Happy December! Now that it’s officially the holiday season, Harford County is holding numerous holiday events open to the public. If you live in the area and are looking for a list of family-friendly and fun events for the winter season, look no further!
December 3- 28th Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
This Sunday is the 28th Annual Christmas parade and tree lighting in downtown Bel Air! The event starts at 2:30 pm with a concert on Main Street in front of the Courthouse, and the parade begins at 3:30 pm, from Main Street to Lee Street to Shamrock Park. The community bonfire and sing along in Shamrock Park starts at 4 pm with free cookies and hot chocolate, with the Tree Lighting at Town Hall following at 4:45 pm. The day will include stilt walkers, acrobats, local high school marching bands, mascots, beauty queens, dancers, floats, musical groups, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus.
December 8- Annual Christmas Open House at Ladew Gardens
This year’s annual Christmas open house at Ladew Gardens (3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton) will take place on the 8th from 11 am to 4 pm. Every year, local floral designers and Garden Clubs decorate the rooms of the historic Manor House in festive lights and flowers. You don’t want to miss this popular event, as it earned the title as “one of Maryland’s most memorable and decorative holiday events.”
December 9- Christmas Bazaar
On Saturday the 9th from 11am-8pm, St. Mary’s Catholic Church will be hosting a Christmas Bazaar and Festival of Lights to celebrate the holiday season with authentic Eastern European food, vendors, and entertainment at their historic village in Joppa, MD. The village is located at 2807 Mountain Road, and is your one-stop shop for shopping, delicious food and drink, and a place to enjoy the holidays with beautiful decoration!
December 16- Free Santa Photos And Treats
On Saturday, December 16 from 10 am to 12 pm, YourSpace Storage at Bel Air will be hosting Santa photos and treats- free for everyone! The event takes place at 2100 Emmorton Rd, Bel Air, MD.
December 17- 11th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas
This year marks the 11th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas, located at the Bel Air Armory on 37 N. Main Street, Bel Air. Registration starts at 2 pm; rehearsal is from 2:30-4pm; and the performance is from 5-6pm. Bring your tubas, a music stand, and dress festively to make this event even bigger! There is no admission fee for the audience.
For a full list of events, head to HarfordsHeart’s event calendar.
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