Lights, Camera, Christmas!

Deale Tree Lighting Ceremony -- Music, food and a visit from Santa during this tree lighting ceremony sponsored by the Deale Merchants Association. Entertainment starts, 2:30 p.m.; ceremony, 6 p.m. Saturday, Sentimental Fools, 5960 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale. Free. 410-867-6707.

Severna Park Tree Lighting -- Tree lighting sponsored by the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce. Includes live entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus. 5-6 p.m. tomorrow, 1 Holly Avenue, Severna Park. Free. 410-647-3900.

Tree Decorating in Shady Side -- Music, readings, snacks and a visit with Santa. Children will get the chance to make tree ornaments. 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E.W. Shady Side Rd., Shady Side. Free. 410-867-2866.

Tree of Lights Ceremony in Pasadena -- Tree lighting ceremony includes music and meditation. All proceeds benefit the Hospice of the Chesapeake. 5 p.m. Sunday, Our Lady of the Chesapeake Church, 8325 Ventnor Rd., Pasadena. $25 contribution requested. 410-987-2003.

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade -- More than 70 bedazzled boats will float along Annapolis Harbor for the annual lights parade. 6 p.m. Dec. 14, Annapolis Harbor. Free. 410-263-0415.

Lights on the Bay -- Two-mile drive through Sandy Point State Park, includes more than 60 stationary and animated lights displays. Benefits the Anne Arundel Medical Center. 5-10 p.m. daily, through Jan. 5, Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Pkwy., Annapolis. $12 per car; $50 for bus. 443-481-3161.

Parades

Centreville Christmas Parade -- Antique cars, bands, floats, fire engines and clowns will march through downtown Centreville. 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, starting at Queen Anne's County High School on Ruthsburg Road and ending at the first block of Chesterfield Avenue. Free. 410-758-1180.

Dance

"The Nutcracker" -- Ballet Theatre of Maryland performs this holiday classic with live music from the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. 8 p.m. tomorrow, 3 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Dec. 14, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $31-$41; students, $26-$36. 410-263-8289.

Theater "A Christmas Carol" -- Musical version of the Charles Dickens tale. Play and lyrics by Rick Wade and music by Dick Gessner. 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, 7 and 9 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 15, Colonial Players, 108 East St., Annapolis. $6. 410-268-7373.

"It's a Wonderful Life" -- The Pasadena Theatre Company presents this drama about George Bailey and the community of Bedford Falls. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 15, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $15; members, $12; children 12 and under, $10. 410-969-1801, or www.PasadenaTheatreCompany.com

"A Christmas Carol" -- Musical version of Dickens' classic tale. Includes a buffet 30 minutes before the show. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, 1 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays, through Jan. 26, Chesapeake Music Hall, 339 Busch's Frontage Rd., Annapolis. $30.50-$33.50. 410-626-7515.

"A Christmas Carol" -- Musical version of the Charles Dickens tale. Performed by the Musical Artists Theatre. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, tomorrow through Dec. 22, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $15; members, $12. 410-636-6597, or www.chesapeakearts.org

"Holiday Magic 2002" -- Holiday musical with a cast of more than 60 children from the Talent Machine Company. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 13-22, Key Auditorium, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. $10; children 5 and under, $6. 410-956-0512.

"The Christmas Pocket" -- It's kids to the rescue when an evil king tries to take the presents out of Christmas during this children's musical. 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Church Hill Theatre, 103 Walnut St., Church Hill. $8; children 13 and under, $5. 410-758-1331.

"Slay Ride" -- This Christmas mystery, set in the North Pole, tests the honor of elves when one of them winds up dead just before Santa announces the winner of the Elfmate of the Year award. Find out who did it during this interactive murder mystery. Performed by Do or Die Productions. Lite fare and cash bar before show. 8 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21, 3 p.m. Dec. 22, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $20; members, $16. 410-636-6597.

Concerts State House by Candlelight -- Two days of holiday music by candlelight from local choral groups at State House, State Circle, Annapolis. Free. 410-974-3400. Tomorrow: 7 p.m., Chesapeake Youth Orchestra; 7:30 p.m., Arundlaires; 8 p.m., Broadneck High School Chorus; 8:30 p.m., Lark Song. Saturday: 7 p.m., Angus Violins; 7:30 p.m., All Children Chorus Group of Annapolis; 8 p.m., Annapolis Christian School; 8:30 p.m., Guys Who Love God.

