A Christmas Carol, Lego Sale, The Nutcracker Ballet and More in Howard County this Weekend

Looking for something exciting to do this weekend? Check out some of the fun things going on around town.


Each week, Patch puts together a list of local activities and events going on in your area this weekend.  Check back weekly and tell us in the comments if you know of any additional activities coming up.

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Musical and Model Trains

  • Where: South Columbia Baptist Church, 8814 Guilford Rd, Columbia
  • When:  Concert: Sunday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.  / Trains: Friday, Dec. 14, 6 –9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2-8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, 1-4 p.m.
  • Description:  Praise and Worship Christmas presented by the South Columbia Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir, Sunday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.  Also, model trains including ‘How-to Clinics’ by Chesapeake Division of MMRA – Friday, Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2-8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, 1-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free


A Christmas Carol

  • Where:  Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia
  • When:  Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.
  • Description:  Howard Community College presents its take on A Christmas Carol.
  • Cost: $15


Lego Sale


The Nutcracker Ballet

  • Where:  Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd, Columbia
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m.
  • Description:  The Arabesque Dance Studio presents The Nutcracker Ballet.
  • Cost: $12


Breakfast with Santa

  • Where:  Kelsey's Restaurant, 8480 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City
  • When:  Sunday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Description: Breakfast with Santa includes balloons and more.
  • Cost: Adults / $13.99, Kids 4-12 / $6.99 / Kids under 4 / Free


Christmas Variety Show

  • Where: Elkridge Baptist Church, 5929 Setter Dr, Elkridge
  • When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m.
  • Description:  Evening of praise, fellowship and talents.  All are welcome.
  • Cost: Free


Salute to Santa & The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Dept

  • Where: Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 6275 Old Washington Rd, Elkridge
  • When:  Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.
  • Description:  After more than 15 years of service, Gene Poligardo will be passing his “Santa bells” to another member of the EVFD.  EVFD’s antique 1947 fire engine will be transporting Santa as it has for 25 years down Old Washington Road and through Elkridge.
  • Cost: Free


Sunday Santa Brunch

  • Where:  Turf Valley, 2700 Turf Valley Rd., Ellicott City
  • When: Sunday, Dec. 9, Dec, 16, Dec. 23
  • Description:  Alexandra’s Restaurant sponsors a brunch buffet with kid-friendly fare and time with Santa.
  • Cost: Kids under 4: Free / Kids 4-12: $15.95 / Adults: $30.95


Holiday Festival of Trains

  • Where: B&O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station, 2711 Maryland Ave, Ellicott City
  • When: Friday, Nov. 23-Sunday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Description:  B&O Railroad museum's annual holiday celebration of toy trains and model railroading. New this year is a custom-built 360-degree LEGO model train layout created by The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club.
  • Cost: $16 (50% off admission for new, unwrapped toys for donation to Toys for Tots)


Santa Secret Gift Shop

  • Where:  Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 6275 Old Washington Rd,Elkridge
  • When:  Sunday, Dec. 16, 7:30 a.m.
  • Description: Children are welcome to shop for their family members.  Gifts range from $1 to $4.  The Junior Firefighters will assist children with buying gifts and will wrap the gifts for them. For every item a child purchases, they will receive a ticket for a chance to win a prize. The gift shop will be located behind the firehouse, in the garage on the hill.
  • Cost: Free



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