December Events in Dorchester County
December 1 @ 8:00 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pm
Historic St. Mary Church Open for Visits
December 1 • 9 a.m.-Noon
St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 917 Hoopers Island Road, Church Creek
St. Mary Star of the Sea has been chosen as one of the nine historic Pilgrim Churches to be featured during the 150th year Celebration of the founding of the Diocese of Wilmington. The church, with its original historically restored Tubman Chapel, was founded in 1767. For more information, call 410-397-3417.
Christmas Parade & Crab Tree Lighting
December 1 • 4 p.m.
Corner of Race and Gay Streets, Cambridge
Get caught up in the swirl of light and sound on Saturday, December 1 during the Cambridge-Dorchester Christmas Parade, one of Maryland’s largest nighttime parades. Marching bands, floats, classic cars, horses, and more fill the streets with energy and excitement, as they have for 70 years. The parade route begins on High Street near Water Street in Cambridge at 5 p.m. 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. Come early and enjoy live music at 4 p.m. at the Crab Basket Tree, plus the official lighting of the tree at 4:45 p.m. The Crab Basket Tree is constructed of about 200 crab baskets. The tree is located at the corner of Race and Gay Streets, right by the parade reviewing stand and Craig’s Drug Store. For more information, call 443-521-1671.
Christmas Train Garden
December 1 – 30
Old Firehouse, 307 Gay Street, Cambridge
Gaze in wonder at this holiday-themed train display at the Cambridge Rescue and Fire Company in historic downtown Cambridge. Perfect for all ages. A tradition that has been carried on for more than 80 years, the display is created each year by volunteers with the Cambridge Rescue Fire Company. It takes them weeks to create the Train Garden. This display runs from December 1 through December 30. The hours of operation are: Monday through Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. Refreshments are sold. Donations of money, new toys, or non-perishable food items are welcome for the Christmas Drive. For group reservations, contact J.B. Tieder at 410-228-5262.
Nativity Scenes from Around the World
December 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 • 2-5 p.m.
Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast, 112 High Street, Cambridge
See more than 25 Nativity scenes (also known as creches) from around the world on display at the historic Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast. The display is open during the holiday season on Sundays and Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission costs $10 per person. Reservations are required. Call 410-221-7700 to reserve a spot.
Guided Birding Trip
December 2 • 8 a.m.
Blackwater NWR, 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge
Join an expert birder for a guided bird watching trip through the refuge. Bring binoculars and field guides. Leave from the Refuge Visitor Center. Call 410-901-6124.
December 3 • 7-10 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 303 Main Street, Hurlock
On the first Monday of every month, join in the Bluegrass Jam from 7 to 10 p.m. Bluegrass musicians and fans welcome. Donations accepted for the benefit of St. Andrews food bank.
Wednesday Morning Artists Meetings
December 5, 12, 19, 26 • 8 a.m.
Creek Deli, Cambridge
The Wednesday Morning Artists meet every Wednesday at 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. Speakers, studio tours, movies, discussions, projects and more. Artists and art lovers in all disciplines are welcome. Roundtables, sharing art, exhibits, and more. There is no cost. Visit www.WednesdayMorningArtists.com or call 410-463-0148.
Festival of Wreaths Holiday Gala
December 6 • 5:30 p.m.
Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care, 2474 Cambridge Beltway, Cambridge
The 19th annual event features food by local restaurateurs and caterers, live music, silent auction of holiday wreaths, and live auction with popular auctioneer Buddy Foxwell at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the special programs for clients of Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care. For information, call 410-228-0190. Wreaths may be viewed through December 1, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Student Guitarists – December 7 • 6 p.m.
Adult Jam – December 14 • 6 p.m.
Open Mic – December 21 • 6 p.m.
Overflow Café, 400 Muir Street, Cambridge
On the First Friday of each month, Overflow Cafe presents a performance by guitarists from 6 to 17 years old who are students at Mike Elzey’s Guitar Studio. On the Second Friday of each month, Overflow Cafe hosts a jam for adult musicians with local guitarist Mike Elzey. On the Third Friday of each month, Overflow Cafe hosts an open mic night for adults and children. All shows are free to the public. It is an alcohol- and drug-free environment.
Hurlock Christmas Parade
December 8 • 5 p.m.
Intersection of Maryland 331 and Thompson Street to Main Street, Hurlock
This year’s theme is “Tis the Reason for the Season.” Rain date is December 9.
December 8 • 10 a.m.
Hyatt Regency, 100 Heron Boulevard, Cambridge
Take a dip in the Choptank River to help the Care and Share Fund, Inc. raise funds for the needy in Dorchester. Swimmers bring monies for their personal fundraising as the entrance fee for the swim. Each “Santa” receives a Santa hat. After the dip, enjoy refreshments and live music. Visit www.careandsharefund.org.
Second Saturday and Art Walk
December 8 • 5-9 p.m.
This monthly celebration in downtown Cambridge features an Art Walk with free art gallery receptions, as well as specials in the independently owned shops and great dining. Live music is on tap at several restaurants later in the evening. More info is available at DowntownCambridge.org.