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A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of several classics to be shown during the holiday shorts film festival at the Enoch Pratt Library’s Waverly branch.

Holidays Exhibition. The exhibition features work from Susan Feller, Karen L. Gray, Ingrid Cowan Hass, and more. There will be a variety of works present, from block prints and watercolors to quilting to clay sewn on canvas. Through Jan. 5, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Meeting House Gallery, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, (410) 730-4090,

27th Annual Water-Skiing Santa. Santa is back on the water with his knee-boarding reindeer, flying elves, jet-skiing Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman in a dinghy. 1 p.m., Dec. 24, National Harbor, 137 National Plaza, National Harbor,, free.

35th Annual Historic Ellicott City Midnight Madness. Kids can get their photo taken with Santa at his workshop in the historic Thomas Isaac Log Cabin on upper Main Street. Howard County Councilmember Courtney Watson will be on hand for the annual tree lighting. Live music, refreshments, and special promotions at area restaurants and shops will be offered until midnight. 4 p.m.-midnight, Dec. 7, Ellicott City Historic District, Main Street and Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City,, free.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Donald Hicken narrates Dylan Thomas’ story of Chirstmas in the coastal village of Swansea. Following the reading, he is joined by Baltimore School for the Arts colleagues Nancy Krebs and Becky Mossing to sing seasonal favorites. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 19, Germano’s Trattoria, 300 S. High St., (410) 752-4515,, $10.

A Hanukkah Dance Party. Charm City Klezmer, led by husband-wife team Michael Raitzyk and vocalist/keyboadist Judith Geller, gets the dance party going. The D.C. trio Klezcentricity provide tunes that will have James Brown and Chuck Berry going klezmer. 8 p.m., Dec. 8, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651,, $16, members $11.

Celebrate Kwanzaa. Charles Dugger presents the principles of Kwanzaa. Various dates and times, Enoch Pratt Free Library, various branches,

Highlandtown Train Garden. Bring the family out to see the holiday-themed model-train layout. Sponsored by CSX, the Baltimore City Fire Department, and the Southeast Community Development Corporation. Through Jan. 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Engine Company 41 Firehouse, 520 S. Conkling St.,, free.

Holiday Ales with Hugh Sisson. Heavy Seas Beer’s Hugh Sisson will guide participants through a selection of 10-plus holiday ales from across the globe. Sisson will explain the history and various flavor combinations while participants snack on appetizers made especially for the event. 6:30 p.m., Dec. 12, Heavy Seas Ale House, 1300 Bank St., (410) 522-0850,, $35.

Holiday Poinsettia Show and Train Garden. Enjoy the varieties of poinsettias and the traditional train garden featuring new additions. Many of the poinsettias and other in-house-grown plants will be for sale. Dec. 8-30, Wednesdays-Fridays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays, 10-4 p.m., H. P. Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore, 3100 Swan Drive, (410) 396-0008,, free, $5 donation suggested.

Holiday Poinsettia Show and Train Garden Preview Party Fundraiser. Enjoy a special first viewing of the display and light refreshments. All proceeds directly benefit the H.P. Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Garden of Baltimore. 6-8 p.m., Dec. 7, H. P. Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore, 3100 Swan Drive, (410) 396-0008,, $20 in advance, $30 at the door.

Holiday Shorts Film Festival. Enjoy some of the classic movies of the season. Week 1: A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Week 2: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Week 3: Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas. Dec. 6-20, Thursdays, 4 p.m., Enoch Pratt Free Library, Waverly branch, 400 E. 33rd St., (410) 396-6053,, free.

Hunks in Trunks. A male swimwear charity fashion show benefitting the Baltimore Gay and Lesbian Community Center. 7-10:30 p.m., Dec. 12, Red Maple, 930 N. Charles St., (410) 385-0520, $19.50-$253. 50.

Make and Take Holiday Card Workshop. James Abbott, Evergreen Museum director and curator, will lead a workshop on the craft of card making in the Victorian era. Use a number of colorful papers, ribbons, fabrics, and printed illustration to make holiday cards. 1-3 p.m., Dec. 8, Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St., (410) 516-0341,, $8, members free.

MDHS Monument Lighting Open House. Join Mount Vernon’s holiday celebration—music, refreshments and children’s crafts will be provided. 5-8 p.m., Dec. 6, Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., (410) 685-3750,, free.

National Harbor Fireworks. Every Friday night, National Harbor retailers will provide deals and promotions to visitors. The evening entertainment ends with a tree lighting and fireworks display. Through Dec. 21, Fridays, 7 p.m., National Harbor, 201 W. Monument St., (301) 203-4170,, free.

Peace, Love, JCC. In honor of Camp Milldale’s upcoming 60th anniversary, join the Jewish Community Center in some ’60s-style family fun with games, entertainment, arts and crafts, a moon bounce, and more. 1-4 p.m., Dec. 25, Rosenbloom Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gywnnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, (410) 356-5200, $18, free for JCC members.

Rock the Dock Family Holiday Bash. Enjoy an afternoon of live music, train rides, arts and crafts, games, food and drinks, and more. 3-6 p.m., Dec. 15, Power Plant Live, 601 E. Pratt St.,, free.

Santa Paws. The Hotel Monaco will be transformed into a holiday paradise for pets and their owners. There will be holiday treats and photo opportunities with Santa. Keepsake print photos with Santa available for a donation of $20 for the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. 2-4 p.m., Dec. 8, Hotel Monaco, 2 N. Charles St., (443) 692-6170,

Sock Monkey Saturday. Join the fun and make your own sock monkey. Bring two pairs of clean socks and your own scissors. Instructions, stuffing, sewing needles, and thread are provided. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 8, American Visionary Art Museum, Jim Rouse Visionary Center, 800 Key Highway, (410) 576-0022,, free.

Symphony of Lights. A 20-minute drive through more than 70 holiday light displays. The light displays are illuminated by 250,000 bulbs on a 1.4 mile drive. All benefits go to Howard County General Hospital. Through Jan. 6, 6-10 p.m., Symphony Woods, intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Hickory Ridge Road, Columbia, (410) 740-7840,, car or van up to eight passengers $20, commercial vans or minibuses with nine to 24 people $45, buses exceeding 24 passengers $125.

Teen Chanukah Party. Teens can eat pizza and latkes, play games with their friends, and enjoy TV on the projection screen. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Dec. 12, Rosenbloom Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gywnnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, (410) 356-5200,

The Big Family Meal. Charese Robinson of the University of Maryland Extension Program demonstrates how to cook a healthy family meal for a group of 10. 3:30 p.m., Dec. 6, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Brooklyn branch, 300 E. Patapsco Ave., (410) 396-1120,, free.

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