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Thurmont celebrates Christmas in style

Danielle Ryan

(11/28) Itís that exciting time of year again as Christmas in Thurmont is here! This yearís event will take place Saturday, December 3, starting at 10 a.m. on Thurmontís Town Square.

Christmas in Thurmont, as we know it today, began in 2014 and was created to show goodwill in the community while also supporting the Main Street businesses. During that time, Thurmont was in route to completing their application for their Main Street Designation and the application required a list of a few events, so The Business Expo, Farmers Market, and Christmas in Thurmont were created. For over a decade, Christmas in Thurmont has kept the tradition of Santa in the Gazebo at Mechanicstown Square Park listening to the Christmas wishes of children.

The day will kick-off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus who will be riding in the Thurmont Guardian Hose Fire Truck! There will be hot chocolate and cookies along with photos with Santa, courtesy of Kinnaird Memorials, for all ages, pets included! Everyone will be anxiously awaiting the Clausí arrival in Mechanicstown Square. At 1 p.m. Santa Claus will make his way over to the Thurmont Library where there will be a special ĎThe Night Before Christmasí reading. Other childrenís activities including face painting, crafts, and a scavenger hunt will also be taking place during this time.

Many other activities will be featured during this yearís Christmas in Thurmont. The business map stamping activity for adults, in which adults must visit each business listed to receive a stamp from the establishment to enter for prize drawings, will be occurring from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Throughout the day, ESP Productions will have Christmas performances in their Studio. At 4 p.m. the Catoctin High School Band will play Christmas tunes in the PNC parking lot, and at 4:30 p.m. the Thurmont Lions Club will have the annual lighting of their Remembrance Tree. Promptly at 5 p.m. all will gather at Hobbs Hardware to wait for their name to be drawn and receive a gift! Over one hundred prizes will be awarded. Immediately following the prize drawings is the much-anticipated lighting of the Town Christmas Tree in Mechanicstown Park.

New this year will be horse and carriage rides throughout the day and evening. The cost of the ride is $10 and children five & under will ride for free. The carriage ride will load at the Municipal Parking Lot to then take a scenic ride through Community Park and the downtown Main Street area. Rides will begin at 11 a.m. and run through 9 p.m. with some scheduled breaks throughout the day for our trusty steed Joe Moose!!

The Thurmont Main Street Center will be open for shopping, and visitors can view the gingerbread displays created by residents and businesses, and enjoy the Festival of Trees in the Center. Christmas in Thurmont, and Joe Moose leading the carriage on a scenic tour of Thurmont, are guaranteed to put you in a traditional holiday spirit.

Christmas in Thurmont is a fun filled family day which gives everyone an opportunity to whisper in Santaís ear, explore local businesses for great gift ideas, have breakfast and lunch in one of Thurmontís locally owned restaurants, and end the day with prize drawings, singing, and holiday cheer! Remember to stop by and start the Christmas season with a day full of fun!

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