***ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK WITH EVENTS FOR DATES, TIMES AND INFORMATION. SOMETIMES THEY CHANGE OR ARE CANCELED WITHOUT NOTIFICATION TO THE PLAYFUL PARENT***

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December 03 - December 06
  • 03
    03.December.Monday

    INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

    9:00 AM-7:00 PM
    12/03/2018-12/04/2018
    JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
    1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

    INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
    Date: OPEN DAILY
    Time: ALL DAY
    Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
    Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
    Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
    Age Group: All Ages
    Cost: VARIES
    Registration: Drop-In

    SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

    10:00 AM-7:00 PM
    12/03/2018

    SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

    Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

    Time: All Day

    Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

    Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

    Event Type: Holiday Family

    Age Group: All Ages

    Cost: FREE

    EVENT LINK

    LITTLE JUMPER- PUMP IT UP

    10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    12/03/2018
    PUMP IT UP
    109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

    Little Jumpers
    Date : Most M/W/F (Always check Pump It Up site first)
    Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
    Details : This special open jump is for our guests aged 1-6 years old only. If you’re worried about older kids running around the smaller ones, this is the perfect time for your little jumpers. Our designated toddler area is for 1yrs-3yrs only. 2 yrs-6yrs are allowed to jump on the inflatables. Daycares are more than welcome to participate in Little Jumpers. We ask that if you are going to bring more than 5 participants that you call ahead to let us know.
    Cost: $5.00 per child
    Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

    ***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

    CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT

    12:00 PM-4:00 PM
    12/03/2018

    CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
    Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
    Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
    Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
    Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

    LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS 

    12:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/03/2018
    EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
    130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

    LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
    Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

    Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

    Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
    Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

    **Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

    Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

    Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

    FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS- MORMON TEMPLE

    5:00 PM-10:00 PM
    12/03/2018

    41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
    Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
    Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
    Price: Free
    Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

    ZOO LIGHTS

    5:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/03/2018

    ZOO LIGHTS
    Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
    Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
    Price: Free admission
    Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

    WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS- WATKINS

    5:00 PM-9:30 PM
    12/03/2018

    WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
    Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
    Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
    Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
    Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

    LIGHTS ON THE BAY

    5:00 PM-10:00 PM
    12/03/2018

    LIGHTS ON THE BAY
    Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
    Place: Sandy Point State Park
    Price: $15 Per Car
    Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

    BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

    5:30 PM-9:30 PM
    12/03/2018

    BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
    Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
    Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
    Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
    Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

    GARDEN IN LIGHTS SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

    6:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/03/2018

    AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
    Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
    Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
    Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

    See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

    BROOKESIDE GARDENS OF LIGHTS

    6:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/03/2018

    BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
    Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
    Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
    Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
    Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

    FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER

    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    12/03/2018
    KENNEDY CENTER
    2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

    FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
    Date: Monday – Friday
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
    Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
    Event Type: Performance/Concert
    Age Group: All Ages
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

    OUR SKY TONIGHT FREE SHOW (JER SCI CENTER)

    7:00 PM-8:00 PM
    12/03/2018
    JAMES E RICHMOND SCIENCE CENTER
    5305 Piney Church Rd, Piney Church Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

    OUR SKY TONIGHT

    Date: First Monday of the Month

    Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Location: James E Richmond Science Center, St Charles High School, Waldorf MD Description:

    Details: Come out to the planetarium for a new monthly planetarium sky shows, highlighting each month’s featured constellations, stars, and planets. FREE! No ticket required. Presented by Educational Systems Federal Credit Union.

    Event Type: Family

    Age: All ages

    Cost: FREE Registration: Walk- in welcome

    Information: http://www.ccboe.com/sciencecenter/

  • 04
    04.December.Tuesday

    INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

    9:00 AM-7:00 PM
    12/04/2018-12/05/2018
    JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
    1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

    INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
    Date: OPEN DAILY
    Time: ALL DAY
    Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
    Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
    Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
    Age Group: All Ages
    Cost: VARIES
    Registration: Drop-In

    TODDLER TIME WITH SANTA AND FRIENDS

    10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    12/04/2018

    TODDLER TIME WITH SANTA AND FRIENDS

    Date: December 4, 2018

    Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Location: Skyzone – White Plains, MD

    Details: Come celebrate our Winter Extravaganza! Santa will be here with his workshop, Frosty is planning on having a snowball fight (not real snowballs), Buddy the Elf and the Grinch might stop by to visit.

