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Best Family Christmas Events & Activities

December 21, 2011 8:36 AM

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Enjoy the holiday season with activities and reindeer games for the entire family. Have holly, jolly fun during the best time of the year.

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Homestead Gardens

743 W. Central Avenue
Davidsonville, MD 21035
(410) 798-5000
www.homesteadgardens.com

Homestead Gardens has been helping local residents celebrate the holidays with their beautiful selections of poinsettias, wreaths, garlands, and permanent Christmas trees. Visit Homestead Gardens for helpful decorating tips and ornaments, and become inspired by their own creations. Homestead Gardens has a big inventory of Christmas lights of the highest quality in LED lights. Kids will enjoy watching the model trains chug past Department 56, a model village of hand-painted ceramic buildings and figurines. Visit on the weekends for a chance to meet Santa.

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Baltimore Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade

Baltimore, MD
(410) 366-0726
www.mayorschristmasparade.com

The Baltimore Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade takes place every December and is a festive treat for Charm City. Sponsored by the communities and businesses of North Baltimore’s Hampden and Medfield neighborhoods, the parade spans 2.5 miles through Baltimore. The parade attracts 25,000 people who crowd the streets. The parade usually features over 150 marching units, and the main attraction, Santa Claus. With Harley Davidson motorcycles, floats, the Baltimore Marching Ravens, and the Boumi Temple performers, the Baltimore Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade always yields holiday cheer.

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College Park Aviation Museum

1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 864-6029
www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com/home.htm

Before he takes flight on Christmas Eve, Santa arrives to the area to collect Christmas lists via helicopter. Welcome Santa in December at the historic College Park Airport. Santa makes a grand entrance at the airport’s landing pad and is ready to meet the nice boys and girls. Children can get their picture taken with Santa and can take part in holiday arts and crafts at the College Park Aviation Museum. While his reindeer get their rest for the “big night,” Santa takes flight thanks to College Park’s Aviation Museum.

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Christmas On The Potomac At Gaylord National Resort

Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745
(301) 965-2000
www.ChristmasOnThePotomac.com

Indoor snowfall, a 60-foot glass tree, a walk-thru winter wonderland sculpted from ice, it is Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National Resort, unless the Grinch gets his way. Gaylord National has plenty of Christmas events that will create memories for a lifetime. ICE! brings to life the Christmas classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with 10 colorful scenes straight from Dr. Suess’ book. Whoville is sculpted form two-million pounds of ice that even the biggest “Grinch” with a heart two sizes too small will love. Submit photos of your Christmas on the Potomac experience for a chance to win Gaylord National’s “photo of the day” and end of the season contest.

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Holiday Market For Kids

Dancing Bear Toys And Gifts
Cultural Arts Center
15 W. Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 631-9300
www.dbeartoys.com

Every Friday and Saturday of the holiday season, the Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts of Frederick, Md. opens their Holiday Market for Kids. Young shoppers can shop for family, teachers and friends at this “secret” store. Kids will have fun with the freedom to shop on their own. Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts is an independent specialty toy store with fun items and games not found in major retail stores. Gift items in the Holiday Market are $10 and under and the selections are exclusively Fair Trade with a portion of proceeds directed to the Frederick Arts Council.

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