There’s no better place to celebrate the holidays than Montgomery County, Maryland; located just a short drive from the nation’s capital and full of fun family activities for the holidays. Get into the holiday spirit and read on to learn how and where you can celebrate, from Halloween to New Year’s.
Kick off your Halloween festivities with arts and crafts vendors, jewelry and body products, as well as holiday decor and treats at the 8th annual Holiday Crafts and Treats Fair at Veterans Plaza on Sunday, October 30th from 12pm-5pm. There will also be both a kids and pets Halloween costume parade with prizes for best costume awarded in the afternoon. You can also catch the 42nd Annual Pumpkin Festival at Butler’s Orchard which runs every weekend until October 30th. Pick pumpkins, go on hayrides, travel the twisted corn maze and more. Field of Screams is another great way to get into the spirit. With attractions like the Haunted Trail, the Trail of Terror and the Slaughter Factory you’re sure to catch a fright.
The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade on November 19th (10am-12pm) is a safe and fun outdoor family event to usher in the winter months. Featuring larger-than-life inflatable turkey, marching bands, and even Santa with his elves, the parade is a trademark of the region. A great way to honor the Thanksgiving spirit and give back to your community is through the Turkey Trot. The Bethesda Turkey Chase is the largest running event in MoCo with a 10k run and a two mile walk that fundraises for YMCA and the BCC Rotary. The Laurel Turkey Trot is a 5K and one mile race held Thanksgiving day raising money for local low-income families.
Christmas and Hanukkah:
Get in the holiday spirit in early December with the Silver Spring Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Fair on December 4th (12pm-4pm). With over 80 artisans, it’s the perfect time to get your holiday shopping in. Make Christmas in Montgomery County special and see the Winter City Lights show, a new immersive experience where guests can view over a million twinkling lights through a 1.5 mile long trail and a programmable Christmas tree soaring at over 50ft tall. If you are looking for a kid-friendly Hanukkah event, the Casey Community Center is putting on a Tasty Books reading of “Hanukkah Bear” with snacks and craft activities on December 3rd. Join the Chabad of Anne Arundel County during their Parade of Light, Sunday November 28th to light a giant Menorah and celebrate the Festival of Lights at City Dock.
Ring in the new year at the NYE Beer Dinner at DogFish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg. And the next morning you can lace up your sneakers for the New Year’s Day 5k also in Gaithersburg around the scenic Lake Needwood. If you are looking for more of a party celebration head to Annapolis for their annual New Year’s Eve celebration with fireworks, live music and dancing at the City Dock.
This barely scratches the surface of the wonderful holiday activities throughout the Montgomery County, Maryland region this season.