Bearings Craft Fair, Hangover Brunch, Water-Skiing Santa, and more.
Published: December 4, 2013
$1 or Less Days. For less than $1, visit downtown museums and attractions, including the Babe Ruth Museum, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Christmas Village in Baltimore, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, Historic Ships in Baltimore, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Lexington Market, Maryland Science Center, National Aquarium Baltimore, Port Discovery, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Sports Legends Museum, and Top of The World Observation Level. Dec. 7-8, Downtown Baltimore, GoDowntownBaltimore.com.
A Very RoboCop Christmas. Nothing says Christmas quite like RoboCop. Enjoy a screening of the original 1987 film (get that remake nonsense outta here) and be sure to dress festively. Dec. 10, 7 p.m., EMP Collective, 307 W. Baltimore St., empcollective.org, free.
Baltimore Clayworks Winterfest. Winterfest includes a holiday sale featuring handmade ceramic art. Some of the pottery sold was created by up-and-coming ceramic artists. Through Jan. 5, Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., (410) 578-1919, baltimoreclayworks.org, free.
Bearings Craft Fair. Bearings Bike Project and Baltimore Free Farm are sponsoring this craft fair, which will also feature a happy hour. Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Baltimore Free Farm, 3510 Ash St., baltimorefreefarm.org, free.
Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland. This two-day event begins with a holiday concert at Imagination Stage, with the groups including Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Chamber Singers, the GW Troubadors, Capital Blend, and Vox Pop. The second day features the live creation of ice sculptures and singing performances from students at schools Academy of the Holy Cross, Garrett Park Elementary School, and Norwood Middle School. Santa will make an appearance and have goodies for the kids to eat. Dec. 6-7, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, imaginationstage.org, Friday $10, children $5, Saturday free.
Brews and Board Games: Special Holiday Edition. Take a break from the holiday hustle and spend an afternoon playing your favorite board games. Dressed in your best holiday attire, naturally. Dec. 21, 4-8 p.m., the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8855, thewindupspace.com, free.
Burlesque and Bodypaint In the Spirit of Christmas. Body-painter Steven Freeman will transform burlesque performers into colorful holiday displays. Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m., Crazy Russian, 8209 Pulaski Highway, Rosedale, (410) 686-1110, facebook.com/crazyrussiangirls, $10.
Comedy Cantonese. Headliner Marion Grodin will provide the laughs, while Magooby’s will bring the buffet of Chinese delights (Kosher and non-Kosher options available). Dec. 24, 7:30 p.m., Magooby’s Joke House, 9603 Deereco Road, Timonium, (410) 252-2727, magoobys.com.
Festival of Wreaths. Join Carroll County Arts Council for the 16th Annual Festival of Wreaths. A silent auction will be held for these exquisite and creative pieces. Through Dec. 8, Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, (410) 848-7272, carr.org/arts.
Hack and Slash Christmas Massacre. The comedic duo of Hack and Slash are back again for their popular Christmas event. Bring donations of food and clothes for those in need and hey, wear your PJs as always. Dec. 13-15, 8 p.m., Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, (410) 636-6597, hackandslash.org.
Hangover Brunch. Start your New Year’s Resolution a day late and recover from your big night with brunch. There will be greasy food like bacon and home fries, and bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. Jan. 1, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., B&O American Brasserie, 2 N. Charles St., (443) 692-6172, bandorestaurant.com.
Historic District Holiday Window Decorating Contest. Time to get all artsy and crafty for the holidays! The Ellicott City Historic District Partnership is once again hosting its annual window-decorating contest. Elected by popular vote, the winners will receive ad spaces in The Baltimore Sun and in The Business Monthly. Get excited, it’s your time to shine! Dec. 9, Ellicott City Historic District, ellicottcity.net.
Holiday Breakfast at the Y. Food, pictures with Santa, and fun activities at your local Y. Times vary by location. Dec. 14, 9-11 a.m., various locations, ymaryland.org, $5, members free.
Holiday Craft Ornament Workshop & Film Screening. Create ornaments and cards to celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa and view the film A Ripple in Time, by local young filmmakers. Dec. 7, 11 a.m., Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1800, africanamericanculture.org.
Holiday Festival of Trains. The “oldest railroad station in the country” has a train garden for the holiday season. Through Jan. 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City, (410) 461-1945, $6, kids $4.
Holiday Fireworks. Watch the sky light up with fireworks at the National Harbor. Fridays at 7 p.m. until Dec. 20, National Harbor, 137 National Plaza, National Harbor, nationalharbor.com.
Holiday Swing. Come take a dance class. Groove to the sound of Daryl Davis’ classic Motown swing hits. Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., Blackrock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, (240) 912-1057, blackrockcenter.org, $20.
