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Jan 2 - Dec 24
Clara Barton National Historic Site
Clara Barton's Glen Echo home is a reflection of her dedication of serving the needs of others. Guided tours blend the incredible stories of her courage during the Civil War to her achievements with the American Red Cross within the settings she worked and lived in between 1897 and 1912.
House is shown by guided tour only on the hour.  
Open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily Wednesdays through Sundays.

Nov 14 - Jan 1
Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol

Based on A Christmas CarolAdventure Theatre Musical Theater Center presents Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol. Tiny Tim longs to have his father home on Christmas day, but mean old Mr. Scrooge won't give Bob Crachit the day off! There must be a way to change Scrooge's mind.


Nov 15 - Dec 5
Holiday Tree Lighting Celebrations

Tree Lighting events will be updated as they become available. 

November 15: Fountain Plaza at Downtown Silver Spring at 6pm. Karl Unnasch, an internationally acclaimed public and architectural artist, will create a 35' tree comprised of chimes, bells, pinwheels and ribbons named Silver Symphony. The interactive installation will be alive with sound and motion and allow guests to 'play' the tree through a series of levers.

November 21: RIO Washingtonian, Gaithersburg at 5pm. Santa and Mrs. Clause with music, strolling entertainment including Sugar plum fairies and elves, carriage rides, giveaways, and samples from restaurants and shops.

December 5: The Town of Poolesville at 6pm. Winter Wonderland at Whalen Commons with festiviies beginning at 6pm. Visit Santa's Workshop, view ice sculptures, take a trip around the Commons aboard the Holiday Express, and enjoy live music and dance performances!. Purchase home-made soups and funnel cakes.


Nov 16 - Dec 2
Emancipation Proclamation: 150 Years Later
Sandy Spring Museum offers performances by six area residents who share their personal intriguing stories including of yesteryear of those who took great risk in helping others traveling on the underground railroad during the Civil War. Performance include music, songs and poetry followed by a discussion led by Ms. Lynn, producer and director of the Heritage Theatre Artists' Consortium. 
  • Sunday, November 16 at the Sandy Spring Freinds School at 5pm
  • Tuesday, December 2 at Olney Library at 7pm
  • Thursday, December 4 at the Sandy Spring Museum at 7pm

Nov 28 - Dec 30
The Nutcracker

The Puppet Co. presents "The Nutcracker" a Washington tradition for 26 years. This is the classic story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventure together in the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costumed characters. The 45-minute show is appropriate for ages K-Adult.


Nov 28 - Dec 31
Winter Lights Festival

The City of Gaithersburg welcomes visitors to its 19th season of spectacular display of lights at Seneca Creek State Park. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of the park takes you past more than 365 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole, and more. ($12)


Dec 1 - Jan 11
Garden Railway and Winter Cheer Exhibits
Brookside Gardens features the Garden Railway Exhibit: Sights, Sounds, Action! for the 10th year in the South Conservatory. The exhibit features trains and trollies as well as detailed miniature models of iconic landmarks in the region such as Germantown's famous Cider Barrel, Glen Echo Park's Dentzel Carousel and the historic Red Door Store in Sandy Spring.
See bold poinsettias, fireworks flowers, silver and blue plectranthus and white snapdragons displayed throughout among other colorful flowers in the North Conservatory.

Dec 5 - Dec 14
Countryside Artisans' 2014 Holiday Studio Tour

Countryside Artisans is a group of craftspeople and artists located in the foothills of Sugarloaf Mountain in Western Montgomery County. Tour the area to see quality hand-crafted items that include original prints, paintings, hand-blown glass, pottery, hand-spun yarn, knitted and woven apparel, wine, woodenware, jewelry, wrought ironware, home and garden furntiure, annuals and perennials. Meet and talk with the artisans and take home a renewed sense of holiday spirit and a wonderful piece of art. Open for two weekends only. Check website for details.


