DECEMBER 1 through JANUARY 3, 2014:
The Second Annual Chesapeake City WINTERFEST opens with flourish on Sunday, December 1st with a late afternoon concert of holiday music, singing of Christmas carols, and a flurry of new and exciting holiday happenings.
Chesapeake City’s season-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 north and south waterfronts. Come see the lights. Listen to the carolers. Bring the children to Santa’s Workshop in historic Franklin Hall. See the beautifully decorated homes and porch decorating competition. Listen to holiday music concerts in Pell Gardens. Visit the quaint shops and celebrate the season in world-renowned restaurants while in town. Winter-warming beverages and holiday bites are available at the Canal Creamery, a cozy stop along the waterfront next to Pell Gardens.
DECEMBER 1 through FEBRUARY 16
BRING THE FAMILY TO ICE SKATE BY THE CANAL
IN THE AREA’S ONLY “ALWAYS-FROZEN” OUTDOOR RINK!
Imagine packing up your family and heading out to the neighborhood pond, frozen solid for the winter season, for a holiday skating party. Now, you can do that in Chesapeake City!
A 40-ft by 32-ft synthetic ice rink will be installed at Beck’s Landing (the town dock area behind Franklin Hall) and be open for public skating on Sunday, December 1 and available through February 16. Skate rentals are included in the admission price but skaters may also choose to bring their own skates as long as the blades are in good condition.
The Ice Rink will be open for skating beginning Saturday, November 30 from noon until 9pm. On December 1, the rink will be open from 1 until 5pm, closing before the official lighting of Winterfest begins at 6pm. Other skating hours are Monday through Thursdays from 5 until 8pm; Fridays from 5 until 9pm; Saturdays from Noon until 9pm; and Sundays from 1 until 5pm. Christmas week the rink hours are: Monday the 23rd – 12 to 8pm; Tuesday, the 24th – Noon to 5pm; Closed Christmas Day; Thursday, the 26th and 27th – noon to 8pm; and New Year’s Eve from noon until 8pm. Admission to the rink is $5 per person for 30 minutes skate time, which includes skates. Sizes run from 9 children to size 13 men’s. This special synthetic ice rink has been loaned to Chesapeake City by Priscilla Hill Wampler, John Wampler, and Rob Bricotto. Priscilla Hill, National World competitor and coach to Olympic skaters from all over the world. For more information about the skating rink, contact: 410-920-7018.
SCHEDULE OF WINTERFEST EVENTS
6 pm SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1:
The Winterfest of Lights opening ceremony begins at 6pm in Pell Gardens and along the south side waterfront. The Chesapeake Pilot Boat will officially bring Santa to this gaily lit Holiday Harbor on December 1st where he will be ready to hear children’s Christmas wishes in Pell Gardens during the opening of Winterfest’s lighting ceremony. Also, at this time, the Winterfest of Lights Master Switch will be officially turned on by Mister Claus himself. The town Christmas Tree, a traditional gift from the Chesapeake City Lions Club, and all the larger-than-life lighting displays will come to life as the Bohemia Manor Choral Group performs a traditional holiday music concert.
The Winterfest displays include: A Victorian Ice Skating Scene with eight skaters and a Victorian fountain; Two Victorian figures and their Royal Carriage, a Christmas Galleon, an animated Holiday Dragon will be displayed along with a Victorian Caroling Family of four lifesize figures holding holiday music books.
The North side of Chesapeake City will host a bushel of animated bigger than life crabs along Lock Street and at Schaefers Restaurant docks. Santa Elf in a Fishing Boat can be seen at the North side’s town dock.
Bundle up and celebrate the start of the holiday in Pell Gardens. FREE admission. No rain date. More info: Contact: 410-920-7018; www.chesapeakecity.com.
EVERY NIGHT: These nostalgic Christmas Scenes will be visible every night from December 1 until January 3.
