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A Longwood Gardens Christmas At Longwood Gardens Through Dec. 26.

Holiday Guide 2009

Stuffed The 2009 City Paper Holiday Guide

The Gifts That Count The presents that have stayed in our writers' thoughts | By Raymond Cummings, Lauren Bender, Charles Cohen, Alex Epstein, and John Barry

The Wish List Gifts we wish we could afford

Posted 11/18/2009

Christmas in Hershey, now through Dec. 31, Hershey Chocolate World, 251 Park Boulevard, Hershey, Pa., (717) 534-4900, Ride a chocolate trolley, stroll through a chocolate-themed wonderland, and when you've had too much Christmastime outdoors, warm up indoors with hot cho-cho and a how-Hershey's-is-made information ride.

A Longwood Gardens Christmas, now through Dec. 26, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa., (610) 388-1000,, $16, seniors $14, students $6, ages 4 and under $5. 50,000 lights dot acres and acres of flora and this Dept. 56-esque village, which includes performances from professional ice skaters, a children's tree village, poinsettia gardens, light shows, and more.

Hearth and Home in Early Maryland, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 27-28, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary's City, (301) 475-4411, $10, seniors $8, students $6, children $3.50, children under 5 free. Watch ye olde townspeoples of Southern Maryland buckle down for the long winter with home fires and tack. Then have a good laugh at home under the covers in the comfort of electricity.

Carroll County Farm Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays Dec. 4-13, Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, (410) 386-3880,, free. Tour the farm after its halls have been decked with holly. It's like the scary pumpkin ride you took last fall, but with more mistletoe, and less hay.

Christmas Open House, 3-9 p.m. Dec. 5, Main St., Sykesville, (410) 795-8959,, free. Santa rolls down the avenue on a fire truck in honor of Sykesville's town tree lighting, plus holiday music and refreshments.

Season of Celebration, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-4 p.m. weekends Dec. 5-30, Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St., (410) 516-0341,, free. Tour Johns Hopkins University's biggest, most historical homes to see their biggest, most historical best.

Homewood by Candlelight, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 7, Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St., (410) 516-0341,, $6, members free. See Johns Hopkins University's Homewood as it looked in the 1800s by glowing, glimmering candlelight. Sounds romantical.

Festive flavors of federal Hill, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 8, Federal Hill, (410) 727-4500,, $55, proceeds go to community revitalization. A tour of the best of Federal Hill, including six stops for food, drink, and shopping fun.

Symphony Homes for the Holidays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 10-12, the Summit Manor Conference Center, 510 Monkton Road, Hereford, (410) 783-8000,, $25, advance $20. Take yourself on a self-guided tour through elegantly decorated area homes, including the Hereford Volunteer Fire Company and the Manor Tavern in addition to private homes, which raises funds for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's educational programs.

Snowflake Tour of Charles Village Homes, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 20, starts at Homewood Museum, 3400 N. Charles St., (410) 516-5589,, $15, students $12. Tour Charles Village's festive porches, three-story Victorians and Edwardians, and Roarin' '20s homes.

An Ever Green Evening, 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St., (410) 516-0341,, $6, members free. Take a gander at Evergreen's evergreens, decked to the hilt with festivity at the hands of Baltimore's best designers.

Christmas Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 11-13, Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, (410) 557-9570, Tour the Manor House and take in the elaborately decorated home and topiary gardens. Then purchase your own greens to bring a little charm to your own manor.

Holiday Open House Tour, 2-6 p.m. Dec. 12, the Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., Laurel,, $18, advance $15. Drive to Laurel for the Laurel Museum's open-house guided tour through 12 renovations.

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