**Post updated October 18, 2018***
I wanted to share my best winter activities in Maryland with you all and I hope you will have a chance to experience them whenever you are in Maryland! Here are the best winter activities I selected below.
Best Snowy Train Ride in Maryland
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Address: 13 Canal Street, Cumberland, MD 21502
Dates: November 23-December 23, 2018
Hours: Fridays (6-9pm), Saturdays (11:30AM-2:30pm & 6-9pm) and Sundays (11:30am-2:30pm)
Price: $54.00 per adult (Dinner $98.00) and $46.00 per child (Dinner $60.00)
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad offers Christmas Wonderland Express starting November 23, 2018, and this special train ride will end on December 23, 2018. When you are on the train, there will be a Christmas story and a turkey dinner with Santa. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves will join you and your family at the Depot for cookies and hot chocolate.
Best Snow Tubing in Maryland
Address: 296 Marsh Mill Rd, McHenry, MD 21541
Hours: 10am-4pm on Saturdays/Sundays
Price: $24 per person
If you love snow tubing, Wisp Resort is the place for you to go to! It is much better than sledding or skiing because you and your family can do it! Your children must be at least 42” tall to be able to snow tube. Hat, gloves and winter footwear should be worn, but the resort does not permit ski and hard shell boots for snow tubing.
Best Christmas Light Displays in Maryland
The Barn at Springfield Farm
10th Annual Charlie Brown Christmas
Address: 12 Springfield Ln, Williamsport, MD 21795
Date: December 1-9, 2018
Hours: 3-8pm (except Dec. 4 & 6 – different hours are 11am-5pm)
Williamsport, MD is having 10th Annual Charlie Brown Christmas. I have gone there the past year and the barn is full of stunning, lighted Christmas trees with the 8’ tall Bear. It is one of the best places I have gone to. You and your children will be able to visit the Santa Claus. There is a small fee for riding a horse-drawn wagon ride through the park with the light displays. The barn does not have any heat, but a large crowd can keep you warm inside! This is a great family activity if you do not want to spend a lot of money.
Best Outdoor Ice Skating in Maryland
Rockville Town Square Outdoor Ice Skating
Address: 131 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD 20850
Holiday Hours: 10am-11pm
Price: $9 per adult and $8 per child. Ice Skates rental costs $5.
This is one of best ice skating places to go to in Maryland especially during the holiday seasons. They will validate your parking for two hours.
Best Christmas Parade in Maryland
The 45th Annual Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade
Directions: Medfield – Hampden beginning at Poly / Western High Schools and crossing Cold Spring Lane, continuing south on Falls Road to 36th Street, turning East on 36th Street, turning North on Chestnut Avenue and ending at 37th Street.
Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 1 pm
Hashtag to check out: #MayorsChristmasParade
This parade was selected one of the best in the United States competing with other parades such as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. This event is worth seeing for locals and tourists!
Best Holiday Craft Show in Maryland
Maryland Christmas Show
Address: Frederick County Fairgrounds, 797 East Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21705
Dates: November 16, 17 & 18 and November 23, 24, & 25, 2018
Hours: 10am – 6pm Friday/Saturday
Price: $8 per adult and $4 per child (10 and under)
Not only you will be viewing a lot of Christmas crafts and goodies, but you will also enjoy a visit with Santa at the event. Exhibitors display home decorations, Christmas gifts, doll clothes, hand-woven baskets, personalized gifts, and floral designs for sale. This place is known for holiday feasting! Do not miss their food pavilion, kettle corn, home baked goods, delicious delights, tasty treats, sauces and kitchen utensils.
Best Santa to visit in Maryland
The Mall in Columbia
Address: 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD
Dates: November 9 – December 24, 2018
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday Noon-6pm
Price: $14 per adult and $8 per child.
If you just want a traditional photo of Santa and kids, go to Columbia Mall and also enjoy the Christmas display. The mall is so gorgeous every year with the lights!
~Amy, Awe-inspiring Mom