Holiday Historic House Tour
Howard County Historical Society,

This annual event by the Howard County Historical Society will feature five destinations, including Richland Farm’s original log house built in 1781, Sykesville’s Salopha (circa 1742) and Dalton, a home that predates the Columbia Thunder Hill neighborhood that surrounds it. Also featured will be Ellicott City’s Shrine of St. Anthony and the adjacent Folly Quarter Manor, once home to Gov. John Lee Carroll and Van Lear Black, once publisher of The Baltimore Sun. The tour, by Eyre bus, will take place Dec. 15 from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Tour departs from Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City. $35 for members, $45 for members’ guests, $50 nonmembers (which includes a 2014 membership).


Symphony of Lights
Symphony Woods, Columbia, 410-740-7666,

Now in its 20th year, this Howard Hospital Foundation fundraiser offers a variety of ways to take in the 1.4-mile outdoor lights display in downtown Columbia’s Symphony Woods.

Drive through: Traditionalist? The attraction is open seven days a week from 6 to 10 p.m. for cars, vans and buses through Jan. 5, 2014. $20 admission for cars.

Walk through: On Mondays and Wednesdays through Dec. 18, the course is open to walkers from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Registration required. 410-740-7666. $10 per walker; children 4 and younger are free.

Military appreciation: On Thursday, Dec. 12, visitors with a military ID get $10 off the price of drive-through.

Blinkin’ Binkies: On Thursday, Dec. 5, families with strollers and wagons reign on the walk-through course from 4 to 5:45 p.m. $10 per walker; children 4 and younger are free.

Tail Lights: A special evening has been set aside for visitors to walk the course with their leashed dogs on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 4 to 5:45 p.m. $10 per walker; children 4 and younger and dogs are free.

Midnight at 7: Celebrate the New Year a tad early with a special festival in Symphony Woods, including fireworks, a bonfire, food vendors and music. The attraction is closed to cars this evening. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 5-7:30 p.m. $15/individual, group discounts available. Children age 3 and younger are free.