries.org or call 410-531-6040.

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS Nov 22 - Dec. 30 This Howard County holiday tradition features a drive-through display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary light creations, made up of approximately 300,000 bulbs. 6 p.m. Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $25. 410-740-7570 or hcgh.org/symphonyoflights.

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.

HOWARD COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY HELP DESK offers a free help desk on the 3rd Saturday of the month 1-4pm at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City. Genealogical research help into all areas of the US and other countries is available. Call 410-381-7899.

DO YOU SUFFER FROM CHRONIC PAIN? Free Cannabis Education and Patient Registration Workshops every Tues 9-10AM/Thurs 7-8PM! We look forward to meeting you! www.trilogy.health. 443-539-7372

THE CANNABIS HOUR AT TRILOGY WELLNESS Questions about medical cannabis? Free Cannabis Education and Patient registration every Tues 9-10AM, Thurs 7-8PM. www.trilogy.health.

THE HOWARD COUNTY CAT CLUB NEEDS A NEW LOCATION We are still looking for a new place to call home...and save cats! If you know someone who has a walkout basement, in-law suite, outbuilding, etc., that might be willing to help us out, please let me know. We'd like to be within a 15-minute drive of Columbia, Maryland. Help us save more cats! Visit http://www.howardcountycats.org for more information.

THE LITTLE MERMAID Nov 9 -Jan 13 Based on the classic animated film with music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, this production includes family-favorite tunes like "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World." Times vary. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia. $47.50-$64.50. 410-730-8311 or tobysdinnertheatre.com.

THE LITTLE MERMAID AT TOBY'S DINNER THEATER now thru Jan 13, 2017, Toby's Dinner Theater, 5900 Symphony Woods, Columbia. If you loved last season's Beauty and the Beast make your reservations now for The Little Mermaid. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above with Prince Eric. Based on the classic animated film with music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) this show will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World." The entire family will love The Little Mermaid! 410-730-8311 for tickets.

MASTER GARDENER TRAINING Both new and experienced gardeners are invited to register for the 2019 Master Gardener Training Program offered by the University of Maryland Extension, Howard County Office. Training will cover plant, insect and disease problems, and a variety of other topics related to sustainable and environmental impacts of gardening practices. Training is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 and will end on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. An orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. - 12 Noon. Classes will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Extension Office in Ellicott City. Cost of the training is $195. The mission of the Master Gardeners is to provide education to consumers; therefore, willingness to volunteer time is essential. Lack of hands-on experience in the garden should not deter potential applicants. Anyone with a keen interest in gardening - and especially those with other skills and interests, such as writing, graphics and computer knowledge - is encouraged to apply. The registration deadline is November 2, 2018. Class size is limited. Registration is required. To receive a Master Gardener registration packet, call the University of Maryland Extension - Howard County office at 410-313-2707.


General Notes

US NAVY CONCERT BAND November 17, 7pm, Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, Va. Call 202-433-2525 or visit www.twitter.com/usnavyband for more info.

US NAVY SEA CHANTERS November 19, 1pm, National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave., Washington, D.C. Call 202-433-2525 or visit www.twitter.com/usnavyband for more info.

US NAVY COUNTRY CURRENT BLUEGRASS ENSEMBLE December 1, 2pm, Glen Burnie Regional Library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie, Md. Call 202-433-2525 or visit www.twitter.com/usnavyband for more info.

US NAVY SAXOPHONE QUARTET December 10, 7:30pm, Mercy Ridge Retirement Community, 2525 Pot Spring Rd., Lutherville, Md. Call 202-433-2525 or visit www.twitter.com/usnavyband for more info.

US NAVY BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT This year, performances will take place on: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at DAR/Constitution Hall, 1776 D St NW, Washington, D.C. Call 202-433-2525 or visit www.twitter.com/usnavyband for more info.

WALKING IN A CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND North Pole Lights Walk, November 23, 2018 - December 22, 2018 (Friday & Saturdays only), Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm, 8109 Telegraph Rd, Severn, MD. Take a self guided walk to the North Pole and visit Santa in his cabin. Explore new trails with lighted Christmas scenes. See Polar Bear Central and Gingerbread house. Visit the barn for hot chocolate. Call 410-551-2237 for more information.

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019, Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD. Don't miss this spectacular holiday drive-through event of more than one million twinkling lights! This year's festival features fun new displays. Call 301-699-2456 for more information.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET November 24, 2018 - January 1, 2019, Hampden, Baltimore City. 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 staying on all night on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Free.