LIGHTED BOAT PARADES

MARYLAND 
Annapolis
Dec. 14, Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek,
6 p.m. 410-991-0410; www.eastportyc.org.

Baltimore
Dec. 7, Fells Point, 6 p.m. 410-675-8900;
www.fellspointmainstreet.org.

Potomac River
Dec. 7, Tall Timbers Marina, Tall Timbers, Md.,
5 p.m. 301-994-1508; www.talltimbersmarinasomd.com.

Solomons
Dec. 7, Patuxent River, Solomons, Md.
410-326-2042; www.solomonsmaryland.com.

Wicomico River
Nov. 30, Wicomico Yacht Club to Salisbury, Md.,
7 p.m., 410-430-2282; www.wicomicoyachtclub.com



VIRGINIA 
Alexandria
Dec. 7, Torpedo Factory to the Washington Channel,
Alexandria, Va., 5 p.m., 703-838-5005; visitalexandriava.com

Cape Charles
Dec. 7, Cape Charles Yacht Club, Cape Charles, Va.,
5:30 p.m., 804-224-7691; www.capecharlesyachtclub.org/

Colonial Beach
Dec. 7, Potomac River, Colonial Beach, Va.,
804-224-7691; www.colonialbeach.org.

Hampton River
Dec. 7, Hampton, Va. 7 p.m. 757-727-1276;
www.downtownhampton.com.

Poquoson
Dec. 14, Whitehouse Cove Marina, Poquoson, Va.,
757-508-2602; www.whitehousecovemarina.com
www.whitehousecovemarina.com

Portsmouth
Dec. 31, Olde Towne Portsmouth, 8 p.m.,
757-650-3052; www.oldetowneportsmouth.com

Yorktown
Dec. 7, Yorktown, Va., 7 p.m., 757-890-4970;
www.yorkcounty.gov.



WASHINGTON
Georgetown
Dec. 7, Georgetown, 6 p.m. (continuation of the Alexandria parade).

Dec. 1-30
Christmas Garden of Trains
Take part in a tradition that goes back to the 1930s, the annual Christmas train "garden" at the Cambridge (Md.) Rescue Fire Company. Volunteers spend weeks setting up this elaborate and very old-fashioned display, complete with towns, trees, rural areas and even a few miniature emergency rescues in progress (it is a fire department, after all). 8 Washington Street, Cambridge, Md. Mon.-Fri. 6-9 p.m., weekends 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. 410-228-1211; www.cambridgemainstreet.com

6-7
Holiday Candlelight Tours
Tour Sotterley Plantation while the Civil War Era homestead drama is recreated around you. There will also be live seasonal music, refreshments and more. Reservations required. Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood, Md. 6:30 p.m. 301-373-2280; www.sotterley.org

7
Yorktown Christmas
This annual holiday celebration features the procession of lights down Main Street, the lighting of the town Christmas tree, a lighted boat parade, caroling and a visit from Santa. On Saturday enjoy an oyster roast at the Maritime Museum. Yorktown, Va. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., oyster roast 1-3 p.m., boat parade at 6 p.m. 757-890-4970; www.yorkcounty.gov

6-8
10th Annual Old Tyme Christmas
Immerse yourself in Christmas past (and a bit of present) in Baltimore's charming Fells Point neighborhood, just east of the Inner Harbor. Enjoy sleigh rides, a traditional holiday market, breakfast with St. Nick and a lighted boat parade. Broadway Square, Baltimore. Fri. 4 p .m. -9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 410-675-8900; www.fellspointmainstreet.org.

6-7
Christmas on the Beach
Gather in North Beach, Md., for the town's annual Christmas bash, beginning Friday evening at 7 p.m. with Light Up the Town festivities, then 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

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Gloucester Holiday Parade
This community opens the holiday season with a traditional first-Saturday parade, beginning at 2.m., followed by a day of fun, with music, arts and crafts, kids' activities and a tree lighting. Gloucester, Va. 2 p.m. 804-693-2355; www.gloucesterva.info

Dec. 1-Jan. 5
Colonial Christmas
Enjoy the holiday traditions of the 17th and 18th centuries through interpretive programs, musical entertainment, guided tours and more at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. Williamsburg, Va. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 757-253-4838; www.historyisfun.org

7-8
Marine Electrical Systems Basics
Students will receive hands-on and lecture instruction in basic electrical theory, troubleshooting and repair skills, and system design and maintenance. A level II class will be held Dec. 9-10. Annapolis School of Seamanship, Annapolis. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-263-8848; www.annapolisschoolofseamanship.com

