Family Fun Itinerary

The holidays are synonymous with family and Howard County has a number of things to see and do for all ages. From visits with Santa and special dining events to driving through a symphony of lights. You can’t go wrong spending a weekend in picturesque Ellicott City, or the old school charm of Savage Mill. Don’t forget the camera, you’ll want to capture all of this holiday magic to remember for years to come.

Things to do!

Santa Visits--No holiday season is complete without taking the kids to see Santa. The Mall in Columbia is welcoming back Santa, where he’ll be ready to greet kids of all ages! Plus, the mall will have special events with Santa, such as their Holiday PJ Nights, November 17th and December 8th from 5-8pm. There will also be an Ugly Sweater Night, on December 1st from 5-8pm!

The Symphony of Lights is returning this year to Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods! From November 21-December 31st, families can drive through Symphony Woods and experience over 100 dazzling animated and stationary displays! There’s also a laser light show, and a 3-D holiday video, and everything is set to festive holiday music. Don’t miss their special events either--Twinkling Tots, Military Appreciation Nights, and more!

Holiday Model Train Garden--From November 24th-January 28th, families visiting the B&O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station will get a chance to enjoy holiday train gardens, LEGO models, and more!

Madagascar, A Musical Adventure--Alex the lion and his friends from the movie “Madagascar” come to live in this stage musical at Red Branch Theater Co.! Relive the exciting adventure these friends go on, which will have your kids dancing and singing along with the characters.

Find more holiday events here.

Where to eat!

Alexandra’s American Fusion Santa Brunch--On December 3rd, 10th, & 17th, families can enjoy a breakfast or lunch buffet with Santa himself! Running from 10am-3pm, you’ll have plenty of time to fill up for the day, and get some time with the big man himself. Check out their website for more information!

Homeslyce Pizza Bar--Kids love pizza. Heck, even adults love pizza! Everyone wins at this restaurant located in Columbia. You can get regular cheese pizza, Strongman Meat (pepperoni, bacon, salami, and homemade sausage), Vegetable Supreme (peppers, onions, portabella and spinach) and more.

Ale House Columbia--This is an excellent choice for families, as they have an extensive kids menu. They have a great selection for even the pickiest of eaters, such as pasta, pizza, corn dogs, steak, and more! Plus all kids meals come with a choice of fries, fresh fruit, or carrot sicks!

Where to stay!

Turf Valley Resort’s Holly Jolly Family Getaway--Need a place to spend the night? Head on over to the Turf Valley Resort, where you can indulge your family in their Holly Jolly Family Getaway! For just $399 per family of four you get an overnight stay, dinner in Alexandra’s for four, a special “elf” hidden in your room, a cooler packed full of goodies, admission for one ca to Symphony of Lights, and breakfast for four in Alexandra’s! Call them today at 410-465-1500 for more information!

As you can see, Howard County is the perfect place to bring your family this season! From things to do, places to stay, and excellent food options, there’s so much to see and do in Howard County, why not make a stay of it! Hope to see you around!