The Holiday Guide
City Paper's 2005 Guide to Seasonal Events and Places.
Breakfast with Santa, 8:30-11 a.m. Dec. 3, Doyle Hall, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St., (410) 532-5542, www.ndm.edu $4-$12. Santa needs to get that bowl-full-of-jelly belly bulked up before the big night, and he’s relying on you and the kids to help him. Kick off the season to the sounds of delighted children and some good eats, plus a holiday bazaar for the grown-ups.
Christmas for Kids, 11 a.m. Dec. 17, Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, (410) 523-7070, $12. Many of Baltimore’s songsters are coming out for this one—including the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Riderwood Elementary School Chorus—to perform classic seasonal music.
Festival of Trains, Nov. 25-Dec. 30, B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., (410) 752-2490, www.borail.org. Check out the elaborate toy train villages during this month-long choo-choo celebration, kicked off with Santa’s arrival Nov. 25.
Festivals of Light, Enoch Pratt Library, central branch, 400 Cathedral St., (410) 396-5430, for ages 3-5. A chance for kids to learn about every holiday in the season. Festival of Light-Hanukkah: 11 a.m. Dec. 10; stories, songs, and dreidels. Festival of Light—Christmas and Las Posadas: 11 a.m. Dec. 17; celebrate in English and Spanish. Festival of Light—Kwanzaa: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 28-29; wear kente cloth, sing, and hear stories.
Hanukkah Family Program, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 25, Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., (410)-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org. Children can make hats and paper dolls, participate in a hat parade, and see some entertainment, while the family gets a chance to view the noteworthy exhibitions this museum has to offer.
Holiday Happenings, 3:15 p.m. Dec. 15, Enoch Pratt Library, Hamilton branch, 5910 Harford Road, (410) 396-6088, for ages 5-10. A chance to learn how people celebrate holidays in various countries with traditional dances, stories, games, songs, and foods.
Multicultural Fest of Holidays, 4 p.m. Dec. 15, Enoch Pratt Library, Broadway branch, 301 N. Broadway St., (410) 396-0970, for ages 5-12. Share Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Las Posadas with others—register ahead of time for groups of five or more.
Santa vs. the Snowman, begins Nov. 18, Maryland Science Center IMAX, 601 Light St., (410) 685-2370, www.marylandsciencecenter.org. This animated feature is the story of a snowman’s plot to take over Santa’s job to earn the world’s love. Complete with hot-chocolate squirt guns and snow minions, it could be the greatest ever battle over the North Pole.
Santa’s Place at Harborplace and the Gallery, Nov. 19-Dec. 24, (800) 427-2671, www.harborplace.org. Come on sweetie, just get up on the fat man’s lap, whisper what you want for Christmas in his ear, and smile big for the camera. Mommy will be in Victoria’s Secret getting a li’l something for Daddy.
Winter Open House Days, noon-4 p.m. Dec.27-29, Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., (410) 732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org, free for museum member families, up to $16 for non-member families. Oh, joyous winter holidays—the kids have a nice long break, and they’re looking to you, mom and dad, to entertain them. Before they drive you bughouse, take them to the Jewish Museum, and they can participate in craft making and activities. You’ll enjoy the quality time, they’ll have fun, and all are happy for several hours.
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