Aberdeen: Ramping up for the annual Christmas Street festivities

It's time to think about Christmas Street in Aberdeen if you haven't already done so. The big day is Dec. 1.

"What Christmas Means to Me" is the theme for 2012 for entries in the parade and window decorating contests. What an opportunity to use your memories and anticipations of the wonderful holiday season!

Information packets have been sent out with entry cards to be mailed if you are interested in decorating a window or participating in the parade with a float, band, walking group, vehicle or carriages. If there are questions about entries, please call members of the committee: Caroline, 410-272-5242, Betty, 410-272-4981; or Ruth; 410-272-7354. For information about the window decorating contest, call Eve Jacobs, 410-939-9082, or Caroline Curry, 410-272-5242.

So, what are the scheduled events?

Starting out early on Saturday, Dec. 1, is Breakfast with Santa from 7 to 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church on West Bel Air Avenue. Don't miss this delicious breakfast! Plan to bring the family. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

The Christmas Craft Fair is always a great place to get gifts for the holidays. It all starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. at the Aberdeen Fire Hall on North Rogers Street. Lunch is available! Contact Judy Hinch, 410-272-7585, for craft table reservations and information.

The Aberdeen Room Museum is having its 25th anniversary celebration open house in conjunction with this Christmas Street Day from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, selecting prizes for a gingerbread house, a quilt, "Dining on the B&O" and "Sketches of Village to Town to City, recalling Aberdeen" tours, and time to exchange memories and stories. The open house is free and open to all, and tickets for prizes will still be available until the drawing at 1 p.m. For more information please call 410-273-6325.

From 1 to 2 p.m. there will be a nativity scene display at Grace United Methodist Church on West Bel Air Avenue.

The Bel Air Avenue Street Fair and Entertainment will begin at 2 p.m. in front of Grace United Methodist Church. Please call Jean Royster, 410-272-6238, for information and to obtain a permit.

At 3 p.m. the big parade will begin and Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus will arrive on their sleigh. It is requested that they should be the only Santas in the parade.

Immediately following the parade, there will be tree lighting at Festival Park and a chance to visit with Santa.

This is a wonderful day for the entire family to have fun together. Remember that from 1 to 5 p.m. there will be no parking and no traffic on West Bel Air Avenue from Law Street to Route 40, which is the parade route.

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