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AREA TRADITIONS FOR REVELING AND REMEMBERING

The mall has been playing Jingle Bells for weeks and area parking lots are already teeming with firs. Like it or not, the holidays are officially here. Whether you’ve been counting down the days or suppressing your inner Scrooge, these local events will get you in the mood.

Celebrate Christmas(es) Past

Don’t feel like decorating? Head to the Hampton National Historic Site to admire the over-the-top yuletide trimmings. Perfect for the whole family, Holidays At Hampton—December 9 and 10 this year—incorporates traditions from 200 years of American history and the different cultures and classes that have inhabited the plantation. Take mansion tours, participate in period arts and crafts, sip cider and listen to carolers.

Watch a Classic In a Classic

Some things never get old. That’s the case with Baltimore’s beloved art deco theater, the Senator, and Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Every year, the theater screens the film, asking that attendees bring only nonperishable food items as admittance. Donations will be collected by GEDCO Cares Food Pantry and moviegoers can indulge in a good deed and a great film. Visit The Senator’s website, TheSenatorTheatre.com, for showtimes and ticket prices.

Kwanzaa Turns the Big 5-0

This year, you can celebrate Kwanzaa and celebrate celebrating Kwanzaa! That’s because, in 2017, the holiday turns 50. Baltimore’s Reginald Lewis Museum will host an event on Friday, December 30, to commemorate the anniversary. Admission is $5. Workshops, storytelling and Dr. Jeffrey Menzise’s (of Morgan State University) keynote address will explore the Kwanzaa principle of Nia (purpose). Participants can learn how to make traditional crafts and enjoy the evocative arts of African dancing and drumming.

All Hanukkah, All Day

Get ready for Hanukkah with a day of family-friendly Hanukkah events on Sunday, December 10. The Jewish Museum of Maryland will host A Very Sephardic Hanukkah from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where storytellers will entertain children with tales and traditions of Sephardic Hanukkah. Later, head over to the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts in Owings Mills to take in “Hanna and the Moonlit Dress,” an interactive children’s musical based on the Israeli book, Hanna’s Sabbath Dress by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi’el. Co-presented by the Macks Center for Jewish Education, PJ Library and Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, the program will invite children to take part in holiday songs and crafts. The program is $15 in advance.

Shake Your Hips

You’ve earned it. Take the night off planning and wrapping and stressing and attend one of Baltimore’s most iconic holiday events. The Night of 100 Elvises will take place this year from 4 p.m. until the wee hours Saturday, December 2, at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. General admission is $55. Twelve bands and 12 Elvis tribute acts will fill three ballrooms with live music. There will also be an Elvis movie theater, vintage holiday market and, of course, fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches to keep guests dancing all night long.