If you find yourself—like most shopping malls, drug stores, and Starbucks—already over Thanksgiving and eager to skip straight to snowmen and hot chocolate, then you’re in luck. Here are nine early holiday happenings to get you that festive fix.
THE POLAR EXPRESS IN 4-D
NOV. 14-JAN. 4, 2015: National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St. Showtimes vary. $5-35. 410-576-3800. This festive film goes 4-D with special effects and sensory details like mist, wind, and the smell of hot chocolate.
NOV. 19: Harbor East. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. The unveiling event for this month-long holiday arts exhibit features seasonal storefronts decorated by local artists, plus carolers, stilt walkers, acrobats, and refreshments.
INNER HARBOR ICE SKATING
NOV. 21-JAN. 19: Inner Harbor Ice Rink, McKeldin Sq. Open daily. Times subject to change. $7-12. 443-743-3306. For the first time in a decade, ice skating returns to the Inner Harbor with this seasonal, outdoor rink, so grab a sweater (and your beau) and take advantage while it lasts.
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE IN BALTIMORE
NOV. 27-DEC. 24: West Shore Park, 501 Light St. Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free-$5. 443-760-0686. This outdoor German Christmas market boasts 45 vendors of arts, crafts, and goods, plus a Bavarian beer garden for brews, bratwurst, and mulled wine.
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA CHRISTMAS SHOW
NOV. 28: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 8 p.m. $20-30. 301-600-2828. The Grammy-winning Blind Boys of Alabama perform their creative take on classic holiday hits.
25TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES
NOV. 28-30: Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Timonium. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$13. 443-923-7300. This holiday extravaganza includes gingerbread towns, toy trains, live music, festive food, and over 100 craft boutiques.
HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF TRAINS AND TOYS
NOV. 28-JAN. 25, 2015: B&O Railroad Museum at Ellicott City Station, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free-$16. 410-461-1945. For post-Thanksgiving family fun, head to the B&O Museum for its annual holiday celebration of toy trains and model railroads.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
NOV. 29-DEC. 23: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. $15-48. 410-244-8570. Kick off the holiday season with this Charles Dickens classic. Set in 19th-century Baltimore, the play gets a Charm City twist and features a cast of local ghosts.