Weekly Events

Check out local Southern Maryland happenings!

There’s another busy weekend on tap in Southern Maryland featuring plenty of events to help you usher in the holidays. Whether you want to shop for gifts, visit with Santa, tour some beautifully decorated venues or take in entertainment to get in the holiday spirit, you will find the calendar is chock full of activities. You will surely want to check out some of these events:

ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME TOUR, Health Share of St. Mary’s. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3. Tickets are available at all houses on the day of the tour, or in advance at PNC Bank in Leonardtown, Community Bank of the Chesapeake in Leonardtown, Cedar Point Federal Credit Union branches, Apple Basket in Mechanicsville, Lola Belle Co. in Leonardtown and Kevin’s Corner Kafe in Leonardtown. Box lunches by local chef Kathleen Mansmann will be available for purchase at Sotterley Farmers Market. The Sotterley Garden Guild will sell fresh holiday wreaths, swags and other holiday decorations. For more details and directions, call Sheryl Tart at 301-904-2801 or email slipcovercottage@gmail.com. $

“TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,” The Newtowne Players will present their holiday production of Ken Ludwig’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at 8 p.m. Dec. 1-2, with matinee performances Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3, at 3:30 p.m. It will continue on the Dec. 8-10 weekend on the same schedule. All performances are at Three Notch Theatre, 21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for military/senior/student, and $10 for children younger than 12. They may be purchased online at newtowneplayers.org or by calling 301-737-5447.

FLAT IRON FARM CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, 45840 Highway to Heaven Lane off of Flat Iron Road, Great Mills. Daily 5-9 p.m. through Monday, Jan. 1. Admission is free. 301-994-0300; facebook.com/flatironsanta

LEONARDTOWN FIRST FRIDAY, Leonardtown Square 5-8 p.m. Dec. 1. Special events throughout town. 301-475- 9791; firstfridaysleonardtown.com/

SMCM STUDENT RECITAL, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Montgomery Hall Room 25, St. Mary’s City. 3 p.m. Dec. 1. Students perform a variety of works from all time periods in front of students and peers. 240-895-4498; smcm.edu/music/events

WINTER JAZZ CONCERT, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Montgomery Hall Room 25, St. Mary’s City. 8 p.m. Dec. 1. SMCM Jazz Band and Jazz Combo, under the direction of Jeff Silberschlag, will perform. Free. 240-895-4498; smcm.edu/music/events

SOLOMONS CHRISTMAS WALK, Solomons Island. Walk is held annually the first weekend in December. Fun-filled time of special events, children’s activities, puppet show and open houses at many of the businesses. Santa’s arrival at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 1 and lighted boat parade 6:15 p.m. Dec. 2. solomonsmaryland.com

CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM CHRISTMAS WALK ACTIVITIES, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Holiday delights for visitors of all ages. Admission is free. Live entertainment Dec. 1: 6-7 p.m. Patuxent High School Carolers, 7-8 p.m. Patuxent Voices and 8-9 p.m. Bruce Rider & Riders; Dec. 2: 6-7 p.m. COSMIC Flute Choir, 7-8 p.m. Sax Appeal Quartet and 8-8:30 p.m. Song Birds. Santa and “Bubbles,” the museum otter, will visit and spread holiday cheer. Children can create a holiday craft to take home. Enjoy punch and cookies on Friday and Santa’s Coffee House on Saturday featuring complimentary coffee, hot cocoa and holiday cookies. To learn more about the Solomons Christmas Walk, visit solomonsmaryland.com/solomons-christmas-walk.html; 410-326-2042

“A TUNA CHRISTMAS,” Long Beach Community Center, 5845 Calvert St., St. Leonard. 7-9:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Hilarious sequel to “Greater Tuna.” Tickets are $12 for students and seniors; $15 general admission. Reservations recommended. Limited seating. 443-624-4484; ndctheater.org $

HOLIDAY EXHIBITS, St. Clement’s Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point and Piney Point Lighthouse, 44701 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point. Dec. 1-Jan. 1. Christmas Dolls & Trains Exhibit at St. Clement’s and Holiday in Uniforms at Piney Point. 301-769-2222 $

CECIL’S HISTORIC DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE, 20853 Indian Bridge Road, Great Mills. Annual holiday event at Cecil’s Historic District. Bill Clements will provide a live demonstration of the antique sawmill at Cecil’s Old Mill. Holiday music and décor and new merchandise. Cecil’s Historic District is home of the St. Mary’s County Art Association (Old Mill) and Cecil’s Country Store. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2. 301-994-1510; cecilscountrystore.com

COLONIAL CHRISTMAS, 47414 Old State House Road, St. Mary’s City. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary. This light-hearted tour of the town center follows a newly freed slave (and his fellow colonists) as he tries to employ holiday traditions and the goodwill of the season to win a young lady’s heart. Tours depart hourly at 11 a.m., noon, and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. 240-895-4990 $

PAT CARPENTER HOLIDAY PARADE, North Beach. Noon Dec. 2. 410-257-2230.