Gospel Concert -- Karen Somerville, Lester Barrett and the gospel group Tapestry sing gospel music for the holiday. 8 p.m. tomorrow, Church Hill Theatre, 103 Walnut St., Church Hill. $12. 410-758-1331.

"Messiah" Festival -- The University of Maryland's Philharmonic Orchestra along with graduate students from the Peabody Conservatory's opera department will perform the complete works of Handel's "Messiah." 8 p.m. Saturday, Eastport United Methodist Church, 926 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-5490.

"Celtic Christmas at Christ Church" -- Gaelic and Scottish Christmas songs from Annapolis musician Maggie Sansone, accompanied by Bridget Highet, Laura Byrne, Andy Thurston and Connie McKenna. 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Christ Episcopal Church, 220 Owensville Rd., West River. $10-$12; children, $5-$6. 410-867-0346.

Mozart by Candlelight -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arias performed by the Annapolis Opera during their annual holiday concerts. 4:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Radisson Hotel, 210 Holiday Ct., Annapolis. $35; members, $32. 410-267-8135. 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Prince Theatre, 210 High St., Chestertown. $25. 410-810-2060.

Holiday Jazz Concert -- Anne Arundel Community College's jazz ensemble performs traditional jazz pieces along with holiday tunes during their "A Winter and Christmas Swing Fest" performance. 7 p.m. Sunday, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $5; seniors, $4; children 12 and under, $3. 410-777-2307.

"Holiday by the Bay" -- An evening of seasonal favorites performed by the U.S. Naval Academy Band. 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13, Mahan Hall, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. Free. 410-293-1262.

Holiday Luncheon -- Holiday songs from Maureen O'Shaugnessy, director of development and membership services of the Arts Club of Washington. O'Shaugnessy has performed and taught music, theater music and jazz for more than 20 years. Sponsored by the Caritas Society of St. John's College. 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13, Randall Hall, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. $22. Reservations should be made by Dec. 9. 410-544-2405.

Anne Arundel Community College -- The Community College concert band combines music and story in its rendition of " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas." 8 p.m. Dec. 13, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-7260.

"A Celebration of Christmas" -- The Annapolis Chorale and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra perform holiday favorites, along with special guest Carl Kassell of National Public Radio. 8 p.m. Dec. 13, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $30. 410-263-1906.

A Festival of Carols -- The Woods Adult Choir will sing traditional and contemporary carols with hand bell, organ and orchestra accompaniment. 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, Woods Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park. Free. 410-647-2550.

Ensemble Galilei -- The 13th annual Winter Solstice/Christmas Celebration by Ensemble Galilei with guest Neal Conan. 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, and 3 p.m. Dec. 14, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. $20; students, seniors, $16. 410-849-2494.

Strolling Carolers -- The Children's Chorus of Annapolis sings traditional and contemporary carols at Annapolis Harbour Center. 1-3 p.m. Dec. 14, Annapolis Harbor Center, Solomons Island Rd., Annapolis. Free. 410-266-5857.

Choir and Orchestra Concert -- Peter Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" Suite, Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria in D" and David Willcock's "Carols for Choir," performed by the Anne Arundel Community College choir and orchestra. 8 p.m. Dec. 14, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $5; seniors, $4; children 12 and under, $3. 410-777-7230.

United States Naval Academy -- The United States Naval Academy Glee Club, the Hood College Choir and members of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform Handel's "Messiah." 8 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 p.m. Dec. 15, USNA Chapel, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis. Free. 410-293-8497.

Concert -- Guest conductor Robert Moody directs the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in "Die Fledermaus," "Babes in Toyland," and "Gift of the Magi." Pre-concert carols and holiday music performed by the Bayfield Brass. 8 p.m. Dec. 20, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $25-$35; students 8-25, $10. 410-263-0907.

"The Messiah" -- The Annapolis Chorale performs this Annapolis tradition and holiday concert, along with traditional carols. 8 p.m. Dec. 21, and 3 p.m. Dec. 22, St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Church Circle. $25; students, $13. 410-263-1906.

