Nov. 29-Dec. 25
Chesapeake City's monthlong celebration includes holiday lights and displays along both shores of the C&D Canal, Santa arriving in the town's basin on Nov. 29, carolers, house tours, ice skating, holiday tours and carriage rides. Chesapeake City, Md. 443-553-0071; www.chesapeakecity.com.
Dec. 1-Jan. 3
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. 757-253-4838; www.historyisfun.org.
Solomons Christmas Walk
Solomons, Md., holiday festivities begin Thursday Dec. 3 with a gala holiday dinner at Kingfisher's restaurant. On Friday and Saturday the town holds a craft bazaar, Santa's arrival and the lighted boat parade, scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. Solomons, Md. 410-326-1950; www.solomonsmaryland.com.
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. 301-855-6681; www.ci.north-beach.md.us.
Friday's Fife and Drums Corps and tree lighting kick off this weekend of holiday fun that also includes a procession of lights down Main Street, a lighted boat parade, caroling and a visit from Santa. Yorktown, Va. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., oyster roast 1-3 p.m., boat parade at 7 p.m. 757-890-4970; www.yorkcounty.gov.
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, just east of the Inner Harbor. Broadway Square, Baltimore. 410-
Cape Charles Grand Illumination
Light up the town at Cape Charles Central Park. 5:30 p.m. www.capecharles.org.
Crab Pot Christmas Tree Lighting
Tilghman, Md., lights the community's giant crab pot Christmas Tree! The festivities start at 5 p.m. at the Bridge restaurant, followed by the tree lighting at 7 p.m. and the boat parade at 7:30 p.m. Tilghman, Md. 410-886-9200; www.pwec.org.
Gloucester Holiday Parade
Parade begins at 2 p.m., followed by an afternoon of music, arts and crafts, kids' activities and a tree lighting. Gloucester, Va. 3 p.m. 804-693-2355; www.gloucesterva.info.
Bushel Basket Christmas Tree Lighting
Cambridge, Md., is getting in on the Chesapeake-themed trees with a bushel basket tree lighting to kick off the town's Christmas parade. Corner of Gay and Race streets. 410-228-1211; www.cambridgemainstreet.com.
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. 410-396-3453; www.historicships.org.
Christmas in St. Michaels
Historic home tours, a Christmas parade, breakfast with Santa, a gingerbread house competition, a holiday bazaar and a celebration of choirs are just a few of the holiday festivities throughout St. Michaels during its annual holiday weekend. St. Michaels, Md. 410-745-0745; www.christmasinstmichaels.org.
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. 804-453-6925; www.rfmuseum.org.
Christmas Home Tour and Music Festival
A boating Santa and his kayaking reindeer arrive in Onancock to kick off this party, which continues with a music program at Cokesbury Church, and the town's traditional homes tour. 1-5 p.m. Onancock, Va. 757-787-7600; www.onancock.org.
Swim with the Santas 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. 410-901-4131; www.careandsharefund.org.
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. Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood, Md. 10 am.-4 p.m. 301-373-2280; www.sotterley.org.
Old-Fashioned Cambridge Christmas
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. 443-477-0843; www.cambridgemainstreet.com.
Havre de Grace by Candlelight
Visit the historic homes and buildings of Havre de Grace during the town's annual candlelight tour, organized by the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House. 4-8 p.m. The Lock House's boutique continues from Dec. 12 to 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with fresh greens, crafts, fresh baked goods and more. 410-939-5780; www.thelockhousemuseum.org.
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. Prince William Marina, Woodbridge, Va. Festivities start at dark. 800-772-3240; www.pwmarina.com.
Santa and his kneeboarding 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. 703-280-1788; www.waterskiingsanta.com.