    Please go online and buy your tickets now before they sell out!

    We are kindly asking for donations for one of our 3 charities this winter: Toys for Tots-new unwrapped toy, Southern Maryland Food bank-non perishable food, Children’s Aid Society- “snowman gear”, Coats, hats, gloves, socks, scarfs, shoes.

    Event Type: Holiday

    Age Group: 5 and under

    Cost: $

    Event Link

    SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

    10:00 AM-7:00 PM
    12/04/2018

    SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

    Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

    Time: All Day

    Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

    Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

    Event Type: Holiday Family

    Age Group: All Ages

    Cost: FREE

    EVENT LINK

    DROP IN FREE PLAY- UNIQUE SPORTS

    10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    12/04/2018
    UNIQUE SPORTS ACADEMY
    109 Post Office Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

    DROP IN FREE PLAY
    Date: TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS
    Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
    Description: Come join Unique Gym for their drop in free play. Lots of fun for your little ones including, obstacle courses, foam pit, trampoline time. These are just some of the activities your child will enjoy. Parent participation is required during floor activities. No registration required to participate in the fun.
    Location: Unique Sports Academy
    Event Type: Parent/Child
    Age Group(s): 2-5
    Registration: Not Required
    Cost: $5 for one hour/ $10 for two hours per child.
    More Information: www.uniquesportsacademy.com

    NATURE DISCOVERY TIME

    10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    12/04/2018
    GREENWELL FOUNDATION
    25420 Rosedale Manor Ln, Hollywood, MD 20636
    Date: Every Tuesday (September 25, 2018- May 7, 2019)
    Time: 10:00 AM -11:30 AM
    Location: Outdoor Classroom at Clubhouse One
    Details: You and your child are invited to meet us at the Greenwell Foundation, every Tuesday morning, for outdoor discoveries and learning, from September to May. Activities include: Sensory Play, Games, Songs, Art, Music, Stories, Seasonal Activities, Dance, and More. Age Group: up to 6 years old
    Cost: $5 per child
    Registration: Not required. Children attend with their adult
    Directions: Enter Greenwell State Park on Rosedale Manor Drive, go straight on the gravel, dirt road, between the fields, and take your first right. Park in the lot straight ahead and look for us in the outdoor classroom on the left.

    CFA STORY TIME WITH MRS. MIRANDA

    10:00 AM-10:30 AM
    12/04/2018

    CFA STORY TIME WITH MRS. MIRANDA

    Dates: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the Month

    Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    Location: Chick-fil-A La Plata

    Details: Bring your little ones to Story Time with Mrs. Miranda & Usborne Books & More. Enjoy stories that encourage, educate and allow your child to use their imagination and complete a fun, easy craft. Come build community with other moms and young children!

    Event Type: Kids

    Age Group: Designed for ages 2-5 Years Old

    Cost: FREE

    EVENT LINK

     

    SEA SQUIRTS- CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM

    10:15 AM-11:00 AM
    12/04/2018
    SEA SQUIRTS- CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
    Date: December 4, 2018
    Time: 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    Location: Calvert Marine Museum- 14200 Solomons Island Road S. Solomons, MD 20688
    Cost: FREE; drop-in program
    Details: This program is designed to invite adults and children to discover the museum together through music, stories, and special activities. 10:15 – 10:45 AM. Space is limited. If the session is full, another program will be offered at 11:00 AM.
    Event Type: Educational
    Age Group: Drop- In program for children 18 months to three years and their caregivers.

    PURE PLAY - PD BROWN

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    12/04/2018

    PURE PLAY – PD BROWN

    Date: Tuesday, December 04, 2018

    Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location: CCPL / P.D. Brown Branch

    Description: Play is an important part of a child’s growth and development. Join us for this session of unstructured play time where we’ll provide the tools for your child to explore their creativity and use their imagination.
    Event Type: Library

    Age Group: Recommended for ages 3-9.

    Registration: Tickets are required and will be issued starting 1 hour before the program starts. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

    Cost: FREE

    Event Link

    STEM STORY TIME: FORCES

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    12/04/2018

    STEM STORY TIME: FORCES

    Date: December 4, 2018

    Time: 11:00 AM

    Location: Charles County Library -Potomac Branch

    Details: Join the library for a fun story, song and hands-on experiments to learn about gravity and magnetism!

