Check out the calendar for upcoming events. Events are subject to change so please verify through the contact information below before attending. Send your calendar events to somdthisislivingeditor@gmail.com.

 

ONGOING
Doll & Train Exhibit at St. Clement’s Island Museum runs through Jan. 1. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls (like Barbie, American Girl and more), classic trains and other retro toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. Write a letter to Santa and send it out at the mailbox at the museum. Find holiday books around the museum to read or try your hand at operating lots of model trains, and more. Admission $3 adults, $2 seniors and military, $1.50 children, 5 and younger free. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A free open house will be held Dec. 4. 301-769-2222

Annmarie Garden Garden in Lights runs 5-9pm nightly through Jan. 1. Closed some evenings. Advanced timed-entry tickets required for all guests. annmariegarden.org; 410-326-4640 $

Piney Point Lighthouse Museum Retro Christmas, 10am-5pm. Exhibit inside the museum and keeper’s quarters with family activities, refreshments and more. Retro Christmas runs through Jan. 1, 2023 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). 44720 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point. 301-994-1471; Facebook.com/1836Light $

Shop local in Leonardtown. The Holidays at Town Market on Saturdays from 9am-6pm and Sundays from 10am-1pm Shop Christmas Trees, wreaths, poinsettias, specialty gifts, organic, locally grown produce, baked goods, clothing, accessories, home décor and more. Bring the family to enjoy holiday photos with the Grinch (special photo day for fur babies with the Grinch available at 10am Dec. 10). SOF Christmas Open House Dec. 18 from 11am-5pm. $ 301-475-9791; VisitLeonardtownMD.com/HolidaysinLeonardtown

Charles County Library story times. Cuddle Time at 9:30am Mondays at Waldorf West, Tuesdays at Potomac, Wednesdays at P.D. Brown and Thursdays at La Plata. Morning Story Time at 10am Mondays at Waldorf West, Tuesdays at Potomac, Wednesdays at P.D. Brown and Thursdays at La Plata. Virtual Afternoon Story Time at 3pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 301-934-9001; ccplonline.org

 

DECEMBER 8-18
The Newtowne Players will present “Clue: On Stage” through Dec. 18. The play is based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn and was written by Sandy Rustin. Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, “Clue” is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT! Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors/students/military, and $13 for children. On Thursdays, all tickets are $13. Purchase tickets here. Show times are 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 3:30pm Sundays. The play is rated PG-13 due to alcohol references​ and innuendo. The theater is at 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park.

 

DECEMBER 9
New York Voices Holiday Concert will be held at 7pm Dec. 9 at the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Nancy R. and Norton T. Dodge Performing Arts Center, 47855 College Drive, St. Mary’s City. Founded in the mid-1980s, the ensemble’s jazzy take on holiday favorites is sure to entertain audience members of all ages. Tickets are $22 per person and are available through Eventbrite here. $

 

DECEMBER 9-11
Kris Kringle Christmas Market
at Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairgrounds Road, La Plata. Modeled after the famous markets in Germany, the annual event offers light displays, holiday food, handmade crafts from local artists/crafters, children’s activities, shopping, music and much more. Activities will include Santa’s arrival, holiday fireworks, Christmas tree lighting, strolling carolers, music from school choruses and bands, an array of sales by nonprofit groups, a lighted holiday path and Christmas Village. The McConchie School House will also be open. Admission $5, children 10 and under free.

Christmas Cantata “Little Lion, Little Lamb” at 7pm Dec. 11 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 305 East Smallwood Drive, Waldorf. Reception to follow. No cost, but a donation of $10 per person would be greatly accepted to support the church’s music program.

 

DECEMBER 10
Solomons Christmas Walk
6-9pm Dec. 10. Enjoy the beauty of Solomons Island during the Solomons Christmas Walk, an annual event sponsored by the Solomons Business Association. Enjoy musical entertainment, Santa, the Otter mascot, holiday crafts and shopping. Santa’s Coffee House at the Calvert Marine Museum will be open with complimentary hot tea, coffee, cocoa and holiday cookies. 410-326-2042, ext. 19; Sherry.Reid@calvertcountymd.gov.

Christmas Movie on the Beach and campfire 5:30-7:30pm Dec. 10 in North Beach. northbeachmd.org; 301-855-6681

Breakfast with Santa in La Plata 8am-noon Dec. 10. Registration required. Four time slots: 8-8:45am, 9-9:45am, 10-10:45am and 11-11:45am (25 kids per slot). Limit of two adults per reservation. Town residents can register for time slots starting Nov. 8 and the general public registration will open Nov. 15. To register, call 301-934-8421.

 

DECEMBER 11

St. Mary’s College of Maryland musician-in-residence Brian Ganz will perform his first complete piano recital in the main auditorium of the new Dodge Performing Arts Center on the college campus at 7pm Dec. 11. Ganz will perform a program to include works of Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel and Chopin. The Dodge Performing Arts Center is at 47855 College Drive, St Mary’s City. The recital is free and open to the public. 240-895-4498

 

DECEMBER 13
Meet-And-Greet With Santa
, 4-6pm Dec. 13. Reservations for private Meet-and-Greets with Santa are available for families with loved ones with disabilities and for families celebrating a baby’s first Christmas. Location provided upon registration. brandy.blackstone@leonardtownmd.gov; 301-475-9791

 

DECEMBER 14
The Lexington Park Library is collecting hygiene products for those in need this holiday season. The Box It Up! Donation Drive will be going on all day, Dec. 14, at the library at 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Bring new, unopened personal hygiene products to any library location in St. Mary’s County. Items will be donated to local organizations.

