Santa House Lighting, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 21, Harborplace Amphitheater, 200 E. Pratt St., (410) 332-4191, harborplace.com, free. If Santa's gonna hang around town, he's gonna need a place to stay. Ol' Claus is going to arrive by Harbor, where the Heart of Maryland chorus, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and his little helpers will be waiting. We'll be there, too, with bells on, to usher in his grand arrival. Photos with Santa 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays Nov. 22-Dec. 24.
Vegetarian Resource Group Potluck Dinner, 5 p.m. Nov. 22, North Baltimore Mennonite Church, 4615 Roland Ave., (410) 366-8343, vrg.org, $4, free for children. Gather with your fellow veggies for a pre-Thanksgiving feast before you hafta load your plate at Grandma's with sides. Make sure your vegan dish serves four and comes with a 3x5 identification card and utensils. Non-perishable donations earn extra graces.
Turkey Trot, 8 a.m. Nov. 26, First United Methodist Church, 424 Main St., Laurel, (301) 776-0442, laureladvoacy.org, $25. Run 5K to benefit Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services and pig out on leftovers tomorrow or hop, pop 'n' lock, and hopscotch over the mile marker and eat a little guilt-free pie later. Either way, you're a winner.
Renowned Ice Skaters, showtimes vary daily Nov. 26-Jan. 10, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa., (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org, $16, seniors $14, students $6, ages 4 and under $5. Local, national, and Olympic skaters take to the ice to perform daring, moving, and glorious acts of artistry.
Miracle on 34th Street, 7 p.m. Nov. 28, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 600-2835, weinbergcenter.org, $6, students and seniors $4. Kris Kringle and Natalie Wood conspire to have the Best Christmas Ever in this 1947 classic.
Miracle on 34th, 6 p.m.-midnight Dec.1-Jan.1, 34th Street between Keswick Road and Chestnut Avenue, Hampden, free. Buy cocoa at the end of the street, or bring your own, for a walking tour (or rubberneck bumper-to-bumper) on 34th, where neighbors break out all the extension cords for the most festive home display in all the land.
Holiday Movies, 1 p.m. Dec. 2-6, Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, (410) 848-7272, carrollcountycrtscouncil.org, free. Starting mid-week at 1 p.m. in early December, and running every afternoon through Sunday, Carroll County shows holiday films, running the gamut from the nostalgic (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) to the classics (It's a Wonderful Life) and strictly for grownups (Joyeux Noel).
A Monumental Occasion, 6 p.m. Dec. 3, Mount Vernon Place, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 244-1030, bop.org. This city thinks it's totally bunk to save the shimmering, sparkling explosives for July 4. If it's not safe to light our indoor tannenbaum with fireworks, then the nation's oldest monument to Washington, with its own string of lights, is gonna do. Event includes music and presentations. Need a warm-up? The nearby Walters Art Museum opens its doors for a special family-friendly celebration 5-8:30 p.m.
Little Italy Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. Dec. 4, Little Italy, corner of High and Stiles streets, littleitalymd.com, free. The Baltimore Choral Arts Society gathers ye around Little Italy's own tower of fir for a spectacular public lighting, post community trimming. This tradition includes hot cider, cookies, and fresh roasted chestnuts.
Night of 100 Elvises, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 4-5, Lithuanian Hall, 851 Hollins St., nightof100elvises.com, $54, $55 advance. Twelve performers and 12 tribute bands join the flock of Elvis fans and impersonators for our favorite winter party--way better than a bunch a lords-a-leapin' and a partridge in a pear tree.
Parade of Lighted Boats, 5 p.m. Dec. 5, Inner Harbor and Fells Point, (410) 868-7440, fpyc.net,free. The Fells Point Yacht Club takes the parade route from the streets to the water for a grand light display that will shimmer under the night sky and reflect off the surface of the harbor.
Kwanzaa Celebration, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5, Morgan State University New Student Center, Hillen Road at Argonne Drive and Cold Spring Lane, (443) 885-4328, morgan.edu, free. MSU Community Service presents music, games, exhibits, dance, storytelling, and delicious food for children of all ages for its annual celebration of Kwanzaa.
The Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade, 2 p.m. Dec. 6, Hampden and Medfield neighborhoods, (410) 366-0726, mayorschristmasparade.com, free. The city took away our Thanksgiving parade, but it'll have to pry this 2.5-mile route featuring Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Marching Ravens, 160 marching groups, and sundry community groups from our cold, unmittened hands.
The Great Fells Point Figgy Pudding Fun Run, 9 a.m. Dec. 12, Fells Point Broadway Square, 900 S. Broadway, fellspointdevelopment.com, $40, $35 advance. Take your 5K workout to the next level through Fells, over the cobblestones, towards a free shirt and pint of Guinness at the finish line.
Celebrate Hanukkah with Safam, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave., (410) 764-1587, bhcong.org, $20, children 12 and under $10, VIP with reception $50. Jewish music by the Boston-based six-man band to raise funds for the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation youth activities and educational programs.
Habari Gani Baltimore?!, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 20, Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (410) 889-3399, artbma.org, free. The BMA's yearly Kwanzaa celebration returns with a special performance, a gallery hunt related to Kwanzaa's seven principles, and hands-on art-making.
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