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A Christmas tree of lights is the centerpiece of the Annapolis Towne Centre traffic circle.
A Christmas tree of lights is the centerpiece of the Annapolis Towne Centre traffic circle. (Matthew Cole / Staff)

Here’s a look at some of the best events happening around Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Get into the holiday spirit by heading over to Annapolis Towne Centre at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 for a tree lighting ceremony. The city will launch into the season by turning on thousands of twinkling lights to the background of live music. The Maryland Performing Arts Center will perform and special guest Santa Claus will make an appearance.

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Annapolis Holiday Arts and Crafts Show

Get your holiday shopping done early at the Holiday Arts and Craft Show at Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church Saturday, Nov. 23. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will have craft items to purchase from dozens of artists, holiday crafts you can make yourself, door prizes, Greek food and Greek pastries. Admission is free.

Truxtun Park Planting Day

Get some fresh air this Saturday, Nov. 23, by joining other volunteers in planting more than 6,000 native trees, shrubs and flowers on a Truxtun Park hillside. The volunteer event aims to help stabilize the hillside and reduce stormwater runoff into Spa Creek. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 200 Pump House Road, Annapolis, MD. Tools and gloves will be provided. Email truxtunpark@campionhruby.com for more information.

Lights on the Bay

Sandy Point State Park’s 25th annual holiday light show will run from Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, to Jan. 1, 2020. Starting at Sandy Point State Park, the light show winds its way along the Chesapeake Bay while showcasing 70 animated and stationary light displays for two miles. The event also offers a nightly scavenger hunt, prizes, display-related questions and a Thanksgiving visit from Santa Claus. The park is located off exit 32 near the Bay Bridge on Route 50. Lights on the Bay is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $20 and $30 for passenger vans or minibusses. Admission for buses is $50.

Comedian Danny Rouhier

Comedy Jam at Rams Head On Stage will feature stand-up comedian Danny Rouhier and other local stand-up comics Wednesday, Nov. 27. Rouhier has toured across the county with comedians like Bill Burr, Jim Gaffigan and Bob Saget. Rouhier is also a radio host of “Grant and Danny,” a daily DC sports radio show on 106.7. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $22.50 and event-goers must be 21 years or older.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

The Fleet Feet Sports crew is hosting its 13th annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot Thursday, Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. The 3.1-mile run will take participants through downtown Annapolis. Although there will be a finisher’s clock, the run is not officially timed. Advanced registration is $35 for adults and children 14 years or older. Registration day of the event is $40. Admission for children 13 years old and younger is $25. Online registration closes Nov. 21. Prizes will be awarded to the best turkey costumes. Dogs are welcome. Sign up online at fleetfeetannapolis.com or contact Marty Broerman at 443-603-6596.

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