Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

November 28, 2013

’Tis the season

Holiday events should help you catch the spirit

If you’re having trouble catching the Christmas spirit then a visit to downtown Cumberland’s annual tree lighting and open houses this evening may be just the remedy.

The event will be kicked off with music by Galla and Dan from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A dance performance by Chorevo will take place in front of the tree at the center of the mall. Then Santa will arrive at 7 p.m. for the official tree lighting ceremony.

Frostburg also will get into the holiday swing on Dec. 6 when it holds its tree lighting event from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Both Cumberland and Frostburg are participating in the Shop Small Business Saturday program, encouraging shoppers to spend some of their dollars at local businesses.  In Cumberland every Friday night until Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Book Center at 15 N. Centre Street. Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer will travel downtown streets Friday nights to greet children and shoppers. On Dec. 12, Midnight Madness will be held in downtown Cumberland as stores and restaurants stay open for customers.

Near the Cumberland Christmas tree is a special “North Pole mailbox” where children can mail letters to Santa.

At the Country Club Mall in LaVale, Santa is making regular rounds. A Santa for special needs children will be at Center Court Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Shoppers also can bring their pets to have a photo taken with Santa on Dec. 3, 10 and 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Center Court.

A Festival of Trees to benefit the March of Dimes got under way earlier this month and concludes Dec. 1. Customers can place bids on trees set up at Center Court. Gift wrapping with proceeds to benefit Toys for Happiness will be offered in the Food Court through Dec. 24.

These are just a few of the many local holiday activities getting under way now that Black Friday is here. It won’t be difficult getting into the spirit of the season.

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