Weekend Fun for Families in Baltimore, December 17-19


Breakfast with Santa, holiday lights, train gardens, winter hikes, holiday family concerts, FREE movies, parents night out, and MORE! Check out all of the (cool) fun for families in and around Baltimore this weekend!

Please be sure to check with the host organization about registration and health and safety policies before you venture out!

Weekend Fun for Families in Baltimore, December 17-19

ALL WEEKEND

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT THE B AND O
December 17 – 19 | 8:15 am – 10:00 am
B&O Railroad Museum

Join Santa for a delicious breakfast buffet inside the B&O’s spacious Roundhouse, transformed into a holiday wonderland for the season. Enjoy a holiday story time, delicious breakfast, and photos with Santa! Plus, Santa will join you for a train ride and present kids with a special gift. Breakfast options include eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, fresh fruit, milk, coffee, hot tea, and orange juice. Grown-ups, treat yourself to a gift of your own with Bloody Marys and Mimosas, available on-site for $8! MORE

HOLIDAY TRAIN GARDEN AT THE SHOPS AT KENILWORTH
December 17 – 19 | While Shopping Center is Open
The Shops at Kenilworth

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Shops at Kenilworth! Stop by the Food Court from Saturday, November 20-Sunday, January 9 during all mall hours to see the annual Train Garden display! MORE

POINSETTIA SHOW AND SALE (AND TRAIN GARDEN!)
December 17 – 19 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens

Celebrate getting “Back on Track” this holiday season with a bright and colorful display of Poinsettias and train garden! This year’s show is in partnership with the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers, and will feature many of your favorite poinsettias from years past, as well as some exciting new cultivars. MORE

FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION FOR KIDS
December 17 – 19 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maryland Center for History and Culture

The Maryland Center for History and Culture is pleased to offer free museum admission to our young visitors under 18 throughout the month of December 2021! There are so many of fun, engaging, and educational family-friendly activities to do while visiting us this holiday season, including scavenger hunts in the exhibitions. MORE

ZOO LIGHTS PRESENTED BY CHASE
December 17 – 19 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

A brilliant seasonal spectacle is coming to the Zoo again this winter! Drive or walk through a festival of lights shaped like wildlife and your face might just light up too. Plus, get that warm glowing feeling inside knowing you are supporting the Zoo’s animal care and conservation work. They’ve also expanded the walking path this year—now including Schaefer Plaza, the Farm Yard, and the train station! Advanced reservations are required and Zoo Members save $5 on all ticket types. MORE

CANDY LANE IN CENTER PLAZA
December 17 – 19 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Center Plaza

In its inaugural year, Candy Lane is a larger-than-life candy-themed experience with installations, thousands of lights and seasonal entertainment. Guests will be awed by 24-foot-tall ice cream cones and candy forests while strolling the paths of Center Plaza and experiencing Downtown in a sweet, new way. Selfies and family photos – including furry, four-legged family members – are encouraged. Don’t miss Santa on Sunday! MORE

REINDEER RAILWAY EVENING TRAINS & HOLIDAY LIGHTS
December 17 and 19 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The B&O Railroad Museum

The B&O celebrates the wonder and joy of the holiday season with family-friendly festivities, and our famous train ride is no exception! Join the B&O this December for evening train rides on the Reindeer Railway. After enjoying music and holiday activities in Santa’s Winter Village, take a festive train ride on the nation’s first mile including spiced cider for kids, spiked cider for adults, and cookies for all! The Reindeer Railway evening train ride includes reindeer antlers for children to help light the way for Santa. MORE

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT THE HOWARD COUNTY LIVING FARM HERITAGE MUSEUM
December 17 and 18 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum

Head to the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum as they usher in the Holiday Season with a 1.5 mile loop of farm themed holiday light displays. Sit comfortably in your warm car as you drive through the farm themed loop of light displays that will bring a smile to all. Purchase timed ticket in advance. MORE

CHESAPEAKE SHAKESPEARE COMPANY PRESENTS “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”
December 17 – 19 | Times Vary
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in our spirited adaptation of the classic ghost story. A delight for all ages, join us as we celebrate local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to Charles Dickens’ novella. This streamlined, nimble, and energetic production runs 90 minutes (with no intermission), and our updated COVID-19 protocols* plus completely overhauled HVAC system will ensure a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable visit to their theatre. MORE

RING IN THE HOLIDAYS AT THE SENATOR: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
December 18 and 19 | 9:30 am
The Senator Theatre

