Christmas in Thurmont — Free Event
Christmas in Thurmont is a family-fun free event that will be held December 7, 2019, beginning at 8:45 a.m. at the Guardian Hose Firehall in Thurmont with the Gateway Brass Ensemble. At 9:00 a.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive and will be available for photos, compliments of R.S. Kinnaird Memorials. Adults can “Get Your Map” to be stamped at local businesses for prize drawings. Enjoy horse and carriage rides, a Christmas model train display, crafts, and much more! Please note that the Christmas train display open on December 7 and every weekend through December 22. View the advertisement on page 8 for more information and horse and carriage ride reservation instructions.
Thurmont Family Barbershop’s Open House
Relax with wine and hot towel pampering at Thurmont Family Barbershop’s Open House on December 7, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., during Christmas in Thurmont. All hair cuts will be just $8.00 (regularly $12.00 and $15.00)! View the advertisement on page 7 for more information.
Emmitsburg Holiday House & Business Decorating Contest
Ready, Set, Decorate! Have the exterior of your home or business decorated by December 7 to be entered in the 2019 Emmitsburg Holiday House & Business Decorating Contest! Cash prizes will be awarded to the winner in each of the following categories: Most Creative, Most Traditional, and Best Business. View the advertisement on page 22 for more information.
Holiday Train Display
Come out and see the not-to-be-missed Holiday Train Display at 12 East Main Street in Thurmont, opening December 7 through December 22. View the advertisement on page 19 for times.
Quarter Auction for Sue
Mark your calendars for the Quarter Auction for Sue on December 15, 2019, at the Thurmont American Legion (upstairs), located at 8 Park Lane in Thurmont. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Event also features a cash bar, raffles, 50/50, and more! View the advertisement on page 21 for more details.
Elias Lutheran Church’s Yard Sale
Elias Lutheran Church in Emmitsburg is holding its Yard Sale and Soup, Sandwich & Bake Sale on December 5-7, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss this great three-day event! View the advertisement on page 7 for more information.
RRFVC Holiday House Tours
On December 14, 2019, from 2:00-6:00 p.m., the Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company (RRFVC) is holding Holiday House Tours, touring seven beautiful homes! Also visit their Gift and Craft Fair during tours. View the advertisement on page 22 for more information.
Fort Ritchie’s Yard Sale & Holiday Craft Bazaar
Fort Ritchie Community Center in Cascade is holding its Holiday Craft Bazaar on Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Bazaar features raffles and cash prizes, free photos with Santa, and over 60 vendors! View the advertisement on page 6 for more information.
Vigilant Hose Company’s New Year’s Eve Bingo
Save the date for the Vigilant Hose Company’s New Year’s Eve Bingo on Tuesday, December 31, 2019! Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with games beginning at 8:00 p.m. Dinner platter is included with ticket price. View the advertisement on page 24 for more details and ticket information.
Totem Pole Playhouse’s Production of A Christmas Carol Presents 4 Performances at Maryland Theatre
Totem Pole Playhouse’s national award-winning production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is coming to the Maryland Theatre (27 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown) for the first time this December 6-8 for four performances only. Totem Pole’s production of the holiday classic was recognized for the second year in a row as a “Best of the Best” Award Winner by the American Bus Association (A.B.A.), which named the critically-acclaimed stage adaptation as one of the top 10 entertainment events in the United States.
View the advertisement on page 17 for more details and for ticket information, 301-790-2000, or go online at www.ticketmaster.com.
ThorpeWood in December
ThorpeWood in Thurmont is holding its 20th Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Bring the whole family out for a wonderful, fun evening, and it’s a free event! Another great event coming up at ThorpeWood is the Wine Bottle Painting on Saturday, December 22, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Bring out your artistic side as you enjoy appetizers, hot chocolate, and a cozy fireplace! View the advertisement on page 20 for more information.
Rocky Ridge Money Bingo
Don’t miss all the fun at the next Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company’s Money Bingo on January 4, 2020, featuring new prizes and big jackpots at 57 numbers or less, plus great food by Ladies Auxiliary! Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with games starting at 7:00 p.m. View the advertisement on page 21 for more details.
Emmitsburg Lions Club Children’s Christmas Program
Bring the kids out to the Emmitsburg Lions Club Children’s Christmas Program on December 14, 2019, at the Vigilant Hose Company’s Activities Building on Creamery Road, starting at 10:00 a.m. This free event features arts and crafts, light refreshments, a magic show, and a special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! View the advertisement on page 25 for more information.
Daddy Daughter Dance
Take your little princess on a special night she’ll never forget to Frederick County Parks & Recreation’s Daddy Daughter Dance, being held Friday, January 31, 2020, and February 1, 2020, at the Null Building at the Frederick Fairgrounds. You’ll also enjoy a souvenir portrait, door prizes, music, and more! Space is limited, so register today! View the advertisement on page 25 for more details and for ticket information.
Christmas Season Church Services
Several area churches have invited you to participate in their Christmas Season services and festivities. Schedule your own “Tour of Services” by viewing what’s offered by these churches: Apples Church (page 55), Elias Evangelical Church (page 9), Eyler’s Valley Chapel (page 50), Graceham Moravian Church (pages 45), Harriet Chapel (page 25), St. John’s Lutheran Church in Creagerstown (page 18), and Weller United Methodist Church (page 21).
Don’t miss our regular advertisers who advertise church services all year long: Apples Church, Good News Baptist Church (page 42), Graceham Moravian Church (page 9), Harriet Chapel, and Pioneer Baptist Church (page 53).
St. John’s Christmas Bazaar
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Creagerstown will host an Indoor Yard Sale with food and baked goods on December 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the parish hall located at 8619 Blacks Mill Road in Creagerstown. View the ad on page 28.
Emmitsburg’s 31st Annual An Evening of Christmas Spirit
Come celebrate the true meaning of Christmas spirit at Emmitsburg’s 31st Annual An Evening of Christmas Spirit on Monday, December 2, 2019, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., beginning with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Emmitsburg Community Center with Santa Claus. Join local choirs in caroling and go back to the Carriage House Inn for complimentary hot dogs, cookies, live Nativity, entertainment, and hayrides! Please bring canned goods for the Emmitsburg Lions Club Christmas Food Drive. View the advertisement on page 20 for more details.
Christmas Performance of The Little Drummer Dude
Bring the whole family out for a special Christmas performance of The Little Drummer Dude, a percussively fun Christmas musical, on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., at the Thurmont Elementary School. Musical sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Thurmont. View the advertisement on page 23 for more information.
Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company’s Santa’s Workshop
Mark your calendars for Santa’s Workshop on Monday, December 16, 2019, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., at the Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company’s Activities Building. Visit Santa, enjoy light refreshments, participate in the “Elf Yourself” Contest, and much more! View the advertisement on page 7 for more information.
Seton Shrine’s Upcoming December Events
The Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg welcomes you to visit and attend its many events in December. On December 1, the free Emmitsburg Community Chorus Concert will be held in the Basilica at 4:00 p.m. Take a Candlelight Living History Tour, December 2-5 and December 9-15, and step back to the 1800s. Free movies will be shown on December 7, 14, 21, and 28 in the Visitor Center. View the advertisement on page 9 for more details and for more not-to-be-missed events.