    Event Type: Library

    Age Group: 2-5 Years Old

    Cost: FREE

    Registration: Not Required- Walk-In Welcome

    Event Link

     

    CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT

    12:00 PM-4:00 PM
    12/04/2018

    CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
    Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
    Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
    Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
    Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

    LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS 

    12:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/04/2018
    EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
    130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

    LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
    Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

    Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

    Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
    Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

    **Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

    Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

    Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

    REINDEER LEGO WORKSHOP - LEGO STORE

    3:00 PM-7:00 PM
    12/04/2018

    REINDEER LEGO WORKSHOP – VIP MONTHLY MINI BUILD

    Date: December 4-5, 2018

    Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

    Location: LEGO STORE- Arundel Mills Mall & Westfield Annapolis Mall

    Details:  Come build this LEGO® Reindeer Sleigh model and take it home for FREE after!

    Please note that you are registering for a building event. Guests must participate in the event to receive the free set. Guests will not be permitted to collect the set and immediately leave and may not pick the set up at a later date or time.

    Quantities are limited to approximately 120 per store per night and time reservations are on a first come first serve basis. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One registration with a maximum of 4 children per household. One free set per child. Due to safety restrictions, this event is open to children ages 6-14 only.

    Event Type: Holiday Fun

    Age Group: 6-14

    Cost: FREE

    Registration Link

    NATIONAL COOKIE DAY

    3:00 PM-6:00 PM
    12/04/2018

    NATIONAL COOKIE DAY

    Date: December 4, 2018

    Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

    Location: St. Charles Towne Center

    Details: December 4 is National Cookie Day. Simon has partnered with the Safe + Fair Food Company to help spread holiday cheer with complimentary cookies! In celebration of National Cookie Day on Tuesday, December 4th, cookies will be provided for distribution at/near the Santa Set between 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Some of our retailers will also have free cookies outside of their stores and these retailers will be listed here closer to the event date.

    Event Link

     

    KIDS NIGHT- TEXAS ROAD HOUSE

    5:00 PM-8:00 PM
    12/04/2018
    TEXAS ROAD HOUSE (LA PLATA)
    103 Drury Dr, La Plata, MD 20646

    KIDS NIGHT- TEXAS ROADHOUSE
    Date: Every Tuesday
    Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Location: Texas Roadhouse, La Plata, MD
    Description: Round up the lil’ Roadies and join us for our Legendary Kid’s Night:
    $1.99 Kid’s Meal, Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Arts & Crafts, Andy Armadillo and THE
    Balloon Nerd!!! Kid’s Night is a ton of fun for the whole family so mosey on down to Texas Roadhouse! Please contact us at the restaurant to learn more specific details about this exciting night. *Limit 2 offers per 1 Adult Entree Purchased. Dine in only. Not valid with any other offer. Valid at this location only. Not valid on holidays.*
    Event: Family
    Age: All Ages
    Cost: Activities free, kids meals $1.99, Adult entrees see menu
    Information: https://www.texasroadhouse.com/restaurant-

    WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS- WATKINS

    5:00 PM-9:30 PM
    12/04/2018

    WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
    Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
    Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
    Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
    Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

    LIGHTS ON THE BAY

    5:00 PM-10:00 PM
    12/04/2018

    LIGHTS ON THE BAY
    Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
    Place: Sandy Point State Park
    Price: $15 Per Car
    Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

    ZOO LIGHTS

    5:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/04/2018

    ZOO LIGHTS
    Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
    Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
    Price: Free admission
    Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

    FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS- MORMON TEMPLE

    5:00 PM-10:00 PM
    12/04/2018

    41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
    Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
    Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
    Price: Free
    Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

    BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

    5:30 PM-9:30 PM
    12/04/2018

    BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
    Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
    Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
    Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
    Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

    BROOKESIDE GARDENS OF LIGHTS

    6:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/04/2018

    BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
    Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
    Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
    Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
    Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

    FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER

    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    12/04/2018
    KENNEDY CENTER
    2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

    FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
    Date: Monday – Friday
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
    Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
    Event Type: Performance/Concert
    Age Group: All Ages
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

    GARDEN IN LIGHTS SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

    6:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/04/2018

    AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
    Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
    Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
    Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

    See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

    ANNUAL TREE LIGHT CEREMONY

    7:00 PM-8:00 PM
    12/04/2018

    Annual Tree Lighting Program

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018
    7:00pm
    Village Green Pavilion

    Holiday music from the bands and choruses from I.H. Elementary, General Smallwood & H.E. Lackey students, refreshments, Santa & more!!

