Cambridge tree lighting opens holidays
CAMBRIDGE — The city of Cambridge and Dorchester County opened the holiday season with the sixth annual Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Sunday, Nov. 25, in Spring Valley at the Dorchester County Circuit Courthouse.
Heavy rain postponed the ceremony from Saturday to Sunday, and visitors were greeted to a mild and clear 50-degree early evening Sunday. Despite the date change, visitors filled the front of the courthouse to see this year’s tree and meet Santa Claus.
The Cambridge Christmas Tree committee included Billie Sue Norton, Amy Craig, Sarah Hurley, Gage Thomas, Paul hurley, Michael Wheatley, Dave Cannon, Bill Craig, Patti Tieder, J. B. Tieder and Scott Daniels.
Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley thanked the committee for having the vision to bring the community together with the annual event.
“When this began so many years ago, it was just a glimmer in their eye of what this could be,” she said. “Now look at us. Cambridge as yet again turned out to celebrate the holiday. This is an awesome crowd.”
Sen. Addie Eckardt, R37-Mid-Shore, and Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot; also attended the ceremony with other elected officials from the city and county.
“It is good to see everyone out here today,” Eckardt said. “It is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for right here in beautiful downtown Cambridge.
Dorchester County Council President Ricky Travers asked everyone to continue to help the less fortunate during the holidays.
“Christmas is a great season,” he said. “We need to
remember the reason for the season. The true reason for the season is Jesus.
“We need to remember those less fortunate during this time,” he said. “It is not always a joyful time for those who are in need. So keep an eye out, if you see anybody like that, because we have different programs that can help take care of them.”
Before the tree lighting, Santa Claus surprised the young children by coming out from the courthouse. He then helped lead the countdown with Jackson-Stanley to light the tree. After the tree was lit, children got to sit on Santa’s lap.
Sunday’s ceremony only begins a hosts of holiday activities throughout Dorchester County in December.
Cambridge Rescue Fire Company’s 84th annual Christmas Train Garden runs from Saturday, Dec. 1, to Tuesday, Dec. 31, for the holiday season at 311 Gay Street. The train garden has been completely designed. It is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The train garden is free and donations are welcomed.
Cambridge and Hurlock will both have Christmas parades this year, on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, respectively.
The 70th Cambridge Dorchester Christmas Parade will begin at 5 p.m., starting from Long Wharf. The route will trail down High Street, ending at Washington Street. More information is available at https://www.christmasparade.org.
The Hurlock Christmas Parade will begin at 5 p.m., starting at the intersection of Route 331 and Thompson Street. The route will travel up Main Street. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/hurlock.gov.
The town of Cambridge also will host an Old Fashioned Christmas Second Saturday event, beginning Dec. 8 from noon until 8 p.m. Carriage rides from Simmons Center Market will be available from 5 to 8 p.m., along with a visit by Santa and carolers at the same time, between 5 and 8 p.m.
A Second Saturday promotional prize will be drawn for participating contestants at 8 p.m. Live music also will be preformed by Ginger Cats at the Black Water Bakery.
More than 1,500 glowing luminarias will line the streets of Vienna, the 300-year-old town on the Nanticoke River, from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Ride the free tram, visit with Santa, enjoy entertainment at the churches, and find treats and the button factory at the Vienna Heritage Museum.
Several homes will be open to patrons with house tour tickets, which can be purchased at the Vienna Heritage Museum at 303 Race Street, which will serve as headquarters for the event. The cost for the home tour is $5 per person; children under 6 free. All other activities are free of charge. The event is sponsored by the Vienna Heritage Foundation and the Chicone Ruritans.
Search for more holiday activities in Dorchester County at www.visitdorchester.com.
Wyatt Roberts, left, and Valorie Roberts meet Santa Claus at the Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Sunday, Nov. 25.
The Community Mass Choir performs at the Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Sunday, Nov. 25.
Children welcome Santa Claus to the Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Sunday, Nov. 25.
Makayla Peel, left, and Jackson Bond meet Santa Claus at the Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Sunday, Nov. 25.