'Tis the season when all attention turns toward Christmas – Santa Claus, trees, baking.
Dozens of activities are scheduled throughout Harford County, and some of the biggest are back this year.
The Town of Bel Air started things off with its parade Sunday. That first Sunday in December event will be followed by this weekend's festivities in Aberdeen, Havre de Grace and northern Harford County. In two weeks, the town of Perryville will usher in Christmas, lighting its own tree.
Aberdeen all day
Aberdeen's 36th annual Christmas Street celebration is all day Saturday, Dec. 7.
The day starts with Breakfast with Santa at Grace United Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. The Aberdeen Fire Department will host a day-long craft fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at its Parke Street station. The Aberdeen Room and Museum will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and there will be street entertainment in front of Grace United Methodist at 2 p.m.
The Christmas parade begins at 3 p.m., featuring all the local high school bands, floats, Scouts and antique cars, among others. Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus will arrive on their sleigh. A tree-lighting and visiting Santa in Festival Park will follow the parade.
Bel Air starts off
The Town of Bel Air will kick off the Christmas season on Sunday, Dec. 1 with its annual parade that begins at the corner of Main Street and Churchville Road at 3:30 p.m.
Immediately following the parade will be seasonal music, a bonfire, caroling, hot chocolate and cookies at Shamrock Park, where children can confer with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The town's Christmas tree and menorah will also be lighted.
Northern Harford celebration
Historic Delta Borough and the local Mason-Dixon Line area will again host residents and visitors to a community-wide open house at the 35th annual Delta Christmas Fair Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6 to 8.
The weekend features businesses, restaurants, organizations and individuals in the borough, in Peach Bottom Township, Cardiff and Whiteford participating with varying offerings of exhibits, special rates and sales, refreshments and door prizes.
Girl Scouts will start the weekend with caroling Friday, Dec. 7 from either end of Delta, which will progress to the tree site in the center of town at 520 Main Street.
Santa Claus will arrive at the tree location to greet children, Kennard-Dale High School musicians will perform, people will sing holiday songs and carols, and dignitaries will be present as the Delta Christmas tree is illuminated at 8 p.m.
Saturday will feature a flea market as well as the "Spirit of Christmas," a display of area nativity scenes.
Sunday, Dec. 8 is the Delta-Cardiff-Whiteford House Tour of seven area homes and an historic Coulsontown Welsh cottage from 1 to 5 p.m.
Edgewood lights up
The Edgewood Lions Christmas tree, 2104 Trimble Road, will be lighted at 6:30 p.m. and a gift will be given to all children. Refreshments, coffee and snacks will be provided and the local fire department with its equipment, several dignitaries, The Balloon Man and Santa's Helpers will all attend.
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Perryville will be Dec. 14 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the lot adjacent to Rodgers Tavern. There will be caroling, Santa Claus, crafts for sale and light refreshments.