    FREE admission – everyone welcome!

    For more info: 240-375-4061

  • 05
    05.December.Wednesday

    INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

    9:00 AM-7:00 PM
    12/05/2018-12/06/2018
    JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
    1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

    INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
    Date: OPEN DAILY
    Time: ALL DAY
    Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
    Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
    Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
    Age Group: All Ages
    Cost: VARIES
    Registration: Drop-In

    ARCADE WEDNESDAY AMF

    9:00 AM-10:00 PM
    12/05/2018

    ARCADE WEDNESDAY AMF

    Date: Wednesday’s

    Time: All Day

    Location: AMF Waldorf

    Details: 2X THE ARCADE PLAY EVERY WEDNESDAY!

    Get DOUBLE the arcade play with half-price games! Make your arcade credits go further and enjoy 50% more fun with discounts on EVERY game in our state-of-the-art arcade. Spend less and play more—all day, every Wednesday!

    Event Type: Family Fun

    Age Group: All Ages

    Cost:

    • Our best arcade deal
    • 50% off the price of each game
    • Half-price games = double the arcade play!

    Event Link

    SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

    10:00 AM-7:00 PM
    12/05/2018

    SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

    Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

    Time: All Day

    Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

    Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

    Event Type: Holiday Family

    Age Group: All Ages

    Cost: FREE

    EVENT LINK

    LITTLE JUMPER- PUMP IT UP

    10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    12/05/2018
    PUMP IT UP
    109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

    Little Jumpers
    Date : Most M/W/F (Always check Pump It Up site first)
    Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
    Details : This special open jump is for our guests aged 1-6 years old only. If you’re worried about older kids running around the smaller ones, this is the perfect time for your little jumpers. Our designated toddler area is for 1yrs-3yrs only. 2 yrs-6yrs are allowed to jump on the inflatables. Daycares are more than welcome to participate in Little Jumpers. We ask that if you are going to bring more than 5 participants that you call ahead to let us know.
    Cost: $5.00 per child
    Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

    ***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

    HOMESCHOOL STEM CLUB

    11:00 AM-1:00 PM
    12/05/2018
    POTOMAC LIBRARY
    3225 Ruth B Swann Dr, Indian Head, MD 20640

    HOME SCHOOL STEM
    Date: First Wednesday of the Month
    Time: 11:00 AM
    Location: Charles County Public Library – Potomac Branch
    Details: Once a month we will have a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activity for early elementary age homeschool students. Join us for fun, learning, and socializing.
    Event Type: School Age
    Age Group: 5-9
    Registration: Online
    CCPL CALENDAR LINK

    SOLOMON ISLAND WALK

    12:00 PM-2:00 PM
    12/05/2018

    SOLOMON ISLAND 34TH CHRISTMAS WALK

    Dates/Time:

    • December 5, 2018- Tree Decorating
    • December 7, 2018- Christmas Market
    • December 8, 2018- Christmas Market

    Details: See Flyer

    Event Type:Winter Festivities

    Age Group: All  Ages

    Cost: FREE

    Event Link

    CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT

    12:00 PM-4:00 PM
    12/05/2018

    CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
    Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
    Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
    Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
    Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

    LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS 

    12:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/05/2018
    EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
    130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

    LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
    Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

    Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

    Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
    Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

    **Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

    Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

    Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

    HOMESCHOOL STEM CLUB

    2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    12/05/2018
    POTOMAC LIBRARY
    3225 Ruth B Swann Dr, Indian Head, MD 20640

    HOME SCHOOL STEM
    Date: First Thursday of the Month
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Charles County Public Library – Potomac Branch
    Details: Once a month we will have a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activity for early elementary age homeschool students. Join us for fun, learning, and socializing.
    Event Type: School Age
    Age Group: 5-9
    Registration: Online
    CCPL CALENDAR LINK

    HOMESCHOOL STEM CLUB

    2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    12/05/2018
    POTOMAC LIBRARY
    3225 Ruth B Swann Dr, Indian Head, MD 20640

    HOME SCHOOL STEM
    Date: First Thursday of the Month
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Charles County Public Library – Potomac Branch
    Details: Once a month we will have a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activity for early elementary age homeschool students. Join us for fun, learning, and socializing.
    Event Type: School Age
    Age Group: 5-9
    Registration: Online
    CCPL CALENDAR LINK

    REINDEER LEGO WORKSHOP - LEGO STORE

    3:00 PM-7:00 PM
    12/05/2018

    REINDEER LEGO WORKSHOP – VIP MONTHLY MINI BUILD

    Date: December 4-5, 2018

    Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

    Location: LEGO STORE- Arundel Mills Mall & Westfield Annapolis Mall

    Details:  Come build this LEGO® Reindeer Sleigh model and take it home for FREE after!

