The Holiday season is in full swing! Check out all these great events happening in and around Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and Kensington this December. Whether it’s the holiday craft markets, the annual light festivals, or local theater, these events will have you ready for the season!

SSTCI’s Around the World Holiday Bazaar 2017

When: December 5th
Where: Silver Spring Civic Building
Address: 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Cost: FREE

The Around the World Holiday Bazaar is on December 5th 5pm-10pm in the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building. Enjoy an array of arts and crafts from around the globe. Save the international flavors of an array of entertainment, cuisine and cocktails.

Learn more: Silver Spring Town Center

Maryland Youth Ballet’s “Mini-Nut”

When: December 9th & 10th
Where: Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
Address: 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring
Time: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Cost: Tickets in Advance – Children: $18 / Adults: $23 // Tickets at the Door – Children: $20 / Adults: $25

The Mini-Nut is a delightful abbreviated version of our classic, award-winning, The Nutcracker, designed to introduce children to the magic of this family favorite. This beloved holiday tradition, with soaring music by Tchaikovsky, promises to hold the attention of even the youngest theatergoer. Suitable for all ages, this version is less than an hour and performed by cast members from MYB’s full-length production. A perfect holiday mini-treat!

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Fenton Street Market: Holidaze

When: December 10th
Where: Ellsworth Drive at Fenton Street
Time: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Cost: FREE

Eggnog, hot chocolate, latkes, lights. Handmade holiday gifts to set your mood right. Take a break from the HOLIDAZE with Fenton Street Market! Grab a drink and a nibble so you can sip while you shop over 30 of FSM’s favorite vendors.

Learn more: Fenton Street Market: Holidaze

The 40th Annual Festival of Lights

When: 11/30 – 12/31
Where: Washington DC Temple
Address: 9900 Stoney Brook Drive, Kensington
Time: Dusk to 10pm
Cost: FREE

The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning November 30th, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center.

A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

  • Temple grounds glow with over 650,000 lights, November 30th through December 31st
  • Nightly performances in indoor theater
  • Christmas trees decorated in international themes
  • Exhibit of crèches from around the world
  • Life-sized outdoor nativity

Learn more: Festival of Lights

Silver Spring Christmas Market & Holiday Craft Show

When: December 9th
Where: Veteran’s Plaza, DTSS
Address: 1 Veteran’s Pl, Silver Spring
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Cost: FREE

The Christmas Market and Holiday Craft show is the perfect place to get all of your holiday shopping done. From arts and crafts to jewelry and even baked goods, vendors will have anything you need for your loved ones. Shop handmade this holiday season!

Learn more: Silver Spring Christmas Market & Holiday Craft Show

Photo via Montgomery Parks

Brookside Gardens: Garden of Lights

When: 11/24 – 1/1
Time: Sun-Thurs 5:30pm – 9:30pm / Fri-Sat: 5:30-10pm
Where: Brookside Gardens
Address: 1800 Glenallan Avenue Wheaton, MD 20902

Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, sparkling fountains, and whimsical winter scenes. The Garden of Lights celebrates its 19th season as a Baltimore/Washington, DC area family holiday tradition.

The night wouldn’t be complete without a visit inside the Conservatory to enjoy watching G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances.

Learn more: Brookside Gardens: Garden of Lights


Ornament Making

When: December 15th
Time: 4:30PM – 5:30pm
Where: Silver Spring Library
Address: 900 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring

Join the Half Pint Kids Club on the 5th floor to create your very own ornament! Use our button maker to make a one of a kind ornament to hang in your home or give as a gift. Don’t miss the fun! Feel free to bring a 2″ (inch) round picture or photograph to turn into an ornament.
Children under 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Free event. No registration necessary.

Learn more: Ornament Making

Winterfest 2017

When: December 16th
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: Takoma Park Middle School
Address: 7611 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring

Please join Difference Makers at the Winterfest Event for Fun Holiday Shopping with 50 Local artisans and vendors, visit with Santa, free hot chocolate, music by Mix107.3, performances, community crafting for charity, free facepainting, food and more!

Difference Makers will be collecting non-perishable food for their pantry as well as toys for their Kokua Foods Families.

Learn more: Winterfest 2017

Takoma Cocoa Crawl

When: December 16th
Time: 3:30pm – 5pm
Where: Takoma Park area restaurants and Cafes

Bring your Takoma Mug and enjoy cocoa* at area restaurants and cafes during the Takoma Cocoa Crawl! Make one stop or many. Adult versions offered too. Get your Takoma mug at Old Takoma Ace Hardware,7001 Carroll Ave or Artspring, 7002 Carroll Ave. Mugs from previous crawls welcome!

Busboys and Poets
Capital City Cheesecake
Kin Da
La Mano Coffee Bar
Mark’s Kitchen
Spring Mill Bread Co
The Still Point
Takoma Bev Co
Yoga Heights
*Sizes and prices vary by business

Learn more: Takoma Cocoa Crawl

Silver Spring Craft Market: Holiday Market

When: December 17th
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Where: Denizen’s Brewing Co.
Address: 1115 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring

Holiday Crafts and Drafts – pop-up craft market of local artisans selling jewelry, ceramics, candles, children’s décor, home accessories.

Learn more: Holiday Market