Winter Activities for the Whole Family

Winter break is quickly approaching and while a lazy day by the fire is a great way to start your vacation, boredom can soon set in. Don’t be hindered by the chill in the air – get out of hermit mode, bundle up the family, and explore all of the winter activities Maryland has to offer. Here are a few to choose from.

Wisp Resort

If you’re looking for the ideal spot for winter sports, Wisp Resort has you covered. Hit the slopes on your skis or snowboard, skate around the ice rink, go tubing or snowshoeing, or just simply relax by the fire with a cup of cocoa. Wisp Resort boasts stunning views and lots to do for the entire family.

Garrett County Drifters

What better way to enjoy the snow and the views of winter than on a snowmobiling trek?  Garrett County Drifters snowmobiling club offers a day of fun and adrenaline as they take you on a tour through backwoods trails. Enjoy the views and the fun on this unique and exhilarating day in the snow.

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

Enjoy the scenic views of the snow covered Allegheny Mountains on this round trip excursion originating in Cumberland, MD. This entertaining and educational experience will interest riders of all ages. In addition to their classic ride, they also offer theme trains such as the Polar Express, the Moonshine Train, and a Murder Mystery Train.

Kennedy Krieger Institutes Festival of Trees

Take a day trip up to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium and tour the Festival of Trees which consists of over 500 trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses decorated to perfection.  This three day event also includes arts and crafts, pony rides, a carousel, and Santa himself.

The Annapolis Lights Parade

The Eastport Yacht Club invites you to bundle up for the Annapolis Lights Parade on the water of the Annapolis Harbor. Bring some chairs and some cocoa and find your perfect viewing spot for the parade of boats adorned with thousands of colorful holiday lights. Make sure to wave at Captain Santa!

Christmas on the Potomac featuring ICE!

National Harbor’s favorite holiday attraction is highlighting How the Grinch Stole Christmas this year! Explore through acres of magnificent holiday decor with over two million lights on display that will surely get you into the holiday spirit. Participate in the story of the Grinch and the residents of Who-ville through their interactive ice sculptures scenes depicting your most beloved scenes from the mind of Dr. Seuss.

Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point

A tradition dating back ten years, the Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park turns this beach destination into a holiday twinkling wonderland. Keep warm in the comfort of your vehicle as you tour the shore of the Chesapeake Bay with over 70 decorated and illuminated holiday displays.


No matter how you spend your winter break, the events and activities of Maryland will certainly create memories to last a lifetime. Bundle up, keep warm, enjoy your friends and family and enjoy the holiday season. Don’t forget the cocoa!

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