    Please note that you are registering for a building event. Guests must participate in the event to receive the free set. Guests will not be permitted to collect the set and immediately leave and may not pick the set up at a later date or time.

    Quantities are limited to approximately 120 per store per night and time reservations are on a first come first serve basis. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One registration with a maximum of 4 children per household. One free set per child. Due to safety restrictions, this event is open to children ages 6-14 only.

    Event Type: Holiday Fun

    Age Group: 6-14

    Cost: FREE

    Registration Link

    SANTA VISITS NICOLLETTIS

    4:00 PM-8:00 PM
    12/05/2018

    SANTA VISITS NICOLLETTIS

    Date: December 5, 2018

    Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Location: Nicollettis – California, MD

    Details: Santa will be visiting Nicolletti’s Pizza Wednesday December 5th from 4pm to 8pm. Bring the family out for dinner and to get your picture taken by Beth Graeme.

    Event Type: Winter Festivities

    Age Group: All Ages

    Cost: FREE EVENT (Food is $)

    Event Link

    LIGHTS ON THE BAY

    5:00 PM-10:00 PM
    12/05/2018

    LIGHTS ON THE BAY
    Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
    Place: Sandy Point State Park
    Price: $15 Per Car
    Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

    WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS- WATKINS

    5:00 PM-9:30 PM
    12/05/2018

    WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
    Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
    Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
    Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
    Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

    ZOO LIGHTS

    5:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/05/2018

    ZOO LIGHTS
    Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
    Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
    Price: Free admission
    Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

    FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS- MORMON TEMPLE

    5:00 PM-10:00 PM
    12/05/2018

    41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
    Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
    Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
    Price: Free
    Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

    CHRISTMAS TREE OF LIFE

    5:30 PM-7:00 PM
    12/05/2018

    CHRISTMAS TREE OF LIFE

    Date: December 5, 2018

    Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

    Location: Charles

    Join the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation in illuminating the ceremonial Christmas Tree of Life and luminaries in the healing garden to honor those, living or deceased, who have touched your life. The Foundation acknowledges the names of all donors and their honorees in a commemorative program and invites the community to attend the holiday illumination ceremony on Wednesday, December 5 at 5:30pm in the Healing Garden on the grounds of the Medical Center. Following the ceremony, guests will enjoy a dessert reception and festive holiday music. For more information or to purchase a light, luminary or angel please visit www.crmcfoundation.org or call 301-609-4132.

    BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

    5:30 PM-9:30 PM
    12/05/2018

    BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
    Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
    Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
    Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
    Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

    BROOKESIDE GARDENS OF LIGHTS

    6:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/05/2018

    BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
    Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
    Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
    Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
    Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

    SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

    6:00 PM-10:00 PM
    12/05/2018

    SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
    Date: November 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019 Wednesday thru Sunday (6 PM-10PM)
    Place: Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, Columbia, Maryland
    Price: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. $20, Sat. $25 (cash only)
    Information: The Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Proceeds from the event benefit Howard County General Hospital. Lots of new elements this year to include: new course design, new displays, 100% LED lighting, laser show.

    FULL DOME SHOW AT THE JAMES E RICHMOND SCIENCE CENTER

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    12/05/2018
    JAMES E RICHMOND SCIENCE CENTER
    5305 Piney Church Rd, Piney Church Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

    Date: 1ST & 3RD SATURDAYS
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM
    Location: James E.Richmond Science Center
    Description: James E. Richmond Science Center previews a full dome show every 1ST & 3RD Saturday.

    WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS

    Doors Open» 6:00 p.m.
    Fulldome Show» 6:45 p.m.
    Exploration Stations» 6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

    FIRST & THIRD SATURDAYS

    Doors Open» 9:00 a.m.
    Fulldome Shows» 9:30 a.m. | 10:45 a.m. | 12:00 p.m.
    Exploration Stations» 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

    Event Type: Family
    Age Group(s): All Ages
    Cost: Tickets $8 per person (Ages 4-Up), 3 & under free
    Registration: Purchase tickets online

    GARDEN IN LIGHTS SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

    6:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/05/2018

    AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
    Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
    Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
    Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

    See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

    FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER

    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    12/05/2018
    KENNEDY CENTER
    2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

    FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
    Date: Monday – Friday
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
    Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
    Event Type: Performance/Concert
    Age Group: All Ages
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

    DIY SCARVES

    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    12/05/2018

    DIY SCARVES
    Date: 12/5/18
    Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

    Location: Charles County Public Library- Potomac Branch

    Details: Keep warm this winter; learn how to create a no-sew scarf out of fleece.

    Event Type: Library
    Age Group: 6 -14

    Cost: FREE

    Event Link

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    INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

    9:00 AM-7:00 PM
    12/06/2018-12/07/2018
    JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
    1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

    INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
    Date: OPEN DAILY
    Time: ALL DAY
    Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
    Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
    Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
    Age Group: All Ages
    Cost: VARIES
    Registration: Drop-In

    SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

    10:00 AM-7:00 PM
    12/06/2018

    SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

    Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

    Time: All Day

    Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

    Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

    Event Type: Holiday Family

    Age Group: All Ages

    Cost: FREE

    EVENT LINK

    SEA SQUIRTS- CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM

    10:15 AM-11:00 AM
    12/06/2018
    SEA SQUIRTS- CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
    Date: December 4, 2018
    Time: 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    Location: Calvert Marine Museum- 14200 Solomons Island Road S. Solomons, MD 20688
    Cost: FREE; drop-in program
    Details: This program is designed to invite adults and children to discover the museum together through music, stories, and special activities. 10:15 – 10:45 AM. Space is limited. If the session is full, another program will be offered at 11:00 AM.
    Event Type: Educational
    Age Group: Drop- In program for children 18 months to three years and their caregivers.

    PURE PLAY - LA PLATA

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    12/06/2018

    PURE PLAY – LA PLATA

    Date: Tuesday, December 06, 2018

    Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location: CCPL / La Plata Branch

    Description: Play is an important part of a child’s growth and development. Join us for this session of unstructured play time where we’ll provide the tools for your child to explore their creativity and use their imagination.
    Event Type: Library

    Age Group: Recommended for ages 3-9.

    Registration: Tickets are required and will be issued starting 1 hour before the program starts. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

    Cost: FREE

    Event Link

    LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS 

    12:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/06/2018
    EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
    130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

    LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
    Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

    Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

    Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
    Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

    **Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

    Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

    Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

    CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT

    12:00 PM-4:00 PM
    12/06/2018

    CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
    Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
    Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
    Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
    Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

    CRAFTERNOON & PICTURES WITH SANTA

    4:00 PM-6:00 PM
    12/06/2018

    CRAFTERNOON & PICTURES WITH SANTA

    Date: December 6, 2018

    Time: 4:00 PM

    Location: Dahlgren Library

    Details: See Flier

    Event Type: Holiday Kids

    Age Group: All Ages

    Cost: FREE

    Event Link

    WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS- WATKINS

    5:00 PM-9:30 PM
    12/06/2018

    WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
    Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
    Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
    Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
    Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

    LIGHTS ON THE BAY

    5:00 PM-10:00 PM
    12/06/2018

    LIGHTS ON THE BAY
    Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
    Place: Sandy Point State Park
    Price: $15 Per Car
    Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

    ZOO LIGHTS

    5:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/06/2018

    ZOO LIGHTS
    Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
    Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
    Price: Free admission
    Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

    FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS- MORMON TEMPLE

    5:00 PM-10:00 PM
    12/06/2018

    41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
    Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
    Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
    Price: Free
    Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

    BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

    5:30 PM-9:30 PM
    12/06/2018

    BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
    Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
    Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
    Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
    Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

    FIRE TRUCK SANTA RUN- MECHANICSVILLE

    5:30 PM-9:00 PM
    12/06/2018

    FIRE TRUCK SANTA RUN- MECHANICSVILLE

    Date: December 1-21, 2018

    Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

    Location: Streets around Mechanicsville

    Details: See flier for printable schedule

    The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will be bringing Santa Claus into your Neighborhood through the dates of December 1 to December 21. Santa will be riding on the biggest and brightest Fire Engine we have. An Ambulance will occasionally lead, playing Christmas songs on their PA system.

