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Enjoy being envious of (and/or mocking) other people’s holiday decorations at Ladew Gardens Annual Christmas Open House.


20th Annual Symphony of Lights. Head to the scenic woods of Columbia for a drive-through tour of 70 large holiday light displays. Through Jan. 5, Symphony Woods, intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Hickory Ridge Road, Columbia, (410) 740-7666, hcgh.org/symphonyoflights, $20 per car or van up to 8 passengers, $45 for commercial vans and minibuses seating 9 to 24 people, and $125 for buses exceeding 24 passengers.

The 2013 Poinsettia Tour of Baltimore. Tour 15-20 grand historic homes in the Bolton Hill, Reservoir Hill, and Madison Park neighborhoods, all of which will be decorated for the holidays. Dec. 7, noon-5 p.m., Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Maryland, 1307 Eutaw Place, (410) 440-3406, poinsettiatourbaltimore.com, $20.

3rd Annual Snowflake Tour of Charles Village Homes. Check out the intricate displays of holiday-themed decorations on the historic homes of Charles Village. Tickets include free admission to the Homewood Museum, located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. Dec. 15, noon-4 p.m., Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul St., (410) 235-2210, villagelearningplace.org, $15, students and seniors $12.

A Carroll Christmas: Holiday Traditions at Mount Clare. See how one of the state’s richest families celebrated Christmas over 250 years ago at the Mount Clare Museum House. Visitors can embark on a self-guided tour and see the gilded Christmas decorations of the Carroll family. In addition, a living history interpreter will give an 18th-century food demonstration and the Monumental City Ancient Fife and Drum Corps will perform classic holiday songs. Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mount Clare Museum House, 1500 Washington Blvd., (410) 837-3262, mountclare.org. $5.

An EverGreen Evening and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The Evergreen Museum and Library will host a day of family-fun activities, including Victorian-style card and cookiemaking. Members of the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory will read from E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Guided tours will occur each hour until 3 p.m. Dec. 14, noon-4 p.m., the Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St., (410) 516-0341, museums.jhu.edu, $12, children $8, members $6. Nutcracker readings only: $4, members free.

Antrim 1844 Holiday Tour. Tour the 19th-century mansion, have refreshments, and get your picture taken with Santa. Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m., Antrim 1844 Country Inn, 30 Trevanion Road, Taneytown, (410) 756-6812, antrim1844.com.

Holiday Festival of Trains and Toys. This month-long event feature performances, train rides, and chocolate. Through Dec. 31, B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., (410) 752-2490, borail.org, $16, children $10.

Holidays At Hampton 2013. The historic Hampton Mansion will open its doors for a free tours starting Dec. 13, for it’s traditional holiday weekend. Enjoy the scenery by candlelight. Dec. 13-15, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Hampton Mansion, 535 Hampton Lane, Towson, (410) 828-9480, historichampton.org, free.

Howard County Historical Society 37th Annual Holiday House Tour. Tour five historic properties in Howard County by bus. Dec. 15, 1-6:30 p.m., Howard County Public Library, Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, (410) 480-3280, hchsmd.org, $50.

Ladew Gardens Annual Christmas Open House. Tour the 18th-century Manor House after it’s been decorated for the holidays with the theme “Christmas through the Ages.” There will also be live music, a green sale featuring decorations, refreshments, and tours of the gardens. Dec. 13-15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, (410) 557-9570, ladewgardens.com, $10, seniors and students $8, age 12 and younger $2.

The Spirits of Christmas Past Holiday Haunted PubWalk. Anthropologist, historian, and actor Cliff Long will take on the role of Jacob Marley’s ghost for a haunted pub walk through Fells Point. Presented by Baltimore Ghost tours. Dec. 7-21, Saturdays, 7 p.m. Max’s on Broadway, 737 S. Broadway, (410) 357-1186, baltimoreghosttours.com.

Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour. Nothing quite says Christmas like Christmas cookies. The Union Square neighborhood offers visitors more than just cookies, including tours of their National Register of Historic Places along with tours of 15 of the 19th-century homes that comprise the neighborhood, all of which will be decorated for the season. Dec. 8, noon-4:30 p.m., Union Square Neighborhood, Union Square Park, 1401 Hollins St., South Gilmor Street between Hollins and West Lombard streets, union-square.us, $20.

Window Wonderland. Harbor East presents Window Wonderland, a holiday art exhibit featuring shopfront windows decorated by local artists. The opening event on Dec. 5, between 5:30-8:30 p.m., features carolers, refreshments, and entertainers. There will also be a Milk and Cookies Social just for kids. Through Jan. 1, Harbor East, Aliceanna and Exeter streets, itsawaterfrontlife.org, free.

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