Local Activities | December 5, 2014
The holiday season is in full swing in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas. There are many different ways to celebrate the holidays from going to craft shows to taking a stroll or drive-through Christmas light displays around the Baltimore area.
A good majority of holiday craft shows took place earlier in the fall, but there are still some ongoing shows and markets where you can find great locally produced arts, crafts and gifts.
The Downtown Washington D.C. Holiday Market opened November 28th and runs to December 23rd on the sidewalk on F Street between 7th and 8th Streets in front of the National Gallery. The show runs daily from noon to 8pm and features over 180 exhibitors and artisans of fine art, jewelry, pottery, clothing, photography, and more. There will also be local musicians offering a variety of musical styles from choral to rock ‘n’ roll.
The McLean Holiday Craft Show runs December 5th to 7th at the McLean Community Center. There will be over 70 fine artisans from across the country. The show features fiber arts, wood, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, glass, holiday décor, gourmet foods, paper art, photography and much more. Entertainment will be provided by local school choral and musical groups. Alexandria’s Holiday Market opens this weekend on John Carlyle Street in Alexandria, Virginia. The market runs every weekend (and more) through the holidays. The market transforms the Carlyle District to a traditional European festival straight out of France or Germany. Unique arts and crafts items will be featured along with live entertainment and European food and sweets. The Alexandria Holiday Market supports the Holiday Sharing Toy Drive program and the Hunger Free Alexandria initiative. Tysons Corner Center Holiday Market is a unique Christmas Market and Winterfest in the heart of the Tysons Corner Center. The market opens December 5th and will be open to December 24th. There will be arts and crafts, food, drink, music and an ice rink. There are special events scheduled throughout the month. Leesburg Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show features over 90 artisans with homemade creations and products. The show runs December 6th and 7th at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center in Leesburg, Virginia.
Charles County Fairgrounds is hosting the 2014 Kris Kringle Christmas Market on December 5th and 6th. The market is modeled after German holiday markets. There will be holiday light displays, holiday food, local handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, entertainment, shopping and much more. Santa arrives at the market on Friday, December 5th during the official tree lighting ceremony. Christmas Village at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is back again for the holiday season. The market is set up as a traditional German style market. Wander through the market with 40 vendors selling traditional European crafts, arts, and jewelry and holiday gifts. There are two Christmas trees and thousands of lights. The market is open every day. There is free admission during the week and paid admission on the weekends.
There are many great holiday light displays in the Baltimore and Northern Virginia area this season that you can tour by foot or via a car.
Winter Lights at Seneca Creek State Park returns for another season of holiday display in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The park is open nightly from November 28th to December 31st for a 3.5 mile drive through an enchanted holiday forest with many different holiday themes and over 365 illuminated displays. The proceeds of the Winter Lights festival benefit local charities. Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park returns for another season of holiday delights in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The drive-through light display features over one million lights and many new holiday displays. The 21st Annual Symphony of Lights in Columbia, Maryland opened for the season on November 15th with a fun run/walk and events continue through January 4th. There are over 70 larger-than-life animated and stationary illuminated displays. The Symphony of Lights is the largest annual fundraiser for the Howard County General Hospital. Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park is a scenic drive through a 2 mile holiday light spectacle along the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis. There are over 60 holiday light displays with themes ranging from dinosaurs to winter fairies. The show runs November 22nd to January 1st. The holiday light show is sponsored by the Anne Arundel Medical Center. Last, but definitely not least, is Miracle on 34th Street in the Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore. Miracle on 34th Street started in 1947 and is currently in its 67th year. The lights officially turned on this year on November 29th and will run to January 1, 2015. The lights are on every evening from dusk to 11pm. The row of houses in the neighborhood from the 700 block of 34th Street between Kenwick Road and Chestnut Street are decorated in all styles and traditions. The displays range from trains, animated figures, Walt Disney characters, artwork, Hanukkah menorahs and holiday symbols. It is definitely a sight not to be missed! There is so much to see and do during the holiday season in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C. areas. Once you have bought those great holiday gifts at the arts and craft shows, you will need a place to store them until Christmas. ezStorage has a variety of storage unit sizes that can help with any storage need. Stop in to any of our 46 self storage facilities to see how we can help! Happy Holidays from ezStorage!