Join The Senator THeatre on Saturday morning, December 18th AND Sunday morning, December 19th at 9:45am for our ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE to benefit the GEDCO CARES Food Pantry! Enjoy live music from The Music Workshop before a viewing of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). 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. Seating is first come first served! Doors open at 9am. MORE

DROP IN ART: COMMUNITY
December 18 and 19 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Walters Art Museum

The Walters’ free art-making activities return for weekend family fun! Inspired by their collection, you can create your masterpiece at the museum or take a supply kit home. Free, no registration. MORE

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR
December 18 at 8 PM | December 19 at 3 PM
The Lyric Opera House

The festive Holiday Spectacular returns to the Meyerhoff with all your holiday favorites! The BSO and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society bring an exciting holiday program to you featuring the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas, spoken word artist Wordsmith, and a few musical surprises. Perfect for the entire family, make this concert a part of your traditions. MORE

FRIDAY

SANTA & “THE POLAR EXPRESS” AT THE ROTUNDA
December 17 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Rotunda

Come and visit with SANTA at The Rotunda this Friday! Stop by The Rotunda this Friday between 4 and 7 PM to get your picture taken with Santa and then stay for an outdoor screening of “The Polar Express” movie. The movie starts just after dusk on the green. Santa will be in “The Gingerbread House.” Santa and a movie Sponsored by Xfinity. MORE

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO RIVERSIDE
December 17 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Riverside

Enjoy an evening of togetherness with neighbors as Santa cruises through the Riverside neighborhood on a special ride! Greet the man in red from your stoop or anywhere along his route. BPD Southern District officers will lead the way, with their flashing lights signaling our guest of honor’s arrival to each block. Federal Hill South Neighborhood Association is cosponsoring this event. MORE

FESTIVE FRIDAYS: FAMILY FUN FRIDAY – DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA
December 17 | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Columbia Lakefront

The Downtown Columbia Partnership (the Partnership) and the Columbia Association are excited to co-host a family-themed Festive Friday at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront on Friday, December 17th from 5:30-8:00 PM. Enjoy a live ice sculptor; a holiday-themed photobooth; popcorn, cotton candy, and hot chocolate; arts and crafts; and music. New for this year, The Columbia Association will setup firepits and Cured and 18th & 21st will be on hand with s’mores kits for sale. They’ll provide the heated arts and crafts tent and the festive snacks – you create the holiday memories. MORE

LONGEST NIGHT HIKE AND CAMPFIRE
December 17 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Lake Roland (formerly Robert E. Lee Park)

This week marks the longest night of the year. Gather around a roaring campfire after a hike through the winter night to learn about the winter solstice, stars, and folklore of yesteryear. Please dress for the weather. Ages 5 and up, Free. Register in advance. MORE

LESLIE ODOM JR.: THE CHRISTMAS TOUR
December 17 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Lyric Opera House

Tony Award®-winning Leslie Odom, Jr. performs your favorite holiday songs with the BSO in a one night only special event. MORE

SATURDAY

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT ACAPELLA
December 18 | 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Acappella Italian Restaurant

The Christmas season is upon us, which means it’s time again to pencil in breakfast with Santa himself! Pajamas are of course, welcome. This event brings families together to celebrate the holiday season in a fun and welcoming family environment. Participants enjoy a warm breakfast and the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa! Santa’s Breakfast Buffet will feature buttermilk pancakes, fluffy scrambled eggs, crisp bacon strips, and so much more. MORE

BREAKFAST WITH THE GRINCH
December 18 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore

Join Hard Rock Cafe for Breakfast with the Grinch- filled with holiday cheer! Enjoy festive activities like cookie decorating and Photos with Grinch! Ages 11+ $17.95 pp / Ages 4-10 $11.95 pp. Ages 3 & younger free with a paying adult. MORE

COOKIES & COCOA WITH SANTA!
December 18 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Havre de Grace Activity Center

Have you ever wondered why Santa loves cookies so much? Well, now you have the chance to ask him in person! This is a Seasonal Sensory Celebration for children within every spectrum of special needs & their families. Sip on cocoa while you make crafts, decorate cookies, play games, deliver your wish list, visit with our Sensational Santa, and have a chance to take photos – all in an inclusive environment! MORE

DROP-IN DIY SNOW GLOBE ORNAMENTS
December 18 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Green Door

