Saturday with Santa, Candlelight Tours and More in Prince George’s County this Weekend

Looking for some exciting things 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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Saturday Fun with Santa

  • Where: City of Bowie Gymnasium
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m - 12 p.m.
  • Description: Photos with Santa, face fainting by the face painting lady, moon bounces, the 2012 USMC Toys For Tots toy drive and a children's puppet show.
  • Cost: $3, or an unwrapped toy donation


  • Where: Bowie Playhouse
  • When: Friday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
  • Description: A family friendly production of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical produced by 2nd Star Productions.
  • Cost: $20/regular, $17/students and seniors

Holiday Candlelight Tours

  • Where: Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel 
  • When: Friday, Dec. 7, Saturday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Description: Refreshments, live holiday music by area performers, tours of mansion decorated with greens and lit by candlelight.
  • Cost: Kids 5 & Under: Free / Kids 6-18: $1 / Adults $3

Maryland: A House Divided, an Exhibition

  • Where: Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 8 – Sunday, Dec. 17, Saturdays & Sundays: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Description: Surratt House commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with a focus on Maryland’s role in the conflict. No reservations required. 
  • Cost: Children 5-18: $1 / Adults: $3 / Seniors: $2

Holiday Ornament Emporium

  • Where: Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site, 9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel
  • When: Friday, Dec. 7 – Sunday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (closed Wednesdays)
  • Description: A juried show of handmade art ornaments. All ornaments for sale. House will be decorated in traditional holiday greens, by local garden clubs.
  • Cost: Free; donations to Montpelier welcome   

 Santa's Cookies and Crafts

  • Where: Hillcrest Heights Community Center
    2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Description: Arts, crafts, face painting and more.
  • Cost: $6

 Winter Wonderland

  • Where: 431 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Description: Ages 2-12 are invited to enjoy crafts, games, Santa and more.
  • Cost: $6 per child (includes photo with Santa)

Vansville Elementary 3rd Annual Winter Bazaar

  • Where: 6813 Ammendale Rd, Beltsville
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Description: Vansville Elementary PTA is sponsoring their 3rd Annual Winter Bazaar. Concessions available for purchase.
  • Cost: Free

Red Note Art Exhibit - ART FINALE

  • Where: C Street Gallery, 19 C St, Laurel
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m.
  • Description: Open mic event.  All are welcome to share talents, music, poetry, dance, prose and more.
  • Cost: Free

Evangel Cathedral Christmas Celebration

  • Where: 13901 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 16
  • Description: Celebration featuring: Vicki Winans, Bebe & CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, MarvinSapp, Fred Hammond,Tye Tribbett and Beverly Crawford.
  • Cost: For ticket information click here.

13th Annual, Gingerbread House Contest and Show

  • Where: Darnall's Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr, Upper Marlboro
  • When: Friday, Nov. 23 – Sunday, Dec. 9, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Description: Annual contest and show, adult and children entries each win $350.00.
  • Cost: Free

Winter Festival of Lights

  • Where: 301 Watkins Park Dr, Rt 193 and 214, Upper Marlboro
  • When: Friday, Nov. 23 – Tuesday, Jan. 1, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily.
  • Description: 26th annual drive-through light display.
  • Cost: $5/cars and vans, $15/mini-buses and limos, $25/buses, $10/multi-visit passes for cars and vans. The festival is FREE on December 25.

Holidays in the Heritage Area

  • Where: 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 24 – Saturday, Jan. 12
  • Description: 75 different holiday related programs within 85 square miles of Anacostia Trails Heritage area.
  • Cost: Free


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