The December MEGALIST is here! Check out all of the (cool) things to do with kids in and around Baltimore this month. You’ll find even more kid-friendly fun on our Community Calendar.

60 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore this December

Magical Holiday Express
All Month Long | Times Vary (Check Website)
The B&O Railroad Museum

The B&O Railroad Museum’s month-long holiday spectacular is back, and this year we’re diving into the history of the railroad to deliver festive tidings of joy and giving! Magical Holiday Express 2019: Tidings in Transit celebrates both the story of the B&O and the spirit of giving by festively highlighting the four major regions along the railroad’s original route and raising donations for four wonderful charities along the way! So join us each week as we journey from Ohio to West Virginia, West Virginia to western Maryland, and western Maryland to Baltimore enjoying local treats and traditions — because no matter where you’re from, the B&O Railroad Museum should always feel like home! MORE

Ice and Fire: A Winter Wonderland
Saturdays and Sundays Through December 22 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

This holiday season, Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods is getting a frozen makeover, courtesy of the Ice Fairy. Ice and Fire: A Winter Wonderland takes place on Saturday and Sunday evenings from November 30 to December 22, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m. Families are invited to stroll through the Light Forest, get lost in the Light Maze, and be enthralled by the Ice Fairy and her friends. As you wander towards the Chrysalis, you’ll find  a lighted dragon, fire pits, and a make your own s’mores station (additional purchase required). Visit Santa on the Chrysalis stage. Encounter a variety of visitors from the fairy (and other) realms. Marvel at the 30 foot Tree of Light. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or warm cider (additional purchase required). This new holiday tradition is sure to be a magical experience for the whole family! MORE

Sweet Street
Through January 5 | Free with Museum Admission
Maryland Science Center

Looking for a fun new way to get into the holidays? Talk a walk down Sweet Street—a giant, Maryland-themed gingerbread village! Each unique house or building was handcrafted here at the Maryland Science Center. Ever seen a completely cookie Fort Mchenry? Or a simply scrumptious looking Mr. Trashwheel!? You’ll have to see it to believe and see how many Baltimore landmarks you can spot for yourself! All activities are free with paid admission and completely free to members. MORE

Baltimore Christmas Village
Through December 24 | Times Vary
Inner Harbor

Christmas Village in Baltimore is a combination of an outdoor and indoor Holiday Market at West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor. The event is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg. MORE

Lights on 34th Street
Through January 1 | Dusk
34th Street in Hampden

It’s a Baltimore Christmas tradition — the lights on 34th Street! Neighbors in this 700 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. MORE

Symphony of Lights
Through December 31
Merriweather Park

The Symphony of Lights has been a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition set in historic Merriweather Post Pavilion. Made up of more than 300,000 bulbs, this family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. A portion of proceeds from this event benefit the Howard County General Hospital. Closed to cars December 1, 9, and 31 for walking events. Open on all holidays. Cash and credit accepted at entrance to course. MORE

North Pole Lights Walk
Friday and Saturday Evenings | Through December 23
Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm

Take a self guided walk to the North Pole! Let the North Pole Fairy send you on your way through the garden flowers and arctic animals to the North Pole Palace. New lights added every year! Visit Santa in the Garden Cabin. November 23rd through December 23rd, 4:30-8:00 pm Friday and Saturday evenings. $5.00 children (15 years old and younger), $7.00 adults (16 and up) MORE

Holiday Train Garden
Saturdays in December & Daily, December 27-30 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Fire Museum of Maryland

See the giant Holiday Train Garden at The Fire Museum of Maryland. Train Garden is included with your admission to the museum. Saturdays in December (7, 14 & 21). Also open Holiday Week, December 27 – 30. 10 am – 4 pm. Free photo with Santa on November 30, 11 am – 2 pm, and December 14, 1 pm – 3 pm. MORE

Downtown Baltimore’s 48th Annual Monument Lighting
December 5
Mt. Vernon Washington Monument