Drop In and DIY! Head to The Green Door for drop-in DIY Snow Globe Ornaments from 10 AM – 12 PM. $10/each while supplies last. Great for kids! MORE

COLUMBIA ORCHESTRA’S FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT
December 18 | 1:00 pm
Jim Rouse Theatre and Performing Arts Center

Enjoy the marvelous sounds of the holiday season: Christmas carols, highlights from The Nutcracker with our friends from Dance Connections, Hanukkah songs, and other family-friendly favorites. Patrons of all ages are sure to enjoy these holiday classics! *The 1:00 pm concert will be streamed via YouTube! MORE

OUTDOOR CAROLING + CRAFTS IN THE MILL WITH MS. CLAUS
December 18 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Manor Mill

Children’s Carol Sing with OCEAN orchestra and Holiday Crafts with Ms. Claus and a few of her elves, including ornament making and cookie decorating! MORE

A FAMOUS BRUNCH WITH SANTA!
December 18 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood

Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick is making his way to The Famous! They have created another exciting and family-friendly event just in time for Christmas. Enjoy The Famous’ delicious signature brunch buffet, personally prepared by Chef Tony – their resident Food Network star, a Hot Cocoa Bar for children, writing letter to Santa, gingerbread cookie decorating, snowflake face painting, viewing The Polar Express, and more. Purchase tickets in advance. MORE

PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT WEBER’S CIDER MILL FARM
December 18 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Weber’s Cider Mill Farm

Santa will be visiting Weber’s Cider Mill Farm on Saturday December 18th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Preregistration online is required to visit. MORE

NUTCRACKER SUITE AT THE B&O
December 18 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
B&O Railroad Museum

Watch the Ballet Nouveau School perform excerpts from the Nutcracker at the annual Polar Express presented by the B & O Railroad Museum. MORE

KERPLUNK! SATURDAY FAMILY DROP-IN ART CLASS
December 18 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Creative Alliance

Kerplunk! Family Art Drop-in class is great for younger kids and families! Join their artists in the Creative Alliance Marquee Lounge to create some golden light fall themed art projects and be thankful for the holiday season together. MORE

CHRISTMAS AT THE CREAMERY
December 18 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Prigel Family Creamery

Head to Prigel Family Creamery on December 18th from 12 PM – 4 PM for Christmas at the Creamery. Bring the kiddos out for a cozy day of gingerbread house decorating, hot chocolates, and holiday ice cream flavors! Gingerbread decorating kits are $5, hot chocolates, holiday ice cream, and more available for purchase! Be sure to dress for the weather. Kits are available while supplies last one a first-come, first-serve basis. MORE

CHARM CITY BALLET PRESENTS, “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”
December 18 | 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Gordon Center for the Performing Arts

Charm City Ballet (CCB) presents their 6th annual ballet production of “A Christmas Carol.” CCB was voted “Best Dance Program” and “Best Performance Arts Program” in Baltimore’s Child 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards, and was also 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 they bring this classic holiday tale to the stage. MORECharm City Ballet Present’s A Christmas Carol

WEEKEND WORKSHOP – GIFTS GALORE
December 18 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Social Studio

Get in the holiday spirit and give great gifts! This weekend, draw a large format chalk pastel plant and frame it. MORE

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE BRICKS WORKSHOP
December 18 | 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Snapology Discovery Center

In this workshop, students will immerse themselves in the city of Whoville and the story of the Grinch! They will design machines to help the Grinch with his sneaky mission to ruin Christmas, build the city of Whoville, and create sleds to get from the top of Mt. Crumpit down to the city of Whoville! No matter what the Grinch says, it’s going to be a blast! Ages 5-12. MORE

SANTA’S SOUTHEAST NEIGHBORHOOD RIDE
December 18 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Highlandtown

Santa is getting a lift from Baltimore City Fire Department and Engine 41 as he rides thru Highlandtown, Canton and Brewer’s Hill. Santa will stop at intersections, and you can give your letters to his elf! MORE

HAMILTON-LAURAVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD GATHERING: SING-ALONG & STORY TIME
December 18 | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Montebello Terrace

Join friends and neighbors at the Lot to sing along to holiday and non-holiday songs! Free activities & open to all! Enjoy kids craft activities from 3 PM – 6 PM, story time at 3 PM with Snug Books, music/sing-a-long with Buzz Merrick at 4 PM, and more! There will be beer, cider, drinks (for adults and kids) and Char’d City will be selling delicious food. Event is all outdoor so bring blankets and chairs for sitting/snuggling. MORE

