Christmas in Emmitsburg

There are multiple events taking place in Emmitsburg on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The day is sponsored by the Emmitsburg Council of Churches.

Christ’s Community Church, located at 303 West Lincoln Avenue in Emmitsburg, hosts their 3rd Annual Christmas Bazaar, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. There will be nineteen vendors and a silent auction, as well as baked goods and food for sale. There will be a free scavenger hunt, free cookie decorating for the kids, and a free picture with good ol’ St Nicholas. For more information, contact Heather at 717-321-5522 or Pastor John at 301-447-4224.

Elias Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 100 West North Avenue in Emmitsburg, will hold their Annual Christmas Bazaar and Beef, Turkey, & Ham Supper (with apple fritters), starting at noon. The cost is $11.00 for adults; $4.00 for children (ages 6-12); $12.00 for carryout. The supper also includes stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, applesauce and cake. The annual bazaar includes crafts, home baked products, yard sale items.

The Lions Club of Emmitsburg hosts its annual Christmas Party for the children of Emmitsburg, hosted at the Vigilant Hose Company fire hall, located at 25 West Main Street in Emmitsburg. Free for children of all ages, featuring crafts, magic show, food, and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Contact Lions Club for a time at

Breakfast with Santa and Christmas Bazaar will be held at Mother Seton School, located at 100 Creamery Road in Emmitsburg, from 8:00 a.m.-noon. Enjoy a pancake breakfast then shop their craft and specialty gifts vendors at the bazaar. With photos for Santa, door prizes, raffles, and a kids’ bazaar, there’s something for everyone. Free admission to the bazaar. Breakfast tickets are available for $7.00 (ages 7-adult); $5.00 (ages 3-6); Free (ages 2 and under). Visit for more information.

Spend an evening with the Mount St. Mary’s University Chorale at The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, located at 339 South Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. They will perform Haydn’s Mass in Times of War.  Find comfort from the worries of today in a beautifully hopeful artistic performance.

Don’t miss the Christmas Craft Fair at the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Saint Joseph Catholic Church (corner of North Seton Avenue and DePaul Street) in Emmitsburg, from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. There will be over thirty vendors. Baked goods and food for sale. (Event also on Friday, December 5, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) Contact Jane Gjerde at 717-642-1247 or Gwen Topper at 301-447-2713 for information.

Free parking is available at Christ’s Community Church, Seton Shrine, Mother Seton School, Elias Lutheran Church, and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas Celebration

Come join in the fun-filled festivities at the annual Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas Celebration. This year’s event, sponsored by the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., at the Blue Ridge Summit Plaza, located at the intersection of Monterey Lane and Sabillasville Road. There is something for everyone at this year’s activities and it’s all free!

There will be songs of the season by Rich Fehle and others, fire truck rides, horse-drawn sleigh rides, s’mores on the plaza, refreshments, craft making for the kids, and the historic Blue Ridge Summit Free Library will open its doors for the annual Holiday Open House.

At 6:30 p.m., the tree lighting ceremony will take place. This year the tree lighting will honor the memory of Jerry Scruggs and Dorothy Abplanalp.

At 7:00 p.m. the program continues at the Monterey Pass Battlefield museum and interpretive center, with a special candle light program and tours by Civil War and Monterey Pass Battlefield Historian, John Miller.

Any questions regarding the event, please call library board members, Duke and Lynn Martin at 717-642-5645.

Santa Comes to the Fire Museum

The Chief of the North Pole Fire Department, ol’ Santa Claus himself, will be at the Frederick County Fire & Rescue Museum in Emmitsburg on Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 1:30-4:00 p.m. The museum will be participating in Frederick County Museums by Candlelight that day, and will also be collecting for Toys for Tots for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Representatives of the Reserve will be on hand to receive new, unwrapped toys to pass on to deserving children.

The museum is located at 300B South Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg, in front of the Community Center. Stop in on December 13 for a  visit with Santa Claus and a free tour of the museum.

Free Children’s Christmas Party

The Emmitsburg Lions Club will host its annual Children’s Christmas Party on December 6, 2014, at the Vigilant Hose Company, located at 25 East Main Street in Emmitsburg, starting at 10:00 a.m. The event is free and will feature children’s crafts, face painting, Khan-Du the magician, and hot dogs and hot chocolate. It is also anticipated that Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance.


An Evening of Christmas Spirit

Come out for the 26th Annual An Evening of Christmas Spirit on Monday, December 1, 2014, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The event will begin with the Emmitsburg Tree Lighting Ceremony on the square in Emmitsburg. Join local choirs in caroling and Mayor Briggs in the lighting of the town Christmas tree. At 6:30 p.m. Santa will arrive at The Carriage House Inn. All are invited for complimentary hot dogs, cookies, live Nativity, entertainment, and hayrides. Local choirs and vocalists will be featured in Joann’s Ballroom from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Canned goods and donations will be accepted for the Emmitsburg Lions Club Christmas Food Drive.

Event sponsored by The Carriage House Inn, the Town of Emmitsburg, and the EBPA.

Christmas in Thurmont

Christmas in Thurmont will be held on December 6, 2014, and will begin with a ribbon cutting at 9:00 a.m. at Mechanicstown Square Park in the center of Thurmont. Santa will be available for free photos, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and, again, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Thurmont Lions Remembrance Tree will lit at 4:00 p.m., with caroling. Gather at 5:00 p.m. at Hobbs Hardware for prize drawing. Be sure to get a map and visit the listed businesses so you can enter the prize drawings. Children need only register to be eligible for prizes.

Thurmont American Legion Post 168

8 Park Lane, Thurmont

HO-HO-HO, Santa Claus is coming to town. As a matter of fact, he will be stopping here, at The American Legion in Thurmont, for Breakfast on December 20. Santa will only be here from 8:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning for breakfast. The cost for having Breakfast with Santa is free for kids ages 12 and under; $5.00 for those over age 12. Santa will be sharing juice, scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, coffee, and tea.

This month, we will be having entertainment downstairs on December 5 with DJ Jake; on December 12, Big Al will be doing the Honors; and on December 19, for our Ham & Turkey Night, Ralph Gann will be here. On New Year’s Eve, we will be having DJ James; bring a dish to share and bring in the New Year here.

Next month, the band Poverty Ridge will be here on January 10, 2015, from 8:00 p.m.-midnight. There is a Fender Electric Guitar donated by Poverty Ridge to our Scholarship Fund, being raffled off; winner to be announced the night of the dance. Raffle tickets available at the Legion or from Members of the Auxiliary, The Sons of the Legion.

There will be Bingo on Thursday evenings, and on Wednesday evenings they will be doing Corn Hole upstairs. Don’t forget our Ace of Hearts on Wednesday. Kitchen is open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Legion will be closed on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day.

VFW Post 6658

12 W. Main Street, Emmitsburg

DJ Southpaw will be at the VFW Post 6658 on Saturday, December 6, from 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. DJ/Karaoke with Brian’s Songs will be held on Saturday, December 13, from 8:00 p.m.-midnight; Ugly Sweater Party! Come in your best ugly sweater for a chance at a prize. Judging will be done at 11:00 p.m.

DJ/Karaoke with Mountain Music will be on Saturday, December 20, from 8:00 p.m.-midnight. Turkey/Ham Give Away, sponsored by the Men’s Auxiliary, is on Saturday, December 20, from 6:00-10:00 p.m.

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