A VERY MERRY MAIN STREET: Berlin, MD
Christmas is coming and no place does Christmas like Berlin, Md. This year the town is stepping up its game another notch. Here is the lowdown on what to expect this year.
KICKING IT OFF
The fun and excitement begin the Friday after Thanksgiving with Holiday Arts Night and the lighting of the Christmas Tree in front of the Atlantic Hotel. This year the tree decorating is being spearheaded by Autumn Graves of Bleached Butterfly. You have to love Autumn’s sense of style. I can’t wait to see this tree! ( Insider tip: If you want to learn more about Autumn and the story behind Bleached Butterfly, watch for next week’s post.) Festivities begin at 5:30 pm.
Holiday Arts Night is about more than just a tree lighting though. It is a second Friday Arts Stroll on steroids! And it’s not even the second Friday of the month. Hear the music of Charlie Brown’s Christmas performed by Eric Byrd at the Visitor Center. See ice sculpting demos, in fact, rumor is that one of those sculptures will have goodies in it for the kiddies to grab when it melts. How fun is that? Last year there was Christmas caroling during the tree lighting, which I loved and hope to have every year!
While you are shopping don’t forget to enter the “Win the Window” contest. All you need to do to enter this contest is shop, which is something most of us do at Christmas anyway. You get a ticket for every $10 that you spend in a Berlin downtown business (up to $100 in each store). Then you can drop your ticket in the entry bin at any downtown shop to win some items displayed in their window. Just check each window to see what they are offering. Another insider tip: This contest has already started so you can start earning your entries now!
We don’t have just any Santa in Berlin, we have Ed France’s Santa. Yep, that’s the same Santa that has been at the White House since the seventies. You can find him on December 5th from noon to 4 o’clock. While you are waiting for your turn to share your Christmas wishes with Santa, enjoy a hot chocolate and story time with Mrs. Claus.
Need more Santa time? Santa will be at the Visitor Center on December 12th and 19th from noon until 3 o’clock. Watch for other costumed characters to be strolling the streets as well. Personally, I am going to be on the lookout for the Grinch.
LETTERS FOR SANTA
I love this idea. Stop at the visitors’ center and let your child drop a letter to Santa into the mailbox. Each letter will get a response from Santa with a certificate for a free treat from Rayne’s Reef, Berlin Coffee House or Baked Dessert Café. Wish I were a lot younger!
One of the things I love about Christmas time in Berlin, is the sound of the bells on the horses as, the carriage rides go by my house. This year you can have a free ride in one of those carriages. I like to think of it as an old school Polar Express. To get your free ride, be at the Visitor center on any Saturday or Sunday in December between noon and 3 o’clock.
This is one of the most popular events in Berlin and for good reason. Many people go all out to give us a great night of entertainment. This year the theme is “Toyland in Berlin”. Be on Main Street by 7pm to get your view of floats, fire trucks, marching bands and to have an all around good time. The parade will be wrapped up by 9 pm.
CHRISTMAS FOR GROWN UPS
Enjoy a Christmas celebration at the Atlantic Hotel on December 7th. A ticket to “Classical Christmas” gets you a three course dinner at the Atlantic Hotel (YUM!) and entertainment by the Salisbury String trio. This event is sponsored by the Calvin Taylor Museum so get your ticket through them by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOBODY DOES IT BETTER
If hanging out in Berlin this Christmas season doesn’t make you happy, nothing will. This town knows how to celebrate with joy! I can’t wait to hear that Christmas music coming over the speakers on Main Street. Happy, Happy, Joy Joy!