MEDART GALLERY OPEN HOUSE, 10735 Town Center Blvd., Dunkirk. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2. Meet artist Paul McGehee. Live entertainment by Bill Resnick and Ryan Webster. Light refreshments, good friend and even a few surprises! 301-855-4515; MedartGalleries.com

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS, Dr. Mudd House Museum, 3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Road, Waldorf. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2-3. Tours, music, visit with Santa, Civil War encampment and refreshments. 301-645-6870; drmudd.org $

ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRAIL, locations is Charles County. Trail offers visitors an opportunity to get into the holiday spirit, while visiting county landmarks. Stops include Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum, St. Thomas Manor, Port Tobacco Village, Stagg Hall, Mount Carmel Monastery, Smallwood Retreat, Maxwell Hall and Port Tobacco One-Room Schoolhouse. All are free, though donations will be appreciated. Dates and times vary with each location. charlescountyholidaytrail.org; facebook.com/charlescountyholidaytrail/

COSMIC SYMPHONY HOLIDAY FANTASTIC, Calvert High School, Prince Frederick. 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Featuring Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet performing selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet” and other holiday favorites. cosmicsymphony.org $

OLDE TYME HOLIDAY GATHERING, La Plata Town Hall, 305 Queen Anne St., La Plata. 3-6 p.m. Dec. 3. Celebrate the season with music, children’s activities, refreshments, horse-drawn carriage rides by Suttler Post Farm and a visit from Santa. 301-934-8421; townoflaplata.org

“THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER” PERFORMED AT PORT TOBACCO THEATRE, 508 Charles St., La Plata. Through Dec. 20. 301-932- 6819; ptplayers.com $

ORNAMENT SHOW & SALE, Annmarie Garden in Solomons. The juried show features work of 20 regional artists and continues until Jan. 1. There is a variety of ornaments for sale. The show will be open during Garden in Lights, which runs 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1-Jan. 1. Light show will be closed Dec. 4, 5, 24 and 25. 410-326-4640; annmariegarden.org $

SOUTHERN MARYLAND FARM HOLIDAY GUIDE, features area farms that offer events, products and services throughout the season. Download a copy at smadc.com/publications/SMADC-Farm-Holiday-Guide_2017-18.pdf. There is information about where you can cut your own Christmas tree and where you can buy fresh-cut trees. Find out where you can buy wreaths or where you can go to make your own. Get the scoop on where to buy gifts from local farms. Serenity Farm in Benedict is offering a live nativity. The Farm & Country Christmas Auction will be held Dec. 2. Tobacco Barn Distillery will host a special Christmas market Dec. 10 and 17. Vandermere Stables is planning a Holiday Horse Discovery Day and a Barn Holiday Workshop. Keepin’ It Local will hold an open house Dec. 2. Learn about the many handcrafted items available at New View Fiber Works. Check out the brochure for many more events and activities.

ALL THAT GLITTERS SHOW, North End Gallery, 41652 Fenwick St., Leonardtown. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Dec. 1. Art show geared for holiday shopping, will run for the month of December. Find unique gifts large and small, suited for every budget, and all created by the gallery’s talented member artists. Among the offerings are fine art paintings. There are also hand-pulled original silk screen prints, hand-crafted jewelry, functional and decorative glass works and pottery, beautiful and unusual clocks, wood-crafted step stools and lamps, award-winning children’s books, and a large variety of prints and note cards. December hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 301-475-3130; northendgallery.org

OPAL GALLERY FINE ART & GIFTS, 41625 Park Ave., Leonardtown. Opal Gallery will hold an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest during the town of Leonardtown’s First Friday celebration Dec. 1. Join the gallery for the frivolity and walk the runway. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate. First Friday hours 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Holiday hours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. 302-438-1629; facebook.com/OpalFineArts/

POKÉMON TRAINERS CLUB, Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. 6 p.m. Dec. 4-5. Bring games and/or cards and prepare to battle against other Pokémon trainers. Make Pokémon buttons to take home, take turns playing a retro Pokémon game. All ages. No registration required. 301-475-2846.

