ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND—What’s happening in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County in December 2016? Plenty! To make it easier for you, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) is highlighting five celebrations you won’t want to miss! For a more complete listing of events large and small, visit our online calendar of events at

Midnight Madness Holiday Shopping I, II and III   Thursdays, December 1, 8 and 15 6:00 p.m. to midnight Downtown Annapolis Admission: Free

Lights, garland, action! Historic Annapolis shops throw open their doors in a glorified block party that’s open to all. Enjoy outside musical performances as well as food and refreshments at many stores as you stroll along Main Street, Maryland Avenue, Inner West Street, and State Circle in search of that perfect gift. To enhance the experience, the first block of Main Street will be closed traffic for the first time this year. Sponsored by the Downtown Annapolis Partnership.

2nd Annual Chocolate Binge Festival Sunday, December 4 Noon to 5 p.m. First blocks of West Street in downtown Annapolis Admission: $5.00 suggested cash donation 443-452-7321

Are you a chocoholic in need of a fix? You won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Chocolate Binge Festival. A dozen local chocolate vendors will be selling chocolate specialties, including chocolate caramels, cakes, chocolate bars, truffles, fudge, cookies, candies, hot chocolate, fondue, martinis and more. The afternoon also includes family-friendly entertainment, holiday shopping and the lighting of the newly expanded West Street Holiday Light Canopy. Enjoy live music, a marshmallow roast, a gingerbread house moon bounce, giant snowball run, hot chocolate with members of the Annapolis Police Department and a visit with Santa. He’ll be collecting toys and clothing for the We Care and Friends Holiday Party for kids in need. Presented by the Annapolis Arts District and Inner West Street Association.

34th Annual Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade Saturday, December 10 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek Admission: Free, or

Brightly decorated boats parade around the Annapolis waterfront in one of the City’s signature events. Thousands of lights and a host of jolly revelers make this a fun holiday event for the entire family. Prime viewing areas include: Eastport, Spa Creek, City Dock and Naval Academy sea wall. Sponsored by the Eastport Yacht Club.

2016 Military Bowl Tuesday, December 27 3:30 p.m. U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis Admission: Check website Tickets: 888-841-2787

The Military Bowl® presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, will match a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference (AAC).

City of Annapolis New Year’s Eve Celebration Saturday, December 31 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for kids; 8:00 p.m. to midnight for adults Ball Fields behind Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, Annapolis Admission: Free 410-263-7997

Family activities fill the day and music and dancing fills the night at this annual celebration welcoming the New Year. For the first time, kid’s activities will take place on the ball fields behind Maryland Hall and Bates Middle School. Participants are invited to park at Park Place garage and take City of Annapolis-provided shuttles to and from the new location. Activities will include face painting, an obstacle course, moon bounce and music performed by kids’ rock bands. The first round of festivities wraps up with on-site fireworks at 5:30 p.m. Then it’s off to area restaurants for dinner with the kids. The second round of festivities includes live music and dancing at Susan Campbell Park at City Dock beginning at 8:00 p.m. and ending with midnight fireworks.

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