Planners Ready?

Today’s post is a simple reminder of upcoming holiday happenings.  Many of these have been mentioned earlier on the Yule Log.  Beginning this weekend, you can fill every Saturday and Sunday with special and unique fun and outings for you and the family.  This is a short, and in no way complete, list.  Make time in your plans to go!

Maryland Christmas Show– HUGE, two-weekend event.  Hosted at the Frederick Fairgrounds, opens tomorrow!
Westview Tree Lighting– 7 PM on 11/17 the center welcomes the season.
Nutcracker on Ice– Get your tickets now for this local favorite at the Columbia Ice Rink.
Gaylord Ice Display– Gaylord resort opens its seasonal ICE! feature tomorrow.  This amazing indoor ice display is themed with Shrek this year- fun for children of all ages. 
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland– Adventure Park USA in New Market, MD opens this drive-through lights display on Monday, 11/19


Mark your calendars!

Believe it or not you need to start planning your holiday calendar of events.  If you don’t have a holiday calendar, it’s time to make one.  This is the calendar that has all your plans, preparations, and events for the best Christmas ever in 2012.  Since January we have been giving many ideas on how to plan and organize for your upcoming Christmas success.  So much of your individual success for a great season depends on the planning and that calendar is key.  The Yule Log will be sharing some key events to place on your Christmas calendar.  Today I have two to be sure you get down.  Both are multi-day festivals.

The Maryland Christmas Show.  This annual two weekend event is held in Frederick at the fairgrounds.  In its 29th year the show features hundreds of vendors with all types of crafts and arts for Christmas.  The show fills all 7 buildings and 2 tents with beautiful and original gift and decorating ideas.  Food and music is a key part of the show and Santa does make an appearance.  Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for kids.  Festival runs November 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25.  Show is open 10-6 daily, closing at 5 on Sundays.

The Festival of Trees sponsored by the Kennedy Krieger Institute.  This annual charity event is held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds and housed in the Cow Palace.  Featuring trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses designed by businesses and community organizations, the festival offers all displays for sale to benefit the institute.  In 2011 over 500 displays were created.  In addition to seeing all the beautiful creations there is music, entertainment, food, crafts and more.  The event is one of the most popular in the region and lures visitors from many states.  Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for kids.  The 2012 Festival of Tress will be held November 23, 24, and 25 and is open from 10-9, closing a 6 on Sunday.