Weekend Family Fun: Dec. 5-8

Seasonal lights, gingerbricks, a clay workshop and more are in store this weekend. Looking for some family fun and kid-friendly activities? Read on.


Military Night at Symphony of Lights
Every Thursday through Dec. 26, active duty, reserve and retired military can drive through the amazing display of more than 100 animated and stationary light creations for only $10 per car. Thank you for your service. Merriweather Post at Symphony Woods, 6-10 p.m. $10 per car with military ID. merriweatherlights.com

Monument Lighting Celebration
Before you watch the annual lighting of the Washington Monument, join The Walters for celebratory refreshments, music, performances and seasonal art activities. The Walters Art Museum, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. thewalters.org

Weekend Family Fun
The Monument Lighting (Photo: The Downtown Partnership)

Big Infinite Concert with Jordan Lally
Jordan Lally and his band, Big Infinite, perform songs that promote mindfulness and love in an event that is part of Choose Civility Harford County. Harford County Public Library, Abingdon Branch, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. hcplonline.org

Celestial Show: What Was the Christmas Star?
Ever wondered about the science surrounding the star of Bethlehem? Using ancient writings and modern technology, experts try to identify the real-life celestial body behind the biblical star.
Banneker Planetarium, CCBC Catonsville, 8-9 p.m. Free. ccbcmd.edu

First Friday at the Maryland Science Center
The first Friday of every month means $10 admission. STEM activities and hands-on fun await you around every corner. Maryland Science Center, 5-8 p.m. $10. mdsci.org

Half-Price Friday Nights
All the fun for half the price. Spend any or every Friday night with 20,000-plus amazing aquatic animals at the National Aquarium. Sponsored by M&T Bank. Fridays, National Aquarium, 5-8 p.m. aqua.org

Weekend Family Fun
National Aquarium

Little Italy Christmas Tree Lighting
Help decorate the enormous tree and enjoy a visit from Santa, plus caroling and treats. Parking lot at High and Stiles streets, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. littleitalymd.com

Weekend Family Fun
Little Italy Tree Lighting


Dollar Days
For two days only, National Aquarium admission is only $1. Experience thousands of amazing sea creatures up close for a fraction of the usual cost. National Aquarium, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $1. aqua.org

Gingerbricks Decorating with McCormick
Decorate your very own brick-shaped cookie and watch as it’s used to build a giant gingerbread house, which will be displayed in Port Discovery through the holiday season. Chefs from McCormick will be on hand to offer tips. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $17.95 for ages 1 and up. portdiscovery.org

Saturday Fun: Clay for Kids Workshop
Enjoy holiday snacks while you create face masks inspired by artist Elizabeth Catlett. Plus, it’s Dollar Day, so admission to the museum is only $1. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $1. lewismuseum.org

Reindeer Run
Lace up your sneakers and make sure you stretch before heading out for this fun and chilly community 5K. This is part of the Baltimore City Rec and Parks $5 5K series. West Shore Park Inner Harbor, 8:30 a.m. $5. charmcityrun.com

Roundhouse Breakfast & Train Ride with Santa
Sure, you can get your Santa photo-op at the mall — or you can eat pancakes and take a train ride with the big man himself at this B&O Railroad Museum meet-and-greet. B&O Railroad Museum. Dec. 7, 8,
14 and 15. 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, 9:15 a.m. on Sunday. $40 adults, $32 children. borail.org

Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade
Enjoy Harley Davidson motorcycles, marching bands, Philadelphia Mummers, floats, a steam calliope and, of course, Santa. Begins at Poly/Western and continues down Falls Road, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. mayorschristmasparade.com

Weekend Family Fun
Mayor’s Christmas Parade
Weekend Family Fun
Lighted Boat Parade (Photo: Eastport Yacht Club)

Merry Mart
Merry Mart brings together Baltimore’s best craft vendors and their one-of-a-kind wares, from handbags to ceramics, so you can shop local for your loved ones. Creative Alliance, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. creativealliance.org

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
Settle into a good viewing spot for this yearly Annapolis tradition. Annapolis Harbor, Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. eastportyc.org

Feeling festive? Here is our calendar of holiday fun.

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