'...have yourself a merry little Christmas'

Everywhere you go there's tinsel, twinkling lights and Christmas carols. Yes, the holidays are in full swing.

Take a break from decorating the tree and baking sugar cookies to attend one of these festive events around Harford and Cecil counties that are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.

The Reckord Armory, 37 N. Main St., will hold its free Hometown Bel Air Christmas event 2 p.m. Saturday, when the Maryland Conservatory of Music will put on a magical performance of holiday songs. Go to musicismagic.com for more information.

Two-time Grammy winner Rita Coolidge, accompanied by the Edgewood High School Concert Choir, will entertain with Christmas classics, such as "Silent Night" and "Little Drummer Boy," 7 p.m. Saturday at the Amoss Center at Harford Community College. Tickets range from $17 to $35 and can be purchased by calling 443-412-2211. The college also encourages patrons to bring donations of new and unwrapped children's presents for the Empty Stocking Fund.

The Historical Society of Harford County will hold its annual greens sale and open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at its location at 143 N. Main St. in Bel Air. There will also be Christmas gift items for sale.

Local musician and artist, Diane Quick, will be performing Christmas carols on the mandolin at the Harford Artist Gallery Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. The gallery is at 503 Churchville Road, in the little cottage at Rockfield Manor. For more information, call 410-420-9499.

The Lock House Museum will sponsor the annual candlelight tour and Christmas boutique Saturday and Sunday. Do your holiday shopping at the Lock House, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. All items are handmade by the Lock House Ladies. The 39th annual candlelight tour of Havre de Grace's historic homes and buildings will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and are available online at thelockhousemuseum.org, or can be purchased at the museum, Havre de Grace Visitor Center, the Decoy Museum, Maritime Museum, Java by the Bay, Par Excellence Day Spa, Preston's Stationery in Bel Air, Johnson's Family Pharmacy in Aberdeen and APG Travel and Recreation Office.

Perryville's Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, will also have Christmas carolers, activities for kids and refreshments. It all takes place across from Rodgers Tavern on Broad Street.

And a week before Christmas, the Abingdon Fire Company will host its annual Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at its firehouse at 3306 Abingdon Road. For more information, email mjcrocket@comcast.net or call 410-688-1844.

For its fifth year, local tuba and euphonium players of all ages are invited to perform four-part Christmas carols for Merry Tubachristmas. The event will take place 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Reckord Armory in Bel Air at 37 N. Main St. While there is no admission, participants need to register by contacting Randy Harrison at 410-391-7832 or hbcrandy@hotmail.com. Registration is $5 per performer.

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