Fire and Ice: A Longwood Christmas Celebration

We started our Christmas season with a visit to one of our favorite lights displays: Longwood Gardens. We took a year off from our now almost-annual visits because of the pandemic, which made returning this year even better. We arrived during the daylight, the better to appreciate the last rose bloom …  … and the […]

The Holiday Spirit Goes Wild at Zoo Lights at the Maryland Zoo!

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas Only a hippopotamus will do Don’t want a doll, no dinky tinkertoy I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy I couldn’t stop singing this cute Christmas song by Gayla Peevy, first released in in 1953 as we approached the Maryland Zoo to see its annual Zoo Lights. […]

Let Holiday Lights Displays Light Up Your Holiday Season!

If you’re looking for  a way to enjoy the holidays, then check out some holiday lights in and around Maryland — whether drive through or walk through, holiday lights displays are a family-friendly holiday activity!  Whether drive thru or on foot, this is a fun way to get some holiday cheer while letting your inner […]

A Wintery Regatta Lights Up Frederick’s Carrol Creek All Winter!

Every year, a wintery flotilla sails through the solstice on Frederick’s Carroll Creek. This year, 18 boats, ranging from a viking boat to other brightly lit ketches, yawls, and even a three mast schooner adorn Carroll Creek between Market Street and Carroll Street. The boats were “launched” on November 23. Over the years, the regatta […]

Longwood Gardens Bedazzles Itself in Holiday Lights

At Christmas, Longwood Gardens gleefully bedazzles itself with colored lights and whimsy. Adults can become kids again and kids may simply just be, living in the moment and delighting in the wonder of it all. Whether you’re in the Conservatory or walking outside in one of the many gardens, colorful arrangements of lights and trees […]

Holiday Lights at Annmarie Sculpture Garden

Just one month of every year the Annmarie Sculpture Garden transforms into a Garden of Lights. As you stroll the quarter-mile, wheel-chair accessible (and stroller accessible) walk, you get to discover a cool light show… wild animals… a magical ocean… wintery wonderlands… aliens… and dragons. In addition, some of the sculptures are incorporated into the […]

The Simple Joy of a Christmas Train Garden

Trains and Christmas seem to go together. The first model trains appeared in 1891 and 13 years later, a group of English hobbyists began building little worlds to go along with these wonderful trains. Electric model trains appeared just before WWI, and the 1920s saw an explosion of these as toys for the wealthy. By […]

Williamsburg’s Christmas Wreaths

Colonial Williamsburg’s Christmas wreaths are famous, evoking the spirit of simpler times, colonial American can-do spirit, and a nostalgic and idealized view of Christmas that focuses less on plastic Santa Claus light-up figures and more on family traditions. Many visitors come to Williamsburg in December specifically to enjoy the Christmas decorations and wreaths. I recall […]