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Welcome to the Southern Maryland 2006 Christmas Guide! This is a living, breathing document. We recommend that you check back regularly to see what's new. If you have suggestions for additions, or exisiting information about you or your events needs to be changed, please contact us.


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Local Activities and Events...

Southern Maryland really comes alive during the holiday season.  We've listed all of the major holiday events and festivities for you on this page.  There is also a special page dedicated to Santa's schedule. Don't forget to check the Community Calendar for other interesting events. If you don't find something to your liking here, we have a list of other Holiday Guides that you may find useful. Not sure what to expect? We have some photos of previous year's events.

Major Events

In 1882, the first Christmas tree was lit by the use of electricity. Edward Johnson lighted up a Christmas tree in New York City with eighty small electric light bulbs.

Garden In Lights
Website Pics from Last Year
Annmarie Garden, Solomons, MD
December 8, 2006 - January 1, 2007 @ 6 pm - 9 pm

Garden In Lights is an annual custom-created, drive-through holiday light show opening the evening of December 8th. Garden In Lights will run nightly, 6:00 - 9:00 pm until January 1st. Garden In lights is weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, call the hotline at 410-326-4640 for information on closings. Garden in Lights will be closed on December 24th.

The talented staff of Annmarie Garden will be working diligently in their holiday workshop to create one-of-a-kind light sculptures and decorations for this year's event. Themed areas will transform the Garden into a magical drive-through display. Back by popular demand will be the "Holiday I Spy" game. Each area will have several hidden decorations for visitors to find. A program listing the hidden elements (and perhaps a clue!) will be provided for each car.

Decorating the Garden takes over a month and requires the help of an electrician, volunteers, and even a few generous elves from the Calvert Marine Museum. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per car. Anyone donating the full $5.00 will receive a pass that will allow unlimited visits during the three week event. Don't miss the most magical holiday event in southern Maryland!

Solomons Christmas Walk
December 8 & 9, 2006
A tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Riverwalk gazebo begins this weekend of special activities throughout the Solomons area. There will be open house at most Solomons businesses, both home and business decorating contests and the main streets lined with luminaria.

Friday evening is Children’s Night with activities at the Calvert Marine Museum. Make an ornament at the Calvert Memorial Hospital’s Solomons Medical Center. There might even be a Santa sighting. Our Lady Star of the Sea has a live nativity scene both evenings.

Saturday morning, Breakfast with Santa is held at the Naughty Gull Restaurant. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 410-326-4855 . The cost is $5 per child and $8 for adults. The open houses at local businesses continue throughout the day which culminates that evening with the annual Solomons Island Yacht Club’s Boat Parade

Christmas Lights @ Flat Iron Farm
Flat Iron Farm Road, Great Mills
Now through Christmas

Bubby Knott of the Great Mills Trading Post invites the public to drive through his farm to see the spectacular lighting display.  You can drive through starting at dark.  Just turn onto Flat Iron Road from Route 5 by the Brass Rail bar.  The farm is several miles up the road on the right.  Thursday through Sunday, the barns are open to the public from 5pm - 9pm, featuring shops, displays and pony rides for the kids.  Santa is also known to arrive on occasion.  Photos from previous years can be seen here.  This is a "don't miss it" St. Mary's County holiday tradition!

The Beauty of the Holidays

Sotterley Holiday Candlelight Tours
Sotterley Plantation
December 1-2, 2006 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Special Tours by Candlelight of Sotterley's Mansion.  Early 1920’s drama recreated as you witness "A Sotterley Christmas Carol", produced by the Port Tobacco Players.  Live seasonal music with refreshments available.  Reservations required - Admission is $12.00/person.  Call the Sotterley Office for Reservations – 301-373-2280.

Greenwell State Park Holiday Open House
Hollywood Maryland
December 2, 2006 @ 1 pm - 4 pm

See Rosedale Manor decked out for the holidays. Visit Santa’s horse deer and the festivities in the barn, enjoy music, kids crafts, and the beautiful scenery of Greenwell in winter.  Greenwell State Park is located in Hollywood, Maryland, just off of Steerhorn Neck Road. For more information, call 301-373-9775.  This event is free.

Healthshare Holiday Home Tour
Various Homes in St Mary's County
December 3, 2006 @ 11 am - 4 pm

Tour lovely homes decorated for the holidays. The festive atmosphere is an inspiration to launch your own holiday projects. Health Share is an all-volunteer organization which raises funds to help pay the prescription drug costs of low- to no-income adults in St. Mary's County. There is no overhead and all funds go directly to prescription drug support. Admission fee. Download the brochure or call Jane at 301-475-9164 for more info.

