At the Montgomery County Historical Society's Beall-Dawson House in Rockville, an exhibit looking at the changes in the way laundry has been done, from the 18th century to the present, and the role his chore has played in the household. Click here for details.
Sep 7 - Jun 29
Maternity, Childbirth and Infant Care at the Turn of the 20th Century
Adventure Theatre presents the traditional Holiday song set as a play. Christmas celebrations are just around the corner and Shirley the Partridge has got some problems to solve. The French hens are arguing, the six geese have flown to Florida for the winter and worst of all....someone has stolen the Five Golden Rigns! What will happen to Christmas.
Nov 29 - Dec 31
Winter Lights Festival
City of Gaithersburg's 18th Annual Winter LIghts Festival features more than 365 illuminated vignettes and 65 animated displays in a 3.5 mile drive through the beautiful Senec Creek State Park. Visit Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, North Pole, Toyland and Penguin Cove. Special events include, Leashes n Lights, and S'more Lights. Check website for details. ($)
Nov 29 - Jan 5
Garden of Lights
Brookside Gardens will be transformed in a festive garden of lights for the 16th year. There will be one million twinkling colorful lights shaped in imaginative displays throughout. Enjoy giant flowers, snowflakes, a rainbow and showers, hundreds of wrapped trees and shrubs, beautifully lighted gazebos, cascading fountains, blooming flowers and wild animals. There will be moving displays of a flock of geese and an 11-foot giraffe covered with 9,000 lights. Open every night except December 24-25 and January 1-2. ($)
Nov 30 - Dec 8
Miniature Train and Circus Show in A Gingerbread Village
Sandy Spring Musuem invites you to view the annual Model Train and Circus set in a gingerbread village of local Sandy Spring businesses. The entire gallery is is set up with various collectibles and hands-on displays for children. The exhibit will conclude with a community holiday party with live music and refreshment on December 8, where kids can meet Frosty, Rudoph and Santa. ($)
Peerless Rockville's Open House
Start the holiday season with Peerless Rockville at our Holiday Open House in the historic Red Brick Courthouse from 1-4 pm. Socialize with members of the community, enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, festive punch, music and 1920s-style decorations. Free; donation suggested.
Sandy Srping Museum's Salon Luncheon Series - Storytelling: Holiday Traditions. Bring your lunch and share an hour with Cricket Parmalee who has been telling stories of all kinds to adults in the DC area. Whatever holidays your families celebrate, share your most memorable or favorite holiday tradition. Bring old photographs, decorations, or food that help tell your family holiday story. At the Museum from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. Free
Poolesville Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Town of Poolesville sponsors the 8th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:00 pm in the Whalen Commons. Winter Wonderland will include a Santa's workshop, and rides for a trip around the Commons on the Holiday Express. Enjoy performances by local church choirs, and watch amazing ice sculpture demonstrations. Shop inside Town Hall from local artisans and visit the Poolesville Museum for Gingerbread Man Decorating. Bring an unwrapped toy to support a local charity. Food available for purchase. Free
Dec 6 - Dec 15
Countryside Artisans 2013 Holiday Studio Tour
Meet and talk with the artisans as they open their studios to offer an array of handcrafted items for sale. The Countryside Artisans are a group of craftspeople and artists located in the foothills of Sugarloaf Mountain in rural Montgomery County. Working out of their cottage studios, they create quality hand-crafted items that are offered for sale. You will find original prints, paintings, hand-blown glass, pottery, hand spun yarns, knitted and woven apparel, wine, woodenware, jewelry, wrought ironware, home and garden furniture, annuals and perrenials. Open Fridays, Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from 10:00 noon to 5:00 pm. Click here for a printable brochure.
Dec 7 - Dec 29
The National Capital Trolley Museum hosts Holly TrolleyFest on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon until 5:00 pm. Before Christmas, Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. Visitors may enjoy Santa's Garden in the Museum's auditorium, tour Street Car Hall with a docent, learn about the role of street cars in developing communities, and see the antics of Harold Lloyd in silent film comedies featuring street cars.
Holiday Open House
Montgomery Preservation Inc. and the Silver Spring Historical Society present a festive, delicious, and entertaining day at the Historic Silver Spring Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tour the restored B&O Station and see vintage photos, visit the Historic Holiday Gifts Exhibit, enjoy free popcorn, punch and kid-friendly craft activities. You can also watch Thomas Tank Engine video at Railroad Story Hour from 10:00 to 11:00 am and enjoy Holiday Caroling presented by Seraphim Acapella Quartet from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Free parking at the Station. Free
History as Commemoration: The Vestiges of the War of 1812 in Maryland
Sandy Spring Museum host's historian Ralph Esherman for the History Happy Hour from 6:30 - 8:30 PM to talk about the War of 1812. Attend the illustrated talk that explores the role that Maryland played in this little understood war and find out about the vast resource base that survives including actual battlefields and raid sites, monuments,, and even grave of war veterans. Click here for more information and to reserve your seat. Free.
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