TREE-LIGHTING PROGRAM, Indian Head Village Green Pavilion, Indian Head. 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Holiday music from the bands and choruses from Indian Head ES, General Smallwood MS and Lackey HS, refreshments and Santa. Free admission. 240-375-4061.

CHARLES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER TREE OF LIFE, 5 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Join the medical center foundation in illuminating the ceremonial Christmas Tree of Life and luminaries in the healing garden and honoring those, living or deceased, who have touched lives. The foundation acknowledges the names of all donors and their honorees in a commemorative program. Following the ceremony, guests will enjoy a light reception and festive holiday music. charlesregional.org/TreeofLife; 301-609-4132

PIANO CONCERT, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City. Noon Dec. 6. Brian Ganz will continue his popular noontime “PianoTalk” series with a program titled “Chopin the Student, Part 2.” This PianoTalk will be an in-depth exploration of Chopin’s interest in counterpoint in his later years. Ganz will discuss and play Chopin’s Canon in F minor and his Fugue in A minor, along with two mazurkas that demonstrate Chopin’s application of his growing contrapuntal skills. Free of charge and open to the public. 240-895-4498; smcm.edu/events/organizer/music-department/

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KRIS KRINGLE CHRISTMAS MARKET, Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairground Road, La Plata. 4-8 p.m. Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10. Begin your holiday season at the three-day market. Family-friendly event features handmade works by local artists and crafters, live Christmas music, food, activities for children and more. Admission is $1 per person or one non-perishable food item to benefit the Southern Maryland Food Bank. charlescountyfair.com; 301-932-1234

HANDEL’S ‘MESSIAH,’ Auerbach Auditorium, St. Mary’s Hall, 47458 Trinity Church Road, St. Mary’s College of Maryland. 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Chamber singers with orchestra under the direction of Larry Vote, professor of music, will perform. Free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets must be reserved in advance by visiting goo.gl/fnvAEU or by calling 240-895-4498.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, Route 5 south of Leonardtown. 8-11 a.m. Dec. 9. Enjoy breakfast prepared by the Forrest Center’s culinary arts students. Admission to this event, which includes breakfast, is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 5 and younger. An omelet bar will be available for an additional $2. Santa’s Workshop will be available for children to purchase small gifts (most less than $10). Forrest Center students will assist the children. The gifts they purchase will be wrapped. Remember to get a photo of your child letting Santa know their holiday wishes. If you forget your camera, students from the Forrest Center will photograph your child with Santa for $5. Families may receive up to five poses on a CD. For more information, contact chef Amanda Granados at 301-475-0242, ext. 28210 or aegranados@smcps.org.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, Regency Furniture Stadium, 11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf. 8 and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 16. Tickets are $7 each and include a French toast breakfast, holiday craft and pictures with Santa. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and receive a voucher for two tickets to any 2018 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs game. 301-638-9788; somdbluecrabs.com $

SANTA SPECTACULAR 5K, Regency Furniture Stadium, 11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf. Dec. 16. $30 registration fee includes finisher’s medal, Santa hat and beard, breakfast, two tickets to a Southern Maryland Blue Crabs opening weekend game. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Race begins at 8:30 a.m. 301-638-9788; somdbluecrabs.com $

NEWCOMERS AND NEIGHBORS CLUB OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND meets on the third Wednesday of each month, September through May, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Ruddy Duck, 13200 Dowell Road, Solomons. The day begins with coffee, tea and sociability, followed by a brief meeting, then lunch. Its purpose is to foster new friendships, learn more about the area’s communities and to participate in special events and outings of particular interest to you. All are welcome, whether or not you are a “newcomer.” Visit newcomersofsomd.org or email newcomersmd@gmail.com.

KINDRED: CELEBRATING OUR ANCESTORS EXHIBIT, Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons. Show runs through January 2018 in Kay Daugherty Gallery. The exhibit invited artists to celebrate the stories, people and places that define them. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (hours might change for special events). 410-326-4640; annmariegarden.org $

SHARKABET EXHIBIT, Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons. Exhibit is based on the book “Sharkabet: A Sea of Sharks from A to Z”. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a different type of shark. Exhibit runs through December. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 410-326-2042; calvertmarinemuseum.com $

OPEN SKATE, Leonard Hall Recreation Center, Hollywood-Leonardtown Road, Leonardtown. Enjoy an open skate event from 2-5 p.m. Sundays. Session cost is $5 per person. Skate rentals are $2.50. 301-475-4200, ext. 1800 $