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Winter Festival of Lights
Watkins Regional Park
Upper Marlboro, MD
November 26 - January 2

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Symphony of Lights
Columbia, MD
November 22 - January 2

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Greenbelt Recreation Department
Festival of Lights
December 3, 1999 - January 8, 2000

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The Festival of Lights is a celebration of holiday events held mainly throughout the month of December. Regardless of the origin of our individual customs and traditions, we welcome the participation of everyone in our community. Come celebrate together as family, friends, and neighbors in the spirit of this special season and the 28th Annual Greenbelt Festival of Lights.

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Event Calendar

December 3 (FRI) 7:00pm -
Opening Ceremonies & Holiday Tree Lighting.
Enjoy seasonal selections by the Greenbelt Concert Band's brass choir. Santa will arrive for the ceremonial lighting of the tree. All ages. Greenbelt Municipal Building. Call 301-397-2200.

December 4-11 - HANUKKAH.

  • HANUKKAH LINKS.

    December 4 (SAT) 7:00am-Noon -
    Community Breakfast with Santa.
    All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and beverages. Chat and pictures with Santa. Greenbelt Fire Hall. Call Joe Wilkinson at 301-474-6893.

    December 4 (SAT) 10:00am-5:00pm -
    Holiday Craft Show & Sale / Art Exhibition.
    Over fifty crafters will exhibit their specialities. All ages. Greenbelt Community Center. Call 301-397-2200.

    December 4 (SAT) 1:00-2:00pm -
    Children's Craft Room.
    Children can drop in for various activities while parents shop. Ages pre-school and up. Greenbelt Community Center. Call 301-397-2200.

    December 5 (SUN) 11:00am-4:00pm -
    Holiday Craft Show & Sale / Art Exhibition.
    Over fifty crafters will exhibit their specialities. All ages. Greenbelt Community Center. Call 301-397-2200.

    December 5 (SUN) 11:00am-4:00pm -
    Craft Demonstrations.
    Observe the creation of beautiful wares at the skilled hands of experienced artisans. Greenbelt Community Center. Call 301-397-2208.

    December 5 (SUN) Noon-5:00pm -
    Artist Open House.
    Visit with Greenbelt's Artists in Residence. Our artists represent a range of disciplines including painting, collage, stained glass, jewelry and more. Artists' studios (2nd floor), Greenbelt Community Center. Call 301-397-2208.

    December 7-9 (TUE-THU) 5:30-7:30pm -
    North Pole Calling.
    Chat with Santa on the phone. Parents complete and return flyer to Santa's special mailbox at the Youth Center by December 5. Flyers available at City recreation centers. Ages pre-school to second grade. Call 301-397-2200.

    December 11 (SAT) 10:00am-Noon -
    Santa's Visit.
    Come and tell Santa your wishes. Bring a blank VHS tape and have the visit recorded on video. Ages pre-school and up. Greenbelt Youth Center. Call 301-397-2200.

    December 11 (SAT) 11:30am-1:30pm -
    Children's Party with Santa.
    For Greenbriar and Glen Oaks children. Greenbriar Community Building, Greenbelt. Call Tina Murphy at 301-441-1096 to RSVP.

    December 11 (SAT) 12:30-2:00pm -
    Pre-School Lunch with Santa.
    Pre-register for lunch and craft making. Ages 3-5 (must be potty-trained). Greenbelt Community Center. Call 301-397-2200.

    December 12 (SUN) 7:00pm -
    Greenbelt East Tree Lighting.
    Entertainment by ERHS choir. Reception will follow. All ages are welcome. Greenbriar Community Building, Greenbelt. Call Tina Murphy at 301-441-1096.

    December 16 (THU) 7:00pm -
    Watkins Regional Park Winter Festival of Lights.
    Pre-registration required for transportation. All ages. Ride through a holiday display featuring thousands of lights and return for goodies. Greenbelt Youth Center. Call 301-397-2200 to register.

    December 16 (THU) 7:30pm -
    Combined Choir Concert.
    For residents of Green Ridge House, Greenbelt.

    December 18 (SAT) 1:00pm -
    Children's Christmas Party.
    With dancing dogs, Santa and his elves. Ages 12 & under. American Legion Post 136, Greenbelt.

    December 18 (SAT) 5:00-7:00pm -
    Holiday Pot Luck Dinner.
    Join your friends and neighbors and bring a dish to share for a community style, pot luck dinner. All ages. Greenbelt Community Center. Call 301-474-6890 or 301-474-6668.

    December 18 (SAT) 6:00-9:00pm -
    Light Show.
    "Be dazzled by an array of colored lanterns" by the Committee to Save the Green Belt. Northway Extended, Greenbelt. Call 301-474-6708. Rain date: December 19.

    December 19 (SUN) 3:00pm -
    Holiday Lights Concert.
    Greenbelt Concert Band and Holy Trinity Girl Scout Junior Troop #2208 (Bowie). Catch the holiday spirit with this musical tradition! All ages. Greenbelt Community Center. Call 301-397-2200.

    December 19 (SUN) 5:30-7:00pm -
    Spaghetti Dinner & Combined Choir Concert.
    All you can eat spaghetti, followed by a free concert at 7:30pm. All ages. Greenbelt Community Church.

    December 21 (TUE) Noon -
    Seniors Christmas Luncheon.
    Greenbriar and Glen Oaks senior citizens and guests. Greenbriar Community Building, Greenbelt. Call Tina Murphy at 301-441-1096 by December 17 to RSVP.

    December 25 (SAT) - CHRISTMAS DAY.

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    December 26-January 1 - KWANZAA.

  • KWANZAA LINKS.

    December 27-31 (MON-THU) 9:00am-3:30pm, (FRI) 9:00am-Noon -
    Countdown Camp.
    Countdown the final days of 1999 with New Year crafts and rituals from around the world. Ages 6-12. Greenbelt Community Center. Call 301-397-2200.

    December 31 (FRI) - NEW YEAR'S EVE.

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    December 31 (FRI) 6:00pm-1:00am -
    Greenbelt New Year 2000.
    Countdown to the millennium with a family-oriented New Year celebration including fireworks, arts & crafts, entertainment, and tasty food and drink. Events scheduled at the Community Center, Youth Center, Arts Center and the New Deal Cafe in Roosevelt Center Mall. Tickets on sale at the Community Center. Call 301-397-2208.

    January 1 (SAT) - NEW YEAR'S DAY.

  • NEW YEAR'S DAY LINKS.

    January 1 (SAT) 11:00am -
    Resolution Mile Swim.
    Get the new year off to a healthy start with a hearty morning swim. Ages 16+. Greenbelt Aquatic & Fitness Center. Call 301-397-2204 to register.

    January 8 (SUN) 10:00am -
    35th Annual Holiday Road Race.
    Choose 10-mile or 20-mile course. All ages. Race day registration begins at 9:00am at the Greenbelt Youth Center. Call 301-661-5019.

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