December 2, 2022
From unique shopping events to on-water lights parades to special opportunities to give back, there is a ton happening in Annapolis for the holidays. So much it can make your head spin. Think of this as your own personal guide to the holiday chaos of Annapolis this year. Bookmark, share with your friends, and most importantly... have fun and happy holidays!
Sunday, December 4 from 8 to 11 AM. 1 Riverview Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401.
The Heroes Pub market many of us have come to know and love. With a holiday flavor! After you're done shopping in the back lot, head inside for some of the best wings in town.
December 3 from 3:30 to 7:30 PM. 1407 Gilbert Road, Arnold, MD 21012.
Don't let the neighborhood location fool you. This is serious market with excellent vendors like Dandelion Flower Stand, Snap and Spark, many more, and of course... Kate Slayton herself.
There's even a Chevys food truck coming and a Bachelorette contestant to play music!
Saturday, December 3 from 11 AM to 8 PM and Sunday, December 4 from 11 AM to 5 PM. 20 Ridgely Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Join the inaugural West Annapolis Holiday Market to shop with local vendors like Refill Goodness, Gray Wolf Spirits, and many more. Timber Pizza will be onsite selling delicious pies!
Saturday, December 10 and December 17, 3 PM to 7 PM. Rain date: respective Sundays, same time. 1047 St Stephens Church Road, Crownsville, MD 21032
Along with a great selection of 20+ local vendors just like Wildberry's regular field markets, the Vintage Christmas Market has a few extra special treats. Things like a beer garden featuring Crooked Crab Brewing, a light walk next to the Wildberry stand pictured above, and free balloon creations by Clementine the Clown.
Wildberry Farm is collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.
Check Wildberry's Facebook for a list of vendors, who's playing live music, and which food truck will attend.
December 8-11 at City Dock. 1 Dock Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Hours: December 8 - 4 to 10 PM, December 9 & 10 - 11 AM to 9 PM, December 11 - 11 AM to 5 PM.
Join us in celebrating the launch of the Annapolis Holiday Market—a Kris Kringle market full of local vendors right at City Dock!
Are you a local vendor? Spots may be available. Apply here.
Nothing evokes memory quite like smell. This limited edition Naptown Scoop x Annapolis Candle collaboration will remind you of picking out that perfect Christmas tree or cozy nights around the fireplace—even when you're stuck at work. And that's not even its best quality.
When you buy this candle, 100% of the proceeds go to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. You get a sweet smelling house (or a great gift). Our less fortunate neighbors get nutritious food for the holidays. That's what I call a win-win.
Local designer Lee Snead created the handsome, reusable jar as an ode to the iconic Hemlock Christmas Tree Farm in Edgewater. 8 ounces of hand-poured, natural vegetable wax burns for 40 hours, filling your house with woodsy notes of juniper, gin, and cypress needles.
Available while supplies last at Annapolis Candle and Hemlock Farm.
Downtown Annapolis on December 1, 8, and 15.
The first three Thursdays in Annapolis are some of the hottest shopping days of the year. Shops stay open late, build bars in the back room, and some even bring in alpacas. Grab dinner with friends then hit the streets!
Saturday, December 10 from 6 to 8 PM
What started as one man decorating his boat and parading down Ego Alley has turned into one of America's favorite holiday lights parades. Thousands and thousands of people show up for this downtown Annapolis.
Boats follow two routes, one down Ego Alley and the other under the Eastport bridge. They switch halfway through so there's no need to move to see all the boats. Best viewing spots include the Eastport bridge (get there early), City Dock, the Choptank, or anywhere with a view of Spa Creek or Ego Alley.
Click here for more information.
Every night through January 1 at Sandy Point State Park.
Drive through 2 miles of light displays (over 70 of them!) with the amazing backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Displays range from classic holiday scenes to Annapolis-inspired scenes like midshipmen tossing their hats in the air.
Admission is $20 per car or $30 for large passenger vans, mini buses, and trolleys. Big buses are $50 each. 3D glasses are available for $5 a pair.
Proceeds from Lights on the Bay support SPCA, the largest animal welfare nonprofit in Anne Arundel County.
Reservations are not required but are encouraged, especially on weekends.
Friday, December 2 from 6 to 9 PM at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. 723 Second Street, Annapolis, MD 21403.
A favorite party of Scoop. Jay always gets local oysters and local beer. It's a perfect place to start your evening and buy some of Jay's beautiful art before heading out on the town for a night with friends.
Wednesday, December 7 from 6 to 8 PM at CallTrackingMetrics. 231 Najoles Road, Suite 500, Millersville, MD 21108.
Grab your ugliest (or classiest) sweater and prepare to make new friends. Beer and wine, light bites, and ugly sweater cookies will be served. There will be sweater contest. Categories:
Thursday, December 8 from 6 to 10 PM at the Atreeum at Soaring Timbers. 610 North Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Delicious food, drinks, and holiday cheer with an emphasis on networking. Bring your business cards! You don't need to be a member to attend but members do get a discount. Get your tickets.
Friday, December 2 from 5 to 6:30 PM
The much loved tree lighting at the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce. It's fun for the entire family with singing, dancing, cookies, cider, and more. Don't forget to take a family photo with Santa and the Grinch!
1 Holly Avenue, Severna Park, MD 21146
Saturday, December 3 from 1 to 4 PM. 110 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
Every holiday season, Maryland's governor traditionally opens Government House to the Maryland public for holiday cookies and brownies and hot wassail. This Saturday is Governor Larry and First Lady Yumi's last open house on State Circle. It's 100% free and reservations are not required.
Feeling generous? Maryland State Police will be collecting new, unwrapped toys near the front gate for a local toy drive.
This awesome family-owned farm is tucked away just before the bridge into what most people know as Edgewater. It's also home of the barn on our Anne Arundel Food Bank collaboration candle. Definitely our top pick for Christmas trees in 2022.
Note: Hemlock Farm has a limited supply of food bank collaboration candles in stock. When they're gone, they're gone.
Check Facebook for hours or closure announcements before you go. Especially if the weather's bad!
31 Old South River Road, Edgewater, MD 21037
Fraser Firs in the 4 to 12 foot range. Open every day from 8 AM to 10 PM.
921 Chesapeake Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403
They've got real trees, fake trees, and lots of other Christmas goodies. But the best part about Homestead Gardens is always the train table.
743 W Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD 21035 or 522 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD 21146
Santa's at the Mall every day until Christmas Eve. Visit him near California Pizza Kitchen and lululemon. Reservations aren't required but are recommended to guarantee your spot.
Until December 17:
December 17 to 24
Santa's breaks to feed the reindeer are as follows:
Don't miss Ugly Sweater Day, Pet Day, or PJ Day!
Santa's at Annapolis Town Center every day until December 23. Again, reservations aren't required but are encouraged.
Until December 4 - 12 to 7 PM daily with a break from 3 to 3:30 PM.
December 5 - 15:
December 16 - 23:
Don't miss special events like Sensory Santa (12/3, reservations required), Pet day (12/7), Mrs. Claus day (12/14), and Ugly sweater day (12/21).
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