Carolers from various churches in Ellicott City sing Christmas songs during the Midnight Madness event in 2012.

Carolers from various churches in Ellicott City sing Christmas songs during the Midnight Madness event in 2012. (Jen Rynda / Patuxent Publishing / December 6, 2012)

There are plenty of ways to celebrate the season locally. Here are just a few festive occasions.


Midnight Madness
Main Street, Ellicott City,

On Dec. 6, shops in Historic Ellicott City will stay open until midnight and the Main Street corridor will be festive with live music, carolers and special attractions like a tree-lighting ceremony.


Festival of Trains
B&O Railroad Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City,

Ellicott City’s B&O Railroad Museum will be filled with toy trains and model railroads designed by local clubs, including an ornate, interactive Lego model and a Thomas the Tank Engine layout. The exhibit runs through Jan. 26, 2014, and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Shop local

Local artists and crafters will showcase their wares at several holiday sales.

Dec. 6: The Howard County Center for the Arts will host its annual Open House & Holiday Sale, featuring original art, jewelry, pottery, textiles and more. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City.

Dec. 7: Holiday Mart will bring some 140 artisans to sell seasonal items at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Cooksville. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $4 admission. 410-313-4840.

Dec. 7: The Howard County Conservancy will host a Natural Holiday Sale, featuring local crafts and natural decor. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Howard County Conservancy, Woodstock.

Dec. 14: The Artists’ Gallery will hold a special holiday sale, featuring a mix of paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture, stained glass and woodwork from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Miracle on Foundry Street
Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage,

Historic Savage Mill will transform into a winter wonderland this holiday season with lights, garland, sculptures, towering evergreens and more. And, for the first time, the historic Bollman truss bridge will be illuminated by some 12,500 energy-efficient LED lights, thanks to a joint effort by Historic Savage Mill, Howard County’s Department of Recreation & Parks, Howard County Tourism Council and the Savage Community Association. The bridge lighting will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m., followed by a community tree-lighting at Savage’s historic Carroll Baldwin Hall. The bridge lights will remain through Jan. 7, 2014. The holiday display at Savage Mill shopping center, designed by Baltimore-based The Becker Group, will include massive wreaths, sculptures of Santa and his elves, and a 20-foot Christmas tree topped by a “starburst fireworks” light display. The center will host special events throughout the season, including visits from Santa, strolling carolers, performances by local students and puppet shows.


Holiday Tours at Waverly Mansion
Waverly Mansion, 2300 Waverly Mansion Drive Marriottsville, 301-572-7744

Historic Waverly Mansion in Marriottsville will showcase the work of local garden clubs Dec. 8 and 9. Docents will greet visitors, refreshments will be served and ornaments and fresh greens will be sold. Sunday, Dec. 8, the property will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. with live music. On Monday, Dec. 9, hours are from 10 a.m. to noon, and candlelight tours featuring Marriotts Ridge High School’s Madrigals will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for children 12 and younger.