Things to do with the kids this weekend December 20-23

From the final night of Midnight Madness in Annapolis to a Jammie Movie Night, the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas and everyone's favorite little red head, Annie - there is plenty of fun for all this weekend. Here are our top picks for things to do December 20 to 23.

Thursday, December 20

Eleventh Hour
Extended shopping hours, light refreshments. Historic Annapolis Museum Store, Annapolis. 5–11 p.m. annapolis.org

220px The nightmare before christmas posterJammie Movie Night
Bring the whole family in your jammies to watch and Sing Along to “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” If you know the words, sing along! Free. 6:30 p.m. Linthicum. aacpl.net

Midnight Madness
Stroll through downtown Annapolis as shops remain open until midnight, and enjoy carolers, food, drinks, special deals and fun for the kids. Free. 6 p.m.–midnight. Downtown Annapolis. downtownannapolispartnership.org

Symphony of Lights
Select days through Jan. 1. Display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Plus a Laser light show and 3-D holiday video. Check out the Festive Families Night, Dec. 2, and $25 per car. Pre-Purchasing tickets is recommended. 6–10 p.m. Symphony Woods, Columbia. hcgh.org/symphonyoflights

Friday, December 21 

Target $2 Family Fun Night
Crafts, storytimes, the new Mr. Potato Head exhibit and more. $2. 4–8 p.m. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore. portdiscovery.org

Shen Yun
21–23. Experience classical Chinese dance, one of the world’s oldest art forms, along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works. $91–$195. See website for times. Hippodrome Theatre at the France Merrick Performing Arts Center, Baltimore. france-merrickpac.com

Lights on the Bay
Select days through Jan. 1. Annual holiday drive-through lights show with a scavenger hunt for kids. Purchase 3-D glasses for special effects. Event benefits SPCA of Anne Arundel County. $15 per car. 5–10 p.m. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. lightsonthebay.org

Annie the Musical
Through December 23. The Avalon Foundation presents a heart-warming rendition of the classic musical Annie. Join us for the Avalon Foundation's annual holiday celebration and fundraiser starring over 100 of your friends and neighbors. Tickets range from $10 to $100. All ticket proceeds go toward the Foundation's year-round mission to provide diversified arts and educational programs that improves the quality of life on the Eastern Shore. Avalon Theatre, Easton. www.avalonfoundation.org

Saturday, December 22

Holiday Movie on the Potomac
Showing of the original, 1966, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” rated PG. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Free. 4:45 p.m. National Harbor. nationalharbor.com/movies-on-the-potomac

bsoCurious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
Countdown the days until Christmas with George and the Man with The Yellow Hat while you make a craft and watch the movie (58 min). 10 a.m. Eastport/Annapolis Library, Annapolis. aacpl.net

Holiday Pops
Hear festive favorites from A Christmas Carol, Frozen and The Sound of Music. Featuring the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas and an audience sing-along. Plus, the Meyerhoff becomes a winter wonderland with pre-concert performances, holiday cookies and ornaments for sale. $17.50–$80. 3 and 8 p.m. bsomusic.org

The Colonial Ringers
The Colonial English Handbell Ringers performs holiday classics including “Frosty the Snowman,” “Away in a Jingle,” and more. $5. 2 p.m. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. Bowie. colonialringers.com

Sunday, December 23

Messiah Sing Along
Featuring conductor Nancia D'Alimonte, who leads members of the Opera House Orchestra, guest soloists, a chorus of 200, and a very enthusiastic audience in Handel's masterpiece. Free. Tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at 4:30 p.m. Performance, 6pm. Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. kennedy-center.org

Winter Break Fun
Each day of winter break is filled with plenty to do, see and learn—including special performances from Eric Energy, the Kindersinger, Wildlife Adventures, and more. Port Discovery, Baltimore. portdiscovery.org

A Christmas Carol
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption in "A Christmas Carol". Annapolis Shakespeare Company captures the magic and joy of Charles Dickens' Yuletide classic with its signature flair, presenting this must-see holiday tradition on their Main Stage. Weekends through December 30, extra shows on Christmas eve. Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis. annapolisshakespeare.org

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