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NOV. 26

FESTIVAL OF TREES Neighborhood: Timonium Area When: Nov. 26: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 27: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 28: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Price: $5-$10 Venue: Timonium Fairgrounds 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD, 21093 Phone: 410-252-0200 Description: Kennedy Krieger Institute benefit features more than 500 trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. The three day event includes crafts, a silent acution and family entertainment, including a performance of "The Nutcracker" by the Columbia Chamber Ballet (at 5 p.m. Sunday).

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MOONLIGHT MERRIMENT Neighborhood: Belvedere Square/ Govans When: Nov. 26 Venue: Belvedere Square 529 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21212 Phone: 410-534-2358 Description: Belvedere Square's annual holiday celebration features themed drinks and a naughty Santa. Belvedere Square stores are open late and offer special discounts and Black Friday-only offers.

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NOV. 27

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Neighborhood: Annapolis Area When: Nov. 27: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Card-making and holiday favors 11 a.m.-noon, inspiring gift wrapping ideas 1:30-2 p.m.) Venue: Paper Source 1915 Town Center Blvd, Annapolis, MD, 21401-4801 Phone: 410-224-8300 Description: This holiday open house includes workshops on gift wrapping, so you can present packages with unique designs.

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NOV. 30

DINNER WITH A DIETITIAN: HEALTHY EATING AND ENTERTAINING Neighborhood: Brooklyn Park Area When: Nov. 30: 6 p.m. Venue: Harbor Hospital Baum Auditorium 3001 S. Hanover St., Baltimore, MD, 21225 Phone: 410-350-2563 Description: Harbor Hospital registered dietitians Christina Groce, M.S., RD, LDN, and Sandra Koehler, RD, LDN, will show you how to keep a healthy diet and the best food choices to make. This interactive seminar also will give you alternative recipe ideas for making your favorite foods healthier during the holiday season. Registration is required and a light meal will be served.

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DECEMBER

DEC. 2

WASHINGTON BALLET Neighborhood: Northwest, Washington D.C. When: Daily Dec. 2-Dec. 5 Dec. 8-Dec. 12 Dec. 14-Dec. 19 Dec. 21-Dec. 24 Dec. 26 Price: $43.20-$106 Venue: Warner Theatre 13th & E streets N.W., Washington, DC, 20004 Phone: 202-783-4000 Description: It's "The Nutcracker", D.C. style, with George Washington as the Nutcracker and England's King George III as the Rat King.

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MONUMENT LIGHTING FAMILY FESTIVAL Neighborhood: Mount Vernon When: Dec. 2: 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Price: Free Venue: The Walters Art Museum 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201 Phone: 410-547-9000 Description: Come and celebrate the annual lighting of the Washington Monument at the Walters with a free, family-friendly event. Seasonal performances, music, refreshments, kids art activities and more.

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DEC. 3-4

A CHARLIE BROWN JAZZ CHRISTMAS Neighborhood: Westminster Area When: December 3: 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m. December 4: 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Price: $8-$10 Venue: Carroll Arts Center 91 W. Main St., Westminster, MD, 21157-4800 Phone: 410-848-7272 Description: This popular annual holiday event is sure to bring smiles to everyone's face. Vince Guaraldi's original jazz score is brought to life by the Eric Byrd Trio.