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Holiday Guide

Open Houses And Tours

2012 Baltimore Bed and Breakfast Holiday Open House. Stop at each participating Baltimore inn and experience fun and festive breakfast tastings. 1-5 p.m., Dec. 9, various locations,, $15.

27th Annual Union Square Cookie Tour. It’s once again that time of the year when the Union Square Association, Inc., presents a self-guided tour of historic Victorian townhouses with freshly baked cookies. This year, the newly renovated Union Square Park will be part of the tour. Noon-4:30 p.m., Dec. 9 Union Square Neighborhood, 1401 Hollins St., Union Square Park, S. Gilmor St. between Hollins and W. Lombard streets,, $20.

A Carroll Christmas: Holiday Traditions at Mount Clare. See the Mount Clare Museum House decorated in 18th century Christmas style. The Monumental City Ancient Fife and Drum Corps will perform outside on the front steps from morning to early afternoon. Finish your holiday shopping at the Annual Holiday Greens and Gift Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 8, Mount Clare Mansion and Stable, Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Blvd., (410) 837-3262, $5.

An Ever Green Evening. Come out for Evergreen’s annual holiday open house, featuring seasonal decorations, the opening of the fifth annual Evergreen as Muse group exhibition of student-made artist books, a silent auction, and after-hours viewing of the exhibition Through the Legacy of Bakst: The Art of Aleona Isakova. 6-8 p.m., Dec. 6, Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St., (410) 516-0341,, $8, members and JHU students free.

Christmas Open House Weekend. Volunteers and garden clubs will decorate the circa 1747 Manor House in the theme of a Magical Christmas. Holiday plant arrangements, greens, and gifts will be for sale. Dec. 7-9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, (410) 557-9570, $10, seniors and students $8, children $3.

Christmas on the Ridgelys’ Plantation. Park Ranger Angela Roberts-Burton dresses in period attire to give a glimpse of what the Christmas season meant for slaves at Hampton Mansion. 2 p.m., Dec. 8, Hampton Mansion, 535 Hampton Lane, Towson, (410) 823-1309,

Christmas Open House and Print Exhibition. Antique Row Stalls will be having a Christmas open house and print exhibition of works by Baltimore’s own Gabrielle de Veaux Clements. There will be a reception and Allen C. Abend, author of Gabrielle de Veaux Clements: Late 19th and Early 20th Century Etchings of Baltimore Views, will be available for book signings. 1-4 p.m., Dec. 8, Antique Row Stalls, 809 N. Howard St., (410) 728-6363,, free.

Fire and Ice Night. Take a stroll around downtown Towson and look at all the ice sculptures. Performers will entertain on the streets and local restaurants will offer roasted chestnuts and s’mores. Part of Towson WinterFest. 6-9 p.m., Dec. 7, Downtown Towson, Baltimore, Chesapeake, Pennsylvania, and Washington avenues, Towson, (410) 825-1144,, free.

Holiday Open House. The whole family can take part in a holiday sing-a-long. Santa and Dreidel Man will make special appearances. 6 p.m., Dec. 6, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Light Street branch, 1251 Light St., (410) 396-1096,, free.

Holidays at Hampton. The colonial mansion marks the holidays with sleigh rides, historic interpretations, musical performances, a War of 1812 ball, and more. Dec. 7-9, Hampton Mansion, 535 Hampton Lane, Towson, (410) 823-1309,, carriage rides $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and younger.

Home for the Holidays Tour. Explore five of Baltimore’s best historic sites—including the B&O Railroad, the Maryland Club, Evergreen Museum & Library, Homewood Museum and Mount Clare Museum House—decked out in holiday decor and stocked with gifts. Courtney Wilson, executive director of the B&O Railroad Museum, leads the guided tour, which includes a continental breakfast, motorcoach transportation, and lunch. 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m., Dec. 11, Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St., (410) 516-0341,, $60, members $50.

A Longwood Gardens Christmas. Longwood Gardens will be transformed into a holiday wonderland with more than 500,000 outdoor lights adorning trees and fountains dancing to holiday music around the clock. There will be specially ticketed concerts through the season, Through Jan. 6, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Longwood Gardens, Route 1, Kennett Square, Pa., (610) 388-1000,, free for members, $8- 25. Should purchase tickets from to ensure admittance.

Snowflake Tour of Charles Village Homes. Come admire the festively decorated historical homes of Charles Village that Travel and Leisure Magazine dubbed one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in America. Be sure not to miss out on a single Victorian or late-Edwardian by starting off the Snowflake tour at the Village Learning Place and working your way down to the Homewood Museum. Noon-4 p.m., Dec. 16, Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul St., (410) 235-2210,, free.

Solomons Christmas Walk. The annual Solomons Christmas Walk will have local performers, a garden of lights, a lighted boat parade, crafts for kids, and visits from Santa. Dec. 7-8, 6-9 p.m., Calvert Marine Museum, State Route 2, Solomons, (410) 326-2042,, free.

The Christmas Story in Art. A free tour that covers the birth of Christ in Renaissance and Baroque paintings. No reservations required. 1-2 p.m., Dec. 9, Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000,, free.

The Spirits of Christmas Past with Jacob Marley. Anthropologist, historian, actor, and musician Cliff Long takes on the role of A Christmas Carol’s Jacob Marley to take you on a haunting tour of Fells Point. Age 21 and older only. Through Dec. 22, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m., Fells Point Ghostwalk, 731 S. Broadway, (410) 522-7400,, $20.

Wine Country Christmas. Tour Boordy’s vineyard in a wintertime setting and enjoy songs of the season. Taste six samples for $5. Glasses and bottles of wine are also available for purchase. Dec. 8-22, Saturdays, 1-5 p.m., Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, (410) 592-5015,, free.

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