Santa Claus arrives at Valley Mall at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The day's activities include a face painter, a balloonist, carolers and a band. Kids can visit Santa through Christmas Eve. Santa's hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Digital photos will be taken with prices posted. Dogs and cats can get their photos taken with Santa on Monday, Dec. 5, and Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Kris Kringle Holiday Craft and Gift Show in the ballroom at the Grand Venice Hotel, 431 Dual Highway, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. Admission is a nonperishable food donation to go in Christmas baskets for local children.
Tree lighting at Public Square in Hagerstown at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21. Performances by local school bands and singing groups; Santa and his elves will arrive.
Holly Fest at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St. Free. Local children singing, dancing, playing holiday tunes and performing skits.
Trains of Christmas will open Friday, Nov. 25, from 1 to 5 p.m., at Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. The new 4-level snow scene layout of an O-gauge railroad will include Lionel, MTH, Williams and K-Line trains, both steam and diesel, and passenger and freight trains. Open 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Feb. 26, and on Monday, Dec. 26, and Thursday, Dec. 29. Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission is $4 for adults, 50 cents for ages 3 to 12, and free for ages 2 and younger. Call 301-739-4665.
Santa Claus will arrive in a parade with firetrucks at Long Meadow Shopping Center at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, and stay throughout the day. Train rides from 10 a.m. to noon on the American Legion 40&8 locomotive and two magic shows with Dean Burkett between 10 a.m. and noon. Santa will meet children beginning Saturday, Nov. 26. Santa's hours for the rest of November and December will be posted at the shopping center.
Hancock Christmas tree lighting, 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26, at Hancock Town Hall and Community Center. Santa will be there, candy canes and coloring books will be given to children, Hancock Panther Band and Tri-State Civic Band will provide holiday music. Refreshments. Free. Sponsored by Interfaith Service Coalition, Town of Hancock and Hancock Chamber of Commerce.
German Christmas at Hager House in Hagerstown's City Park from Tuesday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, Dec. 31. Learn about Christmas customs and traditions originating centuries ago in Germany. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cost is $4, adults; $3, seniors; $2, ages 6 to 12; and free for ages 5 and younger.
Christmas from Dublin starring The Three Irish Tenors at The Maryland Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Features Ciaran Nagle, Anthony Norton and Brian Dunphy. 21 S. Potomac St. Tickets $30 to $40. Order tickets at www.mdtheatre.org or call 301-790-2000 weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Festival of Trees 2005 at Robinwood Medical Center from Wednesday, Nov. 30, to Sunday, Dec. 4. Variety of festive events. Proceeds will go to fund a special care level II nursery at Washington County Hospital. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Dec. 2; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Costs $5, adults; $3, ages 5 to 12; and free for ages 4 and younger. 11110 Medical Campus Road.
Downtown Holiday Open House in downtown Hagerstown 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Specials at downtown businesses, music, refreshments and more.
City Park lighting at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, along Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown. Luminaria and holiday decorations. Music, food and activities afterward at Hager House and Mansion House. Free.