Holiday Celebrations and Events on the Eastern Shore

22nd Annual Tree of Lights Ceremony
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Chester River Hospital Center, Chestertown
5:30 p.m.


Chester River Health Foundation is pleased to sponsor the 22nd annual Tree of Lights ceremony on Thursday, December 3, at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds from this event support local hospice services offered through Chester River Home Care & Hospice; it will be held in the courtyard in front of the Chester River Hospital Center and following the tree lighting refreshments will be served inside the lobby.

Lighting of the Green
Thursday, December 03, 2009 – Thursday, December 03, 2009
Caroline County Courthouse
109 Market St., Denton, Maryland
7:00 p.m.


Gather with friends and neighbors, local choirs and music groups for caroling and to share the magic words that light the trees and signal the beginning of the holiday season in Caroline County. The Lighting of the Green follows the 9th Annual Denton Christmas Parade at 6:00 p.m. The parade includes floats, marching bands, fire trucks, and of course a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Centreville Christmas Parade
Friday, December 04, 2009
Commerce Street, Downtown Centreville
6:30 p.m.


Christmas nighttime parade celebrating the Holiday Season with antique cars, bands, lighted floats, fire engines, clowns & more! Open to all entries. Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Christmas on the Creek, Oxford 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Wesleyan Church, Oxford Firehouse, and Oxford Community Center
various times

Full schedule at

Beginning with community caroling at the Wesleyan Church on Morris Street at 6:30pm on Friday, December 4, Oxford will host the third annual “Christmas on the Creek” Celebration – a weekend long event showcasing the holiday spirit of Oxford and offering residents and visitors alike many fun, family-oriented holiday events that are sure to put everyone in a festive mood! Make plans now to attend all the events including the Holy Trinity Christmas Bazaar, Breakfast with Santa at the Oxford Firehouse and the Holiday Homes Tour sponsored by the Oxford Community Center.

Downtown Denton’s Miracle on Market
Friday, December 04, 2009
Downtown Denton
5-8 p.m.


Celebrate the Season at Denton’s Miracle on Market Street. Take a free horse and carriage ride through town, tell Santa your holiday wishlist and view the decorated holiday windows and gingerbread houses! Downtown businesses will be staying open late, so you’ll even be able to do your holiday shopping!

Holiday Carriage Rides
Friday, December 04, 2009
Downtown Easton
5-8 p.m. (weather dependent)


Holiday Carriage Rides Downtown Easton (5-8 PM, weather dependent)

Holiday Tree Lighting
Friday, December 04, 2009
Thompson Park, (Corner of Dover and Washington St.), Easton
6:30 p.m.


Holiday Tree Lighting 6:30 PM Thompson Park (corner of Dover and Washington Streets) Easton. Entertainment, Caroling, Special visit from Santa! FREE For more information, call 410.820.8822 or visit

62nd Annual Cambridge-Dorchester Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Downtown Cambridge
5 p.m.


Enjoy your share of candy at one of Maryland’s largest and most unique Christmas parades. The parade route begins on High Street and continues on Poplar Street, then Race Street, ending at the intersection of Race and Washington Streets. Awards are given in various categories, including best classic auto, adult and youth floats, marching bands and marching unit.

High schools from all over the Eastern Shore come to the Cambridge-Dorchester County Christmas Parade to compete for the title of Best Band in front of accredited judges. There are also usually floats from local organizations and businesses, classic and antique autos, an equestrian unit, and more. For more information, go to

Blackwater Refuge Christmas Open House
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge

Come out and enjoy one of the best times of year at the refuge while shopping for unique gifts for nature lovers! There will be a Bird Walk, Eagle Prowl, and ranger-led tours. We will have crafts and activities for the kids, and free refreshments for all! Several local artists and artisans will be on hand to display and sell their creations, and you will be able to find that special nature gift in the Eagle’s Nest Bookstore! Free admission!

Christmas in Caroline
Saturday, December 05, 2009 – Sunday, December 06, 2009
4-H Park
Detour Rd., Denton
9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Christmas in Caroline, which features artisan crafts, collectables, gifts, fresh arrangements and wreaths, a silent auction, food, costumed characters, children’s activities, Santa and more!

Easton Old Tyme Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Downtown Easton


On the first Saturday in December, downtown Easton is filled to over-flowing with a parade of floats, fire trucks, horses, antique cars, bands, and folks of all ages dressed up in Victorian costume. The downtown sparkles and twinkles in festive decor and the streets are lined with hundreds of cheering fans.

Greensborough’s “Lighting of the City”
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Carnival Grounds on Sunset Avenue, Greensboro
7-9 p.m.


Greensboro lights up the town along the Choptank River in this festive evening, featuring caroling, hot chocolate, and photos with Santa! Free

Heck With the Malls
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Centre for the Arts, and St. Paul’s Church, Centreville
9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Holiday shopping at its best. Artists and artisans in two locations: the Centre for the Arts and St. Paul’s Church. Find unique gifts for friends and family and bring home something for yourself. Hand-crafted soaps and lotions, jewelry, mosaics, photography, fashion and home accessories, one-of-a-kind purses, ceramics, wood and metal sculpture, holiday ornaments, watercolors, wildlife carvings, Native American clothing, and book signings.

Lighted Boat Parade & Arrival of Santa
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Rock Hall Harbor, Rock Hall
6 p.m.


Join Santa as he arrives at the bulkhead in the company of bands and lighted boats. Boats come through the jetty at 6pm.

Old Fashioned Christmas
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Sudlersville Train Station Museum, Sudlersville
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Museum Open – Model Train Running – Refreshments

Princess Anne Christmas Candlelight Tour
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Teackle Manion Museum, Princess Anne
6-10 p.m.


Tour of private homes in historic district followed by holiday reception at Teackle Mansion.

Ridgely Old Fashioned Christmas
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Downtown Ridgely
6:30 p.m.



Ridgely’s Old Fashioned Christmas features a parade, refreshments, Santa, the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree and more!

Breakfast with Santa & Oxford Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Oxford Volunteer Fire Department, Oxford
7-11 a.m.

What could be better than pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash brown potatoes, coffee, juice, and more – served to you on a Sunday morning!

Galena’s Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Town Hall, Galena
7 p.m.


Come and enjoy our old fashion Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Kent County Marching Band will be playing Christmas Carols and Santa will arrive by Fire Truck to visit with all the children. Refreshments will be served.