Do some shopping, take in the decorations, or go for a chilly dip – it’s all happening in Southern Maryland this weekend! Here are three fun events for the weekend of Dec. 9-11, 2016.
Shop the Kris Kringle Christmas Market
Modeled after the famed German markets, the Kris Kringle Christmas Market is the place to shop for unique gifts and meet your neighbors. The event takes place Friday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Charles County Fairgrounds in La Plata.
The market will feature local handmade and homegrown vendors as well as small and home businesses. There will also be a light display, live nativity, music and entertainment, and more. Don’t miss the tree lighting and Santa’s arrival at 5 p.m. on Friday night!
Cost is $1 or a non-perishable food donation for the Southern Maryland Food Pantry. For more information, visit http://www.charlescountyfair.com/kriskringle.html.
Take a Cold Swim for a Good Cause
What’s a good reason to jump into the Patuxent River in December?
The Special Olympics!
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will host its annual St. Mary’s Splash on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Point Lookout State Park. This fun family event is open to all residents of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. Proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics.
Participants will jump into the freezing Patuxent River. Last year, more than $30,000 was raised for Special Olympics!
Registration is open now. To participate, grab some friends or coworkers and create a team, then go to www.stmaryssplash.com to register. For a minimum donation of $75, receive a St. Mary’s Splash sweatshirt and join in the fun. Creativity is encouraged—especially in costumes!
For more information, contact Lt. Brian Hartz at [email protected] or at 301-475-4200, ext. *2247.
Tour Decorated Homes on the Charles County Holiday Trail
Get into the spirit of the season during the annual Charles County Holiday Trail!
The trail includes the area’s leading historic sites and arts venues. It takes place this weekend, Dec. 9-11. Find an up-to-date schedule, visit www.charlescountyholidaytrail.com
Returning sites on this year’s trail include: The Kris Kringle Christmas Market at the Charles County Fairgrounds, Mount Aventine at Chapman State Park, the Port Tobacco Courthouse, Smallwood Retreat House, the Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Mount Carmel Monastery, the African American Heritage Society, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, and Historic Friendship House.
In addition to those venues, this year’s event features several new sites: Saint Thomas Manor at St. Ignatius Church, Maxwell Hall, Serenity Farm, Christ Church Port Tobacco Parish, the Veterans Museum, and Stagg Hall and Burch House in Port Tobacco Village.
All sites are family friendly, inexpensive, or free to visit. Over the weekend you will find something for everyone: Music performances, house tours, living nativity scenes, greens demonstrations, crafts for children, shopping, and more.
For more information, visit www.charlescountyholidaytrail.com.
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