The 48th annual Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting will take place Thursday, December 5, from 5-8pm in Mount Vernon Place. The Park will be transformed into a holiday village with food and community vendors, food trucks, bars, photos with Santa, and more. MORE

A Christmas Carol
December 6 – 24 | Times Vary
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in our one-of-a-kind adaptation of the classic ghost story. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story. Performance times vary; please check the website. MORE

Brunch with the Grinch
December 6 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Charles Village Pub & Patio

Enjoy brunch with Charles Village Pub as The Grinch, Santa, Buddy and Jovie arrive for pictures and meet and greet. Advance ticket suggested (in case they sell out!) MORE

MidAtlantic Youth Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”
December 6 – December 8 | Times Vary
Towson University – Stephens Hall

MidAtlantic Youth Ballet (MYB) brings the magical tale of The Nutcracker to the stage at Towson University this holiday season. Join them to see the rats battle the wooden soldiers, take an adventure through the land of snow, and clap along during Uncle Drosselmeyer’s festive holiday party. The family-friendly production showcases more than 100 dancers from dance schools all over the Greater Baltimore area and is a true community endeavor, involving community members as extras throughout the performance. MORE

Downtown Dollar or Less Days
December 7 and 8
Locations Vary

Several of the region’s most popular attractions will offer admission for one dollar or less December 7 & 8 2019. Downtown Dollar or Less Days, produced by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, provides families and visitors the opportunity to experience Baltimore’s museums and attractions at an affordable price, making Baltimore’s most popular cultural destinations accessible to all. Hours and participation vary by attraction. MORE

Winter Wonderland featuring Santa, the Queen and the Princess
December 7 | 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company

Santa returns to Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company along with special guests the Queen and the Princess! Join them for a breakfast, arts and crafts (make a snowman), face painting, photos with Santa, and of course a meet and greet with our special guests. All events except photos are free, donations are appreciated. Get your professional quality Santa portraits, skill the mall lines and support a good cause! Special guests will be meeting guests between 9am and 11am. MORE

Olde Tyme Christmas
December 7 | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fells Point Main Street

Join Fells Point for a traditional Christmas celebration and kick-off your Holiday season with a day full of festive fun! St. Nick arrives by boat at 9 AM. MORE

AVAM’s Sock Monkey Saturday
December 7 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
American Visionary Art Museum

Join in this annual Baltimore tradition! Relax by making your very own Sock Monkey—a great last-minute gift, and just something fun to do with the family. AVAM’s huge sock monkey making extravaganza is FREE to attend, but you must bring your own socks: 2 pair, clean & colorful (1 for your monkey and 1 to donate), and scissors to participate. Instructions, stuffing, sewing needles, thread, visionary baubles and camaraderie will be provided. MORE

Winter Wonderland Art
December 7 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Havre de Grace Maritime Museum

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for science! Join the Environmental Center at the HDG Maritime Museum on Saturday, December 7th, from 10:00 – 11:00 am for some fun science crafts. Create your own winter wonderland scene in time for the holidays. Learn how to grow your own crystal evergreen tree overnight and make some snowflake art with salt! Perfect for kids three years and up. The event is free, just RSVP at or 410.939.4800! MORE

Cromwell Valley Park Open House
December 7 |10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cromwell Valley Park

Head to Sherwood House for an all-ages Open House! Find all of your holiday excitement on one farm! Create seasonal crafts, sip hot mulled cider, decorate holiday cookies, trim our trees for wildlife, visit with Santa, relax while listing to holiday music. and then … stop by Talmar Gardens to purchase your tree, wreath, pine roping and Poinsettia. MORE

Gingerbrick Decorating
December 7 and 14 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Gingerbread houses, gum drops, icing…WAHOO! Join Port Discovery and the wonderful chefs from McCormick to decorate gingerbricks with tasty treats (they won’t tell if you eat one or two… or ten)! Join Port Discovery on Saturday, December 7 and Saturday, December 14 for this playful, festive activity. Work together with your family and other guests to design and create – and then watch as your creation becomes part of an epic, one-of-a-kind gingerbread house that will be on display throughout the museum. FREE with museum admission. MORE