 

DECEMBER 15
Naval Air Station Patuxent River is recruiting for police officers, firefighters, and dispatchers and will host a job fair Dec. 15 for job seekers 18 and older. The job fair will be held from 10am-1pm at the Frank Knox Building at 21866 Cedar Point Road, Building 2189, Room 100, Patuxent River. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the recruitment team and members of the base’s security and public safety personnel to gain a better understanding of the job duties and the offered benefits. Interested individuals are also required to bring the following documents: Resume and DD-214 (for veterans). Providing the required documentation on the day of the event will expedite the hiring process.

 

DECEMBER 17
Holidays in the Hangar at Patuxent River Naval Air Museum from noon-3pm Dec. 17. Join the museum in celebrating the holiday season with festive arts and crafts, Sweet Tooth Funnel Cakes, refreshments, along with so much more. There will also be a special appearance from Santa between 1 and 3pm. Don’t miss out on the holiday fun. paxmuseum.com

Santa Claus will be cruisin’ North Beach at 1pm Dec. 17. northbeachmd.org; 301-855-6681

Meet-and-Greet With Santa in Leonardtown (tentative), 9:30-10:30am Dec. 17. Reservations for private visits with Santa are available for families with loved ones with disabilities and for families celebrating a baby’s first Christmas. Location provided upon registration. brandy.blackstone@leonardtownmd.gov; 301-475-9791

Santa & Mrs. Claus on the Leonardtown Square (tentative), 11am-1pm Dec. 17. Bring wish lists and cameras for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, The event is free and open to the public (no reservations needed). brandy.blackstone@leonardtownmd.gov; 301-475-9791

 

DECEMBER 18
Sondheim for the Holidays will be offered 2:30-4pm Dec. 18 at the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Nancy R. and Norton T. Dodge Performing Arts Center, 47855 College Drive, St. Mary’s City. Tony-nominated Broadway star Melissa Errico headlines this special holiday performance. Also featured will be pianist Randy Waldman (Barbara Streisand’s pianist and conductor for 35 years), trumpeter Nathaniel Silberschlag (principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra), and professor Jeffrey Silberschlag (music director and trumpeter). Tickets benefit the Chesapeake Orchestra, a 501(c)3 organization. Reserve tickets here. $

AeroPark Farmers Market will be held 9am-1pm Dec. 18. AeroPark is located at St. Mary’s County Regional Airport, 44200 Airport Road, California. The market is located inside the Capt. Walter Francis Duke Terminal building so you can enjoy watching the planes go by no matter the weather. The market showcases the rural characteristics of Southern Maryland while highlighting the role that the region has played in developing the nation’s air and space technologies. One of the most unique characteristics is that people can fly their plane into the airport from other parts of the region to buy goods and then fly home. Pick up fresh and local goods to make your meals unique. Check the vendor list on Historic Sotterley’s website here.

Holiday Market at No Thyme to Cook is hosting its annual Holiday Market 11am-4pm Dec. 18. This festive afternoon has something for everyone – from a visit with jolly Santa to a mini craft fair featuring local artisans, and a gourmet hot cocoa bar. Entrance is free. Participating vendors include chocolates from 2 Friends with Chocolate; handmade coastal crafts from A Little Blue Fish; eggs and beeswax wraps from Achterberg Acres; crystals and jewelry from Beachin’ Crystal Shop; handmade candles from Bowensville Farm and Nursery; unique decor and home accessories from Brackish Tides; important information from Calvert Health Department; vinyl, apparel and décor from Down Home Designs; beauty personified make-up from Inlush Cosmetics; cookies and cupcakes from Jackie’s Sweet Treats; woodworking crafts from Millennial Patriot; variety of gifts from Muzzy’s Gifts; empañadas, spices and herbs from Nativo Condiments & Seasonings; products from repurposed/recycled materials, sea glass and shells from the Chesapeake Bay from Purpleliving; sea glass art from Myona’s Shack; handmade pottery from Occasionally Round Pottery; ornaments, earrings, charm sets and more made using wine corks from Once the Wine is Gone; handmade stained glass pieces from Stained Glass by Julia; handcrafted metal and stone jewelry from Swamp Witch Metals; handmade furniture from Sweet Rye Designs; freshly baked treats from The Bootstrap Bake Shop; home décor from The Robins Nest; and polymer clay jewelry from Unordinary Clay. NTTC is at 14624 Solomons Island Road, Solomons. To learn more about No Thyme to Cook’s cooking classes, call 443-404-5500 or on the web.

 

DECEMBER 22
Little Minnows at Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons 10:15am and 11:15am Dec. 22 and 29. Theme will be Dinosaurs Are Fossils Too. Preschoolers ages 3-5, with an adult, are invited to join CMM for story time and a craft children can do on-site or take home, available while supplies last. Sessions are 25-40 minutes. Sign up at the Admissions Desk when you arrive. 410-326-2042, ext. 8083; calvertmarinemuseum.com $

 

DECEMBER 28
Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons winter break program, Hibernation 11am-3pm Dec. 28. While winter air temperatures throughout the Chesapeake region are relatively mild, the water temperatures are downright icy. Discover how different species cope with the arrival of winter at the museum. Activities appropriate for ages 4-10. Included with museum admission. On Dec. 29, Evolution and Extinction: Megalodon program. 410-326-2042; calvertmarinemuseum.com $