Holiday events to keep you busy this Christmas weekend

Holiday events to keep you busy this Christmas weekend
Ocean Orchestra will perform at the Carroll Arts Center Saturday, Dec. 23

For those who need to get out of the house and away from the visiting family this holiday weekend, Carroll is hosting a number of options to celebrate Christmas on your own terms. First, take a look into the origins of the winter holidays with the Celtic Christmas Concert at the Carroll Arts Center, then forget the reindeer and go visit the Alpacas of Shepherd’s Purse farm for their Christmas shopping event.

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Celtic Christmas


The Ocean Orchestra will perform music of Yuletide and the Winter Solstice with this holiday concert that hearkens back to the Middle Ages. The concert will blend the sounds of Celtic music, folk and rock and roll for a truly unique concert experience.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23

Where: Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster

Cost: $20 general admission

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Christmas Shopping with Alpacas

Want to spend Christmas with the farm animals just like Mary and Joseph? Why not finish up your Christmas shopping with the alpacas at Shepherd’s Purse this Saturday. They will be selling sweaters, hats, gloves, yarn, stuffed animals made from alpaca fur. After shopping, visitors can meet with the alpacas at the farm.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23

Where: Shepherd’s Purse Alpacas, 7971 Bennett Branch Road, Mount Airy

Cost: Free

For more information: Call 301-829-4798

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New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance

The Westminster Moose Family Center will host a dinner and dance to welcome in 2018 on New Year’s Eve. The event will feature a pot roast dinner from 6:30 to 8 p.m., a cash bar from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and an open bar from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The event will feature music by Rich and the Roadrunners from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and free snacks, coffee and doughnuts after midnight.

When: 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31


Where: Westminster Moose Family Center, 309 Buena Vista drive, Westminster

Cost: $40 per person in advance and $45 at the door

For more information: Call 410-857-5821