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Emmitsburg celebrates an evening of Christmas spirit

Danielle Ryan

(11/24) Emmitsburg kicks off the Christmas season in style on December 4th from 6 to 9 p.m. with its annual "An Evening of Christmas Spirit." This event has become a town tradition, hosting hundreds of residents for an evening of entertainment and fellowship. Sponsored by The Carriage House Inn, the Town of Emmitsburg and the Emmitsburg Business and Professional Association, this event is sure to represent the true meaning of Christmas spirit.

This year’s "An Evening of Christmas Spirit," which has always been held in conjunction with the town’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, marks the 29th year that the Carriage House Inn holiday event has been formally held. It’s been a tradition well cherished by residents since the very beginning.

A few years ago, the community Christmas tree lighting ceremony was moved back to its traditional location at the Town Square. However, this year, due to ongoing sidewalk and square construction, the Christmas Tree Lighting will be held in front of the Community Center, as opposed to the square. Hopefully, next year, once the square is complete, the Christmas Tree Lighting can once again be enjoyed on the square.

The festivities will kick-off at 6 p.m. with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Community Center. Residents will be invited to join local choirs, including the children’s choir from Mother Seton School, in singing beloved classic Christmas carols. As per tradition, Mayor Don Briggs will lead the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree.

The Holiday festivities will then shift to the Carriage House Inn with Santa’s arrival at 6:30 p.m. Santa invites everyone to the Carriage House Inn for hot dogs, cookies and hot cocoa. There will also be a live Nativity, entertainment and hayrides for all to enjoy.

From 7 to 9 p.m. the Carriage House Inn will be hosting local choirs and vocalists in Joann’s Ballroom. Come out and enjoy some holiday music with friends, family and community neighbors. Everyone is invited to join in with the merriment and sing their favorite Christmas tunes.

In the spirit of giving to those in need during the holiday season, canned goods and donations for the Emmitsburg Lions Club Christmas Food Drive will be accepted at the Carriage House Inn throughout the evening. Look for boxes in designated locations to place your canned goods or donations. The donations will fill Christmas baskets for local families within the community in need.

Come celebrate the true meaning of Christmas spirit on December 4th with an evening of holiday festivities!

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