Best Winter Activities in Maryland

**Post updated October 30, 2019***

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 22-December 23, 2019
Days: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Price: $60.00 per adult and $60.00 per child
Website: https://wmsr.com/experiences/polar-express/

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad offers The Polar Express Train Ride (which lasts about 65 minutes) starting November 22, 2019, and this special train ride will end on December 23, 2019.  Each child will receive “silver sleigh bell” and hot chocolate & cookies. Santa will board the train at the North Pole. On Train Entertainment from the film and coloring activities will be provided. There will also be The Polar Express Reading. You will receive a “Punched” Golden Ticket by Conductor.

Best Snow Tubing in Maryland

Wisp Resort
Address: 296 Marsh Mill Rd, McHenry, MD 21541
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays (10am-5pm) and Sundays (10am-4pm)
Price: $24 per person
Website: https://www.wispresort.com/Snow-Tubing/

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 4 years old and 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
11th Annual Charlie Brown Christmas
Address: 12 Springfield Ln, Williamsport, MD 21795
Date: December 7-15, 2019
Hours: Fri-Sun (3-8pm) and other days (11am-5pm)
Price: FREE
Link: http://www.facebook.com/barnatspringfield/

Williamsport, MD is having 11th Annual Charlie Brown Christmas this year. 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.
Website: http://rockvilleiceskating.com/

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 47th 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 8, 2019 at 1 pm
Price: Free
Website: http://www.mayorschristmasparade.com/
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 22, 23, & 24, 2019 and November 29, 30, & December 1, 2019
Hours: 10am – 6pm Friday/Saturday, 10am – 5pm Sunday
Price: $8 per adult and $4 per child (10 and under)
Parking: $2.00
Website: http://marylandchristmasshow.com/

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

Lower Level Lord & Taylor court

Dates: November 14 – December 24, 2019
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday Noon-6pm
Price: Reserve for free photos by Lifetime between now and November 27, 2019
Website: https://www.themallincolumbia.com/en/events/pictures-with-santa-23065.html 

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