Holidays are almost here

Tri-State area is host to bevy of seasonal events

Tri-State area is host to bevy of seasonal events

November 09, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE
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o Lighting of City Park Christmas tree and decorations, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Followed by receptions with refreshments, music and activities at Hager House and Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and Mansion House Art Gallery. Petting zoo at Hager House. Free open house tours at Hager House.

o Hager House will be decorated in traditional German fashion for Christmas. Tour the museum and learn about German Christmas customs, traditions and superstitions. Tuesday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 28. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Christmas Day. Hager House, City Park. Go to or call 301-739-8393. $3; $2 for senior citizens; $1 for ages 6 to 12; and free for ages 5 and younger.

o Williamsport's Christmas Parade, Friday, Dec. 5, starts at 5 p.m. Santa leads the parade down Sunset Avenue, Conococheague Street and Potomac Street to Byron Memorial Park. Following the parade will be the lighting of the park's Christmas lights. Lights stay on until early January.


o Boonsboro's Olde Tyme Christmas is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Shafer Memorial Park. Lighting of town tree, luminaria, small parade ending at park includes Santa. Call Town Hall at 301-432-5141.

o Maryland State Boychoir Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Bridge of Life Church, 14 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Local choirs will join in celebration. $10; $5 for ages 3 to 12. Go to or call 301-790-8631.

o Breakfast with Santa at Garfield's in Valley Mall, Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:45 or 9:15 a.m. Tickets go on sale at guest services on Sunday, Nov. 16. $4 for ages 10 and younger; $6 for ages 11 and older.

o Antietam National Battlefield's memorial illumination honors the battle's casualties by placing more than 23,000 luminarias on the battlefield. Drive through the park 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 6. Rain date is Dec. 13. Free. Call 301-432-5124 or go to

o Bailey Institute's 36th Tree Trimming Party, 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Dec. 6, at 12608 Sedgwick Way, Hagerstown. Evening attire. Benefits Parent-Child Center. Wassailing, caroling, tasting of South African wines, holiday and gift items for sale, violin and guitar concert and gourmet dinner. $75 per person. RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 301-733-9003.

o Holiday Open House at Washington County Rural Heritage Museum and Village, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike. Features Santa in an authentic sleigh. Refreshments. Homemade artisan bread tasting 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free; donations welcome. Call 240-313-2839.

o Smithsburg Home Town Christmas tree lighting at Veterans Park, 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Santa greets children after lighting. Refreshments.

o Tree of Lights, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, Washington County Hospital's main lobby. Reception follows. Fundraiser benefits Total Rehab Care's Pediatric Rehabilitation Services at the hospital. Buy a light in honor of or in memory of a loved one or friend for the hospital's Tree of Lights. Giving opportunities range from $10 for one light to $500. Donations accepted through Dec. 31. Call 301-790-8143.

o The Miller House will be decorated for the holidays by local garden clubs with the theme "A Christmas Wonderland." 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays from Wednesday, Dec. 10, through Wednesday, Dec. 31; closed Christmas and Dec. 26. $5, adults; $3, seniors and students; free for ages 16 and younger. 135 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Call 301-797-8782.

o Christmas in the Square, Sharpsburg. Sharpsburg Elementary School students will decorate the town Christmas tree at Town Square with homemade ornaments and decorations from 8:30 a.m. to early afternoon, Friday, Dec. 12. Santa will be present.

o Olde Tyme Christmas in Funkstown will be Friday, Dec. 12. Christmas Parade, 7 p.m. from Monument of the Soldier west on Baltimore Street to the fire hall. Activities at Town Hall from 6 to 9 p.m., including E. Russell Hicks Middle School band members performing around town. Craft show at fire hall, 6 to 9 p.m. Dinner of hot roast beef and french fries starts at 5 p.m. at fire hall, $7. Hayrides from Town Hall, start times range from 6 to 8:30 p.m., cost $3; $2, ages 11 and younger. For more information, call 301-739-4212 or go to

o Candlelight walk at Rose Hill Cemetery with luminaria, tree lighting and refreshments. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. 600 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Call 301-739-3630.

o Children's Holiday Reception at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. There will be a puppet show and Santa Claus is expected. Registration is $2 a person and you must register in advance. Call 301-739-5727.

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