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December 2012

Talent Machine’s Holiday Spectacular

  Actors ages 6 to 18 create The Talent Machine’s 25th annual seasonal show, A Happenin’ Holiday, geared to family fun with spirited musical numbers ranging from traditional to contemporary and special guests Santa, Frosty, Rudolph, dancing bears and trees. F 7:30pm; Sa 2pm and 7:30pm; Su 10:30am, 2pm and 6:30pm at Key Auditorium, St. John’s College, Annapolis. $12 w/discounts: 410-956-0512;

Holiday Candlelight Stroll

  Follow colonial-garbed guides thru the decorated streets of historic Annapolis and learn the holiday history of the capital. The tour stops at the Maryland State House, Government House and homes of famous Maryland patriots. 7-8pm from Annapolis City Dock Information Booth. $16 w/age discounts; rsvp: 410-268-7601;

Walk thru Bethlehem • free

  Journey thru the story of Jesus’ birth as members of the Heritage Baptist Church and live animals re-enact a living Nativity. Rain or shine. 7-9pm at the Church, 1740 Forest Dr., Annapolis: 410-263-6680;

North Beach Holiday Movie • free

  Families bring dinner and a blanket to watch a special holiday movie on a giant screen. Popcorn and drinks served. 6:30pm at North Beach Recreation Center, 4025 4th St.: 410-257-4344;

Holidays at Billingsley • free

  Tour historic Billingsley House, festooned for the season with greens and garlands. 9am-3pm at the House Museum, 6900 Green Landing Rd., Upper Marlboro: 301-627-0730.

Old-Tyme Holiday Trolley Ride • free

  Hop aboard the beach trolley to hear about the holidays in Chesapeake Beach in 1900. Sing carols and enjoy the ride around town to view this Christmas’ light displays, with stops at the Brightest Beacon of the Bay winners. 6-8:15pm atChesapeake Beach Railway: 410-257-3892;

KIDS and The Polar Express • free

  Gather the children to hear conductor John read The Polar Express. 5:30-6:30pm at Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum: 410-257-3892;

Bay Theatre’s The Foursome

  Four old friends reunited for golf have a lot of catching up to do in Bay Theatre Company’s The Foursome, which gives both sexes humorous insight into the male mind. Read Jane Elkin’s review in this week’s paper. Playing thru Jan. 13. Th-Sa 8pm; Su 2pm at Bay Theatre Company, 275 West St., Annapolis. $35-$45; rsvp: 410-268-1333; 

Annmarie Garden in Lights


Watkins Festival of Lights

  Cruise a 2.5-mile loop through Watkins Regional Park’s winter wonderland. Over a million lights form dazzling displays of archways, fairytale characters and holiday scenes. This year’s festival features fun new displays including Santa flying a helicopter and driving a fire truck. To spread holiday cheer, bring a canned goods donation to aid local food banks. 5-9pm at Watkins Park, Upper Marlboro. $5/car or van; $10/multi-visit pass; $15/mini-bus; $25/bus; freeon Dec. 25: 301-699-2456;