Nov. 27-Jan. 7
Chesapeake City's fifth month-long winter celebration includes holiday lights and displays along both sides of the C&D Canal, Santa arriving in the town's basin on Nov. 27, carolers, Santa's workshop, house tours, ice skating, holiday tours and carriage rides.
Chesapeake City, Md.
Dec. 1-Dec. 31
Enjoy the holiday traditions of the 17th and 18th centuries through interpretive programs, musical entertainment and guided tours at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. Williamsburg, Va. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Solomons Christmas Walk
Holiday festivities begin Thursday Dec. 1 with a holiday gala. On Friday the town holds a craft bazaar and that evening Santa will arrive by firetruck to help children light the tree at Solomon's Riverwalk Pavilion. Don't miss breakfast with Santa at Isaac's restaurant, Saturday morning, 8 a.m. sharp, and of course the lighted boat parade on Saturday evening.
Phoebus Annual Illumination
This annual illumination party features music, carolers, vendors, refreshments and holiday fun. Shop with Phoebus merchants for special deals and enjoy special performances and a visit from Santa. Mallory St., Mellen St. and Hope St. Hampton, Va. 4-8 p.m. Tree lighting at 8 p.m.
Christmas on the Beach
Kick off the season beginning Friday evening at 7 p.m. with Light Up the Town festivities, a parade at noon on Saturday, followed by Santa on the beach and other Christmas fun.
North Beach, Md.
The Fife and Drums Corps and tree lighting kick off this weekend of holiday fun that also includes a procession of lights and a Christmas market down Main Street, a lighted boat parade, caroling and cookies with Santa. Yorktown, Va. Fri. 7:30 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. Sun. 1-4 p.m. Boat parade at 6 p.m.
Cambridge Christmas Parade
One of the largest community events on the Eastern Shore, this year's Rock and Roll themed parade will feature the lighting of the bushel basket Christmas tree. It will begin at Long Wharf and end at the 600 block of Race Street. Cambridge, Md. 6-8 p.m.
Crab Pot Christmas Tree Lighting
Tilghman, Md., folks light the community's giant crab pot Christmas Tree, then head off for a lighted boat parade and party. Tilghman, Md. 5-8 p.m.
Bird Carving Workshop
Learn the basics of wood carving from instructor P.G. Ross, and take home your very own handcarved cardinal.
Barrier Islands Center, Machipongo, Va. 1-4 p.m.
Gloucester Holiday Parade
A traditional town parade followed by an afternoon of music, arts and crafts, kids' activities and a tree lighting.
Main St. Center, Gloucester, Va. 3 p.m.
Old Tyme Christmas
Sleigh rides, a traditional holiday market, a holiday decoration contest, eggnog contest, family activities and a lighted boat parade in Baltimore's charming Fells Point neighborhood.
Broadway Square, Baltimore.
Pearl Harbor Day
Commemorate Pearl Harbor Day aboard the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Taney, one of two surviving ships afloat present during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The memorial service will include an aerial wreath drop, and a 21-gun salute. U.S. Coast Guard cutter Taney, Baltimore. Noon.
Pearl Harbor Day Lecture
Take in a presentation by USNA professor Dr. Craig Symonds on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The talk will cover the reasons why Japan chose to attack and how much the Americans knew or suspected. Symonds will present details of the attack from the point of view of both sides. Symonds is a Professor of History Emeritus and also the author or editor of 28 books.
Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Va. 7-9 p.m.
Christmas in St. Michaels
Historic home tours, local artwork and orgnaments, a Christmas parade, breakfast with Santa, a gingerbread house competition, a holiday bazaar and a celebration of choirs are just a few of the festivities throughout St. Michaels during its annual holiday weekend.
St. Michaels, Md.
Hampton Holiday Market
Celebrate Small Business Saturday by supporting local farmers, artists and craftspeople. Find gifts, heritage foods, arts and crafts while enjoying demonstrations and entertainment.
Hampton History Museum. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Swim with the Santas in the Choptank River to raise money for Cambridge's Care & Share Fund family assistance program. Post swim party with hot food, music and prizes.
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge, Md. 10 a.m.
A Family Plantation Christmas
Horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts vendors, children's games, live music, caroling and a visit from St. Nick and Mrs. Claus. Also enjoy breakfast with Santa. Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood, Md. 10 am.-4 p.m. Breakfast seatings at 7:45, 8:30, and 9:15 a.m.
A Christmas Second Saturday
Join the holiday-style second-Saturday fun on the streets of Cambridge, Md., with art gallery shows and receptions, late shopping hours, carriage rides, music and fireside s'mores.
Cambridge, Md. 5-9 p.m.
Prince William Marina Lighting Ceremony
Walk the docks at Prince William Marina to see how the creative slipholders have decorated their docks and boats for this annual celebration. The marina staff will also be taking donated non-perishable food, clothing and children's toys.
Prince William Marina, Woodbridge, Va.
Christmas on the Monitor
A Holiday Dinner to benefit the U.S.S. Monitor
Center, where they will party like it's 1862 to raise funds for the restoration of this important Civil War relic. Reenactors, live music, historically based menu, grog, dancing and cannon fire, and more grog. Mariners' Museum and Park, Newport News, Va. 6-9 p.m.
Christmas Home Tour and Music Festival
A boating Santa and his kayaking reindeer arrive in the wharf in Onancock to kick off this party, which continues with a music festival at Cokesbury Church, the town's traditional homes tour, and a parade.
Sat. 11 a.m.; Homes Tour Sat. 1-5 p.m.
Sat. 2-6 p.m.; Parade Sun. 5 p.m. Onancock, Va.
Candlelight Tour and Holiday Boutique
Visit the historic homes and buildings of Havre de Grace, Md., during the town's annual candlelight tour, organized by the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House. [see Talk of the Bay, page 21] Enjoy the boutique's fresh greens, crafts and fresh baked goods. Boutique Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. noon-5 p.m. Tour Sat. 4-8 p.m.
Christmas on Cockrell Creek
Tour Reedville's historic homes by land and boat during this annual holiday celebration. Visit the town's historic homes, the museum and the Walker House, all decked out for the season, and see Santa arrive on the buyboat Elva C. Reedville Fishermen's Museum, Reedville, Va. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Holiday Scrimshaw Workshop
Master engraver Lynn Zelesnikar will teach you the timeless art of scrimshaw while providing an entertaining history lesson, as you try your hand at making a scrimshaw holiday ornament.
Mariners' Museum, Newport News. Va. 9 a.m.-noon.
Santa and his watersports loving reindeer and elves will grace the Potomac River with their stunts, all the while avoiding the Grinch on his Jet Ski.
Old Town Alexandria, Va. 1 p.m.
Nothing welcomes the New Year better than braving icy waters with the North Beach Polar Bear Club members as they take their annual plunge into the frigid Bay. North Beach, Md. 1-3 p.m.