December Days Out in Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, December 7, 2020

County-wide holiday merriment kicked off early this year - from early Christmas tree demand to November light displays. Throughout Charles County, businesses and organizations have doubled down on festivity, making weekend offerings merry and bright. If you’re wondering how to best spend your time leading up to 2021, we have a few ideas below!


Festivity for Families

Start your day with a traditional Christmas pastry at Walls Bakery of Waldorf. Their efficient ordering system will satisfy your sweet tooth in no time. Then, head to Scary Strokes for mini golf. Voted the top “Best Fun Thing to Do” locally on Yelp, the indoor amusement center is serious about fun and customer safety. Balls, clubs, and gaming areas are sanitized between uses, so families can focus on time together.

If hands-on fun keeps the kids happy, visit the Neighborhood Creative Arts Center’s First Annual Giving Fair. Held on December 12 at the Christ Episcopal Church lot from 10 am to 1 pm, the fair hosts over 20 distanced craft activities in support of the arts.


Cheer for Couples

A walk down the Indian Head Rail Trail will dazzle you with frosted views of Mattawoman Creek. From there, reward yourself with comfort food at The Charles. Bubbles and brunch specialties can be enjoyed with ample spacing and single-use menus. Or, wander the Winter Holiday Market at Turkey Hill on December 12 and explore dozens of vendors in an outdoor setting.


Light Up the Night

See the twinkling lights of Southern Maryland’s Holly Jolly Light Trail as the days grow darker. This delightful “trail” of decorated dwellings will leave everyone smiling. Plot your course past 270 glittering (and Griswoldian) displays.

For lights against an open sky, A Not So Silent Night is on December 12 at the Charles County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from this synchronized, pyrotechnic show support the Southern Maryland Food Bank. Tickets options range from “park and view” to spaced areas for chairs and blankets.



Our businesses and communities put new twists on beloved traditions, for the benefit of all. Celebrate, Shop Safe, and bring on the cheer!


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