SANTA COMES TO VIOLETVILLE!
December 18 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Village of Violetville

WOOHOO!! Santa will be back, thanks to the Lansdowne VFD! Santa will be spending December 18th with the Village of Violetville beginning at 4 PM. Remember, Santa is on a BIG firetruck. His driver may not be able to get through all of the roads. Times are subject to change since emergency calls come first. MORE

HANDS ON HOLIDAY: WINTER SOLSTICE
December 18 | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
The Ivy Bookshop

Bundle up and join The Ivy and the Waldorf School of Baltimore on the covered patio for a safe, fun and special seasonal evening celebration. This special program is best for children up to age 9 and will include songs, story time sharing a cultural array of Winter Solstice stories, a holiday craft and a very special candlelit walk. Families are welcome to sit on a blanket brought from home. Advanced registration required. MORE

WINTER SOLSTICE HIKE AND CAMPFIRE
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Listen to tales of winter around the campfire then take a short night hike on the darkest day of the year as we celebrate the start of the winter season. Adults and children 6+. $6 per person ($4 for ORNCC Members). Register online in advance. MORE

COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING AND HOLIDAY MARKET IN OWINGS MILLS
December 18 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Metro Center

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Metro Centre! Live holiday music and carolers. Free photos with Santa and his elves. Hot cocoa and smores. Caricaturist on-site. Pop-up vendors + food trucks. Grab Dinner at Metro Centre and check out the market.Presented by the Greater Baltimore Chamber of Commerce. MORE

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: HOLIDAY PARTY
December 18 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Snapology Discovery Center

It’s the Snapology Parent’s Night Out Holiday Party! Drop your kids off at the Snapology Discovery Center while you catch a meal out or run errands. Kids will take part in Holiday LEGO building projects, games, crafts, and having fun with friends. Children ages 5+ only. A pizza dinner will be provided. *Don’t forget to wear socks to class and bring your mask! Register in advance. MORE

SUNDAY

HOLIDAY HIKE AT OREGON RIDGE
December 19 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Feeling the drag of those extra holiday calories! Join a naturalist for a moderate nature hike over varied terrain to get fresh air, exercise and enjoy the signs of the season. All ages. $3 per person (FREE for ORNCC Members). Register in advance. MORE

SNOW STORY TIME
December 19 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Lake Roland (formerly Robert E. Lee Park)

Where do animals go when it snows? How do they ready themselves for winter weather? Join Lake Roland naturalists to read a book that answers these questions. *Pre-Registration and masks required for program participation* MORE

FATHER CHRISTMAS + CRAFTS WITH MRS. CLAUS!
December 19 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Manor Mill

Ocean Quartet’s Steve Winick, in the guise of Father Christmas, will tell stories of the characters Father Christmas and his cousin, Santa Claus, in a program that will delight both parents and kids. We’ll delve into English and American history with side trips into German and Dutch traditions to see how the characters changed through the years. Steve’s talk will feature readings of some classic Christmas stories and poems. Hear an adventure story from one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Father Christmas Letters” (which he wrote to read to his children in the 1930s), and Clement Clark Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” also known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” So bring your kids and enjoy a visit from Father Christmas! Followed by crafts with Ms. Claus and a few of her elves, including cookie decorating and ornament! Register in advance MORE

LOG CABIN CHRISTMAS
December 19 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Visit Holt Park’s historic log cabins for seasonal activities, crafts, and treats! Fun for all ages. Some activities have a small fee, others are free. (No pre-registration required! But RSVPs are appreciated!) MORE

ROCKIN’ SANTA EVENT
December 19| 1:00 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:30 pm
We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym

Santa is visiting We Rock! Bring your camera and gets lots of pictures of Santa and your child. Santa will be playing games, sing-alongs, and so much more. An awesome time for ALL kids! Book on the app (We Rock the Spectrum / choose Forest Hill) or call them at 410-891-4600. MORE

NATURAL ORNAMENTS AND HOLIDAY SWAGS AT BANNEKER PARK
December 19 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Create an evergreen swag and bow for your front door and use natural materials to craft clever ornaments for your holiday decorating. Adults and children 6+. Registration is required. MORE

SANTA ARRIVES IN KNOLLWOOD
December 19 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Knollwood | Donnybrook

An annual Knollwood tradition, Santa Clyde will drive through Knollwood. MORE

 

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