Jingle Fells Holiday Pub Crawl. This non-denominational pub crawl through Fells Point is aimed at spreading holiday cheers of all kinds. At 12 participating bars, pub crawlers can get $2 Miller Lites and $3 Blue Moons. The first 500 people will receive free Santa hats and reindeer antlers, but everyone who comes is welcome to bring new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Registration will take place at DogWatch Tavern at 709 S. Broadway from 1-6 p.m., and all participants must receive a wristband. Dec. 14, 1-9 p.m., (410) 267-6030, lindypromo.com, $8.
Kwanzaa Celebration. Participate in “Drum Talk” with Sankofa Dance Theater drummers and beat-box artist Shodekeh and enjoy a workshop on Kwanzaa principles with Culture Kingdom Kids. Dr. Maulana Karenga, founder of Kwanzaa, joins. Dec. 28, noon-4 p.m., Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1800, africanamericanculture.org, included in museum admission.
Lexington Market’s Annual Holiday Fashion Extravaganza. Time for the new Christmas-y fashion trends. Travis Winkey, fashion guru and entrepreneur, takes over the Lexington Market for a chic affair. Arrive early, everyone wants to be Baltimore’s most beautiful. Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St., (410) 685-6169, lexingtonmarket.com.
Monument Lighting Festival. An evening of special holiday-themed activities at the Walters in celebration of the lighting of the Washington Monument. Dec. 5, 5-8:30 p.m., Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org, free.
Pet Night With Santa. Cats and dogs can come get a photograph with Mr. Claus. Through Dec. 23, Mondays, 6 p.m., Columbia Mall, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-2222, free.
Pet Photos with Santa. Get your pet’s picture with Santa and support BARCS, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, with donations of pet food and toys. Dec. 15, 1-4 p.m., Harbor East, Aliceanna and Exeter streets.
Santa’s Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl. Support Toys for Tots with this year’s Santa’s Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl. For just $15 you can get a souvenir cup, drink specials, and access to bars and nightclubs throughout Power Plant. Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Power Plant Live, 34 Market Place, (410) 727-5483, powerplantlive.com.
Special Holiday Tool 101: ScreenPrinting. Learn how to screenprint on a thermofax. Ten spots are open for printing and include your very own reusable screen, printing squeegee, and access to ink. Bring your own items (shirts, bags, cards, etc.) and watch the magic happen. It’s also free to come watch, so by all means come on down. Dec. 11, 7-9 p.m., Station North Tool Library, 417 E. Oliver St., $11.54 for library members, $16.82 for non-members, free to watch.
Strand Theater Cocktail party. Adult beverages, light fare, and Stella & Dot’s holiday collection. Portions of every sale benefit the Strand Theater. Dec. 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Strand Theater, 1823 N. Charles St., (443) 874-4719, strandtheatercompany.org, $5.
Thanks, but no thanks: Stoop Storytelling. Get in the spirit of the holidays by listening to others tell their best—and worst—stories about getting and giving presents. There will be cocktails and live music performed by the Bellevederes. 7 p.m., Dec. 16, Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., (410) 332-0033, stoopstorytelling.com.
3rd Annual Power Plant Holiday Light Show Spectacular. Power Plant’s 3rd Annual Holiday Light Show Spectacular will feature a show of lasers, lights, and video-mapping projections choreographed to music. Shows will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m., with 9 p.m. shows and two extra performances, at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., on New Year’s Eve. Through Dec. 31, Pratt Street Power Plant, 601 E. Pratt St., itsawaterfrontlife.org.
’Twas the Night Before Christmas Ice Sculptures. Clement Clarke Moore’s classic holiday poem is brought to crystalline life in a series of colored ice sculptures. Through Jan. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, (301) 965-2000, christmasonthepotomac.com.
The Santaland Diaries. David Sedaris’ time as Crumpet the Elf at Macy’s Santaland Christmas display inspired this comedic performance. It’s sure to relieve some of that holiday stress that we all experience around the most wonderful time of the year. Dec. 6-7, 8 p.m., Maryland Ensemble Theater, the FSK Hotel, 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 694-4744, marylandensemble.org, $25.50, students and seniors $21.50.
The 16th Annual Festival of the Wreaths. Browse and bid on a selection of festively decorated wreaths and partake in events such as ornament swaps, concerts, Ugly Sweater Night, and more. Through Dec. 8, Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, (410) 848-7272, carr.org/arts.
Water-Skiing Santa. This is not your average Santa sighting. Watch as Santa and others like Frosty and the Grinch waterski across the Potomac. Dec. 24, 1 p.m., National Harbor, 137 National Plaza, National Harbor, nationalharbor.com.