Make plans for the weekend! Here is Baltimore Style’s lineup of great events around the area between Thursday and Sunday.
A Monumental Occasion
The official lighting of the Washington Monument features music, refreshments and entertainment, plus fireworks. Date night perfection Mount Vernon Place, 5-8 p.m. promotionandarts.com
Little Italy Christmas Tree Lighting
Help decorate the enormous tree and enjoy a visit from Santa, plus caroling and treats. Parking lot at High and Stiles streets, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. littleitalymd.com
This East Baltimore neighborhood is packing all the holiday charm this month with a train garden through Jan. 5, a tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 6, the Merry Mart at the Creative Alliance on Sunday, Dec. 8 and a pastry stroll for Small Business Saturday. Yes to doughnuts while we shop. ihearthighlandtown.com
This juried indie craft fair is a great place to get gifts. St. John’s Church, 2640 St. Paul St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. charmcitycraftmafia.com
Lace up your sneakers and make sure you stretch before heading out for this fun and chilly community 5K. Part of the Baltimore City Rec and Parks $5 5K series. West Shore Park Inner Harbor, 8:30 a.m. $5. charmcityrun.com
Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade
Enjoy Harley Davidson motorcycles, marching bands, Philadelphia Mummers, floats, a steam calliope and, of course, Santa. Begins at Poly/Western and continues down Falls Road, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. Free. mayorschristmasparade.com
We mentioned this in Savvy, but it’s worth repeating. Merry Mart brings together Baltimore’s best craft vendors and their one-of-a-kind wares, from handbags to ceramics, so you can shop local for your loved ones. Creative Alliance, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. creativealliance.org
Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
Settle into a good viewing spot for this yearly Annapolis tradition. Annapolis Harbor, Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. eastportyc.org
One more for Monday….
Don’t miss this chance to explore the stunning Symphony of Lights on foot — and with your pup. Dogs of all breeds are invited to join you as you explore the lights display. Merriweather Post at Symphony Woods, 6-7:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. visithowardcounty.com