Holiday movies, performances, crafting fun, and MORE! There is no shortage of family fun in Baltimore this weekend! Check out our favorite ways to keep the kiddos busy…

Baltimore Family Fun This Weekend, December 13 – 15

Baltimore City

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

Cirque Nutcracker
December 13 – 15 | Times Vary
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Troupe Vertigo’s acrobats, jugglers and high-flying aerialists join the BSO for this spectacular twist on Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. MORE

Weekend Workshop | Paper, Printing & Patterns
December 14 | 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

Woodsy Winter Wonderland

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

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

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

Christmas for Kids: The Baltimore Scrooge
December 15 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Gilman School

Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas novella, A Christmas Carol, gets reimagined as a Baltimore children’s tale. Pepito the Clown transforms into the three ghosts, and the chorus sets a festive mood for kids and adults alike. *PLEASE NOTE: Christmas for Kids has been MOVED to the new venue of Alumni Auditorium at Gilman School on SUNDAY, December 15 at 3 pm. This concert is general admission. For accessibility needs, please call the box office at 410-523-7070 ext 301. MORE

Baltimore County

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

Breakfast with Santa
December 14 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am
The Shops at Kenilworth

Join the Shops at Kenilworth for their annual Santa Breakfast on Saturday December 14, 2019 — with special visits from Rudolph & Frosty! Purchase your tickets at The Lyfe Café or call 410-842-1050. 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

Breakfast with Santa
December 14 | 10:00 am & 12:30 pm
The Manor Tavern

Join The Manor Tavern for Breakfast with Santa and enjoy a traditional breakfast buffet, photos with Santa, and a festive arts and crafts table! There will be two seatings: 10:00 am and 12:30 pm. Prices: $25.95 for Adults, $14.95 for Children 3-12, Children under 3 are free! Call to make reservations – (410) 771-8155. 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

FREE Photos with Santa at the Holiday Train Garden
December 14 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Fire Museum of Maryland

Come see the giant Holiday Train Garden at The Fire Museum of Maryland. Train Garden is included with your admission to the museum. Saturdays, November 30, 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

Natural Ornaments
December 14 and 15 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Decorate for the holidays the natural way. We’ll have the examples and natural material on hand for participants to choose from to create their own natural ornament to take home! Register in advance then drop-in anytime between 12 – 3 p.m. Designed for adults and children ages and five and older. $2 per person (2 ornaments). MORE

Charm City Ballet presents "A Christmas Story"

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

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

Chanukah at Foundry Row
December 15 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Foundry Row

Join the JCC at Wegmans for Chanukah activities, story time and a special singalong with Chanukah songs. Activities include Chanukah themed arts & crafts, dreidel spinning, youth performances, music, and sing alongs. 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

4th Annual Chabad of Hunt Valley Menorah Workshop
December 15 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Home Depot – Timonium

Let the creativity begin! Children will create their very own Menorah using real wood, nails and hammers. Music, snacks, drinks coffee and great fun! New this year: the Donut Wall! 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

Harford County 

Free Christmas Movie: The Grinch
December 14 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Horizon Cinema Fallston

Bring your family to see The Grinch for FREE! Saturday, December 14th at 10:00 AM (doors open at 9:30 AM). 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

Family Fort Fun
December 14 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Can your family build a shelter that could keep you warm during the long winter nights? Join the Estuary Center to learn a few winter 101 survival skills prior to heading into the woods to build your shelter! This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult. 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

Ice World Ugly Sweater Skate
December 15 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ice World

Thinking about doing some ice skating with the family to celebrate the holidays? Join Ice World on December 15th for their Ugly Sweater Skate & Contest! Wear your ugliest holiday sweater or outfit for a chance to win a prize and be featured on their social media! Judging begins at 2:00 pm. All ages invited to participate! Ice skates are available to rent for $4. MORE

Howard County

Toys for Tots Drive: Christmas on Main
December 14 | 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Main Street at Ellicott City

Visit Ellicott City for a stroll along the historic Main Street to enjoy holiday shopping while taking in all the Christmas cheer of the picturesque town! With family-friendly activities happening throughout the day, you won’t want to miss celebrating with them! Some activities include holiday wreath and terrarium workshop, ugly sweater gaming party, and a holiday talent show! The event itself is free but activities vary by price.
Bring a new unwrapped toy to any of the Main Street donation locations to help bring Christmas cheer to less fortunate children in the community. Special offers throughout Main Street for those who donated to the Toys for Tots drive! MORE

Ice and Fire Festival

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

Nutcracker on Ice
December 14 & 15 | Times Vary
Columbia Ice Rink

The Columbia Figure Skating Club is proud to announce the annual Nutcracker on Ice performance on Saturday, December 14 at the Columbia Ice Rink. Tickets are on sale now. Saturday show times are 5:30 and 7:15 pm! Join the Club to watch the beautiful Clara in the classic tale of a young girl whose doll comes to life on Christmas Eve and takes her on a magical journey to meet the Nutcracker Prince. A fantasy world awaits her where the Mouse Queen, the Arabian, Chinese and Russian Dancers, the Harlequins, the Sugar Plum Fairy and many more will enchant audiences of all ages!! The show’s choreography is under the direction of Pat Muth, founder of the show, and Ian Lorello, Artistic Associate of the Next Ice Age. Come experience this holiday tradition and prepare to be whisked away by the talents of the competitive and recreational figure skaters. Regional and Sectional United States Figure Skating qualifying competitors will perform and delight you. 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

Belmont Manor Open House
December 15 | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Belmont Manor

Belmont Manor Holiday Open House-Join Belmont Manor and the Howard County Conservancy as they take a step back in time to celebrate the holidays. The 18th c. manor is adorned for the holiday season with seasonal greens and period decorations through the entire first floor. Tours are available, as are light refreshments. Beer and Wine will be sold to support the Conservancy. MORE

Anne Arundel County

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

West Annapolis Winterfest and European Christmas Market
December 14 and 15 | 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
West Annapolis

Visit the West Annapolis European-style Winterfest and Holiday Market to enjoy the highlights of the season: glowing lights, beautiful trees, skilled artists and crafters, and of course, the “spirits” of the season: Gluhwein, Stella, champagne, cocktails and hot chocolate. We will have activities for the entire family and look forward to seeing you there! MORE

Lights Parade
December 14 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Downtown Annapolis

It’s a beloved Annapolis tradition: Every year on the second Saturday in December, magic happens on the water of the Annapolis Harbor—boats suddenly appear out of the cold winter night illuminated with thousands of colored lights and crewed by jolly revelers. Families and friends gather at their favorite viewing spots along the waterfront to see this yearly spectacle and to celebrate the holiday season together. MORE

Gift Making at Chesapeake Children’s Museum
December 15 | 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Craft a present for someone special. Girl Scout Juniors earn the Jewelry badge. Non-scouts and all ages are welcome. Craft from 1 pm – 3:30 pm. $12 for unlimited crafting or pay $2/craft. One adult is free with every five children.
Or $2 per craft. MORE

Fun for the Grown-Ups

Makers Market

4th Annual Makers Market
Saturday, December 14 
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Green Spring Station

A LITTLE RAIN WON’T STOP THEM! Green Spring Station along with Taken, Baltimore Magazine, and WTMD-FM will once again host a one-day holiday marketplace featuring Baltimore’s most talented artists and crafters as they ‘set up shop’ around the center in this 4th Annual Holiday Makers Market! The Makers Market will feature more than 20 LOCAL holiday vendors and artisans, along with special pop-up shop curated by Taken as well as a DIY corner for some creative holiday fun! 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.