Kwanzaa celebrations at the Lewis museum will include special guest Dr. Maulana Karenga, the founder of the pan-African/African-American holiday. Dec. 28. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. 12-4 p.m. Free-$8. 443-263-1800. rflewismuseum.org.
All aboard for the Holiday Festival of Trains & Toys at B&O Railroad Museum through Dec. 31. The whole family can enjoy an extensive display of toy and model trains, carousel rides, and photo ops with Santa and Frosty the Snowman on weekends. 901 W. Pratt St. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free-$16. 410-752-2490. borail.org.
The family-friendly Mama Doni Band will play electric and acoustic music tinged with reggae, rock, disco, Latin, and traditional Jewish klezmer music at its Chanukah Fever concert. Dec. 1. Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. 3 p.m. $10-12. 410-356-7469. jcc.org.
The whole city crams into Mt. Vernon for the annual lighting of the Washington Monument. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and include performances by Baltimore School for the Arts Tap Dancing Santas and Souful Symphony, plus fireworks and a laser-choreographed musical finale. Dec. 5. Free. 877-BALTIMORE. bop.org.
Make your days merry and bright with a fully staged performance of the classic movie musical White Christmas. Dec. 3-8. France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome. Tues.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 and 8 p.m., Sun. 1 and 6:30 p.m. $25-95. 410-547-SEAT. france-merrickpac.com.
Head to Germano’s in Little Italy for Christmas, Bawlmer-style. “Crabs for Christmas” singer David DeBoy will host an evening of irreverent Baltimore-style holiday fun for the whole family, hon. Dec. 15. Cabaret at Germano’s, 300 S. High St. 7 p.m. $10. 410-752-4515. germanospiattini.com.
Hallowed alternative rock station WHFS is hosting its 2013 HFSMAS Nutcracker, four days of concerts featuring acts ranging from hipsters Panic! At the Disco to pop-punkers Jimmy Eat World. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Maryland Food Bank. Dec. 9, 12, 16, and 19. Rams Head Live, 20 Market Pl. 410-244-1131. $20-86. ramsheadlive.com.
Revelers are encouraged to “rock those ugly Christmas sweaters, Hanukkah vests, or Festivus shirts to help celebrate the most wonderful time of the year” at the Jingle Fells Holiday Pub Crawl. Participants will enjoy discounts and specials at more than 10 Fells Point bars and are encouraged to bring a new toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Dec. 14. 1-9 p.m. 301-652-7712. lindypromo.com.
Saucy and suggestive, Trixie & Monkey’s 9th Annual Holiday Specatac-u-thon incorporates dance, acrobatics, and burlesque striptease into an unconventional holiday revue. Dec. 19-21. Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Thurs. 8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 7 and 10 p.m. $20-25. 410-276-1651. creativealliance.org.
You can always count on Baltimore’s patron saint of filth, John Waters, to keep things lively. His one-man show A John Waters Christmas puts “the X in Xmas,” and covers topics such as his religious fanaticism for Santa Claus. Dec. 19-20. Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Pl. Thurs. 7 p.m., Fri. 8 p.m. $44-49.50. 410-244-0057. baltimoresoundstage.com.
SAY WHAT? John Waters also curated an album of obscure Christmas songs in 2004. Song titles include “Fatty Daddy” and “Santa! Don’t Pass Me By.”