Saturday, December 2, 2023

December Means HoCoFestivity: Saturday Edition

If it’s a Saturday in December, Columbia/HoCo is a happening place to be. Well, if that sounds overly optimistic (or too hokey for words) let’s just say: you have options. 

The First Presbyterian Church is hosting their 14th annual Alternative Gift Fair. Here you will find Fair Trade Shopping, a Children's Corner, and a variety of opportunities for alternative giving through charitable donations. Here is the link for more detailed information. Alternative Gift Fair. 

The First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle Columbia MD (at the intersection of 29 & 108)

At the Residences at Vantage Point: a Holiday Pop Up Fair today from 10 - 2 pm.

From their event information: 


Beautiful Handmade Items including jewelry, home decor, clothing, greeting cards, children’s items and MORE!

Shop over 25 Vendors

Raffles throughout the event!

All Proceeds benefit the Columbia Vantage Point Foundation

Residences at Vantage Point Auditorium, 5400 Vantage Point Road, Columbia ,MD 21044

Oakland Mills High School presents WBAL’s Concert for Kids at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

The Concert for Kids is back for 2023 with a blend of holiday music to get you excited for the winter season! This year the concert will feature the entire OM Performing Arts Department (Band, Choir, Guitar, Dance, Piano, Orchestra and Theatre), guest readers from WBAL Radio, and a visit from Santa!

The Family Matinee is designed to keep our younger audience members entertained. With stories and a visit from Santa, your younger children will delight in the spirit and music of the holiday season.

The Holiday Pops evening concert is an expanded version of the Family Matinee.  Filled with holiday readings by our friends from WBAL radio, as well as an expanded selection of holiday music, this concert is sure to fill you with joy. 

All proceeds beyond our costs are donated directly to the WBAL Radio Kids Campaign. Tickets for both concerts are available here

Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia MD 21045

And, finally…

Savage Mill hosts the annual bridge lighting of the Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge tonight at 6 pm.

From the Savage Mill website: 


Saturday, December 2, 6 pm

Bollman Bridge, Foundry Street

Come in person and watch the magic happen! This year we will have carolers, a “cheermeister” (student from Bollman Bridge Elementary) to light the bridge, and special guests including Howard County Executive Calvin Ball!


Savage Community Association’s Holiday Celebration

Saturday, December 2, 6:25 pm

Baldwin Common

The Savage Community Association’s Holiday Celebration includes the annual Tree Lighting on Baldwin Common by Santa; a Food Drive to support our local food pantry; and vocal and musical entertainment provided by local school, church, and scout groups.

The Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge is located at 8600 Foundry Street, Savage, MD 20763. The address for Baldwin Common is 8515 Foundry Street.

Let me know what you’ll be up to this weekend. Any events I have missed? Share with the rest of us!

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