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Celebrate A Magical Holiday Season In Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

11/23/2018, 6 a.m.

Annapolis— Magical! That’s the word that best describes Annapolis and Anne Arundel County during the holidays. A host of events for the young and young at heart makes it easy for everyone to get into the spirit of the season. To help you celebrate, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County has pulled together a handy list of 14 holiday happenings the whole family can enjoy.

Saturdays, November 17 to January 1— Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Don’t miss this spectacular drive-through holiday lights show beside the Chesapeake Bay. The event features more than 70 animated and stationary displays, including traditional Maryland-themed favorites, holiday and children’s displays. Proceeds benefit SPCA of Anne Arundel County. For more information, call: 410-268-4388 or visit: http://www.lightsonthebay.org/.

Sunday, November 25— Grand Illumination and Annapolis Tree Lighting Market Space at the Market House, 25 Market Street in Annapolis from 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

With support from the Annapolis business community, the Annapolis Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) host the Lighting of the Tree in Annapolis during the City’s Grand Illumination event. Watch Santa arrive in town and enjoy singing and dance performances by area youth. The Jaycees provide refreshments and ornaments children can use to decorate the tree. Attendees are invited to bring nonperishable food items and new, unwrapped toys for the Jaycees’ annual Angel Tree Project.

Saturday, December 1— State House by Candlelight at the Maryland State House, State Circle in Annapolis from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Enjoy this annual open house featuring performances by young musicians and vocalists from throughout Maryland. The oldest State House in continuous legislative use in the nation will be adorned with 24 Christmas trees representing every Maryland county and Baltimore City. Photo identification is required for individuals age 16 and older. For more information, visit: http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdstatehouse/html/home.html.

Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2 72nd Annual U.S. Naval Academy’s Handel’s Messiah Concerts at the Main USNA Chapel, 108 Blake Road in Annapolis

A long-standing Naval Academy tradition, the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs join the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company to present selections from Handel’s beloved Messiah. Conducted by Dr. Aaron Smith, USNA Director of Musical Activities, the elegant concert has been broadcast on public television stations regionally and nationwide. Saturday Concert at 7 p.m. and Sunday Concert at 3 p.m. For more information, call: 410-293-8497 or visit: https://www.usna.edu/Music/.

Fridays and Saturdays, December 1, 7, 14-15, 21-22 Holiday Candlelight Stroll from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tours depart from Information Booth at Annapolis City Dock.

Stroll through Annapolis alongside a festively attired colonial guide and learn about holiday traditions. Includes tour inside the historic Hammond Harwood House for additional seasonal spirit.

For more information, call 410-268-7601 or visit: http://annapolistours.com/ our-tours/candlelight-stroll.

Sunday, December 2 The 4th Annual Chocolate Binge Festival

Are you a chocoholic in need of a fix? You won’t want to miss the 4th Annual Chocolate Binge Festival! More than 35 chocolate vendors will be selling chocolate specialties, including: chocolate caramels, cakes, bars, truffles, fudge, cookies, candies, hot chocolate and more. Enjoy live music, roasting s'mores with the Fire Department, a gingerbread house moon bounce, Cocoa with the PoPo, a holiday market, the lighting of the Holiday Lights Canopy and a visit from Santa. Noon to 5 p.m. First block of West Street in downtown Annapolis. www.annapolischocolatefestival.com, erik@firstsundayarts.com.