Film and Music: It’s a Wonderful Life
Every time you watch “It’s a Wonderful Life,” an angel gets its wings and this time around, you’ll get to see it with a live score, played for you by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets: $30-$70. Dec. 15-16 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
Tea: Ivy Hotel Holiday Tea
Get a little fancy with high tea at one of Baltimore’s most beautiful places. A reservation at the Ivy promises “winter vegetable tea sandwiches; sugared & spiced scones served with birthday cake flavored whipped cream, gooseberry preserve, and lemon curd; chocolate and hazelnut mousse; white chocolate snowmen; seasonal fruit tartlets; and festively flavored teas, malt cider, and specialty hot chocolates. Yum.
Music: Sing-along Messiah
This fun, festive event is just as it sounds. Join the Baltimore Choral Arts in performing Handel’s masterpiece.
Tickets: $25. 7:30 p.m. at Kraushaar Auditorium.
Dance: The Nutcracker
The renowned Moscow Ballet presents the Christmas classic.
Tickets: $46-$113. Dec. 16-17 at the Hippodrome.
Film: The Lusty Men
In 1952’s The Lusty Men, director Nicholas Ray delves into his favorite theme, combustible alienation, this time in the contemporary West of rodeo cowboys. Framed around a romantic triangle—aging rider Robert Mitchum, upstart cowpoke Arthur Kennedy and Susan Hayward as the latter’s wife—Ray creates beautifully bleak physical and emotional landscapes.
Tickets: $9.50. Dec. 17 and 19 at the Charles Theatre.
Run: The Ugly Sweater Run 5K
A family that runs together, stays together, right? Well, this might just be the merriest run of the year. Don ye now the weirdest, ugliest holiday sweaters you can find and take a little-over-3-mile jaunt around Baltimore to show it off (and admire others’ choices). If you need bonus incentive, registration comes with an ugly sweater knit hat. Even better? Kids under 5 are free!
Registration: $50. 9 a.m. at Rash Field.
Music: Amy Grant
Carols, twinkling lights, mulled cider and the music of Amy Grant. What else could it be if not the most joyful time of the year? The Christmas season has the power to awaken our inborn compassion, inspiring us to share with those in need. Contemporary Christian music powerhouses Grant and Michael W. Smith will be doing just that during their 2016 Christmas tour to benefit Operation Christmas Child, which distributes gifts to kids worldwide. With special guest Jordan Smith and the participation of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets: $36.50-$150. 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena.
Art: Shifting Views
Drawn from photographs, prints and drawings in the Baltimore Museum of Art’s permanent collection, Shifting Views: People & Politics in Contemporary African Art uses recent works to offer what the museum terms “each artist’s pointedly political perspective on the lives of Africans and their diasporic descendants.” Many pieces, notably Julie Mehretu’s “Landscape Allegories” etchings, confront how colonialism forever has changed the continent emotionally and environmentally.
Free. Dec. 18-June 18 at the BMA.
Event: Holiday Open House
Johnny’s hosts an afternoon of festive fun including pictures with Santa, free hot chocolate and cookies and live caroling.
Free. 3-6 p.m. at Johnny’s on Roland Avenue.
Shopping: Holiday Pop-Up
Get the last of your gifts at The Very Last Stop Holiday Pop-Up Shop for Procrastinators, featuring tons of fabulous gifts from local vendors.
Free. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Metro Gallery.
Festival: Chanukah at Foundry Row
Get a head start on your Chanukah celebration with this fun day-long event, part of the JCC’s Chanukahpalooza. Activities include singalongs, story time, face painting, live music, dreidel spinning, candlemaking and more!
Free. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Foundry Row.