12+ Best Events in December North of Washington, D.C.
Check out these fun events to attend in December throughout Montgomery County, Maryland. Our events list is packed with all things holiday and cold weather, including the best light festivals, outdoor skate parties, Santa sightings and more!
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE WASHINGTON, D.C. TEMPLE
December 1, 2016 – January 1, 2017 | 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington, Maryland
The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. This impressive church and its surrounding grounds shine brightly with more than 650,000 sparkling Christmas lights. The Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly and it’s all FREE!
COUNTRYSIDE ARTISAN HOLIDAY GALLERY AND STUDIO TOUR
December 2-4, 2016 and December 9-11, 2016 | 10 am – 5 pm | various locations
Find original fine art and craft and a breath of fresh air as the Countryside Artisans open their studio doors to you. At the Holiday Gallery and Studio Tour you can meet the artists and enjoy their work at their very own studios! Choose from 13 galleries and studios representing 40+ fine visual, sculptural, and textile artists as you wind your way through scenic Montgomery county. This is a free, self-guided, driving tour.
The Countryside Artisans of Maryland represents a selected group of accomplished visual, sculptural, and textile artists working in oil, pastel, watercolor, pencil, ceramics, porcelain, glass, stone, wood, yarn, textiles, and photography. Spend a day in the country and come home with a renewed
sense of well-being and possibly a wonderful piece of original art! Click here for more information
WINTER SKATE PARTIES NIGHT
December 2 and 10, 2016 | 6 – 10 pm | Rockville Town Square
Head to Rockville Town Square for an outdoor Winter Skate Party! Skate to your favorite 80s and 90s jams on Friday, December 2nd and have a blast on Saturday, December 10th for Disney night! Dress up, lace up, and hit the ice! Click here for more information.
TOWN OF POOLESVILLE HOLIDAY LIGHTING
December 2, 2016 | 6 – 9 pm | Whalen Commons 19701 Fisher Ave Poolesville, MD 20837
Kick off the Holiday Season in Poolesville’s winter wonderland! Come out for food trucks, ice skating, entertainment, wagon rides through town, train rides for the kids, and of course the man himself, Santa! Enjoy a perfect family evening surrounded by small town charm! Click here for the schedule of events.
JINGLE JUBILEE & TREE LIGHTING
December 3, 2016 | 6 – 7:30 pm | Concert Pavilion 31 South Summit Ave Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
Welcome the holidays with a traditional tree lighting ceremony, holiday music and a special visit from Santa at Gaithersburg’s Jingle Jubilee. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the tree lighting ceremony. This joyous event, perfect for families with young children, features performances by Impact Dance Studio, Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church Canterbury Ringers, Gaithersburg High School Band, Pritchard Music Honors Brass Quintet, and Victor Litz Music. Costumed characters, festive giveaways and a magnificent tree lighting ceremony create a delightful holiday mood. Be sure to bring your camera to capture memorable holiday photos in our fun photo booth that includes props, and with Santa, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
BETHESDA WINTER WONDERLAND
December 3, 2016 | 1 – 4 pm | Veterans Park Woodmont Ave & Norfolk Ave Bethesda, MD 20814
The celebration features holiday performances, a live ice sculpting presentation and a visit from Santa Claus.
Seasonal Celebrations at Sandy Spring Museum
December 3, 2016 | 11 am – 3 pm | Sandy Spring Museum 17901 Bentley Road Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Shop for truly one-of-a-kind gifts lovingly handmade by the Museum’s resident artists, tour their studios and watch them at work. Buy gifts of pottery, jewelry, quilts, wall art, ornaments, books, and more!
December 4, 2016 | 3 – 6 pm | Sandy Spring Museum 17901 Bentley Road Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Eat, Drink, & Be Merry at the Sandy Spring Museum! Bring your family and make new friends. Enjoy holiday refreshments, cookies galore, photos with Santa, and a darling kids-only gift shop where everything is under $5, gift wrapped before mom and dad see the gifts!
December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 2016 | 12:30 – 4:30 pm | National Capital Trolley Museum 1313 Bonifant Rd Colesville, MD 20905
Celebrate the season with toy trains and Santa aboard the streetcars.
December 4, 2016 | 8 – 11 am | Main Street Takoma
Shop in your pajamas and enjoy special promotions and discounts at your favorite retailers in Main Street Takoma Park! Click here to see participating retailers.
Open now through December 9, 2016 | Open on Thursday – Sunday | 12435 Park Potomac Avenue, Potomac, Maryland, Floors 5 and 6
“By artists and for everyone,” Artomatic is well-known for temporarily transforming empty spaces into vibrant arts events that celebrate creativity and create a unique and exciting opportunity for tens of thousands of visitors. With 45,000 square feet of display space on the 5th and 6th floors featuring 380 artists, Artomatic invites you to discover new art, engage other likeminded visitors, bring friends, grab a drink, listen to music, and mingle with the creative community.
PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA
December 10, 2016 | 12 – 4 pm | Bethesda Lane 4950 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814
Come. Sit. Stay. And say cheese. Who doesn’t love a picture of your beloved pet with Santa? Cost is $10 and all proceeds benefit the Warrior Canine Connection, a local organization that supports combat veterans and their families by providing them with the opportunity to train highly-skilled service dogs to support veterans with disabilities.
ALL ABOARD WITH SANTA
December 10, 2016 | 3 – 5:30 pm | Gaithersburg Community Museum 9 South Summit Ave Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877 | $8 Adults; $5 Infants
A chance for Train Lovers to visit with Santa! Enjoy fresh baked cookies and hot chocolate for the children, and tea or coffee for the adults, in the 1884 Railroad Station. Visit with Santa in the caboose, view vintage model train cars and listen to stories in the Budd Car, and play and learn in the Freight House. Space is limited; advance ticket purchase is required. Click here to purchase
CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET DAMASCUS
December 10, 2016 | 5 – 8 pm | Main Street Damascus
Visit Damascus for a magical evening of fun, tradition and excitement. Meet up at Jimmie Cone for a new family tradition in Damascus! You will find an extra-large tree where you can place your home-made or store-bought ornament just in time for our tree lighting ceremony. Join in for the singing of Christmas songs while we wait in anticipation of Santa’s arrival! Stroll down Main Street, visit the shops, eat some food and be Merry! Write a letter to Santa, shop in the holiday marketplace, listen to music, maybe even do a craft or two. View more information
FENTON STREET MARKET: HOLIDAZE
December 11, 2016 | 10 am – 4 pm | The Fillmore Silver Spring 8656 Colesville Rd Silver Spring MD
Silver Spring’s favorite handmade holiday market is back for a one-day-only indoor market! You’ll find: jewelry & baubles * holiday cards * ceramic mugs & bowls * prints & artwork * bags & totes * ornaments & decorations * candles, soaps & potions * music & food & drinks & more. Show us what you find using #FSMHolidaze
GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Open Now – January 1, 2017 (Open every night except December 24 & 25) | Brookside Gardens 1800 Glenallan Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902
$25 per car/van (Sunday-Thursday) $30 per car/van (Friday-Saturday) $25 advanced tickets available beginning November 1, 2016 at Brookside Gardens
Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more.
WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL AT SENECA CREEK STATE PARK
Open Now – December 31 (closed on December 25) | 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Cars, SUV’s, Mini-Vans Monday – Thursday: $12 / Cars, SUV’s, Mini-Vans Friday – Sunday: $15
See more than 350 illuminated displays and along a 3.5-mile drive through the park. Driving through the enchanted forest setting, you will experience an array of displays that light up the night. Click here for more information