Epiphany Lutheran Church opens the doors to its Nativity Village display of 100 Fontanini figures and buildings on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy the Nativity Village, music and light refreshments Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. until Jan. 4 and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. until Dec. 18.
For more information or for group or special arrangements, call 301-776-4572.
Also this weekend, Glen Mar United Methodist Church hosts its annual Walk to Bethlehem on Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church, 4701 New Cut Road. Since 2008, Glen Mar has held this free indoor/outdoor theatrical Christmas adventure for the community depicting the story of of the birth of Jesus Christ complete with Roman soldiers, shepherds, angels and live animals.
Drop in anytime between 5 and 8 p.m. for this family friendly event, but allow at least one hour to experience the outdoor walk and indoor biblical marketplace.
For more information, go to http://www.glenmarumc.org then click on the "Events" tab or call 410-465-4995 ext. 410. Inclement weather date is Monday, Dec. 8.
Howard County Library, in partnership with the Candlelight Concert Society, presents Merry Melodies with the C Street Brass on Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City.
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The free program brings this resident ensemble from Carnegie Mellon University to perform musical pieces by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Gershwin and Billy Joel. Reception with musicians follows the performance with light refreshments and ticket giveaways. Call the library at 410-313-1950 for reservations.
Get into the holiday spirit with historic Ellicott City's official tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Howard County Welcome Center, 8267 Main St. Then enjoy the 37th annual Midnight Madness.
For the kiddos, Santa's Workshop will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Thomas Isaac log cabin, Main Street and Ellicott Mills Drive. Kids can take a selfie with Santa (don't forget your camera), receive a free gift and mail those important letters to the South Pole in an outdoor mail box that will be available until Christmas Eve.
The Courtyards at Tonge Row shops (located off Parking Lot D) will host a "Winter Wonderland on the Courtyard" with Frosty the Snowmen peek-a-boo boards for a family photo opportunity, hot chocolate (The Little French Market) and pizza (Riverhouse Pizza) for purchase.
The streets will be filled with the sounds of music including the Pride of Baltimore Chorus, Mt. Hebron Madrigal Choir, and the Heart of Maryland Chorus. Keep an eye out for Frosty the Snowman who will be walking throughout town.
New this year is "Parents Night Out", the Roger Carter Center will offer childcare services from 6 to 10 p.m for kids ages 5 through 14 years old. The center activities include rock climbing, crafts, popcorn and a movie, plus gym activities. Cost is $15/members $25/non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more information and reservations, call 410-313-2764.
Street parking will be available as well as overflow parking at the George Howard Building and the Circuit Court House parking lots. A free trolley shuttle service will be provided to and from both overflow locations from 6 p.m. to midnight. The trolley will make stops at the corner of Church and Main streets and Ellicott Mills Drive and Main Street.