Weekend Workshop | Paper, Printing & Patterns
Saturdays in December | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Social Studio

It’s a decorative season! Design stamps and print patterns to create handmade fabrics and paper. Make ornaments and holiday tags and cards! Enjoy a different make-and-take project every Saturday from 10 AM – 12 PM in December. $25/class. MORE

Saturday Fun: Clay for Kids Workshop
December 7 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Dabble with clay and make a face mask inspired by artist Elizabeth Catlett. This workshop is presented by ceramic artist and educator Sallah Jenkins fro Baltimore Clayworks. In conjunction with Elizabeth Catlett: Artist As Activist. Dollar Day admission. MORE

The BSO Presents The Snowman
December 7 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Be transported to a winter wonderland in this enchanting story of a young boy’s magical friendship with a snowman which comes to life and takes him on a trip to the North Pole. The animated film projected with live music performed by the BSO is sure to get you into the holiday spirit! Join them in the lobby at 9:45 am for a range of interactive activities including face painting, crafts, BSYO Holiday Music Chamber Ensembles, an interactive Port Discovery activity and more! MORE

32nd Annual Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats
December 7 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Inner Harbor

Baltimore’s annual Lighted Boat Parade consists of more than 50 festive vessels and benefits the Marine’s “Toys for Tots” annual Christmas campaign. Vessels lit up for the holidays will parade through the Inner Harbor and Fells Point to kick off the holiday season. The parade starts at the Anchorage Marina on Boston St. with carols hosted by a local choir prior to the launch, admiring the lighted vessels and a grand ornamental Christmas tree! MORE

A Greener Hanukkah
December 8 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jewish Museum of Maryland

Hannukah is coming, join us this dollar day as we prepare for the holiday with a variety of arts and crafts projects all using recycled materials. Activities are suitable for all ages and no artistic talent is required. Part of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore’s Dollar Days. MORE

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at Baltimore Center
December 8 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Baltimore Center Stage

It’s Christmas Eve and Clement Moore is struggling to write the perfect Christmas poem – that is, until inspiration comes in the form of a certain jolly visitor who arrives via reindeer. This heartwarming and hilarious musical is a delight for audiences of all ages. The perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. MORE

The Mayor’s Christmas Parade
December 8 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Avenue in Hampden

Head to Hampden on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1PM for the Mayor’s Christmas Parade. Sponsored by community associations and businesses in North Baltimore’s Hampden and Medfield neighborhoods. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tom Kerr at 410-366-0726 The attendance along the 2.5 mile route reached 25,000 people last year at the Annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade to view Santa Claus and about 160 marching units. MORE

SQRRL! Family Holiday Show
December 8 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Rams Head Live

Bring the whole family for a holiday concert experience you’ll never forget! SQRRL! is an amazing kids band created by Annapolis native, singer/songwriter Doug Segree. SQRRL’s high energy and good fun creates an interactive experience guaranteed to have the kids and parents too, singing and dancing to the holiday classics that make this time of year so special. Look for special appearances by Santa, Frosty, Eddie the Elf and other SQRRL-friends. MORE

Holiday Pagoda Lighting
December 8 | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Patterson Park

Join Friends of Patterson Park for the 5th Annual Patterson Park Pagoda Lighting… Live music, food trucks, local gift vendors, Santa & holiday characters, toy drive, and more…FREE! MORE

Cool Tot Time: Sweet Adventures
December 11 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
St. James Academy

Join (cool) progeny for a sweet Tot Time adventure at St. James Academy! It will be a full sensory experience for little ones as we decorate cookies, look for the Gingerbread man, experiment with frosty science, and MORE! Tot times are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregiver. Babies under 12 months of age are free! Please purchase $5/child pass in advance. Many times our Tot Times sell out in advance and can’t take walk-ins. MORE

Natural World of Art: Beaded Star
December 11 | 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Create a simply elegant star for decorating. This program is for people of all ages. $2 per project. MORE

Whobilation at Kiddie Crusoe
December 13 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kiddie Crusoe

Join Kiddie Crusoe at their Annual Whobilation, where Santa Grinch will venture down from Mount Crumpit to visit Kiddie Crusoe on Friday, December 13, 2019! Children will enjoy open play, several Grinch-themed crafts, Who-Pudding Bar, Holiday Face Painting, and of course, pictures with Santa Grinch himself! Every child will also take home a special surprise from Santa Grinch and receive a free ticket to enter their Holiday Raffle. MORE

Fire & Ice Family Night
December 13 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Downtown Towson

Take a stroll through downtown Towson to view the ice sculptures and decorated windows! Warm up by the fire pits and enjoy free s’mores and hot chocolate. You may even see a few of your favorite holiday characters! Stay tuned for ice sculpture, fire pit, and decorated window locations. Rain date: December 20th. MORE

WTMD’s Mini Holiday Spectacular
December 14 | 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Towson University – West Village Commons

Do your kids like “Frozen?” Of course they do. And if you’re also sick of hearing the soundtrack on endless repeat in the car and at home, bring your family to see the classically trained chamber pop group Outcalls take on the “Frozen” soundtrack. It is awesome. We’ll have other live music, as well as arts & crafts, Santa Claus and more. Tickets are available now. This show is at Towson University’s West Village Commons Ballroom, at 424 Emerson Dr. in Towson. MORE

Santa on the Trail
December 14 | 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Baltimore and Annapolis Trail

Starting in Arnold, Santa will be riding a tractor pulled sleigh along the length of the B&A Trail. He and his helper’s, the Friends of the Trail, will be collecting non-perishable food items and handing out candy canes at all of the listed locations and to anyone on the Trail. MORE

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas
December 14 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Amoss Center at Harford Community College

This brand new holiday-themed show features four popular Eric Carle stories— Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Dream Snow. This critically-acclaimed production debuted Off-Broadway January 2016 and was nominated for both a Drama Desk Award and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show. Dream Snow, Eric Carle’s magical Christmas story, is told in the author/illustrator’s unique and beautiful style and joins Jonathan Rockefeller’s menagerie of over 75 incredible puppets. MORE

Woodsy Winter Wonderland
December 14 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cylburn Arboretum

Axe throwing, live bluegrass, kid-friendly activities and more are coming to Cylburn Arboretum — as part of the coolest “sweater weather” party in Baltimore this December! Woodsy Winter Wonderland is a rustic festival that has something for everyone. Woodland-themed lawn games, festive craft station, s’ mores roasting over a live fire, fun photo booth, DIY hot cocoa and cider bar, and ax throwing games for adults and kids! Don’t miss the carriage rides and community square dance, too. MORE

Christmas at the Creamery
December 14 and 21 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Prigel Family Creamery

Enjoy live music, hot chocolates, ice cream lattes, and gingerbread decorating at Prigel Family Creamery! Bring the kiddos and let them get creative! $5.00 per decorating kit. Hot chocolates and ice cream lattes for purchase at the retail counter. MORE

Charm City Ballet presents, “A Christmas Carol”
December 14 and 15 | Times Vary
Gordon Center for the Performing Art

Charm City Ballet (CCB) presents their 5th annual ballet production of “A Christmas Carol.” CCB was voted “Best Dance Company” in MD Theatre Guide’s Best of 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. Original scoring and choreography combine to evoke emotion and bring this story to life. Join them, for this family friendly performance, as they bring this classic holiday tale to the stage. Run time: about 2 hours including a 15 minute intermission. MORE

Elf with the Charmery
December 15 and 16 | Times Vary
The Charmery

Want to attend The Charmery’s full sensory showing of Elf? Just pass through the seven levels of the candy cane forest, through the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops, and walk through the doors of the ice cream factory in the Union Collective! This fully unique movie experience includes a self-serve popcorn bar, special themed punch, treats that correlate to scenes in the movie, and other sensory delights. These shows will sell out, so get your tickets now, you cotton-headed ninny-muggins! MORE

Holly Jolly Food Truck Festival
December 15 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department

