Deep Creek Lake holiday events keep things festive in the mountain of Western Maryland throughout late November and early December. If you love unique, local art or are looking for fun kids’ activities, you won’t be disappointed.
It is easy to catch the spirit of the season when you experience fun activities with friends and family. The best way to start is to choose your perfect mountain home – maybe one with a cozy fireplace or bubbling outdoor hot tub – and then plan your trip around one of these favorite Deep Creek Lake holiday events.
FESTIVAL OF TREES GARRETT COUNTY
November 25-26 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds, 10AM-6PM
Benefitting the Dove Center, there are lots of family activities to enjoy. Breakfast with Santa, crafts, face painting, and more will keep the kids entertained. Plus, you can shop for holiday gifts from local artisans and vendors. Beautifully decorated trees are found throughout the exhibit hall, and they are auctioned off at 6PM on Saturday as the grand finale. MORE INFO
LITTLE CROSSINGS HOLIDAY MARKET
November 26-27 at Grant’s Mercantile, 10AM-4PM
Local vendors & artists will be set up at the Little Crossings Suites. When you are finished there, stroll over to Grant’s Mercantile to browse housewares, jewelry, and many other fun items. If you need to refuel after shopping, grab a bite at the Cornucopia Cafe (right next door). MORE INFO
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
November 26 at Honi-Honi Bar, 7PM
Fun for the entire family, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Honi Honi Bar also features Christmas Carolers, FREE Hot Chocolate, Kids and Pet Photos with Santa Claus and live band entertainment from 8-11pm. MORE INFO
CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE
December 2-3 at the Spruce Forest Artisan Village, 4-8PM Fri., Noon to 8PM Sat.
In its 32nd year, this event is a local favorite. Candle luminaries light the village that is filled with fire-warmed artisan studios and historic museums. Get to know the artists and buy unique holiday gifts. There are activities for kids as well as choral programs. MORE INFO
A GREAT SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS
December 9-10 in Downtown Oakland
Experience the small town charm of Oakland! The event centers around the historic town center. At 6PM Friday evening, head to the B&O train station for the tree lighting along with singing and hot beverages and cookies. You can visit with Santa at Nola’s Salon from 6:30-8PM.
Fun events start up again on Saturday at 10AM! Be sure to take a free horse-drawn carriage ride or take advantage of great specials at local shops.
The B&O Railroad Museum also hosts the “Oakland Express”. Kids (ages 4-8) can meet Santa, snack on cookies, and make crafts. They will receive a special treat bag too! Reservations are required and can be made by calling Michelle at 301-334-2691. MORE INFO
ARTIST AFTER HOURS
December 15 at Telli’s Deli, 5-9PM
Telli’s Deli will host local artists so that you can do some last minute shopping! Eat, drink, and shop – what’s better than that? MORE INFO
More Deep Creek Lake holiday events will pop up in the next week or two, so I’ll add them this post when I have more info. Check back, and I’ll keep you updated!