7
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, a 21-gun salute and a bell tolling. U.S. Coast Guard cutter Taney, Baltimore. Noon. 410-396-3453; www.historicships.org

5-7
Solomons Christmas Walk
The annual festivities in Solomons begin Thursday Dec. 5 with a gala holiday dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Back Creek Bistro. On Friday and Saturday the town will be dressed in its Christmas finest for the 29th annual Christmas walk on Friday and Saturday. The lighted boat parade is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m., weather permitting. Solomons, Md. 410-326-1950; www.solomonsmaryland.com

13-15
Christmas in St. Michaels
Celebrate the holidays in St. Michaels with historic home tours, a Christmas parade, breakfast with Santa. The festivities begin with Friday night holiday gala at the Harbourtowne Resort. St. Michaels, Md. Gala 6:30 p.m. Fri. Parade begins Sat. 10:30 a.m.; 410-745-0745; www.christmasinstmichaels.org

13-14
Christmas Home Tour and Noel Night
Onancock begins its holiday celebration Friday night with the 5 p.m. arrival of Santa (by boat, of course, led by kayaking reindeer), followed by tree-lighting and caroling. The festivities continue Saturday with a music program from 3 to 7 p.m. at Cokesbury Church, and of course the town's traditional homes tour, from 2 to 6 p.m., plus an open house at the Center for Eastern Shore History at Ker Place. Onancock, Va. 757-787-7600; www.onancock.org

14
Santa Swim
Take a dip in the chilly Choptank River in mid-December? Sure, and you can leave your hat on. Your Santa hat, that is. It's all for the benefit of Cambridge's Care & Share Fund, family assistance program. After the swim there will be a party with hot food, music and prizes. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge, Md. 10 a.m. 410-901-4131; www.careandsharefund.org

14
A Family Plantation Christmas
Sotterley Plantation will host this annual fun family event featuring 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

14
Old-Fashioned Christmas
Join the holiday-style second-Saturday fun on the streets of on Cambridge, with art gallery shows and receptions, late shopping hours, carriage rides, music and fireside s'mores. On Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets, downtown Cambridge, Md. 5-9 p.m. 443-477-0843; www.cambridgemainstreet.com

14-15
Christmas on Cockrell Creek
Historic homes and boats will be decorated for the holidays and open for tours during Reedville's annual Christmas celebration. Reedville Fishermen's Museum, Reedville, Va. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 804-453-6529; www.rfmuseum.org

14-15
Candlelight Tours
Tour historic sites in Old Town Alexandria, Va., including Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Carlyle House and Lee-Fendall House-and, this year only, the 1797 Lloyd House-all decorated for the holidays. Enjoy live entertainment and light refreshments along the way. Gadsby's Tavern, Alexandria, Va. Sat. 6-9 p.m.; Sun. 3-6 p.m. 703-746-4242; www.historicalexandria.org

15
Havre de Grace by Candlelight
Visit the historic homes and buildings of Havre de Grace during the town's 41st annual candlelight tour, organized by the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House. 4-8 p.m. 410-939-5780; www.thelockhousemuseum.org/

14
Market Days
In addition to the usual array of fresh produce and food, cut flowers, art, and live music, the Yorktown market will offer items unique to the holiday season. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 757-890-3500; www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism

21
Rock N Reel Christmas Classic
It's trophy rockfish season again, and Whitehouse Cove Marina in Poquoson Va., invites you to its new Rock N Reel Christmas Classic. In addition to offering nearly $10,000 in prize money ($5,000 for 1st), it also raises money for the Kevin Phillips Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of a Poquoson man who died unexpectedly last summer. Fishing 6 a.m.-4 p.m., dock party 1-8 p.m. Register online at www.rocknreelcc.com

31
New Year's Eve Deck Party
Sip champagne and watch the New Year fireworks in style-old-fashioned maritime style, that is-from the deck of the U.S.S. Constellation. The $85 evening includes a catered dinner as well as behind-the-scenes tours and demonstrations. Call for tickets. U.S.S. Constellation, Baltimore. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. 410-539-1797; www.historicships.org

31
Rock Hall Crawl
Rock Hall likes to ring in the New Year Mardi Gras style (with an Eastern Shore spin, of course). There's a parade of crazy hats, music throughout the night at several venues, a countdown to the New Year and the "Rockfish drop," and fireworks at midnight. A breakfast will be served at the firehouse at 1 a.m. Rock Hall, Md., 410-639-7611; www.rockhallmd.com