'Tis the season to explore the holidays with love ones! Here is a list of 30+ things to enjoy this holiday season in Howard County! Get ready to deck the halls and have a holly joy new year! #explorehocomd 

Special Events

Dec 1 - Natural Holiday Sale at Mt. Pleasant

Dec 1 - Winter Wonderland Festival at the Mall in Columbia

Dec 1 - Ellicott City Jingle Bell Run at Centennial Park

Dec 1 - Breakfast with Santa at Slayton House

Dec 1 - Breakfast with Santa at Syrianna Cage

Dec 1 - Nutcracker Tea at Old Mill Cafe

Dec 1 - Breakfast with Santa at Glory Days Grill

Dec 1 - Holiday Marts at Gary J. Arthur Community Center

Dec 1 - Savage Mill Annual Bollman Bridge Lighting at Historic Savage Mill

Dec 1 - Celebration in the Woods at Merriweather Woods

Dec 1,2 - Holiday Hop at Historic Ellicott City

Dec 2 - Holiday Tea at Historic Oakland

Dec 2 - Deer Santa at Robinson Nature Center

Dec 2 - Festive Families Walk at Symphony of Lights at Merriweather Park

Dec 2 - Belmont Manor Holiday Open House at Belmont Manor and Historic Park

Dec 2 - 31st  21st Annual Ellicott City Train Garden at B&O Railroad Museum

Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 - Santa Brunch at Alexandra’s American Fusion

Dec 6 - Bethlehem’s Star at Robinson Nature Center

Dec 7 - Midnight Madness at Historic Ellicott City

Dec 8 - Christmas in the Park at Centennial Park

Dec 8 - Festive Holiday Display Workshop at Robinson Nature Center

Dec 8 - Holiday Centerpiece Workshop at Robinson Nature Center

Dec 8 - Santa Arrives at the Historic Sites Old Ellicott City

Dec 8 - Santa Paws at Roger Carter Recreation Center

Dec 8 - Santa’s Arrival on Main street Sykesville

Dec 8 - Santa Visit at Rockburn Branch Park

Dec 9 - Classic Christmas Tales Family Dinner at Elkridge Furnace Inn

Dec 9 - Kupcakes with Santa at Kupcakes & Co.

Dec 11 - Santa Paws Yappy Days at Camp Bow Wow

Dec 14 - Santa Comes to Turf Valley

Dec 14 - Comedy Craft Beer at Hysteria Brewing Company

Dec 15 - Holidays Around the World Celebration at Waverly Mansion

Dec 20 - Last Spirit Pub Tour of the Year at Museum of Howard County History

Dec 21 - Ugly Sweater Contest at Black Flag Brewing Company

Music & Performing Arts

Dec 1 - Columbia Orchestra: Visions of Home at Jim Rouse Theatre

Dec 2 -  Holiday Kickoff Jam with Rolling Road 

Dec 8,9 - Nutcracker on Ice at Columbia Skate Rink

Dec 15 - Family Holiday Concert at The Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts

Dec 15 - Music at the Museum at Museum of Howard County History

Dec 8 - Afrobeat Live 3rd Annual Christmas Party at The Gathering Place

Dec 1 - 20 Sounds of The Season at  The Mall in Columbia 

Art Exhibits 

Dec 1- 31 The Gift of Art  at The Artist Gallery

Dec 1 - 31 Artists Gallery "All member Holiday Show"

Photo Credit: Karmen Osei