Holiday candlelight tours — Fri., Dec. 7 and Sat., Dec. 8, 6-9 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road. Music, candlelight and traditional holiday greens. Local garden clubs display decorations throughout house; area performers entertain nightly. Light refreshments served. Kids make holiday crafts to take home. Adults, $3; ages 6-18, $1; ages 5 and under free. Friday, Teacher Appreciation Night; teachers get in free. Saturday, Public Safety Employee and Active Duty Military Appreciation Night; police, fire, EMT and active duty military get in free. http://www.pgparks.com. 301-377-7817.
Holiday Ornament Emporium — Friday, Dec. 7 through Sun., Dec. 23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., daily; closed Wednesdays, Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road. Local artists sell unique, handmade ornaments. House decorated in holiday greens. http://www.pgparks.com. 301-377-7817.
Breakfast with Santa — Sponsored by Laurel Parks and Recreation, Sat., Dec. 8, 9 a.m., Partnership Hall, Laurel Police Department, 811 Fifth St. Visit with Santa Claus. Hot breakfast with special guests Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Strolling carolers. Photo opportunities for entire family. $7 per person. Each guest must pre-register, space limited. http://www.laurel.md.us, 301-725-7800.
Christmas open house — Sarah's House, Sat., Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2015 20th St., Fort Meade. Homeless shelter and transitional housing program in Anne Arundel County. Bring gift card or new, unwrapped toy to help stock Santa's Workshop for the families housed there. Kelly, 410-551-7722 or SHChristmasTeam2012@cc-md.org.
Deck the Hall Winter Workshop — Sat., Dec. 8, 2-3 p.m., North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road. Families invited to jump start holiday season with seasonal crafts, festive holiday music, refreshments and decorating fun. Little helpers ages 3-11 can assemble crafts to decorate the community center's holiday tree, which will be displayed throughout the holiday season, and to take home. Includes a tree-lighting ceremony. Participants and guests encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys for charitable donation to Howard County Food Bank and Toys for Tots. Information/registration, 410-313-0390. http://www.howardcountymd.gov/NLCC.htm.
Holiday Open House — Sun., Dec. 9, 1-4 p.m., Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road. Resident artists of Montpelier Arts Center open their studios and offer works specially priced for holiday gift giving in the Gallery Shop. Other events include a pottery sale, holiday music by the All Children's Choir of Annapolis, demonstrations and workshops for holiday art-making, opening of the Patuxent Art League juried exhibition and refreshments. 301-377-7800.
Messiah Sing-along — Central Maryland Chorale, Dec., 9, 3 p.m., the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Tickets, $10; musical score rental $1. 301-317-9646, http://www.centralmarylandchorale.com.
Holiday movie — "Home Alone," Sat., Dec. 15, 6 p.m., North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road. Enjoy hot chocolate, mulled cider, gingersnaps and refreshments while viewing this holiday classic in a comfortable movie lounge. Pre-registration required. Children under age 4 are free but must be registered; ages 5 and over, $2 per person for North Laurel Community Center members, or $4 per person for nonmembers. To register, call center front desk, 410-313-0390.
Holiday Concert — Central Maryland Chorale, under baton of artistic director Monica Otal, Sat., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., the Lutheran Church of Saint Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Features Camille Saint-Saens' "Christmas Oratorio" sung in English and Conrad Susa's "Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest" sung in Spanish. Also audience joins in songs of Christmas and Hanukkah. Tickets $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors. 301-317-9646. http://www.centralmarylandchorale.com.
Holiday Decorating Contest — Sponsored by Laurel Parks and Recreation and the city's Civic Improvement Committee. All businesses and homes within the city limits are eligible for the Holiday Spirit Outstanding Decorating Awards. Members of the community call 301-725-7800 to nominate a house for these awards. All nominations must be made by Monday, Dec. 17. Winners will be notified by award signs displayed in their yards. 301-725-2000.
Christmas tree sale — Sponsored by Laurel Lions Club. Lot hours: M-F, 5-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 100 percent of proceeds used to fund community needs in Laurel. 301-483-9807. http://www.laurellions.org.
Holiday story times and crafts for kids — Thu., Dec. 27, 11 a.m. for pre-schoolers and 1 p.m. for elementary school students, Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road. Listen to old-time holiday stories, make crafts. Resident, $2; non-resident, $3. 301-377-7817.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun