Washington Monument lighting, Mayor’s Christmas Parade, Harlem Globetrotters and more of the week's best events in the Baltimore area

Washington Monument lighting Baltimore’s tallest Christmas tree, and as far as we know the only one made of marble, gets lit for the holidays. You also get a Christmas Village with more than 30 food and other vendors, performances from the Morgan State Choir, the City College Choir, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society and others, plus photos with Santa and fireworks. Sponsored by the Downtown Partnership. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday in Mount Vernon Place, Monument and Charles streets. Free. godowntownbaltimore.com.

Mayor’s Christmas Parade Enjoy a holiday-happy procession of floats, bands, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Mummers, a steam calliope, Miss Yuletide and Jr. Miss Yuletide and (of course) the man of the hour, Santa. 1 p.m. today, beginning at Poly/Western high schools on Cold Spring Lane, then heading south and east into Hampden along Falls Road, 36th Street, Chestnut Avenue and 37th Street. mayorschristmasparade.com.

‘A Christmas Carol’ Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of various Christmases get transferred to Victorian-era Baltimore. Wonder if Poe gets a mention? Kicks off with 10 a.m. matinees Tuesday-Thursday and 8 p.m. performances Thursday and Friday (the official opening night), then continues through Dec. 10 2/10 and Dec. 14-17 and 20-23 at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater, 7 S. Calvert St. $19-$65. chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Harlem Globetrotters The Clown Princes of Basketball, who do things on the court you might not think possible, are back for their annual holiday visit to Charm City. It’s all very funny, and pretty amazing. So start whistling “Sweet Georgia Brown” and come on down to the Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., for shows/games at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. $25.50-$124.50. royalfarmsarena.com.

Dollar or Less Days The perfect chance to enjoy a little culture on the cheap: reduced-price admission (either $1 or $0) Saturday and next Sunday to a handful of city museums and cultural institutions, including Geppi's Entertainment Museum (both days), the Jewish Museum of Maryland (Sunday), the Maryland Science Center (both days), the National Aquarium (both days), the Port Discovery Children’s Museum (Sunday), the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture (both days), National Great Blacks In Wax Museum (both days) and others. Admission to some locations is limited, so get there early. godowntownbaltimore.com.

Local Beer & Wine Tasting Sample all sorts of local beer, wine and light fare, with Hugh Sisson and Al Spoler of WYPR’s “Cellar Notes” as your hosts. 6 p.m. Thursday at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. $35-$45, advance registration required. thebmi.org.

'The $Billion Deal, The Lifestyle, The Man' — Reginald F. Lewis’ 75th Birthday Celebration This panel on the life of the chief benefactor of Maryland’s museum of African-American history focuses on the business deal that made him one of the U.S.’ most successful black businessmen. Participants include his business partners, friends and family. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. $6-$8 museum admission. lewismuseum.org.

‘Cyber Wars, the Secrets, the Spies’ A series of five “Great Talks” on pressing issues begins with this panel, moderated by Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Dana Priest and featuring Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive and whistleblower; Richard Forno, assistant director of the UMBC Center for Cybersecurity; and Michael Hicks, University of Maryland professor and software security researcher. Future talks are set for next year on Jan. 9, March 20, April 24 and June 5. 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. $25, $65-$85 for a season subscription. greattalk.org.

Cody Pryseski: Recent Work An exhibit featuring works of the Baltimore artist and Maryland Institute College of Art grad, who specializes in portrait and figurative oil painting. Says he, “This current body of work emphasizes my passive interaction with the urban landscape that surrounds me. There are parallels between us: Solitude, aging, and the decay that comes with the passage of time.” An opening reception is set for 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday at the Alchemy of Art, 1637 Eastern Ave., with the works remaining on display through Dec. 30. 12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. thealchemyofart.net.

‘Let Heaven and Nature Sing’ The Children’s Chorus of Maryland presents its 42nd annual holiday concert — some 100 children, singing the works of everyone from Antonio Vivaldi to Irving Berlin. 3 p.m. today at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. $15-$28. ccmsings.org.

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