The season 'tis fast arriving

Holiday entertainment in the Tri-State area

Holiday entertainment in the Tri-State area

November 16, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

Santa and his helpers have been spotted in the Tri-State area and will continue to make their rounds, preparing for Christmas Eve delivery.

Here's a list of several upcoming holiday events - in order by day - in the Tri-State area, some of which are expecting Santa or one of his helpers.

Washington County

Christmas Thyme at Sycamore Heights sells handmade crafts made in the Tri-State area, including candles, primitive wood and porch decor. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday, Nov. 19. 20703 Jefferson Blvd. Call 301-665-2882.

Old-Fashioned Cowboy Christmas Dinner & Show at Antietam Recreation includes dinner, cowboy activities and drama featuring world champion roper Andy Rotz. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Most Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 30 and select Thursdays. See for schedule and prices. 9745 Garis Shop Road, south of Hagerstown. Call 301-797-3733.


Kris Kringle Craft and Gift Show at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Antietam Creek's grand ballroom, Dual Highway, Hagerstown. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 19. Free admission.

Tree Lighting in Hagerstown's Public Square with North Hagerstown High School band, Girls Inc. choir, Santa's elves Jingles and Jangles painting faces, refreshments and the arrival of Santa. 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.

HollyFest with City Ballet School/Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company performance, Encorps Majorettes, Smithsburg High School's jazz band and orchestra, the Dean of Magic, Miss Washington County Carrie Shank, Dancin' Time, Washington County Playhouse singers and Nickelodeon's Eliza Thornberry. Free with tickets available at The Maryland Theatre, which is the site of the 7 p.m. Nov. 20 show.

Santa will arrive at the Long Meadow Shopping Center at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, and will be there until 8 p.m. Free pony rides and rides on the Forty & Eight train, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Magic shows with Dean Burkett at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Frosty, Rudolph and a face-painting elf. Broadfording Christian Academy cheerleaders to sing carols from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Santa's hours for the rest of November and December will be posted at the shopping center.

Trains of Christmas is a large holiday O-gauge model train layout at Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum. 1 to 5 p.m. Starting Friday, Nov. 24, and on most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 25. Closed Dec. 24. $4, adults; 50 cents, ages 4 to 12; and free for ages 3 and younger. 300 S. Burhans Blvd. Call 301-739-4665.

Lighting of a Christmas tree at Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High St., 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25. Features Santa and free candy canes and coloring books for children. Hancock Middle-Senior High School band will play.

Learn about German Christmas customs and traditions at Hager House on Tuesday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 31. For hours, dates and prices, call 301-739-8393 or go to

'Tis the Season at the William M. Brish Planetarium at 7 p.m. Tuesdays from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19, and Jan. 9. Admission is $3, adults; $2, children and students; and free for senior citizens with WCPS gold card. The planetarium is at the Washington County Board of Education Central Offices, Commonwealth Avenue. Call 301-766-2898.

Downtown Holiday Open House, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 2; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1; Hagerstown. Businesses offer specials. Refreshments. Music entertainment: KoKo Blue, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday; traveling troubadour Pete Lancaster, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday; and Girls Inc. choir, 10 a.m. Saturday. Lunch with Santa begins with 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. hayrides Saturday and include a visit and photo with Santa; reservations required, call 301-739-8577, ext. 183. Lunch costs $10, adults; $6, children.

Festival of Trees at Robinwood Medical Center with decorated trees, holiday gift shop, live entertainment and activities for the whole family. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, and Friday, Dec. 1; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. The Magic of Children festival's proceeds benefit establishment of new pediatric asthma program at Washington County Hospital. Call 301-790-8033 or 301-790-8631, or go to

Hagerstown Community College Show Choir's Christmas Show, "The Best Time of the Year," with holiday favorites, old and new. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, Kepler Theater. Free.

Lighting of City Park Christmas tree and decorations, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Followed by receptions at Hager House with caroling by Girl Scout Troop 256, a winter petting zoo, Santa and refreshments. Rhinelanders German Band will perform, elves will paint faces and refreshments will be served at Mansion House Art Gallery. Music by Pete Lancaster, refreshments and scavenger hunt for kids at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Free.

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