Gifts and glüwein

Pennsylvania. Hand-painted glass ornaments, nutcrackers, and other gifts at this traditional German heritage market. Try sauerkraut chowder, glüwein and German beer, potato pancakes, schnitzel, strudel, and other food specialties. Bavarian dancing and zither music. Christkindl Market, Mifflinburg, Dec. 10-12. www.oldchristkindl.com

Candy-coated creations

Connecticut. More than 100 dazzlingly decorated gingerbread houses, trains, and villages created by home and professional bakers are on display at the Wood Memorial Library and Museum. Holiday store with treats and gifts, music, and family activities, too. Gingerbread Festival, South Windsor, through Dec. 12. Closed Tues. and Wed. www.woodmemoriallibrary.org/gingerbreadsnapshere/

Video art

New Jersey. Exhibit looks at the last 30 years of video games and explores their influence as a medium of artistic expression and communication. From arcade games to indie apps, the display at the College of New Jersey features the designs and technology of significant entrants. A Palette of Pixels: The Evolving Art of Video Games, Ewing, through Dec. 13. www.tcnjartgallery.tcnj.edu/

Kwanzaa fun

New Jersey. African arts and crafts, music, and dance are on display at this annual celebration, held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. This year's country of honor is Cameroon. Kwanzaa Children's Festival and Marketplace, Newark, Dec. 19. www.njpac.org/events/detail/kwanzaa-festival

Welcome home

Delaware. Experience the holidays in early-1900s grand style at Nemours Mansion, once the home of Alfred I. and Jessie duPont. Rooms filled with seasonal features, including hand-painted ornaments on festooned trees. Holiday Tours, Wilmington, through Jan. 3. www.nemoursmansion.org

Classy clay

Maryland. Works by invited established and emerging ceramics artists, available for gift-buying, at Baltimore Clayworks. Wide range of pieces, from tableware to jewelry. Winterfest 2015, Baltimore, through Jan. 2. www.baltimoreclayworks.org/exhibition/index.html

Jolly holly

Delaware. Held in the town fire hall, this event has crafts, handmade holly wreaths, family fun, and a visit from you-know-who. Also a holiday house tour afterward, to see historic homes dressed for the holidays. Holly Festival, Milton, Dec. 12. www.historicmilton.com/events/event/287-Holly%20Festival.html

Rail recollections

Pennsylvania. Costumed engineers, conductors, ticket agents, and passengers bring old-time holiday spirit to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Seasonal music and decorations amid a collection of trains spanning 100 years of rail travel. Home for the Holidays, Strasburg, Dec. 5 and 12. www.rrmuseumpa.org/visitors/seasonal/holiday/index.shtml

Mini marvels

New York. See dollhouses of all styles, from Victorian to modern, as well as model boats, trucks, cars, and antique toys in this special show at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. Dollhouse & Miniatures Exhibit, Hammondsport, through Feb. 14. www.glennhcurtissmuseum.org/

Seasonal stroll

Maryland. Tour historic houses and buildings by candlelight in this Chesapeake Bay town, once an important canal terminal. Also a daytime holiday boutique in the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, which benefits from the tour. Homes of the Harbor Candlelight Tour, Havre de Grace, Dec. 12. www.thelockhousemuseum.org/index.html