December 1 through January 3: The Second Annual Chesapeake City WINTERFEST: Chesapeake City’s month-long Victorian Christmas celebration takes place on both sides of the C&D Canal with a blizzard of holiday lights and spectacular lighted displays along the waterfronts. The boats of summer are tucked away and the basin becomes a Holiday Harbor where Santa will arrive (December 1st) aboard his water-borne sleigh, ready to hear the wishes of good little boys and girls in his workshop in Franklin Hall on Saturday’s 4-7pm throughout the season. Come see the lights. Listen to the carolers. See the beautifully decorated homes and porch decorating competition. Listen to carolers in Pell Gardens. Visit the quaint shops and celebrate the season in world-renowned restaurants while in town. More info: Contact Town Hall: 410-885-5298;

SCHEDULE OF WINTERFEST EVENTS December 1: The lights are officially turned on at dusk, on both sides of the Canal, heralding the start of Winterfest Celebrations. Lighting displays include: A Victorian Ice Skating Scene with eight skaters and a Victorian fountain. Two Victorian figures and their Royal Carriage (28-ft x 15-ft!) will be on display; the largest of all the displays, a Christmas Galleon(26-ft x 20-ft), an animated Holiday Dragon (40-ft x 12-ft) and Santa in a Fishing Boat (24-ft x 19-ft) and a Rockfish (6-ft x 4-ft) will be displayed along the canal and basin.The North side of Chesapeake City will host a bushel of animated bigger than life crabs along Lock Street and at the North side’s town dock.

EVERY NIGHT: These exciting Christmas Scenes will be visible every night from December 1 until January 3. All displays are illuminated with LED bulbs. The collections of large lighted figures and scenes are designed and created by Mosca Designs of Richmond, Virginia. Lighting and decorating enthusiasts can also tour the town on both sides to see the local homes vying for prizes in the outdoor decorating and porch decorating competition. Participating restaurants are offering Winterfest Specials.

EVERY SATURDAY until Christmas: Santa Claus will be in his workshop in Franklin Hall to talk with visiting children and believers of all ages from 4 PM until 7PM.   Bring a non perishable food item to Franklin Hall for the Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association as you visit Santa.  Shops will be open late. A Dickens-style afternoon Victorian Tea is offered at The Blue Max on Bohemia Avenue (410-885-2781).

Winterfest Sponsors
Schaefer’s Restaurant & Canal Bar
Chesapeake Inn Restaurant & Marina • Ship Watch Inn Bed & Breakfast
Bayard House Restaurant • Carter Family • Chick’s • Walls Family • Wells Family
Carpenter’s Auto • Chesapeake City Civic Association • D3 Corp. • Geracimos Family
Old Gray Mare • Zach Phipps Electric • Blue Max Inn • Brantwood Liquors
Serenity Salon & Spa • Howard & Dean, Inc. • Hutton Builders • Inn at the Canal
Ron Francis Family • Law Offices of Thomas Yeager • Cecil Guardian *
Town of Chesapeake CityPhotos by Richard LeGates