It's almost Christmas Eve and there's so much excitement in the air! Friends and family are coming together and good cheer is all around. If you're still looking for something festive to do on December 24, Howard County has got you covered! From picturesque car rides to dinner (so you don’t have to do the dishes) there’s something for everyone.

The Iron Bridge Wine Co. 3rd Annual Hawaiian Shirt Christmas Eve Dinner-- Join Iron Bridge for their third annual Hawaiian shirt Christmas Eve Dinner! This is a popular event, so reservations are highly encouraged.

Alexandra’s American Fusion Christmas Eve Buffet--Don’t feel like getting your kitchen messy? Alexandra’s has you covered. For $32 for guests 13 and up, they are offering a delicious dinner buffet, featuring penne carbonara, seared salmon with citrus champagne cream, and more.

Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant Christmas Eve Dinner--This prixe-fixe menu offers amuse bouche, chestnut celery root soup, and more. This is sure to be the classiest way to bring in the holiday!

Photos With Santa-- It’s never too late to get your picture with Santa, even on Christmas Eve! Santa will still be at The Mall in Columbia on Christmas eve, but not for long!

Symphony of Lights-- Take your family (or even just yourself) on an evening drive through hundreds of Christmas light displays! The Symphony of Lights is one of Howard County’s most popular yearly holiday event, so be sure to check it out before it’s too late.

Ellicott City Lights-- Check out the Ellicott City home previously featured on The Great Christmas Light Fight tv show. Lights and music run every night through Dec 31 from 5:30 - 10 pm. 

Looking to make a weekend out of Christmas this year? Why not stay the night in one of Howard County’s many fine hotels! The Wayside Inn, a historic inn located in Ellicott City, is the perfect (and unique) way to spend Christmas. Book a stay in their Banneker room, which offers an antique queen size bed, a wood-burning fireplace (log provided!), and a double jetted spa in the bathroom. Discover other lodging options here. 

No matter what you plan on doing for Christmas Eve in Howard County, you’re bound to have a magical time!