The holiday season is upon us — lights are appearing on our homes and trees, wreaths are on the lampposts and inflated Santas and snowmen stand in our front yards.
Santa will once again ride through our neighborhoods on the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company fire engine this holiday season.
On Sunday, Dec. 11, he kicks off his tour with a ride through the Dulaney Village at 2 p.m., followed by Orchard Hills at 3 p.m.
Areas served by the Lutherville Community Association will be Santa's destination on Saturday, Dec. 17, and in the evening on Thursday, Dec. 22, he'll visit York Manor.
Be sure to say "hi" when he comes to your neighborhood.
If your community has a holiday decorating contest, don't forget to have your outdoor decorations up in time for judging!
The Dulaney Valley Improvement Association contest will take place the weekend of Dec. 17 and 18. There will be prizes awarded for daytime/doorway displays and night time displays.
Orchard Hills' house decoration judging will be conducted the week of Dec. 12.
The Lutherville Community Association's judging will be done Thursday, Dec. 15. The association has planned several holiday activities, including a party, luminaria display and caroling on Sunday, Dec. 18. Residents may check the newsletter for specific times and places.
The Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company is again offering trees and other greenery for sale this holiday season. Residents may stop by the station on Bellona Avenue and choose from evergreen trees, wreaths and garlands. The sale will continue weekdays, from 4 to 9 p.m., and weekends, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until they are sold out.
Trinity Assembly of God Church, 2122 W. Joppa Road, Lutherville, will host several showings of its Christmas production, "The Splendor of Christmas," at the church, and its choir will also be performing at Towson Town Center this week.
The "Splendor" show features more than 300 people, including a full orchestra, 100-voice choir, live musical stage show and holiday decor with a train garden and live animals.
The production will be presented at Trinity on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m.; on Friday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.
Tickets are $13 to $18. For details, call 410-821-6188, ext. 130, or go to trinitychristmas.com.
In addition, the Trinity Choir will perform at Towson Center on Friday, Dec. 9 — at Nordstrom's at 7 p.m. and at Macy's at 8:30 p.m.
The Yuletide performance of the Baltimore Music Club will be held Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m. at the Peabody Conservatory facility in Towson, at 949 Dulaney Valley Road. Cantor Kim Komrad will deliver the Hanukkah portion of the program. Sopranos Pat Minger and Dawn-Tally Hudgins , will sing some holiday carols and the concert will end with a sing-a-long. The concert is free.
Congratulations to winners of the Orchard Hills Halloween costume contest:
Taking honors in the newborn to 12-month-old category was Zavier Araujo.
For ages 1 and 2, the winners were Cooper Chenowith and Avery Chenowith. For ages 3 and 4, winners were Maya Parker Rollins, Haylie Gardner and Malsie McElwain.
Charlotte Hemingway, Connor McElwin and Hannah Ketner were judged the best in ages 5 and 6.
For ages 7 and 8, winners were Georgia Szoke, Sam Berk and Will Parker Rollins, and for ages 9 and 10, Emma Burke, Aaron Ziegler and Kyle Langenfelder came out on top.
For ages 11 and 12, Maggie Burke and Hannah Montgomery were the winners; and for those 13 and older, Julie Dehoff and Dottie Lyons were judged as the best.