Santa Claus is coming to Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, and he’s bringing lots of food trucks along with him! Make sure to bring your camera or phone to take a photo with Santa in front of our fire engine inside of our heated engine bay. Food trucks will be serving lunch in the main parking lot, and the hall will be open for seating. Hot and cold drinks will be for sale. MORE

Holidays With Hoot
December 15| 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

Head to Irvine Nature Center and join Hoot for holiday fun! Make your own gift for a loved one, play some winter-themed games, and even enjoy some Hot Cocoa. Fun for all ages! MORE

Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts Presents “The Nutcracker”
December 15 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School

This holiday season, come enjoy The Nutcracker presented by Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts.The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, a girl who is given a Christmas present by her mysterious godfather, Dr. Drosselmeyer. The gift — a wooden nutcracker. At midnight, giant mice fill Clara’s room. The Nutcracker turns into a Prince. Clara finds herself in the midst of a battle where the Nutcracker leads soldiers to battle the Mouse King. After the battle is over, Clara and the Prince travel to the Land of Sweets and meet the Sugar Plum Fairy. A celebration begins with performances by many in the kingdom. MORE

Camp Connections
December 15 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
DoubleTree Hotel

Comedian Pamela Rae Schuller and parenting expert Deborah Gilboa will share stories of how Jewish camp shaped who they are today. Hear how their Jewish camp experiences influence their work in inspiring parents to raise children to be thoughtful, caring citizens of the world. Children 5+ will be laughing and learning too! Entertainment provided by Michael Rosman, comedian, juggler and circus performer! MORE

Christmas Around the World
December 15 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Aberdeen Festival Park

Join the Aberdeen Main Street for the Christmas Around the World event! Taste cuisines from around the world while shopping with local artisans! Children’s crafts and s’mores, too! MORE

Cool Tot Time: Polar Express Fun!
December 18 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Resurrection-St. Paul School

All aboard! It’s our last Tot Time of 2019 and we’re celebrating with a Polar Express-inspired Tot Time at Resurrection-St. Paul School! Crafts, sensory fun, snacks, and festive surprises are all part of your “golden ticket!” Tot times are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregiver. Babies under 12 months of age are free! Please purchase $5/child pass in advance. Many times our Tot Times sell out in advance and can’t take walk-ins. MORE

Dinner with Santa
December 18 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Vagabond Sandwich Company

Stop in for Kids’ Night at Vagabond Sandwich Company and hang with Santa! Kids eat free (kids menu only) after 4 and Santa will be there from 5-7pm! MORE

Ring in the Holidays at The Senator
December 21 and 24 | 9:45 am – 12:00 pm
The Senator Theatre

It’s that WONDERFUL time of the year! Join The Senator Theatre on Saturday morning, December 21st AND Tuesday morning, December 24th at 9:45am for our ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE to benefit the GEDCO’s CARES Food Pantry! Admission is FREE for BOTH screenings. Suggested donation of at least $5 worth of non perishable food items to be collected by GEDCO in their rotunda lobby both mornings. MORE

12 Days of Science
December 21 – January 1 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maryland Science Center

Tis the season to experiment! The holidays are happenin’ at the Maryland Science Center. They’ve got all kinds of arctic activities going on every day from December 21 though January 1 during the 12 Days of Science. Who knows what winter wonders you’ll explore! All activities are free with paid admission and completely free to members. MORE

Port Discovery Pajama Palooza Party
December 21 – January 1 (Closed December 24 and 25) | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Tis the season for family traditions, crazy fun, and cozy jammies! Roll out of bed and straight to Port Discovery to take part in their Pajama Party Palooza December 21 through January 1, 2020! Play with friendly monsters from under the bed, help create jammies for larger than life animal friends, race in pillow cases and skate in socks, and make and munch on “midnight” snacks as you watch a movie with new found friends. This is not your typical PJ party – it’s an over the top week filled with over-sized games, exciting activities, and family fun! Kick It Up! has been transformed into new fun during the Winter Break: Pajama Party Palooza! Challenge a friend to the thrilling Pillow Games – or race around the Sock Skating Rink – with no skates required! They’ll also have fort building, slumber party games, and MORE! MORE