Dec 6 - Dec 28
Holly TrolleyFest

National Capital Trolley Museum hosts Holly TrolleyFest on Saturdays and Sundays during the month of December from noon to 5pm. Visitors will enjoy Santa's Garden in the Museum's auditorium, they can ride a streetcar with Santa through Northwest Branch Park, tour Street Car Hall with a docent to learn about the role of street cars in developing communities and see the antics of Harold Lloyd in silent film comedies.


Dec 6
Japanese Paper Doll Making

Sandy Spring Museum offers a two-hour workshop for famiies with master Gago artist Akiko Keene. Parents and children ages 10 and above will make two traditional Japanese paper dolls from 2-4 pm. Register online as space is limited. ($)


Dec 6 - Dec 31
Social Dances at Glen Echo Park
Glen Echo Park offers a variety of social dances during the month of December. Dances are presented Thursday through Sunday evenings and Sunday afternoons and include a lesson followed by the dance to live music or DJ. 
Dance out the old year and bring in the new with a fabulous Swing Dance featuring the Tom Cunningham Orchestra on Wednesday, Dec. 31 in the historic Spanish Ballroom. The 16-piece orchestra's appearances at Glen Echo Park are a Washington institution going back to 1983 and celebrated on TV, radio, newspapers and in books. Beginning swing lessons at 8pm followed by dancing from 9pm to 12:30am. Light refreshments will be served. ($)

Dec 6
Winter's Eve at Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park's annual Winter Eve celebration offers special activities for all ages. Make holiday crafts in the Arcade Building, enjoy the hot cocoa bar offering hot chocolate and fresh popcorn, watch special performances, make your own blown glass ornament, have a family portrait made, and meet artists. You can also purchase art from the Art Glass Center, Pottery, SilverWorks and Yellow Barn studios. Check website for details.

 


Dec 7
Family Holiday Party

Sandy Spring Museum will celebrate multicultural holiday traditions around the world from 3-6pm. Fun event for the whole family with live music, holiday foods, hands-on children's crafts, children's book exhibit about family holiday traditions, a kids-only gift shop and visit with Santa and his elves. Decorate gingerbread cookies, spin the dreidel for chocolate coin prizes, listen to Hanukkah and Christmas stories and learn about Ukrainian, Jewish and other holiday traditions. Hot hors d'oeuvres, cookies, mulled wine and cider, punch and more will be served. ($10 per family at the door)


Dec 7
Holiday Open House and Awards Ceremony

Peerless Rockville invites you to their 2014 Holiday Open House celebrating 40 Years of Peerless Places with the 35th Annual Awards Ceremony to honor individuals, institutions, and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to Rockville's heritage. Open House from 1-5pm in the Red Brick Courthouse; award ceremony at 1pm. Musical entertainment by the Montgomery College Jazz Combo.


Dec 13
Frostbite Hike

C&O Canal Association offers a guided hike to the scenic overlooks at Great Falls. The group will use the Overlook Trail to climb the hill behind Lock 19 and gain some lovely panoramic views of the river and canal. After descending the hill, the Berma Road provides access to the overlook just above Mary's Wall and another vantage point with a good view of Widewater. Returning to the towpath, the group will visit the Great Falls Overlook on Olmsted Island. The final stop will be the Washington Aqueduct Observation Deck near the tavern. Meet inside the tavern at 10:30 am.


Dec 20 - Dec 21
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks celebrate the Winter Solstice with crafts, campfires, treats and more. Come share the light and warmth of the campfire ring, tell tales of winter, make lanterns to light the way, and enjoy marshmallow treats on the longest night of the year. Program offered at Meadowside Nature Center, Brookside Nature Center and Locust Grove Nature Center. Adults to children ages 3 and up. Register for a Park Pass. ($5)


Dec 31
Otus' Rockin New Year

Celebrate the New Year with Meadowside Nature Center's mascot, Otus the Owl. Montgomery Parks offers a special program for children ages 2-12 years. A few minutes before noon, begin the countdown and ring in the New Year with music, dancing, cider with party hats, noise makers and fun seasonal crafts. From 10am to 12 noon. Register at ParkPass.org ($5)