Towson University's Department of Art will hold its 41st annual Holiday Pottery Sale Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., in the Center for the Arts Ceramics Studio Room 3012. As in years past, this event will showcase a large selection of handcrafted, functional ceramics, all of which are created by students and faculty. Admission is free. Call 410-704-2787.
The annual Washington Monument lighting, known as A Monumental Occasion, will happen this year Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:30-8 p.m., in Mount Vernon Place (on the 600 block of North Charles Street). This seasonal event, which is now in its 40th year, will showcase the music of a variety of local choirs and also feature fireworks and a laser light show finale. The actual lighting will happen at around 7:45 p.m. Admission is free. Call 1-877-BALTIMORE.
Fun for the family
The Walters Art Museum will also get in on the Monument activities by hosting a Monument Lighting Family Festival Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m. The event starts with art activities, after which a lantern parade will be held, followed by a performance by the Friend's School choir. Admission is free. Call 410-547-9000.
View from the top
The Top of the World Observation Level is offering discount admission as a part of Downtown Dollar or Less Days Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The venue offers a bird's eye view of Baltimore, floor to ceilings windows, stationed binoculars, and photo-map guides. The last admission will be admitted a half-hour before closing. Call 410-244-1030.
Arts for sale
The Howard County Arts Council will host its annual Open House & Holiday Sale Friday, Dec. 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. At this event, area artists and groups will sell unique, affordable art and handcrafted items such as paintings, ceramics, jewelry, greeting cards and functional sculpture. Resident artists and art organizations will also have their studios open to the public. Admission is free. Call 410-313-2787.
Charm City gifts
The Creative Alliance will hold its annual Merry Mart Sunday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at its home at the Patterson. The event will showcase locally-created gifts such as clothing, handbags, ceramics and kids' toys, created by the Charm City Craft Mafia, the Baltimore Etsy Street Team (BEST), Creative Alliance staff and other artists across Baltimore. Admission is free. Call 410-276-1651 or go to http://www.creativealliance.org.
Dine with Santa
The B&O Railroad Museum will host Breakfast with Santa Saturdays-Sundays, Dec. 3-4 and 10-11, at its homebase of 901 West Pratt Street. Kids can enjoy a breakfast buffet and get their photo snapped with St. Nick. Hours are Saturday 8-9:30 a.m. and Sunday 9-10:30 a.m. General admission is $32 and $24 for children ages 2-17. Call 410-752-2462, ext. 221.
Boordy Vineyards will host a Christmas in Wine Country live music series Saturdays-Sundays, 1-5 p.m., during the month of December. The music schedule this weekend will feature the folk cover band Kaydance Dec. 3 and Ellis Woodward and Joey Doyle Dec. 4. Visitors can also enjoy hot Wassail, holiday cookies and a tour of the winery. Admission is $5 for wine tasting and includes a wine glass. Go to http://www.boordy.com.
Winter in Bethesda
The town of Bethesda will again host its annual Winter Wonderland festival, Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3, in Veterans Park. On Friday a winter concert with a cappella and gospel groups will be held 8 p.m. Come Saturday, there will be ice sculpting at 1 p.m. and a visit from Santa and a student concert and visit from Santa Claus. Admission is free. For details, visit: http://www.bethesda.org.