Annapolis at the Holidays

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Swathed in history, Annapolis is a beautiful place to embrace time-honored holiday traditions as well as enjoy some new ones! Of course, this long-standing coastal city will entertain you with its splendor, fascinating colonial history and delicious blue crab delicacies the whole year through, but the holidays in and around Annapolis are particularly magical…

Winter Blooms in Historic London Town, running November through mid-December, offers ten acres of stunning winter gardens amidst reconstructed colonial buildings. Holiday cruise boats are festively decorated for scenic treks along charming downtown Annapolis. Santa even may hop aboard for a ride or two! Lights on the Bay, which runs November through the end of the season, is a drive along the Chesapeake showcasing light displays and providing a light show of its own.

Like Black Friday? Then you’ll love Small Business Saturday the following day, when local shops in Annapolis offer deals and holiday revelry that are both hard to beat! Plan to stay for the entire weekend because the very next day is Artist Sunday, which celebrates talented independent artists in Annapolis art stores and galleries. Plus, the lighting ceremony at the city docks is scheduled for that same night. Whew!

The Nutcracker Ballet is performed; there are candlelight evening strolls; parades by land and sea will commence; choruses sing seasonal favorites; and world-renowned orchestras play. Christmastime in Annapolis is a truly enchanting time of year.

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