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2008 Holiday Season Guide Main Page

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Local Activities and Events

Gift Ideas

Find a Tree and Greenery

Recycle Your Tree

Where to Find Santa

Christmas Photos

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How Christmas Lights Work

Christmas Questions - ANSWERED!

The Night Before Christmas

The History of Hanukkah

Virtual Hanukkah

Christmas Around the World

Christmas Karaoke!

Poinsettia Care

Hanukkah Singalong

The History of Kwanzaa

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 12-14, 18-21, 26-31 & January 1
6:00pm - 9:00pm on scheduled nights; weather permitting

The annual Garden In Lights drive-through light show will open the evening of December 12, coinciding with the kick off of the Solomons Christmas Walk. Garden In Lights will run 6pm -9pm on selected nights, weather permitting, through January 1st.

Annmarie Garden announces an expanded schedule of holiday programs, exhibit, and special events. At the heart of the festivities is Garden In Lights, Annmarie Gardenís delightful holiday light show, which has been transformed from a driving tour to an enchanted walking tour. When you pay admission to Annmarie Garden, you gain entry to not only Garden In Lights, but also two extraordinary exhibits, the ornament show and sale, wonderful shopping, holiday entertainment, refreshments, and more. With a modest admission price (good for two visits) and exceptional programs, Annmarie Garden is the perfect destination for the holidays. Holiday programs kick off November 28 and continue through January 4. For detailed holiday schedule information, visit their website at

Christmas Lights @ Flat Iron Farm

George Frideric Handel composed "Messiah" in only 21 days.
Flat Iron Farm Road, Great Mills
Thanksgiving 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!


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