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Holiday season has arrived

A preview of related upcoming events

A preview of related upcoming events

November 08, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

And you thought Santa was busy Christmas Eve. Well, the time leading up that night is no breeze for the portly saint.

Santa will be almost everywhere this holiday season and that's before his delivery route begins.

Often he arrives via firetruck, but Santa is expected to arrive via horse and buggy at the Martinsburg, W.Va., tree-lighting ceremony and on a float at Long Meadow Shopping Center.

An organizer for Yuletide in Waynesboro, Pa., wouldn't reveal how Santa would arrive, saying it's a secret.

And Santa could arrive in style at Christmas in the Square in Sharpsburg. Assistant Mayor Jeff Saylor said Santa usually drives up in a Cadillac.

Here's a list of several upcoming holiday events - in order by date - in the Tri-State area.




Washington County

· Trains of Christmas is a large, holiday-themed, O-gauge, model train layout at Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum. 1 to 5 p.m. Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Sunday, Jan. 27, and open Wednesday, Dec. 26. $4, adults; 50 cents, ages 4 to 12; and free for ages 3 and younger. 300 S. Burhans Blvd, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-4665.

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· Santa arrives at the Valley Mall via a mini train, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Halfway.

· "A Christmas Carol" at the Washington County Playhouse and Dinner Theatre, 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Opens Friday, Nov. 16, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 29. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. show. Sunday matinees on Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23 with 1 p.m. meal, 2:30 p.m. show. Tickets cost $30 per person with discounts for seniors, students and children. Call 301-739-7469.

· Antietam Recreation's Old-Fashioned Cowboy Christmas with dinner, cowboy activities and drama featuring champion roper Andy Rotz. 6 to 9:15 p.m. Most Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 10 to Jan. 5. See www.antietamrecreation.com for schedule and prices. 9745 Garis Shop Road, south of Hagerstown. Call 301-797-3733.

· Kris Kringle Holiday Craft and Gift Show with more than 100 vendors at Clarion Hotel and Conference Center Antietam Creek, Dual Highway, Hagerstown. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18. Free admission.

· Greens Show, a fundraiser sponsored by Crossroads Garden Club at Women's Club auditorium, 31 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. $10. Holiday floral design program by Denny Warrenfeltz of Roostervane Gardens. Refreshments, harp music and door prizes. Silent auction of filled gift baskets. Call 301-739-0870.

· Tree lighting in Hagerstown's Public Square with ensemble from North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown high school bands, Santa's elves Jingles and Jangles painting faces, refreshments and arrival of Santa. 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

· Hollyfest with Tri-State Twirlers Extreme Majorettes, Smithsburg High School Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, Northern Middle School Orchestra, Dancin' Time Studios and Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company performances. Miss Washington County will read "The Night Before Christmas." Magician. Free (no tickets needed). 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown.

· Santa will arrive via float at the Long Meadow Shopping Center at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 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. 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.

· Lighting of a Christmas tree at Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High St., 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Santa will arrive via firetruck. Free candy canes and coloring books for children. Hancock Middle-Senior High School Band will perform. A Christmas story will be read. Christmas carol singalong. Refreshments. Free.

· Learn about German Christmas customs and traditions at Hager House in Hagerstown's City Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays (except Christmas Day) through Saturdays and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays, from Nov. 27 to Dec. 30. Cost is $3, adults; $2, seniors; $1, ages 6 to 12; and free for ages 5 and younger. Call 301-739-8393.

· A Christmas Story at the William M. Brish Planetarium at 7 p.m. Tuesdays from Nov. 27 to Dec. 18. 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, Hagerstown. Call 301-766-2898.

· Festival of Trees at Robinwood Medical Center east of Hagerstown with decorated trees and wreaths. Thursday, Nov. 29, to Sunday, Dec. 2. Admission is $5; $3, ages 3 to 12. Preview party, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, $45. Holiday Scentsations luncheon with hands-on decorating activities, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. Luncheon costs $35; reservations required. For hours and more information go to www.festivaloftreesinhagerstown.org.

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