Weekends on Wednesdays

The Nutcracker

This Weekend:

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker (Baltimore)
Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as forty world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. The New York Times raves “Knock Out!” Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, growing Christmas tree and life-sized Matrushka Dolls! 

Holiday Candlelight Stroll (Annapolis)
Annapolis is beautifully decorated during the holiday season and it's the perfect setting for a wintry candlelight stroll with a period dressed guide. Includes a guided interior tour of the historic Hammond Harwood House.

The Nutcracker (Baltimore)
The BSO and the Baltimore School for the Arts dancers come together again in the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. 

Bel Cantanti Opera - Die Csardasfurstin (The Gypsy Princess) (Silver Spring)
Bel Cantanti Opera helps young opera singers through performance opportunities, and brings these quality opera performances to you at an affordable price! 

Handel's Messiah (Annapolis)
Nothing equals hearing this piece live, including its famous “Hallelujah” chorus. Four extraordinary soloists join us for this beautiful set of concerts right in the heart of Annapolis.

The Seven Poor Travellers (Baltimore)
A nameless traveller arrives at an inn on Christmas eve, and hosts the holiday feast for the other guests. When they ask him, late into the evening, to tell them a story, he relates a tragic, funny, riveting, and uplifting tale from his own life, a tale that newly uncovers the true meaning of Christmas for all.

It's a Wonderful Life at the Rawlings Conservatory! Holiday Poinsettia Display (Baltimore)
Join us to experience two classics: Baltimore’s annual Poinsettia Show and the magic and whimsy of Bedford Falls. Bask in the warmth of the greenhouses and the heart-warming glow of true friendship, as you explore your favorite small town decorated with poinsettias. 

The Nutcracker (Annapolis)
The Ballet Theatre of Maryland invites you to the most famous Christmas Party of all time—The Nutcracker where the possibility of dreams, the magic of Christmas and the wonder of the child merge through young Clara’s adventures.

S'mores, Stars and Winter Solstice (Baltimore)
On this week, the Ursid meteor shower will be visible throughout the night. Gather around our campfire to learn about the solstice and the stars, then enjoy sing-a-longs and warm up while roasting s’mores. Ages 5 and up, $3 per person($2 members) 

Santa is Coming to the Farm (Boyds)
Come and meet Santa Claus at Star Gazing Farm Animal Sanctuary in Boyds, Maryland, on Saturday, December 20 from 10 am-4 pm. He will be waiting to hear all about your last minute wishes! While you are here, you can meet the friendly farm animals and learn about how we care for them.

Reading on the Railroad with Choo Choo Blue (Baltimore)
11:30am & 1:30pm Story Time with Choo Choo Blue, the B&O Museum mascot
Kids Contests for Drawing their favorite Holiday Giving Story
Craft: Reindeer Reading Hats

50% off admission with a book donation to Maryland Book Bank

National Symphony Orchestra (D.C.)
Under the baton of conductor Nicholas McGegan, the NSO performs Handel's "Messiah" with The Washington Chorus and several soloists including, soprano Sherezade Panthaki and countertenor Jay Carter. At the Concert Hall. 

Washington National Opera (D.C.)
Director Francesca Zambello is determined to make the family holiday opera a Washington National Opera tradition. This year's offering, her third, is an opera by the Academy-Award-winning composer Rachel Portman based on Saint-Exupery's beloved novella. Zambello has personally shepherded and directed "The Little Prince" since its world premiere in Houston in 2003. -- Anne Midgette. At the Terrace Theater. 


The Fresh Beat Band (Baltimore)
Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Shout (Thomas Hobson), Marina (Tara Perry), and Twist (Jon Beavers) will perform.

Kids' Night Out (Baltimore)
Drop off the kids for a few hours while you shop. Children can make wonderful nature crafts, look for nighttime creatures, make gingerbread houses and gingerbread people, and participate in holiday activities. Registration is limited, sign up early. Ages 6-12, $10 per child ($8 members) 

Family Friday at Christmas Village in Baltimore (Baltimore)
Send letters to the Christkind in Germany with our Christkind mailbox. A clown, face painters and a balloon artist provide entertainment. A childrens’ reading hour inside the heated festival tent starts every Friday at 1:30 PM in cooperation with the Baltimore Visitor Center.

Seasons of Light (D.C.)
 An interactive show about the history and customs of Ramadan, Diwali, Santa Lucia, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the Winter Solstice. At the Discovery Theater. 


Luminaria Night Celebration (Vienna)
1,500 luminaries, house tour (charge). Visit Santa, Heritage Museum and churches with entertainment.

Holiday Train Garden (Lutherville)
O-scale trains wind through a 20th century town. Music Sensations Choir sings - Dec. 13, 11:30 am

Anthony Hamilton: Home for the Holidays (Baltimore)
Since then, the singer-songwriter has remained consistent with music that touches the soul and a poignant sound that makes him unlike any other artist of the 21st century. 

Jingle Bells - Music Box Series (Baltimore)
Let’s celebrate the holidays with songs about winter, bells and sleigh rides.

A Christmas Carol Dramatic Reading (Annapolis)
The William Paca House was almost 80 years old when Charles Dickens penned A Christmas Carol in 1843. Join us for light holiday refreshments and a dramatic reading of this beloved holiday tale performed inside one of colonial Annapolis's architectural treasures. 

CAC Annual Tree Lighting Event (Brooklyn Park)
Celebrate the season with the CAC’s annual tree lighting, hot chocolate, and a signature CAC favorite; hot Dr.Pepper with lemon. And who knows…mayben even a special visit from Santa!

A Family Christmas (D.C.)
 The choral group invites guests to sing along to some holiday favorites. At the Concert Hall. 

Thomas Circle Singers (D.C.)
The choral group sings holiday carols. At the West Building Garden Court of the National Gallery of Art.  Free


Holiday Tea at Gramercy Mansion (Stevenson)
This Festive Holiday Tea features a four-course meal served with a selection of hot teas. After the tea, enjoy a special tour of Gramercy Mansion, which will be beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Call 410-486-2405 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

Live Christmas Nativity (North East)
Re-live the first Christmas in an actual stable, with music, angels, the reading of the Christmas story innkeepers, Bible characters and live animals

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