Bowie Tree Lighting Ceremony, Holiday Skate and More in Prince George's County this Weekend

Looking for some exciting things to do this weekend? Check out some of the fun things going on around town.


Each week, Patch puts together a list of local activities and events going on in your area this weekend.  Check back weekly and tell us in the comments if you know of any additional activities coming up.

Bowie Ice Arena Holiday Skate

  • Where: 3330 Northview Dr., Bowie
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Description: The Bowie Ice Arena and Bowie ISI Team is hosting a Holiday Shop and Toys for Tots Drive. Our holiday shop will open at 11:00 am, and will feature vendors with unique and affordable holiday presents. 
  • Cost: Starting at 1:30, all patrons that bring a new unwrapped toy donation or a baby item (diapers, wipes, formula) for the Bowie Food Pantry will receive free admission to our public session. Skate rental is $3.

Holiday Tree Lighting and Candelight Tours of Belair Mansion

  • Where:Belair Mansion and Stables, 12207 Tulip Grove Dr., Bowie
  • When: Sunday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Description:  The City’s Holiday Tree Lighting begins on the grounds of the mansion at 7 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive atop a ladder truck, courtesy of the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Cost: Admission is free, but a canned food donation for the Bowie Food Pantry is requested.

 Santa Fly-In

  • Where:  1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park 
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Description:  Watch Santa fly into the historic College Park Airport and then have your picture taken with him. Enjoy holiday arts and crafts in the museum.
  • Cost: $4/adults, $3/seniors, $2/ages 2-18, FREE/children under 2

Christmas Tea

  • Where:  14300 St. Thomas Church Road,  Upper Marlboro
  • When:  Saturday, Dec. 1, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Description:  A Christmas tea including live seasonal music and seasonal décor.  
  • Cost: Free

Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Holiday Bazaar

  • Where:  10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Description:  Gifts for sale, proceeds support both the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and the Patuxent Research Refuge. No Registration Necessary.
  • Cost: Free 

St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School's 29th Annual Christmas Craft Festival

  • Where:  4610 Largo Road (Rt. 202)Upper Marlboro
  • When:   Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Description:   Many crafters with handmade items, bake table, door prizes and more.
  • Cost: Free 

Multicultural Winter Festival

  • Where:  Oxen Hill Farm, Oxon Hill Rd off Rt 210, Oxon Hill
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Description:   Educational program that explains how African Americans, American Indians, and Europeans celebrated the holidays in the early 1800s.
  • Cost:  Free

Evangel Cathedral Christmas Celebration

  • Where:  13901 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro
  • When:  Saturday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 16
  • Description:   Celebration featuring: Vicki Winans, Bebe & CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, MarvinSapp, Fred Hammond,Tye Tribbett and Beverly Crawford.
  • Cost:  For ticket information click here.

13th Annual, Gingerbread House Contest and Show

  • Where:  Darnall's Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr, Upper Marlboro
  • When:  Friday, Nov. 23 – Sunday, Dec. 9, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Description:  Annual contest and show, adult and children entries each win $350.00.
  • Cost:  Free

Winter Festival of Lights

  • Where: 301 Watkins Park Dr, Rt 193 and 214, Upper Marlboro
  • When: Friday, Nov. 23 – Tuesday, Jan. 1, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily.
  • Description:  26th annual drive-through light display.
  • Cost:  $5/cars and vans, $15/mini-buses and limos, $25/buses, $10/multi-visit passes for cars and vans. The festival is FREE on December 25.

Holidays in the Heritage Area

  • Where: 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 24 – Saturday, Jan. 12
  • Description:  75 different holiday related programs within 85 square miles of Anacostia Trails Heritage area.
  • Cost: Free 

MODERNISM: James Hilleary and Color – Opening Reception and Discussion

  • Where:  3501 University Blvd E, Adelphi
  • When: Sunday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Description:  This exhibition features approximately 30 works in various sizes from the past 50 years and includes paintings from each of Hilleary's signature series.
  • Cost:  Free


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