Central Carroll: Holiday Light Show returns to McDaniel College

A synchronized light show in McDaniel College's stadium in Westminster will be held for the second year in a row. The free, 15-minute show will display on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
A synchronized light show in McDaniel College's stadium in Westminster will be held for the second year in a row. The free, 15-minute show will display on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. (Ken Koons / Carroll County Times file)

Christmas lights and music are the perfect way to catch the holiday spirit. You can find both at McDaniel College. The WMC Heritage Society is sponsoring an amazing drive-in light display that is synchronized to music, giving visitors a complete holiday experience.

The Holiday Light Show began on Nov. 22 and is open to enjoy on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 30. It is free and open to the public.


“This is the second year for us to hold it,” said Cheryl Knauer, McDaniel College’s director of media relations. “Last year was the inaugural year. We did it to mark the 150th anniversary of the college as a special event. We decided to keep that holiday tradition going. We wanted it to be a gift to the community.”

The approximately 15-minute show features nearly 5,000 red, green and multicolored lights and is choreographed to holiday music. Visitors will hear music like “The Polar Express,” “Baby Please Come Home” by U2, “Sleigh Ride” by the Boston Pops and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Wizards in Winter.” As they drive through the display, visitors can tune into 96.5 FM on their car radios to hear the music.


“We have gotten really great reactions,” Knauer said of the light show. “Last year we had more than 3,500 vehicles visit the show during the six-week run. I think people are excited to have another holiday tradition and a place they can visit. We were really pleased with the turnout last year.”

Knauer said it is nice to see the community turnout to enjoy the campus in a new and special way.

“It’s nice that visitors come to the college who may never have been here before, just to see the light show. It really brings the community out and brings visitors who wouldn’t have any other reason to venture to McDaniel College.”

For further information, call the college at 410-857 2290 or visit them online at www.mcdaniel.edu.

Holiday Harmonies

For those who love the sweet sound of Christmas, you can join the Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus at multiple free Christmas Shows this year. Those who visit are welcome to sing along, tap their toes or sway to the sound of music.

“Christmas is such a great time to offer up the gift song,” said chorus member Michael Faid. “We practice many hours to get it just right and it is all worth it to see the response. This is what it is all about. Just take a moment and turn off the phone and the distractions and let the harmony bless each person.”

On Sunday, Dec. 9 this local Barbershop group will be singing at 4 p.m. for the United Methodist Women of Westminster at the Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 East Main, Westminster.

On Friday, Dec. 14, you can catch them singing holiday songs from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Sears Courtyard inside the TownMall of Westminster.

Folks at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster will surely be humming along to the sweet harmonies of Old Line Statesman at the CLV Christmas Concert inside the “Village” on Monday, Dec. 17. They will be there from 7 to 8 p.m.

“The residents really enjoy the shows,” said Faid, noting that this is not their first performance for residents of Carroll Lutheran Village. “Most of the residents and visitors thank us for performing with a big smile. They can see that we are having fun harmonizing and they, in turn, also have fun.”

Join them at a Christmas show or find future shows online at http://ols.harmonize.com.

“People greet us with huge smiles and thank us for being there,” Faid said when asked why they do it. “Sometime people close their eyes and let their ears take it all in. We in the Barbershop Chorus receive back many blessings in watching the audience enjoy the show.”


For more information about the Old Line Statesmen, visit them online or call 410-795-5050.

Westminster Fire Company delivers Santa

Santa will be making his rounds on a big, shiny fire engine, compliments of the Westminster Fire company. Santa’s visits will run from Monday, Dec.17 through Thursday, Dec. 20.

Santa will leave the station around 6 p.m. those evenings, visiting kids in many Westminster neighborhoods. Last year the trucks traveled through the following roads; N. Cranberry Road; Logan Drive; Alymer Court; Old Westminster Pike; Sycamore Avenue; Maple Avenue; Spruce Avenue; Willow Avenue; Locust Avenue; Poplar Avenue; Woodside Drive; Glen Drive; Redwood Drive; Meadowcreek Drive; Hidden Stream Drive; Spring Meadow Drive; Wyndtryst Drive; Amherst Lane; and Charingworth Court.

“Santa is always important,” said fire company member Robert Ruby. “On the years I went, we blew the horn and turned on the siren and raised a ruckus. If there are a bunch of kids out [we] will stop and give out candy canes. You will definitely know [we] are in the neighborhood.”

Live updates will be posted on Facebook. To learn more, search for “Westminster Fire Dept. Santa Run” on Facebook.

Be aware that the fire apparatus is in service and they may have to respond to emergency calls, affecting routes and dates. Weather could play a part as well.

For more information call 410-848-1800 Ext. 0, or visit the fire company website at www.westminstervfd.org.

Breakfast with Santa

If you missed Santa when he was visiting the neighborhoods, you can join him for breakfast! Westminster fire company will host a breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 7 to 11 a.m.

Look for a menu of pancakes, sausage, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, baked apples, coffee, orange juice, tea, and milk. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children under age five and free to those age four and under.

At the breakfast, you can have your child’s picture taken on a piece of antique fire equipment with Santa, from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $10 for digital photos that will be delivered by email or $15 for a set of 4 x 6 prints, to be mailed. It is an additional $5 for each extra set of mailed prints.

For more information, call 410-848-1800 Ext. 0.

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