Christmas Around Caroline
Denton, Ridgely, Mar ydel, Greensboro and Federalsburg to host Christmas parades
DENTON — The month of December features many holiday activities in Caroline County with its “Christmas Around Caroline” celebration, including holiday parades in Denton, Ridgely, Marydel, Greensboro and Federalsburg.
DENTON — The month of December features many holiday activities in Caroline County with its “Christmas Around Caroline” celebration.
On Thursdays through Sundays until Jan. 7, the Fiber Arts Center on 7 N. Fourth Street, in Denton will host a holiday bazaar with hand-crafted fiber art items. Admission is free with the center open from noon until 4 p.m. For more information, call 410-4791009 or visit www.carolinearts.org.
Downtown Denton will hold weekends of shopping for crafts, pastries, jewelry, holiday gifts and more during its Holiday Marketplace at 300 Market Street. The event continues 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2, Dec. 3, Dec. 9, Dec. 10 and Dec. 15.
The annual Denton Holiday Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, with the parade route from the HAPS Building to 5th Avenue and down Market Street to the Caroline County Circuit Courthouse. Join Caroline County Recreation and Parks for the Lighting of the Green after the parade as they light memorial trees, sing carols and announce parade winners.
For more information, call 410479-2050 or visit www.denton mar yland.com/events.
Due to the annual Christmas parade, the next Denton Town Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5.
The Caroline Hospice Festival of Trees will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Chesapeake Culinary Center, 512 Franklin St. in Denton. Admission is free.
The Festival of Trees mixer will be Thursday and kicks off the Festival of Trees with appetizers, wine and bid on the beautifully displayed trees. Bidding ends at 4 p.m. Saturday. Online bidding is available online at carolinehospice.com. For more information, call 410-479-3500.
The Preston Historical Society will host its third annual Christmas Open House, “A Very Vintage Christmas,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at its museum at 167 Main Street, Preston. Guests will see the building decorated for the holiday while enjoying homemade cookies and refreshments.
They also will have a chance to win door prizes and participate in a 50/50 raffle, and goody bags will be handed out to children.
The society will be selling Christmas cookies as well as its second annual Christmas ornament, featuring the old Preston School which stood from 1918 to 1971, the cost is $16.94. A limited number of 2015 ornament, featuring the Noble House, also are for sale.
Tickets are on sale for the Ridgely Holiday House Tour that will be held Saturday, Dec. 3.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at eventbrite.com under the Ridgely Holiday House Tour listing, or at the Ridgely Town Hall, 2 Central Avenue. All proceeds will benefit the Ridgely 150th Anniversary celebration in 2017.
The tour will be held at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a narrated bus ride through Ridgely with stops to tour eight houses, Ridgely United Methodist Church and the Ridgely Town Hall all decorated for the holiday season. Space is limited. This tour is not handicap accessible.
The Ridgely Lions Club will host its annual parade at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The parade will go down Central Avenue, concluding at the town hall. Santa Claus will visit and guests will be offered light refreshments. For more information, call 410-634-2177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 16th annual “Christmas in Caroline” event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Caroline County 4-H Park, located on Detour Road, off state Route 16 west, south of Denton.
The 4-H Park will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland. The main activities building will feature antiques, crafts, collectibles and gift merchandise vendors. Products available will include antique items, hand-crafted wooden items and furniture, home décor, jewelry and Christmas treats to be used during holiday parties.
Also in the main building, a silent auction will be set up each day. A “Children’s Make-It Take-It Workshop” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, as well. This crafting event will be open to children ages 5 to 18. A fee of $1 will be charged per each craft made.
The seventh annual Marydel Christmas Parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, on Main Street. The Mar ydel Volunteer Fire Company hosts the annual parade and invites the community back to the firehouse after the parade for snacks and to meet Santa.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will return to Caroline in Greensboro at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, for the town’s annual Christmas parade and Lighting of the City. The parade route will go down Sunset Avenue and end at the Old Carnival Grounds. Enjoy listening to holiday music and eating homemade cookies with hot chocolate. Special appearances will be made by Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Admission is free and a picture with Santa is free. For more information, call 410-482-6222 or email email@example.com.
Santa’s Magic Workshop will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Dec. 16 and 17 at Martinak State Park in Denton. Admission is one canned good per person for contribution to the St. Martin’s Barn Food Pantry.
The event features free hayrides, holiday Christmas tree crafts, Santa visits, a model train display and free refreshments. Santa’s Magic Workshop is a partnership with Caroline County Recreation and Parks between Martinak State Park. The enchanted illuminated campground will be open each day from 6 to 9 p.m. until Dec. 31.
Federalsburg will host its annual Christmas parade at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. The parade will go down Main Street and feature Santa Claus who will visit with residents at the Federalsburg Historical Society.
The Federalsburg Historical Society will sponsor Christmas in the Museum from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. This open house will feature decorated Christmas trees and refreshments of hot cider and cookies. Santa Claus will be stopping by after the Federalsburg Christmas Parade to greet children. Christmas wreaths will be made and sold.
The Ridgely “Live Nativity” Pageant will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in the lot next to Ridgely Town Hall on Central Avenue. The free event will feature costumed actors, animals and live music depicting the Christmas Stor y.
The Lions Clubs in Ridgely and Denton will host the third annual Santa Chase Sunday, Dec. 18, at Martinak State Park in Denton. Registration opens at 3:30 p.m and the race starts at 4:45 p.m.. Preregistration is $15 per runner by Dec. 5, or $50 for a group of four.
The run will be in the dark with candle luminaries marking the trail. The charity run also includes holiday costume prizes and holiday glow bands. For more information, call 410-479-8120 or visit carolinerecreation.org.
A youngster from Ridgely’s To the Pointe Dance Studio performs at the 2015 Denton Holiday Parade.