"A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration," through Dec. 22
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel spins a musical tale of hope and forgiveness. It's a bitterly cold Christmas Eve in 1864 and all along the Potomac, from the White House to the battlefields, friends and foes alike find their lives strangely and poetically intertwined. Details: http://www.centerstage.org.
Miracle on 34th Street, through Jan. 1
One block in Hampden puts on a Christmas light display that is thought to be visible from space. It's an explosion of holiday cheer with Christmas lights strung across 34th Street, inflatable snow globes, musical trains, blinking angels and more. Details: http://www.christmasstreet.com.
First Annual Christmas Village in Baltimore, through Dec. 24
Christmas Village will transform Baltimore's Inner Harbor West Shore Park into a traditional German Christmas Market. The Christmas Village is an indoor and outdoor holiday market modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg. Details: http://www.baltimore-christmas.com.
Holiday Festival of Trains & Toys, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, through Dec. 31
Holiday display of toy and model train layouts with indoor train carousel rides and crafts at Santa's North Pole workshop; learn how the B&O rail celebrated the holidays with the new exhibit, "Home for the Holidays." Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Frosty the Snowman on weekends through Dec. 29 for photo ops and train rides. Details: http://www.borail.org.
Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" at the Hippodrome, Tuesday through Dec. 8
The classic holiday movie "White Christmas" comes to the stage as a new musical shines with classic Berlin hits like "Blue Skies," "How Deep is the Ocean?" and the unforgettable title song. Details: http://www.france-merrickpac.com.
Baltimore Chanukah Festival, Wednesday
The eighth night of Chanukah will include a Menorah Car Parade leaving from Cheder Chabad at 6 p.m. passing McKeldin Square before 7 p.m. and leading to the Grand Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration at McKeldin Square at the Inner Harbor at 7:30 p.m. Details: http://www.BaltimoreChanukahFestival.com or 410-605-0505.
Handel's Messiah at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra continues its tradition of ushering in the holiday season with an all-star performance of Handel's glorious oratorio featuring the "Hallelujah Chorus," music's most powerful message of faith. Details: http://www.bsomusic.org.
3rd Annual Power Plant Holiday Light Show Spectacular, Friday through Dec. 31
The Power Plant Holiday Light Show Spectacular will be a display of synchronized lights, brilliant lasers and state-of-the-art video mapping projections; all choreographed to music and set to the backdrop of the Inner Harbor landmark, The Power Plant. The show kicks off on Friday with shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Details: itsawaterfrontlife.org.
30th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas at Harborplace Amphitheater, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday
More than 200 tuba and euphonium players will capture the spirit of the holiday as they blend their unique styles, rhythms and progressions for all to enjoy. Details: http://www.harborplace.com.
The New Old Time Holiday Train Garden at the Fire Museum of Maryland, Saturdays through Dec. 21
Travel back in time and watch antique O-Scale trains and a street car wind their way through a 20th century Baltimore neighborhood and take a stroll through two centuries worth of antique fire engines and a reconstructed 1871 fire house. Details: http://www.firemuseummd.org.
Mannheim Steamroller, 8 p.m. Dec. 12
Celebrate Christmas with Mannheim Steamroller at Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. Details: http://www.lyricoperahouse.com.
Carolers on the Court at Walters Art Museum, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 15
Joyous Voices, an a cappella caroling ensemble, will sing traditional Christmas melodies ranging from Medieval and Victorian to popular favorites. Details: http://www.thewalters.org.
The Nutcracker Family Concert, Dec. 20-22
Watch as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore School for the Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art and the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric come together in a collaboration to present Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's holiday classic. Details: http://www.lyricoperahouse.com.
Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" at the Hippodrome, Dec. 21
See the spectacular "Dove of Peace" as two dancers become one stunning bird with a 20-foot wingspan -- plus 40 top Russian dancers, falling snow, charming silk puppets and more, all set to Tchaikovsky's complete score. Details: http://www.france-merrickpac.com.
Characters from Ice Age visit National Aquarium while Santa takes a dive, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 21-22
Guests will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with their favorite characters, "Sid" the sloth and "Scrat" the saber-toothed squirrel before taking in the all-new "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D Experience." Additionally, Santa himself will be onsite diving in the Aquarium's Atlantic Coral Reef throughout the weekend. Details: aqua.org.
Kwanzaa Celebration 2013: And A Child Shall Lead Them at Reginald F. Lewis Museum, noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 28
Celebrate Kwanzaa with musical performances, holiday crafts, an African marketplace, and more. Children and community elders will lead the festival that features a Kwanzaa ceremony with story-telling by the Growing Griots. Details: http://www.rflewismuseum.org.