Enjoying Winter Break in Howard County

Paul Jo

With the holidays coming soon and the fall semester ending, I came up with some events that are happening locally in the Howard County area that might be of interested to some of our readers. Here are some event’s I thought could be interesting to check out:


Ice and Fire: A Winter Wonderland will take place in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods on Saturday and Sunday evenings from November 30 to December 22, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m.  The event will beg Ice and Fire: A Winter Wonderland features lighted holiday displays, fire pits, performances, greetings with characters (the Ice Fairy, Snow Queen, and more), Santa photos, and more! Located at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods 10431 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044. Tickets are for advance purchase adults $9, children four and over $7, and children three and under free and at the gate adults $12, children four and over $10, and children three and under free.

Magical Tree Lighting Ceremony

Christmas in the Park Tree Lighting Ceremony / visithowardcounty.com

A tree lighting ceremony, caroling, and other festive events are planned for December 14 at Centennial Park in Columbia.

Hosted by Howard County Recreation and Parks, Christmas in the Park will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

There will be caroling, light refreshments and, of course, the magical tree lighting. This free event will be fun for the whole family.

Family Holiday Concert

Enjoy Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, music from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and highlights from The Nutcracker with our friends from Dance Connections. This program is a great fit for audiences of our Young People’s Concerts, but patrons of all ages are sure to enjoy these holiday classics! Saturday, December 21. Shows at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. Located at Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia, MD, 21044 and tickets can be purchased at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=99549 for Adults: $15 and Children: $10.

New Year’s Dance Open House at Misako Beats Dance Studio

Misako Dance New Year’s Open House will be a fun New Year celebration and a dance event where you, your friends and family can try different dance styles. We will be doing demos of Hip Hop, our Pop Cardi, Mommy & Me ballet for tots and adult Belly Dance. As a bonus, everyone who registers for one of our classes during the Open House gets a complimentary Misako Beats T-shirt!  What: Misako Dance New Year’s Open House, snacks and treats, dance, music, free T-shirts and more! Where:Misako Beats Studio Silo Building 2470 Longstone Lane, Suite D Marriottsville, MD 21104 When: Monday December 30th: 9:30am – 11:00am and 2:00pm – 4:00pm; Tuesday December 31st: 9:30am – 11:00am and 2:00pm – 4:00pm; Wednesday January 1st: 1:00pm- 4:00pm

New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Party 

Whodunnit for Hire and the Doubletree by Hilton have teamed up to bring you “Sinister Speakeasy” the 1920s themed murder mystery party.

Murder Mystery Party / eventbrite.com

Located DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbia, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD, 21045.

The event starts on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at 9:00 PM. For more information visit their event website.

Sobar® Soiree

Over 200 guests will attend this high-end event to celebrate New Year’s Eve. This sober extravaganza will feature catering by the award-winning Chef’s Expressions, beverages from Sobar®, DJ and Dancing, Cool Vibes Acoustic Lounge, Silent Auction, and Live Entertainment. Sobar® is a nonprofit organization with a mission to encourage choice in how people celebrate by expanding the variety of healthy and sophisticated non-alcoholic beverages at public and private events. Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 8:30 PM – Wednesday, January 01, 2020, 12:30 AM located at 9120 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, MD, 21042, United States.

Midnight at 7! A Symphony of Lights Event

Symphony of Lights / Merriweather Symphony of Lights

Join us to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the entire family!

The event will feature food, activities, music, and fireworks at 7 PM, as well as the last chance to walk through the Symphony of Lights course.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. A family 4-pack of tickets is $50. Children 3 and under are free. Location is at Merriweather Post Pavilion 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044.

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