Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out some of these outdoor events and more!
15th annual Gingerbread House Contest and Show
Visitors can view (not eat) a display of gingerbread houses and vote for their favorite entries in the Viewer’s Choice Award Competition. Opens Friday, runs Friday-Sunday noon-5 p.m., through Dec. 14. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-8010. history.pgparks.com. $1, age 4 and younger free.
Kennedy Krieger Institute celebrates its 25th annual holiday extravaganza with more than 700 decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. Visitors can also enjoy live performances, “reindeer” pony rides, carnival games, train and carousel rides, local vendors, a silent auction and a raffle. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Timonium. 443-923-7300. www.festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org. $13, seniors and youth $7, age 4 and younger free.
Santa & Mrs. Claus’ Train Arrival & Train Rides
B&O Railroad Museum
10:30am – Civil War Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive by train into the Roundhouse
10:45am – Santa & Mrs. Claus light a new 20 ft. animated Christmas Tree
Weekend train rides with Santa
Ornament Decorating Contests for Kids
Craft: making Wooden Toys
50% off admission with a donation to Toys for Tots*
5th Annual Eastport Black Friday & 4th Street Art Stroll & Pub Walk
Something Special at each location! Join us and walk off that turkey dinner with friends and family.
Davis’ Pub 400 Chester Avenue (corner of Fourth Street)
- Stop by Lisa Masson Studio Gallery or Fletcher Art and receive 10% off your food & beverage Friday Eve!
- Lisa Masson Studio Gallery – 511 Fourth Street
- Receive 10% off selected work and custom orders. Check out the “Black Friday” specials on fine art prints. Lisa also has a line of fine art scarves perfect for holiday gifting.
- Fletch Art – 424 Fourth Street
- Features Cindy’s new book, “Adventures of Tenacity”, new seascape paintings, note cards, and 20% off selected works.
- Boatyard Bar & Grill – 400 Fourth Street
- Happy Hour until 7 p.m. with $3.00 well drinks and draft pints. Also, $5.00 apps at the bar and oysters $.99 cents. Besides other delicious dinner specials, they feature the Mallory Square Key West Fish Sandwich at $12.99.
An outdoor screening of the 2004 film about a magical train headed to Santa’s house in the North Pole. 2-4 p.m. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 877-628-5427. www.nationalharbor.com. Free.
Two Rivers Steak & Fish House – T.A. and D are the powerhouse performance act, Lovestory. The Lovestory repertoire includes the jazz hits of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald along with your favorite Motown and soul hits from the 50′s, 60′s, and 70′s. You’ll hear Otis Redding, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Martha & the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye and many, many more. With an emphasis on songs that celebrate life and love, Lovestory fills the room with the energy of love and connection.
Christmas Lights on 34th Street
BMA 100 Day Celebration
The BMA celebrates its 100th anniversary with the reopening of the historic Merrick Entrance and renovated Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing as well as special events and activities. More info here.
Shop local crafters and vendors. Pictures with Santa noon-1 p.m., Bazaar runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, 28165 Hills Club Rd., Mechanicsville. 301-884-4709. www.mvfd.com. Free.
Grand Illumination-City Tree Lighting
Market Space at the Market House – ‘Tis the season for Grand Illumination. This community-wide event is ideal for families as it is free and requires no RSVP. Truthfully, this event acts as a catalyst for the holiday season to commence, and is regarded as one of the most anticipatory events in downtown. The Christmas tree in Market Space will light up around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 30. Pets are also welcome as the event is outside, though please remember this event will be well-attended. This festive event is sponsored by the Annapolis Jaycees. The Jaycees will be serving up hot chocolate for all at this popular Annapolis event helps everyone get into the holiday spirit. Free Admission.
Life Beyond Earth
Maryland Science Center – This permanent exhibit at the Science Center explores the question of whether or not we’re alone in the universe. Also check out the planetarium show We Are Aliens.