Mozart's Requiem

Nov 30/Dec 3, Baltimore & Bethesda: The power and mystery of Mozart’s final masterpiece has inspired audiences for centuries. Come hear the BSO and the University of Maryland Concert Choir perform this classic work.

Festival of Lights

Nov 30-Dec 31, Kensington: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area's great community traditions, and features free performances nightly in the comfortable, along with over 650,000 lights, international Christmas trees, creches from around the world, and a different artist or musical group featured every night.

Garden of Lights

Now-Jan 1, Wheaton: Brookside Gardens celebrates it's 19th season, as you step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers and other displays. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying sparkling fountains and whimsical winter scenes. Enjoy a complete G scale model train display inside the Conservatory after strolling through the gardens.

Lights on the Bay

Now-Jan 1, Annapolis: Head to Sandy Point Park for this 24th annual event. Taking place at Sandy Point State Park, the event features a two-mile scenic drive along the Chesapeake Bay with approximately 70 animated and stationary displays illuminating the roadway.

Miracle on 34th Street

Now-early Jan, Baltimore: Each year, the 700 block of 34th Street in Hampden lights up with holiday decorations, one-of-a-kind sculptures, and more lights than you could imagine. The tradition started in 1947 by a couple, Bob Hosier and Darlene Hughes, who both loved decorating their homes for Christmas. As the decorations grew, the street attracted more attention until it became a can’t-miss holiday attraction. Thousands of visitors are drawn to the Miracle on 34th Street each. Check it out!

Watkins Regional Park Festival of Lights

Now-Jan 1, Upper Marlboro: This spectacular holiday drive-through event features more than one million twinkling lights, wonderful themed displays, and one of the tallest tree displays in the state! Don't forget to make a difference this season! Please bring canned goods/non-perishable items for donation to local food banks.

A Christmas Carol

Now-Dec 31, Olney: Head to Olney Theatre to experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended, in his own words, and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance.  Adapted from Dickens’ original novella and reading tour, Paul Morella’s solo version will transport you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale.

An Appalachian Holiday

Dec 1 & 2, Frederick: Join the Choral Arts Society for music of the season set to the tones of an Appalachian accompaniment featuring Mark Edwards and guest musicians from the Common Ground Festival. Come ready to celebrate the holidays—tap your toes to the sounds of the bass, fiddle and choir, and to share the beauty of this cultural heritage. Family friendly!

It's a Wonderful Life

Now-Dec 10, Annapolis: The Colonial Players present this beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Little Italy Christmas Tree Lighting

Dec 1, Baltimore: Join in this annual tradition and enjoy Christmas carols by Baltimore Choral Arts Society, a visit from Santa Claus with treats for the kids, and hot apple cider, hot chocolate, Italian cookies and roasted chestnuts for all!

Midnight Madness

Dec 1, Ellicott CityBring the family into town for the 39th annual Midnight Madness Celebration!  Visit with Santa 4-8pm at the log cabin, watch our tree lighting and sip hot treats while strolling our picturesque historic district.   All of our shops will be open late – find that unique gift for your special someone plus our restaurants will be serving festive selections late into the evening! Strolling carolers, a winter holiday market and more make this an evening not to miss!


Dec 1, College Park: The critically-acclaimed UMD Symphony Orchestra is a progressive ensemble that presents innovative classical music experiences rooted in the traditions of orchestral repertoire and performance. The final concert of the fall semester features several well-known works including Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Op. 35.

Scottish Christmas Walk Parade

Dec 2, Alexandria: For the 47th consecutive year, The Campagna Center presents the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade. Enjoy marching units filled with the magnificent tartans of Scottish Clans, the stirring sound of Scottish bagpipes and drums, Scottish dancers, reenactment groups, Scottie dogs, dignitaries, classic cars, Santa Claus, and much more.

Downtown Holiday Market

Now-Dec 23, DC: Consistently ranked among America’s best Holiday Markets, and anyone who’s visited will testify as to why. Located outside the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, it features a rotating selection of exhibitors and artisans offering fine art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, clothing, and specialty food items.


Dec 1-3, DC: Each December, the Heurich House Museum welcomes the public to celebrate the winter season during its annual Christkindlmarkt. The museum honors the Heurich family’s German heritage by recreating a traditional German public Christmas market in its garden. This holiday shopping event, Dupont Circle’s only holiday market, will feature goods from over 40 local artisans, including jewelers, ceramicists, chocolatiers, makers of housewares, and more. Guests are invited to visit the market and tour the seasonally decorated historic house.

A Child's Christmas in Wales

Now-Dec 17, DC: Holiday memories are treasures, but not always reliably reported. An evening of works adapted from Dylan Thomas, Charles Dickens, AA Milne, Louisa May Alcott and others, will receive its world premiere in a warm and nostalgic production, presented by the Washington Stage Guild.

Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush

Now-Dec 24, Alexandria: Enjoy Off-Broadway at MetroStage, and go back in time to an English Pub in 1912 full of the excitement of the Christmas spirit!

The Lion King

Now-Dec 10, Baltimore: Head to the Hippodrome and see the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation that Newsweek calls “a landmark event in entertainment.” The New York Times says, “There is simply nothing else like it.” Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors, and thrill to the unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.”

Magical Holiday Express

Now-Dec 31, Baltimore: All aboard the B&O’s Magical Holiday Express, a holiday spectacular celebration in the B&O Roundhouse devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities. There is something to see and do every day at this annual holiday event! NEW this year - walk through a 30 foot Christmas tree in the center of the B&O's historic roundhouse and enjoy all new holiday decorations!

Lookingglass Alice

Now-Dec 31, Baltimore: This contemporary retelling puts a fresh, modern twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Alice falls through the looking glass and finds herself on a journey of self-discovery. She encounters the familiar and fantastical in this world of curiosity and wonder, coming face to face with wild characters, and obstacles and oddities in the wonderful Center Stage production.

Symphony of LIghts

Now-Jan 1, Columbia: A drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high, in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. A fabulous way to support the Howard County General Hospital!

Season's Greenings

Now-Dec 1, DC: This year, take a trip across America as the US Botanic Gardens present their annual holiday show, Roadside  Attractions! In our model train show, trains will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States. Explore classic attractions like Texas' Cadillac Ranch, Colorado's hot-dog-shaped Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, South Dakota's Corn Palace, New Jersey's Lucy the Elephant, and many more. View thousands of blooms throughout the Conservatory. The collection of D.C. landmarks made from plant materials will return to fill the Garden Court, this year including a new addition--an inspired botanical version of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Swedish Christmas Bazaar

Dec 2, Georgetown: Talented artisans and vendors offer everything from gifts, crafts, textiles, books and homemade bread to Kosta Boda and Orrefors glassware, and Swedish delicacies, such as “princesstårta” and “glögg". The event ends with the traditional caroling by our Swedish St Lucia Procession. The “Julmarknad” attracts Scandinavians as well as tourists just passing by, and Americans from all around the area have made this an annual tradition!

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Dec 2, Alexandria Marina: Alexandria's harbor shines as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront for this annual tradition. Enjoy festivities out on the dock and inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Sant will arrive by fireboat, and there will be music, games, prizes, a scavenger hunt and plenty of fun for all ages!


Now-Jan 1, DC: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. It includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! A free, glow-in-the-dark play zone for children features light-up LED games and activities located in the Zoo's Great Meadow. In addition, a European-style outdoor market featuring local artisans selling alternative art and crafts, handmade clothing, jewelry and books to home accessories. If that's not enough, look for the mobile art gallery, train rides, a carousel and snow-less tubing!

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