Carroll County Times

Holiday events outside of Carroll County

Howard County
Symphony of Lights in Symphony Woods, through Jan. 5
Celebrate the season with a drive through the 1.4-mile dazzling light display. Thursday: "Blinkin' Binkies" walk especially for children; wagons and strollers welcome. Dec. 10: "Tail Lights" is for dogs and owners. Details: 410-740-7666,
Holiday Festival of Trains at the B&O Railroad Museum in Ellicott City, through Jan. 26
The museum's annual holiday celebration of toy trains and model railroading; new this year is a custom built 360 degree LEGO model train layout created by The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club. Details: 410-752-2490,
3rd Annual Lisbon Old Fashioned Christmas Horse Parade, Saturday
Hundreds of costumed horses, mules, ponies, riders and decorated wagons, carriages and stagecoaches celebrate the holiday season as they take to the streets of Lisbon. Details: 757-650-6008,
Lighting of the Bollman Truss Bridge in Historic Savage, Saturday
For the first time ever, Historic Savage Mill will light the Bollman Truss Bridge, an antique iron truss bridge that is a national historic landmark. The bridge will be lit with 12,500 energy-efficient LED lights until Jan. 7. Details:
Brother Gerry's Christmas Village Train Garden at the Shrine of St. Anthony , Sundays through January
Bring your family and friends to the Manor House and enjoy an old-fashioned train garden and the chance to talk trains with Brother Gerry. Details: 410-531-2800,
Greccio Living Nativity at the Shrine of St. Anthony , Dec. 14-15
The Franciscan Friars and Postulants of the Shrine of St. Anthony invite you to join them and the members of the St. Louis Catholic Church Youth Ministry as they commemorate the Birth of Jesus in the manner of St. Francis of Assisi in the little town of Greccio, Italy. Details: 410-531-2800,
The Nutcracker on Ice at the Columbia Ice Rink, Dec. 14-15
For over 25 years, a community performance of The Nutcracker on Ice has been presented by the Columbia Figure Skating Club in Columbia. Details: .
Kwanza Celebration at Benjamin Banneker Historic Park and Museum, Dec. 28
Learn about Kwanza and celebrate this holiday honoring family, community and culture. Details: 410-887-1081,

Annual Old Getty Place Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting, 7 p.m. Saturday
Be part of the annual parade, light the great tree in the Lincoln Square, and sing Christmas carols together to bring in the holiday season. Enjoy a variety of bands, floats, costumed characters, distinguished guests, dancers, youth groups and Santa Claus. Details: 717-334-1515.
An Eisenhower Christmas, through Dec. 31
The National Park Service at the Eisenhower National Historic Site is inviting the public to celebrate this holiday season at the home and farm of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. The celebration includes a holiday reception on Dec. 8, complete with cider and cookies. Details: 717-338-9114 or
18th Annual Gettysburg Tuba Carol Fest, 7 p.m. Dec. 13,
Tuba players from all over will play Christmas Carols on Lincoln Square in Gettysburg. The rain site will be the Prince of Peace Episcopal Church. Details: 717-334-7719.
Inns of Gettysburg 17th Annual House Tour, noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 14
The Inns of the Gettysburg Area will hold the annual Holiday House Tour and Tasting. To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the tour will include 12 properties located in and around the town of Gettysburg witness to the events of July 1863. As a special feature, the historic Dobbin House Tavern will open its doors for a special behind the scenes tour 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Details:, 717-337-1334.


Irish Dancing Christmas 7 p.m. Saturday
Journey into Christmas music Celtic style. From sweeping epic renditions of popular Christmas tunes to cute and quaint dance numbers by the "wee ones," this show is designed to entertain and amaze the entire family. Details:, 301-600-2828.
Maryland Regional Ballet presents The Nutcracker, Dec. 13-15
Maryland Regional Ballet, under the artistic direction of Joyce Morrison, will perform its 34th annual "Nutcracker." Once again the Weinberg stage will become a magical place where a tree grows, mice battle with toy soldiers, snow falls, and dolls come to life making a young girl's fanciful dream come true. Details:, 301-600-2828.
Museums by Candlelight, noon Dec. 14
Frederick County's numerous historic sites and museums provide visitors with a living reminder of the splendid past. During Museums by Candlelight, special programming and hands-on fun will delight visitors of all ages, and special children's activities are featured at most locations. This is a self-guided event. Visit many locations, or just a few, in any order. Enjoy period demonstrations, living history vignettes, hands-on crafts, refreshments, tours, music, holiday decorations and historic settings by candlelight as night falls. Details:, 301-600-4047.
The Frederick Children's Chorus' 19th Annual Messiah Sing-Along, 8 p.m. Dec. 23
The Frederick Children's Chorus will present the 19th annual Messiah Sing-along at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Performers on stage will include a 30-voice chorus, 20-piece orchestra, and four soloists, led by Judith DuBose, Artistic Director. In the audience will be several hundred singers, waiting for their turn to sing, and listeners who have the opportunity to sit among the singers. Details:, 301-600-2828.
Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship, 4-9 p.m. Dec. 26
Enjoy the 27th annual Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship this holiday season in Downtown Frederick. This special open house celebrates Frederick's tradition of religious diversity, local history, and the holiday season. As the sun begins to set, visitors can tour many of Frederick's famous clustered spires and other historic houses of worship by candlelight. At a dozen sites, guests will be welcomed with special programs, angelic choirs, and nativity scenes. Details:

"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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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: 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:
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:
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:
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:
Mannheim Steamroller, 8 p.m. Dec. 12
Celebrate Christmas with Mannheim Steamroller at Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. Details:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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: