Happy Thanksgiving Ellicott City. If you are searching for something to do this holiday weekend, here's a great way to walk off your holiday meal — take the Ghost Tour through historic Ellicott City.

Experienced guides will meander through the downtown streets, which some call the most haunted town in America, recounting local history and paranormal activity. I've taken the tour and it's fascinating.


This month marks the end of the Ghost Tour season with the last tours on Friday, Nov. 23, Saturday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 30, from 8:30 to 9:45 p.m. (tours resume in April). Reservations are highly recommended. Tickets are $13 for adults, and $11 for children (12 and under), seniors (65 and older) and active military personnel and their families.

Tours are not recommended for children under 6 years old. Tickets can be purchased at the Howard County Welcome Center (where the tour begins) or online at http://www.visithowardcounty.com/ghost-tours. For more information, call 410-313-1900.

Next weekend, Glen Mar United Methodist Church will host its fifth annual Walk to Bethlehem on Friday, Nov. 30, Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. The Walk includes an outdoor guided tour through several Bible scenes portrayed by actors in period costumes and live animals and an indoor festival featuring live music and an interactive period marketplace.

Open to the public, the free event is wheelchair and stroller friendly. No reservations are needed, guests can arrive anytime between 5 and 8 p.m. For more information, including directions, contact the church at 410-465-4995 or go to the church website at http://www.glenmarumc.org http://www.glenmarumc.org/> .

Mark your calendars. The Columbia Figure Skating Club will host its annual production of "The Nutcracker on Ice" with multiple performances on the weekend of Dec. 15 and 16. The production features almost 100 performers ranging in age from 3 years old to adults, including 19 students from Ellicott City — Tara Wills (Resurrection St. Paul School), Kate Stewart (Manor Woods Elementary), Alison Betler (Burleigh Manor Middle), Amber Fang (Burleigh Manor Middle), Hannah Fang (Centennial Lane Elementary), Angela Tan (Manor Woods Elementary), Samantha Otazo (Trinity School), Roswitha Otazo (Trinity School), Michelle Bao (Bonnie Branch Middle), Emma Pomeranz (Burleigh Manor Middle), Christina Stavlas (Burleigh Manor Middle), Allison Timlen (Mt. Hebron High), Kelly Timlen (Ellicott Mills Middle), Katie Pistner (Burleigh Manor Middle), Isabella Schacknies (Manor Woods Elementary), Katrina Jolly (Folly Quarter Middle), Kirsten Jolly (River Hill High), Ayeesha Fadlaoui (St. John's Lane Elementary) and Kendall Robey (Marriotts Ridge High).

For over a quarter of a century, the Columbia Figure Skating Club has presented a community performance of "The Nutcracker on Ice." This production, the only ice skating show of its kind in the Baltimore-Washington area and sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating. It will highlight many skaters who have competed in regional- and national-level competitions.

"This annual production is a community show, appropriate for all ages. The passion and talent of our performers is a joy to watch," said show director Donna Timlen.

For ticket information, go to the club's website at http://www.columbiafsc.com.

Turf Valley Resort is offering the community a chance to help children in need this holiday season through its third annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots toy drive. In return for each toy contributed, Turf Valley is giving a "thank you" to donors.

Here's how it works, drop off a donation of one unwrapped, new, desirable toy for children ages 3 and up at the resort's restaurant, Alexandra's. Donors will receive a gift certificate for one free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of a meal at the restaurant.

Donations accepted and "thank you" offers valid through Dec. 17. For more information about the Toys for Tots at Turf Valley, contact Nicole Stafford at 410-480-2427.

It's only two weeks until Ellicott City's annual Main Street midnight madness event on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 p.m. to midnight. The historic district will be hopping with shop sales, restaurant specials, a tree lighting, live music and carolers.

Emory United Methodist Church's Carolyn Deverin reminded me that church members will be participating in this annual event by distributing free hot cider to pedestrians on Main Street. In addition, the church will host a spaghetti dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $7 per person. Emory is at 3799 Church Road in downtown Ellicott City. For additional information about Emory United's spaghetti dinner, call the church at 410-465-6162.