Festival of Trees
Organizers bill it as “the East Coast’s largest holiday extravaganza,” and we’re not going to quibble. Hundreds of beautifully (sometimes gaudily, but that’s part of the charm) decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses, which you are welcome to gawk at or, if you’re not much of a do-it-yourselfer, buy. Plus live music, dance and other entertainments, along with a resident Santa Claus (of course) and all manner of gift possibilities. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. next Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. $7-$15. festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.
Miracle on 34th Street opens
Baltimore’s most festive neighborhood turns it on (literally) with an outdoor lights and decorations display that should be the envy of every other community in America. Welcome to Hampden, where the holiday spirit is measured in inventiveness and kilowatt hours, and no one is immune from the rampant goodwill. 6 p.m. Saturday on 34th Street, east of Falls Road. christmasstreet.com.
Christmas Village opens
One of Baltimore’s premier holiday shopping experiences opens Thursday for its fifth season, complete with a pair of Christmas trees, multiple wooden huts and huge heated tent, offering selling space for more than 50 local and international merchants, including German company Käthe Wohlfahrt and its thousands of ornaments, pyramids and limited-edition holiday decorations. Plenty of food possibiltiies, too, including wurst and strudel (in keeping with the German Christmas village theme). 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, until 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 24 (closed Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and 12) at West Shore Park, 501 Light St. Free admission except for the tent, which is $5 on weekends for adults 18 and older. baltimore-christmas.com.
Bazaart Holiday Art Market
More than 40 regional artists and craftspeople, many of them selling the sort of stuff you’d find on display inside the American Visionary Art Museum, which is kinda the definition of cool. Noon-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at AVAM, 800 Key Highway. Free. avam.org.
Kirk Franklin and Ledisi
One of the best in gospel joins with one of the best in soul for what they’re calling “The Rebel, The Soul & The Saint Tour.” With opening act PJ Morton. 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $40-$195.50. modell-lyric.com.
Hot Club Baltimore
Guitarist Michael Joseph Harris leads a gypsy jazz group specializing in the music of the great Django Reinhardt, including swing, musette waltzes, show tunes, be-bop and French standards from the ’30s and ’40s. 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Cabaret at Germano’s, 300 S. High St. $15. germanospiattini.com.
A young Mexican musician tries to figure out why his family is so dead-set against music, and ends up finding answers in the Land of the Dead. The latest from Pixar, so we like this flick’s chances. In theaters Tuesday.
You might have heard of her? The Grammy-winning singer (five of ’em!) is bringing her “All I Want for Christmas Is You Tour” to the Theater at MGM National Harbor, 101 MGM National Ave. in Oxon Hill, Prince George’s County. 8 p.m. Friday. $136.37-$325. mgmnationalharbor.com.
Ashani Dances Five!
Goucher College’s resident dance company presents its fifth annual concert, a quartet of contemporary ballets by founder Iyun Ashani Harrison: “Exquisite Encounter,” originally commissioned for New York’s Ailey School; “For David-Anthony,” a response to the death of Harrison’s younger brother; “Prayer,” an homage to Harrison’s Jamaican ancestry; and “Love on the Dancefloor,” a collaboration with Baltimore-based singer-songwriter Marc Avon Evans. 5 p.m. today at Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. $15-$25. theatreproject.org.
Y Turkey Trot
A 5K run/walk for charity that should help make room for all that Thanksgiving turkey you’ll be eating. 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Arnold (the Y in Arnold, 1209 Ritchie Highway), Baltimore (the Stieff Silver Building, 800 Wyman Park Drive), Ellicott City (Long Gate Shopping Center, 4814 Hale Haven Drive), Perry Hall (the Y in Perry Hall, 4375 Ebenezer Road), Towson (the Orokawa Y, 600 W. Chesapeake Ave.) and Westminster (Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road). $5-$42. ymaryland.org.