HOLIDAY HAPPENINGSWith Christmas approaching . . . and...


November 25, 1994|By Holton F. Brown


With Christmas approaching . . . and Hanukkah . . . and all those year-end observances, there is lots to do and see:

* It's just north of the Inner Harbor but, given its landmark status, you have to see this "Monumental Occasion" -- the annual holiday lighting of the Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Music will be provided by the Towson Valley Sweet Adelines, the New Psalmist Baptist Church Choir, and the Waldorf School of Baltimore's seventh- and eighth-grade Recorder Consort and Singers. Fireworks, too. Information: 244-1030.

* If you go to the Monument lighting, plan on spending some extra time in that area for the monthly "First Thursday" extra hours of being open by the merchants and galleries on North Charles Street. Information: 244-1030.

* Then there's the Fells Point Olde Fashioned Candlelight Christmas, which will be going on weekends through Christmas, beginning today. The event will be highlighted by music, decorations, merchant discounts and the general feel of the season.

The Fells Point town crier will welcome visitors and introduce musical guests from 7:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and from 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays.

The Vagabond Theatre Players will perform O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi" on the first floor of the Admiral Fell Inn at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays. And Clement Moore's " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" will be presented as a miniplay at The Inn at Henderson's Wharf at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays. All events are free. Information: 327-2222.

* The City Life Museums, 800 E. Lombard St., are opening their Merry Old Christmas exhibition, a step back to the charm of a 19th-century Christmas with traditional carols, oven-baked gingerbread and a Christmas tree decorated with Victorian ornaments. Open noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 396-3279.

* Check the B&O Railroad Museum at 901 W. Pratt St., too. Tomorrow, you can go on a train ride with Santa Claus, complete with free candy canes. On Saturday, you'll find fifes and drums performing 18th- and 19th-century tunes. On both days -- and into the holiday period -- the museum will have its usual HO-gauge model train layout, a holiday-geared caboose to explore, and the hands-on "Thomas the Tank Engine." Admission. Information: 752-2388. You'll be able to ice skate, starting this weekend and into the spring at the Inner Harbor Ice Rink, Rash Field, at 201 Key Highway (think of it as next door to the Maryland Science Center). Skating starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow with formal lighting ceremonies scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday. A small fee is involved. Skates can be rented. If you're new to Baltimore, the rink's outdoors; dress accordingly. Information: 837-4636 or (800)

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