Feeling a bit stressed with holiday prep? {Us, too!} At least we have your weekend covered — escape the malls with some of these GREAT events happening around town. (cool) approved and sure to please the whole fam! {And don’t forget to check out our listing of holiday happenings around Baltimore, too…}

Holiday Pops with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Experience the thrill of the season as the BSO SuperPops brings you a sparkling holiday celebration with full chorus, orchestra and guest vocalists. Carols, classical favorites, sing-alongs and more. And yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus! Performances all weekend long. MORE INFO

Christmas Food Truck Rally & Tree Lighting
TWO Food Truck Gatherings in one night! Baltimore’s food truck rally returns to McHenry Row for a special Christmas event, featuring the lighting of the McHenry Row Christmas tree and photos with Santa Claus with pets and children. There will also be a food truck rally at 34th and Keswick in Hampden. MORE INFO

Hands on Chanukkah at the Jewish Museum of Maryland
Chanukkah celebrations with the JMM & DBJCC! Join us for a fun morning of crafts, songs, dancing and more with Ms. Melissa. Come and learn about the traditions of the holiday of lights! Friday at 10:30 AM. MORE INFO

Beauty and the Beast at Pumpkin Theatre
A tribute to Pumpkin Theatre’s 45th Season and its founder Sister Kathleen Marie Engers. This interactive play is done in the style that first made Pumpkin Theatre so popular. Good for the entire family, but targeted to serve our youngest patrons, this classic tale of redemption will be a family fun day you’ll remember for a very long time. Come see how Beauty tames the Beast to become her Prince. Performances on Saturday and Sunday. MORE INFO

Rock the Dock Family Bash
Join Power Plant on Saturday, December 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. under a heated tent for live music, train rides along the promenade, holiday themed arts and crafts, cookie decorating, games, food and drinks & giveaways! After the kids finish the decorating, we invite you to “rock around” the tree for a holiday bash you won’t forget!  MORE INFO

Family Holiday Story Time at Mount Clare House
Experience a colonial child’s Christmas. Families listen to a holiday story, enjoy a colonial snack and take a tour of the Carroll’s Mount Clare Mansion. $7 per person. Space limited. Reservations required. MORE INFO

Starlings and Stories
Starlings are on the move! Fly on over to Oregon Ridge Nature Center to hear bird themed stories and make a feathery craft.  Saturday and Sunday from 2:0) PM – 4:00 PM. $3 ($2 Members). MORE INFO

Mazel Tales: Celebrate Chanukah!
The Jewish Community Center and The Ivy Bookshop present a Chanukah storytime. Join us for storytime, songs and a special Chanukah craft.  All are welcome at this morning of family holiday fun. Sunday at 10:00 AM. MORE INFO

Sunday Experiments at NASA
The Sunday Experiment features activities showcasing Goddard’s world-renowned science and engineering research and technological developments. Families leave inspired by the activities, wowed by the scientists and engineers, and excited about Goddard’s revolutionary research and technology. Ages 5-17. Sunday from 1 PM – 3 PM. MORE INFO