Crafts and Arts Shows

ARTSMART -- Sale of holiday ornaments, paintings, sculpture and woodwork from local artists. 4-8 p.m. today and tomorrow, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Monday, 4-8 p.m. Tuesday. Main Stage Gallery, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $3. 410-636-6597.

"Deck the Halls!" -- Community art show and sale includes jewelry, paintings, pottery and other holiday treats. 5-7 p.m. tomorrow, reception, exhibit runs through Dec. 19, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-5544.

Holiday Ornaments -- Exhibit and sale of handmade holiday ornaments from local, national and international artists. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 24, ARTFX, 45 West St., Annapolis. Free. 410-990-4540.

London Town Holiday Art and Craft Show -- Homemade cookies, breads and fudge, candy, crafts, fine arts, along with a visit from Santa and door prizes. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, London Town Community Hall, 170 Mayo Rd., Edgewater. Free. 410-956-4808.

"Heck With the Malls!" -- Crafts, fine art, jewelry and pottery will be on display during this craft show and arts display. All works for sale. Refreshments served. The event will be held in two places this year, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Queen Anne's County Arts Council at 206 S. Commerce St. in Centreville, and also at St. Paul's Church at 301 S. Liberty St. in Centreville. Free. 410-758-2520.

Holiday Craft Bazaar -- More than 100 crafters and artisans. Event includes a visit from Santa, door prizes and refreshments. Sponsored by the Broadneck High School Athletic Booster Club. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Broadneck High School, 1265 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis. Free. 410-268-7858.

Gathering of the Greens -- Fresh-cut Christmas trees, poinsettias, fresh greens, wreaths and garlands from members of the Providence Center, an organization that provides employment, vocational, recreational, medical day care and transportation services to developmentally disabled adults. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Providence Center, 370 Shore Acres Rd., Arnold. Free. 410-315-8303.

Train Show -- A visit from Santa along with displays of electric and antique trains. Refreshments served. 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 14 and 15, Queen Anne's Museum of Eastern Shore Life, 126 Dulin Park Rd., Centreville. Free. 410-758-1419.

Book Signings "Sandra Claus" -- The story of Santa and Mrs. Claus's daughter, "Sandra," is told through this book by Annapolis author Doug Hollmann who originally spun this tale for his own daughters. He will sign the book from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers, 36 Market Space, Annapolis. Free. 410-263-8770.

For Children Breakfast With Santa -- Children can have breakfast with Santa at Rocky Run Restaurant, followed by a movie. 9 a.m. Saturday, Marley Station Mall, Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. $5. 410-760-8900.

"Charlotte's Holiday Adventure" -- Charlotte visits her grandmother during the holidays to learn about the value of giving and helping others. Musical includes familiar children's songs. Lunch, noon; show, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Chesapeake Music Hall, 339 Busch's Frontage Rd., Annapolis. $10, includes lunch. 410-626-7515.

"Christmas for Kids" -- The Annapolis Youth Chorus and the Annapolis Chorale perform excerpts from "Amahl and the Night Visitors," during this family concert. Includes an audience sing-a-long. 1 p.m. Dec. 14., St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Church Circle. $10; students, $8. 410-263-1906.

"Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown" -- Lucy and Charlie Brown try to find the true meaning of Christmas and produce a holiday play with friends. 2 p.m. Dec. 14, Mitscher Hall, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. Free. 410-293-1262.

Miscellaneous

Holiday Open House -- Holiday music, handmade crafts, fine art and a visit from Santa. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, including a 3-7 p.m. visit from Santa, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Kent Island Federation of Art, 405 Main St., Kent Island. Free. 410-643-7424.

Holiday Tea and Greens -- English-style tea and a complimentary tour of the historic William Brown House decorated for the holidays. Centerpieces of holiday greens will be available for purchase. Tours at 1 and 3 p.m., and tea at 2 p.m., Sunday. Glass Pavilion, London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Rd., Edgewater. Reservations required. $17.50; members, senior citizens, $15.00. 410-222-1919.

Holiday Stroll -- Take a leisurely stroll through historic Annapolis to view the holiday greenery and learn about the city's history, with guides dressed in Colonial-style attire. Reservations required. 7-8 p.m. Dec. 13-21. 410-263-5401.

-- Compiled by Eileen Rivers