5th Annual Victorian Christmas Open House
Dr Samuel E Mudd House, Waldorf
December 2 & 3, 2006 @ 11 am - 8 pm

Costumed docents provide tours of the house which has been decorated for the holidays. Tours by candlelight after dark. Refreshments.  Admission fee.  301-274.9358

Performing Arts

Twin Beach Players presents "A Christmas Carol"
Black Box Theater, North Beach
December 1, 8, 9 at 8:00 p.m.
December 2, 3 & 10 at 2:00 p.m

Twin Beach Players presents "A Christmas Carol" at the Black Box Theatre on Chesapeake Avenue in North Beach, MD. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. We recommend you purchase your tickets in advance at Richard's Bayside Florist in North Beach or Bay Hill Market in Chesapeake Beach. For further information, call Kathy at 301-855-4318 or Elizabeth at 410-286-8189.

Chopticon High Choral 2006 Madrigal Dinner
Christ Church Hall, Chaptico
December 2 & 3, 2006 @ 6 pm

Create a holiday tradition and welcome the winter season with an evening of fine dining and entertainment. The Chopticon High School Choral department presents a magical madrigal evening with dinner provided by Rita B catering and performances by the Chopticon Peace Pipers and Divas. For more information, please call 301-475-3946

St. Mary's College Choir and Orchestra Perform Handel's "Messiah"
SMCM Athletics and Recreation Center
December 3, 2006 @ 3 pm

St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Choir and Orchestra will perform G. F. Handel’s “Messiah” (an oratorio) on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m under the direction of Larry Vote. Admission is free. The concert is in the Athletics and Recreation Center (ARC) on the north campus and drivers are asked to use the Mattapany Road entrance. For more information, call 240.895-4498.

COSMIC Symphony presents "The Nutcracker"
Huntingtown High School, Huntingtown
December 3, 2006 @ 1:00 and 6:00 pm

Featuring Donetsk Ballet, National Ballet of Ukraine and Ballet Caliente!  This timeless magical fairytale once again brings together the COSMIC Symphony, the world-renowned Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine, and Ballet Caliente Classical School of Dance in a spectacular production worthy the world’s leading stages. The dazzling original costumes and magnificent set designs create a visual feast that rivals leading Opera Theatres around the world. The innovative choreography for this show seamlessly combines the best professional dancers with the talented local dancers in a stunning program that is not to be missed.

St. Maries Musica Concert
State House, Historic St. Mary's City
December 6, 2006 @ 7 pm

Enjoy traditional and contemporary holiday music performed by St. Marie's Musica in the decked-out State House. Doors open at 6.

Theatre IV presents "A Christmas Carol"
College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus
December 8, 2006 @ 7:30 pm

Dickens’ classic tale of the choices we make and the lives we touch will be performed by the Richmond-based Theatre IV group. $12. For information or to purchase tickets call the box office 301-934-7828 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7828 for Charles County; 240-725-5499, Ext. 7828 for St. Mary’s County or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7828 for Calvert County.

CSM Chamber Singers
College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus
December 8, 2006 @  7 pm

The CSM Chamber Singers will perform as part of the Ward Virts Community Artists Concert Series sponsored by Kaine Homes. Free, but reservations are recommended. Contact Sharon Wilding 443-550-6079.

George Frideric Handel composed "Messiah" in only 21 days.

CSM Concert Choir Presents Handel’s "Messiah"
College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus Fine Arts Center
December 9, 2006 @ 8 pm

CSM’s concert choir celebrates their 10th anniversary with a performance of George Frederick Handel’s Messiah featuring soprano Paula FitzGerald, mezzo soprano Deltrina Grimes, tenor Brian Donohue, and bass Ronald Meixsell. $12. For information or tickets call the box office 301-934-7828 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7828 for Charles County; 240-725-5499, Ext. 7828 for St. Mary’s County or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7828 for Calvert County.

Christmas on the Road with Chesapeake Bronze Handbell Ensemble
Huntingtown United Methodist Church
December 10, 2006 @ 4:00 p.m.

A Playful Celebration of Christmas. Tickets: $7.00 adults; $5.00 children 5-12 years old; under 5 years, free. For more information or directions, call 301 855-2461.

St. Mary's Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown
December 15, 2006 @ 7:30 pm
December 16, 2006 @ 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Come enjoy one of the world's most beloved traditions, performed by the St. Mary's Ballet.  Call (301) 884-8601 for more information.

Holiday Madrigal Dinners
State House, Historic St. Mary’s City
December 15 & 17, 2006
Friday - 6:30 PM, Saturday & Sunday - 5:30 PM

It’s a tradition! Feasting, fun, and holiday melodies performed by St. Maries Musica in the beautifully decorated State House. Call 240-895-4991 for reservations.

“A Mostly Mozart Holiday Celebration”
Grace Lutheran Church, La Plata
December 16 @ 7 pm

The Chesapeake Choral Arts Society will perform “A Mostly Mozart Holiday Celebration” accompanied by Port Tobacco Players’ Charles County Youth Orchestra. $12 adults; $10 seniors and students. Contact Carol Charnock at 301-884-2955 or 301-642-0594, or visit

"Christmas is for the Child in All of Us" Holiday Variety Show
SJVC Theatre, Prince Frederick
December 16 @ 3 & 7 pm.

