Home for the Holidays at
Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel

The holiday season is upon us, with its flurry of celebrations and shopping. Make your holiday shopping a pleasurable experience, not just another item on your to-do list. We invite you to check in at Merriweather Lakehouse in Columbia, Maryland, within easy access to the area’s many upscale shops. After a busy day, return to our warm and welcoming lakefront accommodations and put your feet up while enjoying Marriott Bonvoy Autograph Collection hospitality.

Find something for everyone on your list at the many stores in the Columbia, Maryland, area. Here are some of our favorites.


The Mall in Columbia

A local go-to holiday shopping destination, the Mall in Columbia is less than a half-mile from Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel. Wake up in your Autograph Collection accommodations, linger over breakfast, then zip over to the mall for high-end shopping, including Pandora, lululemon, Arhaus, Athleta and Anthropologie.


Old Town Ellicott City

Also within easy reach of your Merriweather Lakehouse room or suite, Old Ellicott City not only offers a bevy of shopping choices – think Blush Republic, Park Ridge Trading Company and Retropolitan – in a historic setting, but it also hosts a special Christmas shopping night. OEC’s 44th Annual Midnight Madness includes sidewalk sales, festive cocktails, food offerings and special promotions – all starting with a tree lighting ceremony at B&O Museum Plaza.


Savage Mill

For one-of-a-kind gifts, we suggest nearby Savage Mill, a historic setting with boutique shops and delicious restaurants. The Mill celebrates the holiday season with several jovial events throughout late November and December, from an after-hours, wine-tasting shopping evening to live music performances.


Arundel Mills

Also convenient to Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel’s lakeside setting on Lake Kittamaqundi, Arundel Mills satisfies outlet shopping, dining and entertainment needs with savings up to 70% off. There’s a holiday vibe here, too, including magicians, Jingle the Elf, balloon artists and more.

Holiday Happenings

Everywhere you turn in the Columbia, Maryland, area, there are holiday events to enjoy. To get inspired, visit Howard County’s calendar of events for an overview.

One of our personal favorites, the Merriweather Symphony of Lights decks out the Merriweather Pavilion with more than 300,000 bulbs, creating both animated and stationary holiday illuminations. This beloved family-friendly event—which you can take in by car or on foot—has been delighting locals and visitors for more than a quarter-century. One of the walking events allows pets, so bring your favorite furry friend along.


Join Us for the Holiday Season on Lake Kittamaqundi

As the holiday season lights up, treat yourself to a relaxed stay at Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel, close to the Columbia, MD area’s best shopping and dining destinations. Bring your loved ones and spread out in our Penthouse or Presidential suite. Wine and dine in our hotel restaurant, lāk, or in our lobby bar and café.

Our comfortable accommodations and on-site amenities, coupled with our lakefront setting, are welcoming anytime of year, yet there’s something extra special about the holiday season. We hope to see you soon.