A number of holiday happenings are on tap this December in the Clarksville area.
Kids can have pizza and treats with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Fifth District Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department.
Santa will arrive on a fire engine shortly after the event begins. Cost is $6 for ages 6 and up. Children ages 5 and under are free. Tickets are sold only on the day of the event.
The festivities will be held in the engine bay area of the fire house at 5000 Signal Bell Lane. Parking is available in the main lot for the Ten Oaks Ballroom.
Later that day, local Girl Scout troops will sing carols at the Clarksville Commons from 3 to 5 p.m. A pop-up shop from Tin Lizzy, a women’s boutique on wheels featuring fair-trade and American-made clothing and accessories, will be on the plaza.
Christmas in the Park, Howard County’s Tree Lighting ceremony also will be held on Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., in Centennial Park, 10000 Clarksville Pike.
Hosted by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, the free event will include caroling, light refreshments and the lighting of the Christmas tree.
The winter concert of the Columbia Concert Band will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the River Hill High School auditorium. The free performance will feature holiday songs and special guest Reed Between the Lines.
The Columbia Concert Band, directed by Michael Blackman, is a group of about 90 musicians who play contemporary and traditional band music. Donations will be accepted for the Howard County Food Bank. Requested items include canned and dried fruit, hot and cold cereal, soup, pasta and sauce, tuna, 100 percent fruit juice, baby food, peanut butter, canned beans and canned vegetables.
Food Plenty also is acting as a drop-off location for food donations this season. Through the month of December, the restaurant will serve as a collection point for the food bank of the Community Action Council of Howard County. Canned goods and non-perishables may be dropped off in a basket at the hostess station.
Holidays, Holy Days and Hollywood is the theme of the Christmas at St. Louis concert. The performance, which will feature the St. Louis Choir, Treble Choir and St. Louis Orchestra, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m., at the church. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Don’t miss the Browns Bridge Christmas Light Show on display every evening starting at 5 p.m. through Dec. 31. The home-grown light display, which is synchronized to music, has added Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and other characters to this year’s show. Viewers are invited to pull into the driveway, turn off headlights and tune radios to 87.9 FM. The display is at 7621 Browns Bridge Road, Highland.
Pick up a fresh holiday arrangement and support Howard County Agriculture Education and FFA. Agriculture Academy students at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Clarksville Pike, hand-make holiday decorations out of evergreens.
The cost is $15 per arrangement and they are available through Dec. 19. For more information and to place an order, send an email to Kathleen_Wojcik@hcpss.org.