Fun Things to Do With Your Family for the Holidays in Montgomery County


When it comes time for the family to visit this holiday season, your house is bound to be full—a little too full. Get your guests out of the house and into the holiday spirit with these fun, family-friendly activities in Montgomery County, Maryland. From spectacular railway displays to winter lights, these attractions are sure to be a holiday hit for everyone, even Scrooge.

Buy Gifts at Local Holiday Markets

Shopping at holiday markets in Montgomery County, Maryland is a delightful experience that captures the festive spirit of the season. From the charming streets of Bethesda to the historic corners of Rockville, our holiday markets offer a unique blend of local crafts, artisanal goods, and seasonal treats. We also have an insider’s guide to all of the artisan holiday markets not to miss this season.


Catch a Magical Performance

Montgomery County is ready to entertain this holiday season with two stage hits at Olney Theatre Center. In November, see the Fiddler on the Roof. Olney Theatre creates a rich and re-imagined Fiddler for a new generation to embrace through unforgettable songs like “If I Were a Rich Man,” “To Life,” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” It wouldn’t be the holidays without Olney’s favorite Christmas tradition – a unique twist on a timeless classic, A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Audiences come back season after season for Paul Morella’s captivating solo performance and masterful storytelling.  Join the City of Rockville at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater for their musical holiday performance Snow Holidays: A Musical Journey Around the World by the Rockville Concert Band. The Strathmore shows a lively musical: The Hip Hop Nutcracker. It’s a reimagined version of the classic story that tells the story of love and community.

Winter Lights Festival in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Explore a Winter Wonderland

The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival welcomes visitors for another spectacular season. The wondrous display of lights at Seneca Creek State Park will be open nightly from November 25 through December 31. The 3.5-mile drive through the enchanted setting takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees.

Check out other holiday lights displays around Montgomery County, too.

Rent a Beer Yurt

Grab your cozy sweater and head to the farm for a local pint. Waredaca Brewing Company offers an unforgettable beer yurt experience during the fall and winter season. Each yurt features a lounge-style experience including cozy couches and chairs. Festive fall decor and straw bales complete the look. Check out our insider’s guide for all the details.

Looking for more holiday fun inspiration?

Visit our Holiday Hub to elevate your joy in Montgomery County this season.

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