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The Ultimate Guide to Family Friendly Christmas Fun in Maryland

Inside: Check out this comprehensive list of ideas for family friendly Christmas fun in Maryland

The sugary evidence of Halloween has all but vanished. You just lugged a 20lb turkey home and indulged in your first Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake of the year. You know the Christmas season is almost here. It is undeniable and pretty soon you won’t be able to escape the sights and sounds of the ‘most wonderful time of the year.’ If you have kids, you are probably thinking about how best to celebrate Christmas and the holidays. There are literally hundreds of events to choose from covering everything from sitting on Santa’s lap at the mall to over the top, destination events.

How in the world do you choose?

Well, there is no easy answer because there are only four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas morning. Just researching events to choose from can be an overwhelming task. Fortunately for you, I have done a lot of the research for you. I am not going to pretend I have actually done everything on this list (my daughter is only 4 years old) but everything here comes highly recommended. So, check it out and start compiling your own Holiday Fun Things to Do With Kids list!

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Ultimate Guide to Family Friendly Christmas Fun in Maryland

Before we sink into all the fun events and activities this area has to offer I just wanted to mention a few things:

  • This guide focuses on Maryland events, but major events of interest from surrounding areas are also included because let’s be honest.. sometimes it is worth it to drive an hour or more for something particularly cool.
  • This guide focuses on events that would appeal to families with kids 5 and under. That doesn’t mean everything is for young child families. However, most– if not all– the items in this guide would work for families with toddlers and preschoolers (with caveats).
  • Many of these events have multiple things going on at once. I tried to stick them in the best category but there are some festivals that have craft bazaars, some lights displays that also have trains, etc…
  • There are some notable events that are not on this list because they are high demand events that have already sold out (like the Polar Express Train). I did not want to frustrate you by including them in the guide.
  • Before you commit to an event, think about your child/children. How well do they do with chaos? Loud sounds? How patient or easy going are they? This should inform a lot of your decision making. For instance, many folks love the Kennedy Krieger Festival of the Trees. It is a huge hit with families. However, it is also really chaotic.

Christmas Lights and Gardens

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Trains, Planes, and a Water-skiing Santa!

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Parades and Christmas Festivals

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Holiday Craft Festivals and Bazaars (ok, I admit it.. this section is mostly for Moms… just because)

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Concerts and Musical Events

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Special Events/Destinations

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I hope you found this guide helpful and I want to go ahead and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season!

Thanks for checking out this guide and I hope to see you back here soon!
Sara

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Could you be any more complete!! Overwhelming...no one has any excuse for boredom.

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