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Aberdeen's annual Christmas Street celebration is Dec. 1

For the 36th consecutive year, the Aberdeen Christmas Street celebration will welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to town with a day of family activities and an exciting parade, set for Saturday, Dec. 1.

The "What Christmas Means to Me" parade in Aberdeen is the largest and longest-lived in Harford County, according to organizers. Children of all ages are invited to come and greet our visitors from the North Pole.

Christmas Street events are scheduled as follows:

• Breakfast with Santa at Grace Methodist Church, at 100 W. Bel Air Ave., 7 to 11 a.m. Sponsored by the church, tickets may be purchased at the door (call 410-272-0909 for prices). Bring your camera for photos with Santa.

• Christmas Craft Fair at the Aberdeen Fire House on North Rogers Street, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a large variety of crafts, gifts and decorations for your holiday shopping. Lunch is served by the fire department personnel.

• Aberdeen Room Museum and Archives will host an open house with punch and cookies from 10:30 AM to 2 PM. The museum is located at 19 Howard St. All are welcome.

• Street Entertainment begins at 2 p.m. on the front steps of Grace United Methodist Church. First, Aberdeen High School's A Capella Choir's Christmas carols will fill the air, and at 2:30 p.m., the Jammin' Country Dancers will bounce to your favorite Christmas pop tunes.

• The much-anticipated Christmas Street Parade begins promptly at 3 p.m. on downtown West Bel Air Avenue. Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive on their sleigh, together with all the local high school bands, floats and lots of other surprises. Follow Santa to Festival Park where he will hear the children's Christmas wishes!

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