Merry and Bright!
Parade, Hoopla set for Dec. 1
You better watch out, you better not cry.
Better not pout ... well, you know the rest.
Santa Claus is coming to town! On Saturday, Dec. 1, Santa and Mrs. Claus, accompanied by elves and reindeer, will visit Dundalk as the highlight of the annual Dundalk Christmas Parade.
Sponsored by the Dundalk Eastfield Recreation Council, the parade will kick off at 4 p.m. and follow its traditional route up Dunmanway and down Shipping Place through the Dundalk Village Shopping Center before turning at Shipway and, finally, concluding at Heritage Park on Trading Place.
Chaired by Alan Holcomb, the parade was the brainchild of late community activist Bruce Mills, who died in 2008.
Now more than two decades old, the parade has grown each year.
As usual, the procession will be led by local fire departments, including the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company and the North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department. The Baltimore County Fire Department will also participate.
The parade will also include a color guard from Dundalk American Legion Post 38 (the parade “will always have a color guard,” Holcomb told the Eagle last year), as well as participants
from various Dundalk-Eastfield Rec Council programs.
Returning favorites will include local groups, such as the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Angels Supporting Your Troops.
There will be plenty to delight the parade’s youngest attendees, including costumed characters and a kiddie train donated by Shaw and Sons owner Roy Shaw.
Last, but by no means least, will be the big man himself, Santa Claus, accompanied by Mrs. Claus and the full complement of reindeer, riding their sleigh on the back of a 40-foot flatbed truck.
As the parade concludes at Heritage Park, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be led by their reindeer to the gazebo (fully decked out for the holiday), where Santa will visit with each child who wishes to see him. There will be no photographer on site, though parents are invited to bring their own camera.
But it’s not just the parade and Santa in the Park — the DundalkPatapsco Neck Historical Society and Dundalk Renaissance Corporation are getting into the act as well.
The day’s festivities will kick off at noon on Dec. 1 with the opening of the Holiday Train Garden at the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society, 4 Center Place across from the Dundalk Post Office. The display, free and open daily through December, will be open until 8 p.m.
From noon to 4 p.m., the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation will host the Holiday Hoopla Street Fair on Center Place. The festivities will include local vendors, a moon bounce, picture station, hot cocoa, letters to Santa, music, crafts and much more.
According to community engagement coordinator Christopher Pineda, the aim is to bring out local residents and give back to the community.
“Its a good time for people to explore Main Street and to encourage families to buy from the local businesses,” Pineda told the Eagle last year.
From 3 to 4 p.m., the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation will host their popular annual Holiday Cookie Tour. Businesses and vendors in the shopping center will hand out free cookies baked by residents from across the area.
For more on the Dundalk-Eastfield Rec Council’s Christmas Parade/Santa in the Park, call 410-8877155.
For more on the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society Christmas Train Garden, call 410-2842331 or visit www.dundalkhistory.org.
For more on the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation’s Holiday Hoopla, call 410-282-0261 or visit www. dundalkusa.org.
Santa Claus was the guest of honor at the Dundalk Christmas Parade last year.
A panel of judges has the enviable task of tasting each entry during the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation’s Holiday Hoopla Cookie Tour.
The Holiday Hoopla will include a Christmas Parade traveling through the Dundalk Village Shopping Center.
The Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society will unveil its latest train garden display at the Holiday Hoopla beginning at noon.