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- Where: Symphony Woods, 5950 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia
- When: Friday, Jan. 4 – Sunday, Jan. 6, 6 – 10 p.m.
- Description: Howard County General Hospital presents its annual Symphony of Lights to benefit the hospital. Cars, vans and buses can take a 20-30 minute drive-through more than 70 larger-than-life, light creations illuminated by a fantasy of color, design and animation.
- Cost: $20
First Friday NatureSphere Nights
- Where: Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Ln, Columbia
- When: Friday, Jan. 4, 6:30 p.m.
- Description: Robinson Nature Center’s NatureSphere is a digital planetarium and dome-style movie theater.
- Cost: $6
All You Can Eat Breakfast
- Where: Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 6275 Old Washington Rd, Elkridge
- When: Sunday, Jan. 6, 7:30 a.m.
- Description: Menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, baked apples, toast, chipped beef, sauage gravy, fruit salad, cold cereal, coffee, hot tea, milk and juices.
- Cost: $8
Infant and Toddlers ~ Play Partners
- Where: Howard County Library Elkridge Branch, 6540 Washington Blvd,Elkridge
- When: Saturday, Jan., 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
- Description: Activities, stories, music and more for infants to age 23 months. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Cost: Free
US 1 Flea Market
- Where: US 1 Flea Market, 7540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge
- When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 8 a.m.
- Description: Indoor-Outdoor flea market includes everything from clothing to fowl.
- Cost: Free
League of Women Voters Legislative Luncheon
- Where: Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Ln, Ellicott City
- When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 11:30 a.m.
- Description: The League of Women Voters of Howard County will host its annual luncheon with the County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly.
- Cost: $15
Greyhound Pets of America-Maryland Meet and Greet
- Where: PETCO, 10060 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City
- When: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2:30 p.m.
- Description: Participants are invited to meet and greet greyhounds and learn all about the breed.
- Cost: Free
- Where: B&O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station, 2711 Maryland Ave, Ellicott City
- When: Friday, Nov. 23 – Sunday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Description: B&O Railroad museum's annual holiday celebration of toy trains and model railroading. New this year is a custom built 360 degree LEGO model train layout created by The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club.
- Cost: $16 (50% off admission for new, unwrapped toys for donation to Toys for Tots)