The events may be distanced and the holiday meals might be picked up curbside but Howard County still has you covered for experiencing some winter magic this December. Here are just a few ideas for things to do in HoCo this month. 

Shop Local

savage mill

While Shop Small officially kicks off on Saturday, November 28th, local businesses are counting on residents and visitors alike to shop small today and every day. Did you know that when you shop local, up to 68% of the money you spend stays in the community? Help support the wonderful entrepreneurs, shop owners, artists, and other small business owners that make Howard County so unique. If you're looking for gifts you can't find anywhere else, head out to support small businesses in Savage Mill, Historic Ellicott City, The Mall in Columbia, and throughout Howard County today and everyday. 

ColorBurst Ice Rink in Merriweather District

Colorburst Ice Rink 2

The new ColorBurst Ice Rink is opening for the 2020 holiday season! There will be plenty of Holiday celebrations and themed events throughout the season at ColorBurst Park, with guest safety being a top priority. In addition to the ice rink, expect food trucks and music. Remember, all visits must be reserved in advance by purchasing a timed ticket(s) online. All visitors will receive a confirmation email with a safety waiver and a receipt.  Entry is not guaranteed to those who walk up to purchase tickets. LEARN MORE

Symphony of Lights in Columbia

Symphony of Lights 2020

Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition that returns for 2020 when we need it the most. The dazzling drive thru display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations is the perfect social distanced holiday event. Experience the holiday magic from the comfort of your car! LEARN MORE

Holiday Train Wonder Walk in Ellicott City

EC Train Garden 20202020 marks the 22nd year of the annual Howard County Holiday Train Gardens. The Howard County Fire & Rescue Train Garden Crew (50+ fire department and civic-minded community members) started work in October to reimagine this year’s undertaking into seven window displays throughout town. For those that love a little competition. Scan QR codes at each window and participate in a scavenger hunt by way of your smartphone. LEARN MORE

Holiday Meals from HoCo Restaurants

hoco holidays- seasonal
Howard County has an excellent food and beverage scene that has gone the extra mile this year to ensure they provide the best food and service as safely as possible. In addition to their usual menus, many restaurants provide special carryout and delivery meal packages and deals. LEARN MORE

Always remember that Howard County hotels are safe and affordable if you need them, with many offering special room rates, packages, and deals.