Towns around the Chesapeake Bay have holiday celebrations underway, but what’s really cool about the Bay — as opposed to large, big city displays — are all the water-related and Colonial events.

If you want traditional or small-town holiday events, you’ll find them near the Chesapeake Bay and they welcome visitors; you become part of the fun. And, in Maryland, it’s the oyster season! 

Here are some of the highlights: 

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
Annapolis’ Lighted-Boats Parade

Candlelight Colonial Tours:

Holiday Light Displays:

Virginia Christmas tree farmChristmas Tree Farms:

  • Maryland – Here’s the list by county
  • Virginia – The state tourism bureau has listed them by region.

Holiday Trains:

The Maryland state visitors office has put together a list of holiday train experiences. Most are in the Baltimore area. You can find them here.

Holiday Arts & Crafts Shows

If you want to buy Holiday products from local artisans and craftsmen, check out this list of Maryland products. Here’s the Virginia list.