The show benefits the Calvert County Family Center of Catholic Community Services (formerly Catholic Charities). Tickets can be ordered on-line. Prices: $10/Adult ~ $8.50/Seniors (65+ Yrs) ~ $5/Children (8yrs + Under). 443-624-0635 for tickets or more information.

4th Annual Community Christmas Concert
Great Mills High School Auditorium
December 19 @ 7 p.m.

The 1st United Pentecostal Church of St. Mary's County invites you to join them to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. There will be several groups from the community performing including a children's choir, the Bluegrass Gospel Express, and a sign language choir, to name a few. There will be door prizes and cookies. For more information, please contact the church office at 301-862-9805.

Old Fashioned Fun

20th Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit
St. Clement’s Island Museum
December 1, 2006 - January 7, 2007
Wed. - Sun., Noon - 4 pm.

 Kids from 1 to 100 will enjoy the antique and character dolls and toys and working miniature trains! Relive your childhood with the spirit of the holidays. Admission. HC. 301-769-2222.

A Sotterley Family Christmas
Sotterley Plantation
December 2, 2006 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

St. Nick's Visit, Horse-drawn taxi rides, Live seasonal music, Holiday shopping at the Sotterley Museum Shop, Mrs. Claus' Kitchen, Children's games.  Admission is $5.00/person

Winter's Eve
National Colonial Farm at the Accokeek Foundation
December 2, 2006 @ 5 pm - 8 pm

The National Colonial Farm will celebrate the beginning of the winter season with our annual Winter's Eve Celebration. The 18th century farmhouse and out-kitchen will be seasonally decorated. Candlelight and 18th century lanterns will illuminate the historic buildings and pathways. Visitors are invited to enjoy a cup of colonial cranberry tea, cookies, popcorn, and join in singing carols by the fire. The Museum Gift Shop will be open during this celebration. Rain or snow showers. Admission free. For more information about events at the Accokeek Foundation, call 301-283-2113, extension 37, or e-mail:

"Christmas at Haberdeventure"
Thomas Stone National Historic Site, Port Tobacco
December 2, 2006 @ 4 pm - 7 pm

Come join the Stone Family as they recreate a Colonial Christmas & recount changes in their lives after the Revolution. Tours by candlelight after dark until 7 PM.  Refreshments.  Free.  301-392-1776;

Antebellum Christmas Open House
Chapman State Park, Indian Head
December 10, 2006 @ Noon - 4 pm

Period decorations, costumes, etc at Mount Aventine (ca.1840), winter woodland walk, 12:30; Good Samaritan Church Handbell Choir, 2:00; Civil War doll display.

Community Events

Ridge Firehouse Christmas Tree Lighting
Ridge Firehouse
December 1, 2006 @ 6:30 pm - 9 pm

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting sponsored by organizations of the 1st District. Events include face painting, children's crafts, caroling, and pictures with Santa. There will be a raffle and several local organizations will have displays. Non-perishable food donations are greatly appreciated.

33rd Annual Christmas Parade
Fox Run Shopping Center, Prince Frederick
December 3, 2006 @ 2 pm

Check in at 12 noon; parade starts at 2:00 pm, (Rain Date December 10)
Annual Christmas parade featuring local school bands, floats, custom and antique cars/trucks and Jolly Old St. Nick. 410-535-0026

Annual Tree Lighting Program
Village Green Pavilion, Indian Head
December 5, 2006 @ 7:00 pm
Bonfire, music provided by choir and band students from Indian Head Elementary, General Smallwood Middle and Lackey High schools. A visit from Santa compliments of the Indian Head Volunteer Fire Dept., refreshments served.

Winter Wonderland with Santa
Millison Plaza
December 9, 2006 @ 5 pm

Tree lighting ceremony at 5:00 PM, then a Firetruck Parade with Santa from the tree to the Bay District VFD (S. Shangri-La Dr.) at 6:00 PM.  Winter Wonderland with Santa at the Firehouse from 7 to 9 PM. There will be crafts for the children, various displays, pictures with Santa and Fire truck rides!

Holiday Craft Shows

29th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival
PAXRVR NAS, Visitors Use Shuttle Bus at Gate 2
December 2, 2006 @ 10 am - 3 pm

The Naval Air Station’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department will stage its 29th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Drill Hall.  This festival is one of Southern Maryland’s largest and not to be missed with over 150 artists and craftsmen selling a variety of wares.
The event is open to the general public. Visitors without base access may catch a free shuttle bus near the Frank Knox Training Center located adjacent to Gate Two. Park at the training center, then proceed to the side gate entrance for a ride to the Drill Hall. The shuttle bus will operate starting at 10 a.m.  Food will be for sale at the event, and there is no admission fee.

Jingle Bells! Annual Holiday Bazaar
College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus
CSM College Store (BK building), 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
December 6, 2006 @ 10 am - 3 pm

Find the perfect gift for family and friends, including holiday items from local crafters and artisans, holiday and children’s books, and much more as the College of Southern Maryland’s college store hosts its annual holiday bazaar. 301-934-7570 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7570.

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