    Santa Runs will begin between 5:30 – 6:30 PM and may last up until 9:00 PM. We ask that if you live in a small court or cul-de-sac, please come to the road that intersects your street when you hear music and sirens. Our crews will cover as many streets within the subdivisions as possible.

    Please check the following schedule to see if Santa Claus will be available in your subdivision. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every street and road in our first due area.

    If you have any questions, please contact Station 2 at (301) 884-4709 or click here to e-mail us. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, we thank you for your support and wish everyone a very Safe and Merry

    Event Type: Santa Sighting

    Age Group: All Ages

    Cost: FREE

    EVENT LINK

    SNOW SLIME

    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    12/06/2018

    SNOW SLIME

    Date: December 6, 2018

    Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

    Location: CCPL/ PD Brown Branch

    Details: Make slime that looks like snow. Take your slime home and have fun with it.

    Event Type: Library

    Age Group: Recommended for ages 9-11.

    Cost: FREE

    Event Link

    GARDEN IN LIGHTS SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

    6:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/06/2018

    AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
    Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
    Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
    Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

    See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

    SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

    6:00 PM-10:00 PM
    12/06/2018

    SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
    Date: November 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019 Wednesday thru Sunday (6 PM-10PM)
    Place: Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, Columbia, Maryland
    Price: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. $20, Sat. $25 (cash only)
    Information: The Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Proceeds from the event benefit Howard County General Hospital. Lots of new elements this year to include: new course design, new displays, 100% LED lighting, laser show.

    LETS LEARN SPANISH! - CCPL WEST

    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    12/06/2018
    WALDORF WEST LIBRARY
    10405 Odonnell Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603

    LETS LEARN SPANISH STORYTIME
    Date: FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
    Time: 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: Waldorf West Library
    Details: Let’s learn Spanish together! Enjoy an English based storytime with some added Spanish words and watch as our Spanish vocabulary grows. We’ll read books, sing songs, dance and make a craft. It will be fantástico!
    Event Type: Family Storytime
    Age Group: 3 – 5
    CCPL CALENDAR LINK

    BROOKESIDE GARDENS OF LIGHTS

    6:00 PM-9:00 PM
    12/06/2018

    BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
    Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
    Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
    Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
    Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

    FULL DOME SHOW AT THE JAMES E RICHMOND SCIENCE CENTER

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    12/06/2018
    JAMES E RICHMOND SCIENCE CENTER
    5305 Piney Church Rd, Piney Church Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

    Date: 1ST & 3RD SATURDAYS
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM
    Location: James E.Richmond Science Center
    Description: James E. Richmond Science Center previews a full dome show every 1ST & 3RD Saturday.

    WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS

    Doors Open» 6:00 p.m.
    Fulldome Show» 6:45 p.m.
    Exploration Stations» 6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

    FIRST & THIRD SATURDAYS

    Doors Open» 9:00 a.m.
    Fulldome Shows» 9:30 a.m. | 10:45 a.m. | 12:00 p.m.
    Exploration Stations» 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

    Event Type: Family
    Age Group(s): All Ages
    Cost: Tickets $8 per person (Ages 4-Up), 3 & under free
    Registration: Purchase tickets online

    SNOWMAN SLIME

    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    12/06/2018

    SNOWMAN SLIME

    Date: December 6, 2018

    Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

    Location: Charles County Library , PD Brown

    Details: Slime is fun to make and there’s so much you can do with it. Come make snowman slime!

    Event Type: Library Kids Program

    Age Group: 9-11

    Cost: FREE

    Event Link

    FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER

    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    12/06/2018
    KENNEDY CENTER
    2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

    FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
    Date: Monday – Friday
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
    Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
    Event Type: Performance/Concert
    Age Group: All Ages
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

    CHRISTMAS BELLS

    8:00 PM-10:00 PM
    12/06/2018

    CHRISTMAS BELLS

    Date/ Time:

    Performances run November 30 – December 16
    Thursdays – Saturdays at 8PM
    Sundays at 3:30 PM
    Lobby doors open 1 hour prior to the show.

    Location: Newtowne Players

    Details: It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

    Tickets are now available on our website at www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets

    Adults $15
    Seniors/Students/Military $12
    Children $10

    Group rates are available, contact tickets@newtowneplayers.org