Find Holiday Magic in Southern Maryland this Weekend, Dec. 15-17, 2017

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on December 11, 2017

The holidays are in full swing in Southern Maryland! We’re part way through Hanukkah, and it’s just a couple of weeks until Christmas! Get into the spirit of the season at one of these festive events happening in Southern Maryland this weekend, Dec. 15-17, 2017.

Hear The Polar Express in Person in Chesapeake Beach

Imagine the sights and sounds of the Polar Express in Chesapeake Beach this weekend!

The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum will host its Annual Dramatic Reading of The Polar Express on Friday, Dec. 15, at the museum at 4155 Mears Ave. in Chesapeake Beach. The family-friendly readings will take place at 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Participants will also enjoy holiday carols and crafts. The event is free, thanks to the Friends of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum and its members. Drop-ins are welcome.

For more information, call 410-257-3892 or email [email protected]. Visit the museum’s website at

(Image via The Chesapeake Railway Museum’s website)

Historic St. Mary’s City Hosts Madrigal Dinners

Welcome the season with feasting, firelight, and beautiful music! The Reconstructed State House of 1676 at Historic St. Mary’s City will be lavishly decorated for the remaining two Madrigal Dinners this weekend.

Enjoy wassail and appetizers upstairs in the State House before dinner and a delicious meal in the first floor’s Great Hall. The dinners will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 16., at the living history museum in St. Mary’s City. Cost is $95 per person and $90 for Friends members. Reservations required; call (240) 895-4960 or email [email protected].

HSMC’s Madrigal Dinners bring together the traditions of holiday revelers throughout the ages. The museum says that in the colony, delicacies arrived with the tobacco fleet towards the end of the year and cool weather signaled time for butchering meat and decanting beverages that had fermented since the harvest. The notion of adding music to the meal was introduced to England from Italy, and the 16th-century lords and ladies of the land enjoyed great madrigal feasts. Today’s madrigal dinners feature other customs that were probably familiar to the colonists. The burning of a Yule log, a common practice by the Middle Ages, was thought to bring good luck in the New Year. Plants that magically remained green through the bleakest times have held a special significance since Ancient Rome. In 15th- and 16th- century England, musicians sang carols to introduce the Christmas story to those who were unable to read.

For more information, visit

(Image via Historic St. Mary’s City on Facebook)

SMYOC Presents “Peace, Peace” Family Concert

The sounds of the season will ring out from Patuxent High School this weekend.

The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir presents “Peace, Peace,” a concert of holiday music on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m. The performance will take place at the auditorium at Patuxent High School, 12485 Southern Connector Blvd. in Lusby.

The concert is free.

SMYOC’s four choirs will sing traditional and new music for the season. Members of the youth orchestra will make special appearances, and the pops band will perform. The afternoon also includes a bake sale and raffle.

For more information, visit

(Image via Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir on Facebook)

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