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The Holiday Guide

City Paper's 2005 Guide to Seasonal Events and Places.

Illustrations by Daniel Krall

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The Holiday Guide City Paper's 2005 Guide to Seasonal Events and Places.

Posted 11/16/2005

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Candlelight Tour of Elk Run Winery, 5-7 and 7-9 p.m. Dec. 17, Elk Run Winery, 15113 Liberty Road, Mount Airy, (410) 875-2009, website, $18. Solid gift idea—what could be more romantical than strolling around a candlelit vineyard and mansion? Especially when there is wine sampling involved.

Colonial Christmas at Mount Clare, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (house tours end at 3 p.m.) Dec. 10, Mount Clare Museum House, Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Blvd., (410) 837-3262,, $4-$6, children 5 and under free. Charles Carroll’s historic mansion is all dolled up for the holidays and includes guided tours, a fife and drum corps, and the Singers Madrigale. Don’t forget to check out the stable to pick up some fresh-cut greenery for your own maison.

Dickens Holiday Open House, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 3-4, Elk Run Winery, 15113 Liberty Road, Mt. Airy, (410) 875-2009, website, $6. Christmas ain’t just about the kiddies—adults need their fun, too. Elk Run is celebrating the holidays 18th century style, including “Charles Dickens” reading his holiday tales, carolers in the vineyard, winery tours and tastings, and eats. And wine.

Historic Reservoir Poinsettia Tour, 1-5:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Exotic Paradise in the Historic Emerson, 2502 Eutaw Place, (410) 225-7547, $12. The Upper Eutaw-Madison neighborhood decks the walls and halls for the season—and not just the Victorian brownstones, either. Some of the homes in the area have been restored to be part of “the solar era,” so it should be an eclectic sampling of Baltimore houses you probably don’t see very often.

Holiday Traditions at Homewood and Evergreen Houses, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 3-4, Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St. (410) 516-0341, and Homewood House, 3400 N. Charles St., (410) 516-5589, $1. Tour the two historic homes in conjunction with Downtown Dollar Days. Enjoy live holiday music, decorations, and light refreshments. Both museums offer nifty gift shops with a wide selection of holiday items.

Mount Vernon Holly Tour, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4, Mount Vernon, website. Tours through decorated homes you can’t afford, gourmet munching to advance the holiday poundage, and musical entertainments.

The Night Before Christmas, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 25-Jan. 8, Brandywine Museum, U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, Penn., (610) 388-2700,, $5-$8, kids under 6 free. You truly have to travel over the river and through the woods to get there, but it may be worth your while to venture to this cozy hamlet and explore the history of the season’s most famous poem.

Nineteenth-Century Christmas Show, Dec.6-10, Historical Society of Baltimore County, 9811 Van Buren Lane, Hunt Valley, (410) 666-1876, $1-$3. The museum rooms are decorated for the holidays—the cook will be preparing eats in the kitchen, the lady of the house entertaining in the parlor, and 19th-century toys will be under the tree.

State House by Candlelight, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 2-3, Maryland State House, State Circle, Annapolis, (410) 974-3400, No one can deny that our capital city on the bay is attractive, so see one of the oldest State Houses in the country aglow along with choral groups and ensembles.

White Christmas on the Farm, 3-7 p.m. Dec.3-4, Benson-Hammond House, Aviation Blvd. Andover Road at BWI, Linthicum. Tour a 19th-century farmhouse where there will be an international doll collection, live music, and refreshments—all courtesy of the Anne Arundel County Historical Society.

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