Family Holiday Concert | The Columbia Orchestra
December 21 | 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Jim Rouse Theatre and Performing Arts Center

Enjoy Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, music from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and highlights from The Nutcracker with our friends from Dance Connections, Inc. This program is a great fit for audiences of our Young People’s Concerts, but patrons of all ages are sure to enjoy these holiday classics! MORE

The BSO’s Holiday Spectacular
December 21 | Times Vary
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Broadway musical director Andy Einhorn leads the BSO and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in an exciting new holiday program highlighted by festive favorites, the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas, an audience sing-along and a few musical surprises. The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall becomes a winter wonderland with pre-concert performances, an opportunity for family photos and holiday cookies and ornaments for sale. Join the BSO for this celebration of the holiday season! MORE

Winter Solstice Fairy Make Over and Tea Party
December 21 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Emma’s Tea Spot

Emma’s is hosting an after hours party for 15 very special Fairy Princess’ The summer solstice comes but once a year. Come dress up as a fairy, have a full fairy make over, do a fairy craft and once you’re ready enjoy a Fairy Special High Tea With your fairy Friends. We will toast the new Season and Finish with a fairy story. Must have 8 to run but no more than 15 – Ages 5-11 Register in advance. MORE

Chanukah on Ice
December 22 | 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Inner Harbor Ice Rink

Join the DBJCC in making Hanukkah crafts that babies, toddlers, young kids (and their families) will love. Skate to Chanukah music at 2:15pm then at 4:15pm head to McKeldin Square for the Baltimore Chanukah Festival and Menorah Lighting Ceremony. MORE

Drop-off Tea Party with Santa!
December 23 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Playroom Harford

Santa is coming to The Playroom for tea! Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a holiday princess drop-off tea party. Children will visit with Santa, dance with an elf, read a Christmas story, and have a tea party with Mrs. Claus! Bring your own nut-free packed lunch from home. This drop-off event has a limited number of spaces available. Ages 3-7. $40/child. Registration: 443-640-6707. MORE

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
December 23 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. MORE

JVC Community Mitzvah Day
December 25 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Locations Vary

Assemble winter care packages, help in soup kitchens and shelters, visit the elderly and much more. Together, we can make a difference in over 4,000 lives this holiday season! Volunteer opportunities for all ages and abilities! MORE

Kids Pizza Making Class
December 28 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join Cosima for a unique culinary experience – this time for kids! A morning of authentic Sicilian pizza demonstrated by Cosima’s Donna Crivello. Get out of the house over the holidays and learn how to make your own pizza! MORE

Celebrate Kwanzaa at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
December 28 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Celebrate Kwanzaa at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum with African dance, drumming performances, workshops, lectures, craft activities, and an African Marketplace celebrating the principle Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility. This year’s celebration includes performances by Culture Queen, Kwanzaa Storytelling and Kwanzaa Candle Light Ceremony, a special kids’ African fashion show, comic book workshops, print making for kids and more. The Museum is offering a special $5 admission rate during the event, which is produced in partnership with Kaiser Permamente. MORE

Noontime New Year: Wish Upon A Star
December 31
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Countdown to 2020 with a celebration including a magical noontime countdown, a juice and cookie toast, festive tunes, and more. This year, Port Discovery will celebrate the wishes we have for the year ahead while making magical memories! MORE

Midnight at 7: Fireworks and Fun!
December 31 | 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Merriweather Symphony of Lights

Join Symphony of Lights to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the entire family! They will have food, activities, music and of course fireworks at 7 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. A family 4-pack of tickets is $50. Children 3 and under are free. Military and veterans buy one ticket, get another free with valid ID at gate. MORE

DISCLAIMER: Hey Parents, as we well know, things change day to day… and even hour to hour (think newborn sleeping patterns or the food preferences of toddlers!). Please check the specific event website for time changes, rain dates and event cancellations before you pack up the whole crew.