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December 2013

Holiday Candlelight Stroll

Follow colonial guides thru the decorated streets of historic Annapolis. 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;

Chesapeake Arts Center Holiday Show

The Chorus and students of Brooklyn Park Middle School sing entertaining four-part a cappella harmony — plus a family-friendly performance to get you in the holiday spirit. Bring a camera for photos with Santa. Stay after for the annual tree lighting in front of Brooklyn Park Middle School; add an ornament ($1) for charity. Doors open at 5pm; 6pm performance at the Center’s Hammond Lane Theatre, Brooklyn Park. $10 w/discounts: 410-636-6597;

Community Concert Chorus ~ free

Hear Chesapeake Community Chorus sing to benefit local charities. 4pm at Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, Sunderland: 301-855-7477;

Ensemble Galilei Concert

Chamber Music Annapolis presents Ensemble Galilei’s 23nd annual Christmas/Solstice Concert. Enjoy dessert at a candlelight reception after each performance. 3pm and 7pm at Great Hall, St. John’s College, Annapolis. $35 w/discounts: 410-849-2494;

SPCA Paintings by Animals Show

Join the SPCA of Anne Arundel County and the Key School of Annapolis at an art show where shelter animals are the artists. Paintings done by the animals are then sold to benefit the SPCA. 3-6pm at Jo Jo’s Cupcakes of Annapolis:

CYSO Winter Concerts ~ free

The Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra plays holiday concerts. 2pm junior concert and 7pm senior concert at Annapolis Area Christian School, Severn. 443-758-3157;

KIDS Hansel and Gretel Tea Party

Ages 5 and up drop breadcrumbs on the way to Darnall’s Chance, decorated like a giant gingerbread house for tea, dessert and the tale of Hansel and Gretel. 2pm at Darnall’s Chance House and Museum, Upper Marlboro. $18 w/discounts; rsvp early for this annual favorite: 301-952-8010;

Chesapeake Hospice Santa Raffle Drawing

Last day to buy tickets to win this year’s awesome handcrafted Kris Kringle at Hospice of the Chesapeake’s raffle drawing ($1/ticket or $5/6 tickets). Browse the wares at Hospice’s upscale consignment shop. 1-5pm; 4:30pm drawing at Treasures, Park Plaza Shopping Center, Severna Park: 410-384-9260.

Santa Speedo Run & Toy Drive

Shed those winter clothes and break out your Speedo for this one-mile jog through City Dock, starting and finishing at Stan and Joe’s Saloon. Check-in at noon, race 1:45pm, post-party at 2pm. Live music by Dublin 5. Register at; email

Winter Survival ~ free

Ages 14 to 16 learn what it takes to survive in the wild with winter survival tips; build a fire and make a pair of snowshoes from local woodland materials. 10am-noon at King’s Landing Park, Huntingtown; rsvp: 410-535-2661;