After a flurry of long-distance holiday travel, January is the perfect month for enjoying nearby getaways to Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. Adventure seekers don't have to travel far to feel like they're miles from home in a destination where history, the Chesapeake Bay, and the great outdoors welcome visitors with open arms and a host of possibilities.  

To make it easy to kick off the new year with a host of unique experiences, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) has compiled a handy list of activities taking place from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to the heart of the Arundel Mills gaming and entertainment district.    


A peaceful calm bay with a bridge in the background and a woman standing at the edge of the water during the winter
Plan a First Day Hike at a local state or county park!
 Sandy Point State Park photo by Shayne Taylor.


January 1 Anne Arundel County First Day Hikes (Countywide) Start the new year on the right foot by getting some outdoor exercise and enjoying nature and history on a First Day Hike. Knowledgeable park rangers, naturalists, and volunteers lead hikes at a host of Anne Arundel County parks. Start times vary by location. The program is free, but registration is required:  


January 1 Sandy Point First Day Hike (Annapolis) Stop by Sandy Point State Park for a self-guided hike along the Chesapeake Bay. Start your journey at East Beach and enjoy a view of the Chesapeake Bay at your own pace. Cost: $3 per vehicle to enter the park. Leashed pets are welcome. No stroller/wheelchair access. 


January 1 Lights on the Bay (Annapolis) Don't miss the season's final day to enjoy more than 70 animated and stationary light displays depicting regional and holiday themes along a two-mile scenic drive through Sandy Point State Park. Proceeds benefit the Anne Arundel County SPCA. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Tickets: $20 per car; $30 for large passenger vans, mini-buses, and trolleys; $50 for buses.  


A light display with reindeer spelling out 'Lights on the Bay'
Last day for Lights on the Bay is January 1st!


January 1-7 East Meets West (Annapolis) McBride Gallery is hosting the 52nd Annual Exhibition of Women Artists of the West, the oldest juried women's art group in the United States. Feast your eyes on the creations of award-winning professional women painters and sculptors from the United States, Canada, and Australia.  


January 2 Navy Men's Basketball vs. Holy Cross (Annapolis) Enjoy Navy men's basketball action during a 1:00 p.m. game at Alumni Hall.  


January 6 Twelfth Night Duo Seraphim (Annapolis) Critically acclaimed sopranos Elissa Edwards and Laura Choi Stuart join forces with Wade Davis, cellist, and Thomas Sheehan, harpsichordist, to present baroque duets by Monteverdi and Vivaldi along with a selection of traditional Christmas carols. The 7:00 p.m. performance in the candlelit ballroom of the Hammond-Harwood House will include dramatic, poetic recitations by Professor Katrina Atsinger of the U.S. Naval Academy.  


Cornhill street in Annapolis covered with snow
Experience Anne Arundel County this winter!
Image courtesy of Bob Peterson.


January 6 - February 22 Ice Skating at Annapolis Town Center (Annapolis) For the first time, the Annapolis Town Center is offering seasonal ice skating at its new East Village at 305 Sail Place. Visitors can sip hot cocoa and skate with family and friends Mondays through Fridays from noon until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tickets: Annapolis Town Center residents, $7; non-residents, $11; group rate (8 or more people), $7 per person. Skate rental: $4.  


January 8 Navy Men's Basketball vs. Lehigh (Annapolis) Enjoy Navy men's basketball action during a 2:00 p.m. game at Alumni Hall.  


January 9 January Cabaret (Annapolis) Classic Theatre of Maryland presents a 7:30 p.m. 90-minute costumed and choreographed production featuring resident singers and Broadway guest performers, accompanied by the popular Unified Jazz Ensemble. The updated cabaret venue features café tables and a full bar in a relaxed and comfortable setting.  


January 11 Navy Men's Basketball vs. Lafayette (Annapolis) Enjoy Navy men's basketball action during a 7:00 p.m. game at Alumni Hall.


A group looking at an exhibit that shows the effects of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Annapolis, MD
Visit the Annapolis Maritime Museum for their winter lecture series.


January 12 - March 2 Winter Lecture Series (Annapolis) Warm up the winter with Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park's entertaining eight-week Thursday night lecture series featuring a diverse range of topics focusing on the maritime heritage and Chesapeake Bay ecology of Annapolis. The 7:00 p.m. talks address the history of World War II, boat building, sea turtles, log canoe racing, the Oyster Wars, and more. 


January 13 - April 28 Formal Lecture and Concert Series (Annapolis) On select Friday evenings, interested individuals are invited to gather in St. John's College's Great Hall to enjoy a lecture or concert presented by visiting scholars, artists, poets, and faculty. Lecturers include the college's Annapolis dean, St. John's College faculty members, and professors from notable universities across the country. The 8:00 p.m. presentations are followed by an engaging discussion with the presenter, students, and faculty.  


January 14 Lunar New Year Celebration (Hanover) Lunar New Year observers are invited to stop by Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland at 6:00 p.m. to catch a glimpse of two Lion Dancers as they parade across the casino floor, stopping at various locations to bring good luck to guests. In honor of the Lunar New Year, Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland's authentic Asian cuisine establishment, Luk Fu, will offer a limited-time special menu featuring traditional dishes.   


Two red dragon dancers at a Lunar New Year celebration
Celebrate Lunar New Year at Live! Casino & Hotel.
Image courtesy of Jose L. Argueta


January 18 - February 22 Winter Luncheon Series (Shady Side) For six consecutive Wednesdays, the Captain Avery Museum invites interested individuals to enjoy a meal with friends as they listen to a diverse lineup of authors, actors, and historians. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 


January 21 Londontowne Symphony Orchestra: A Salute to Our Veterans (Annapolis) The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra salutes veterans with a 7:30 p.m. live performance in the Main Theatre at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.


January 22 229th Army Concert Band (Brooklyn Park) The largest ensemble of the 229th Army Band of the Maryland National Guard takes center stage at the Chesapeake Arts Center with a free 3:00 p.m. performance. As a highly versatile group, the concert band is prepared to perform everything from large-scale formal concert band pieces to classical selections, patriotic music, and marches.  


January 28 Step Afrika! (Annapolis) Step Afrika! Takes percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms and combines them into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. The 7:00 p.m. performance at Maryland Hall will include dancing, singing, storytelling, and humor. 


Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
Take in a musical performance this January.


For a more comprehensive listing of January events throughout Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, scroll through the Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County events page and start planning your winter getaway today.