"Tis the season! This weekend kickoff with holiday joy for all to explore! So grab your family and friends from afar to see what Howard County has in store!  #explorehocomd 

HoCo Family

Symphony of lights 
Light displays, both animated and stationary, glow with a total of 300,000 LED lights on a 1-mile scenic drive through downtown Columbia. Visitors can listen to seasonal music on the HCGH Symphony of Lights FM radio station while driving through the lights.

Santa Saturdays at Savage Mill 

Family Fridays Under the Dome @ Robinson Nature Center Dec 7
Treat your family to unique shows at Robinson Nature Center's NatureSphere planetarium. Each program features a full-dome movie preceded by a family-friendly planetarium presentation. Featured film will be "Stars".

Breakfast With Santa @ Seasons 52 Dec 8
Come join Breakfast with Santa at Seasons 52 on December 1st and December 8th from 8:00 am - 9:30 am. Breakfast will include scrambled eggs, bacon, French toast sticks, fruit, juice, milk, coffee.

Nutcracker on Ice @ Columbia Skate Rink Dec 8 & 9
The Columbia Figure Skating Club is proud to announce our annual Nutcracker on Ice performance on Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9 at the Columbia Ice Rink.

Lil’ Stars @ Robinson Nature Center Dec 8
Let your little one discover outer space through views of the stars and planets, stories, crafts or song. Give your child a special nighttime experience during the day!

Santa’s Visit @ Rockburn Branch Park Dec 8
Come and explore this 415-acre wooded paradise! Rockburn Branch Park offers 9 miles of pathway and trails that wind through scenic woodlands, freshwater marshes and stream valleys. In the streams, look for crayfish, minnows, water striders and dragonflies. 

Kupcakes with Santa @ Kupcakes and Co. Dec 9
Come join us at our Elkridge location for our 8th annual Kupcakes with Santa event!

Santa Brunch @ Alexandra’s American Fusion Dec 8
Sunday, December 2nd, 8th, 16th, & 23rd . Seatings from 10am to 2pm.

HoCo Music 

Voices 21 Christmas Concert @ Christ Episcopal Church Dec 8
Voices 21’s annual December concerts are always a highlight of the season! Join us this year for a festive program featuring In Dulci Jubilo by Matthew Culloton, Venite Exultemus Domino and Gaudete Omnes by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, A Christmas Lullaby by Dan Forrest, Hallelu! Admission is FREE. 

HoCo Festival 

Christmas in the Park @ Centennial Park Dec 8
Kick off the holiday season with Howard County’s Tree Lighting ceremony! Enjoy an evening of caroling and light refreshments, topped off by our magical tree lighting.

Libson Farmer Christmas Parade Dec 8
We invite YOU to enjoy the Lisbon Christmas Parade ...

Midnight Madness @ Historic Ellicott City Dec 7
Mark your calendar for the 2018 40th Midnight Madness anniversary celebration throughout the Old Ellicott City historic district.

HoCo Art

Art Maryland 2018
Artists selected for Art Maryland 2018 include: James Adkins, Jennifer Becker, Joan Bevelaqua, Jean Cathey, Patricia Chevez, Karen Crouse, Eileen Crowe, Kyle Drummond, Ginny Fan, Barbara Ferrante, Stuart Gaines, Christina Guercio, Nancy Hannans, Caroline Hatfield, Courtnee Hawkins, Donald Hobart, Jennifer Hudson, Dilay Kocogullari, Megan Koeppel, Ona C. Martin, Wyatt Mitchell, Gail Nickells, Rebecca Pauvert, Zina Poliszuk, Angelina Prestel, Roxana Sinex, Joan Tarbell-Plato, Saroja Trollinger, Samantha Uptegraff, Varada Vaidya, Meghan Walsh, and Eileen Williams.

Director's Choice
Curated by Arts Council Executive Director Coleen West, featuring artwork selected from this year’s Art Maryland exhibit entries. Selected artists include: Jennifer Becker, Cheng Cao, S. Mark Cates, Warren Chambers, Virginia Chandler, Kari Gillman, Catriona Gunn, Nataliya Gurshman, Caroline Hatfield, Sarah Higgins, Dilay Kocogullari, Megan Koeppel, Wyatt Mitchell, Kate Norris, Andrea Sauer, Peter Stern, David Therriault, Fahimeh Vahdat, Meghan Walsh, and Bonnie Zuckerman.

Director's Choice will be on display from November 2 - December 14, 2018


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