It’s time to put on those shiny shoes and get ready to witness the best Holiday Events in Columbia, MD. This holiday season includes – many holiday markets, twinkling lights, shopping spree, festive foods, and much more. Mask up as all the safety precautions have to be taken seriously to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Revelers of all ages will have fun decorating gingerbread houses and watching the tree all while throwing some snowballs here and there in Merrry-land. Also, if you’re not ready to give up that sweatpant life, some of the most iconic events will be available online, too.

Soak up the festive atmosphere with these long-awaited holiday events in Columbia, MD.

B&O Christmas Tree Lighting

B & O Christmas Lighting in Columbia MD

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No holiday is complete with a 35 foot fully lit Christmas Tree. Kick off the celebrations at B&O Railroad Museum.

Also, bring your family along for an evening packed with festivities, including Santa’s Winter Village, local shops, and the Frosty Snowman. Don’t forget to buy tix for the Reindeer Lights Train ride for kids every day at 7 P.M.

When: Starting November 20.

Where: B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223. Click here for directions.

Midnight Madness Celebration

Midnight Madness Celebration

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Even if this is your first time visiting – Historic Ellicott City feels just like home. In fact, you will fall in love with their performers, artists, local attractions, food, and local vendors, too.

Not only that, the 42nd Annual Midnight Madness Celebration is all that and more. The arrival of Santa, bold lights and culinary delights in the heart of picturesque Ellicott City will leave you wanting for more.

When: December 4th, 6 P.M. – 11 P.M.

Where: 8321 Main Street

Ellicott City, MD 21043. Click here for directions.

Cambridge Christmas Parade

Cambridge Christmas Parade

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This timeless tradition will be carried on just like before. While local businesses and charities fund the parade, you can donate to help the small team.

Experience the sound of music, glittering lights, laughter, and the holiday cheer at the Cambridge & Dorchester Christmas Parade.

When: TBD December.

Where: Long Wharf Park, Cambridge, MD 21613. Click here for directions.

Festive Saturdays in Downtown Frederick

Festive Saturdays in Downtown Frederick

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With the onset of Covid, it’s more important now to protect and support the locals and independent artists. First Saturday is a great event to do your bit, even if you’re a resident or attending one of your first holiday events in Columbia, MD.

Here you’ll find delicious food, exceptional jewelry, and the best local experience with festive lights and holiday decor. So, a visit to the market for Christmas gifts is a must when in Columbia, MD. Get those matching masks and head over for a merry time.

When: First 3 Saturdays of December.

Where: 19 E Church St | Frederick, MD 21701. Click here for directions.

Handel’s “Messiah” Concert

Handel's "Messiah" Concert Columbia MD

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In its 86th year, Handel’s choir of Baltimore presents “Messiah” in a new, virtual format. With a Baroque chamber orchestra and soloists, this acclaimed choral ensemble is set to blow your mind.

And the best part, no need to dress up. Witness this long-standing masterpiece at just a click of a button. The live concert is free to watch, but donations are welcome. Also, you can pour in some exquisite wine to get in the holiday spirit.

When: Saturday, December 12, 2020

7:30 PM

Where: Messiah Live Online