All displays are illuminated with LED bulbs. The collection of large lighted figures and scenes were designed and created by Mosca Designs of Richmond, Virginia.
Lighting and decorating enthusiasts can also tour this historic town on both sides of the canal to see the local homes and businesses vying for prizes in the outdoor decorating competition. Judging of the homes and businesses takes place on December 6. Winners will be announced on December 7.
EVERY SATURDAY until Christmas:
4pm until 7pm: Santa Claus will be in his beautifully decorated workshop inside historic Franklin Hall (Bohemia Avenue) to listen to the wishes of visiting children and believers of all ages. This is the prettiest place to have a picture taken with Santa! Santa’s Workshop also offers a creative corner where children can create holiday arts and crafts to take home.
CHRISTMAS HIGH TEA at The Blue Max Inn.
Bohemia Avenue (410-885-2781).
1pm every Saturday starting on November 30 through December 21.
Enjoy a winter-warming pot of holiday tea, assorted sandwiches, English scones and a unique assortment of pastries. Space is limited and reservations are required. $22.50 per person including tax and gratuity.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7: A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS
The second Saturday of Winterfest features a day of shopping specials at the unique boutiques and shops of historic Chesapeake City. Strolling carolers serenade shoppers with songs of Christmas. The Winbak Farms Clydesdale Horses make a special appearance in town to offer wagon rides up and down the streets of the Historic District. Outdoor vendors will be selling holiday candies and other goodies, roasted nuts, and even holiday greens.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14: 6-9pm. CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOUR
Enjoy a 19th-century Christmas! Take a holiday decor tour of Chesapeake City’s historic district through charming historic homes, B&Bs and churches. Horse and carriage rides and strolling Victorian carolers set the mood for this Rockwellian evening of Yuletide hospitality. Advance tickets (available online at www.chesapeakecity.com) : $12, otherwise $15 on the day of the event. Ticket sales start at 4 pm on December 14 at Chesapeake City’s Town Hall (2nd Street and Bohemia Ave. ) where the self-guided tours begin from 6 pm until 9 pm. No rain date. More info: Contact: 443-553-0071, www.chesapeakecity.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 AND 14 AT 1pm
BRUNCH WITH SANTA
For more information: 410-885-2040
Winterfest Presenting Sponsors
Schaefer’s Restaurant & Canal Bar
Chesapeake Inn Restaurant & Marina
Ship Watch Inn Bed & Breakfast
plus local shop owners, residents and businesses
For Editorial Writers Wishing More Winterfest Details:
Contact Mayor Dean Geracimos at 443-553-7701.
Chesapeake City Town Hall: 410-885-5298
Chesapeake City Chamber of Commerce, Natalie Gentry 410-920-7018
Chesapeake City Town Council
Chair of Tourism Committee: Bert Wells 443-553-2656;
Vice Chair: Carla Miners
(photo and/or Winterfest logo requests) 302-528-5956
Chesapeake Inn, Gianmarco Martuscelli 410-885-2040
Schaefers Restaurant and Canal Bar, Event major sponsor:
Frankie Broomall 410-885-7200
DRIVING DIRECTIONS to Chesapeake City, Maryland
From South and West: I-95 North to Exit 100 – North East, Maryland. Follow Route 272 South to Route 40 East (Pulaski Highway). Turn right onto Route 213 south and continue for 6 miles. Immediately before the Chesapeake City Bridge, turn left into Chesapeake City North for Schaefers Canal House Restaurant.
For the Historic District, Shopping, and Dining, and most events: continue on Route 213 and cross the Chesapeake City Bridge . Make first right into South Chesapeake City.
From North and East: I-95 South to Exit 1A in Delaware. Proceed South on route 896 to Route 40 West (Pulaski Highway). to left on Route 213. South on Route 213 for 6 miles. Immediately before the Chesapeake City Bridge, turn left into Chesapeake City North for Schaefers Canal House Restaurant.
For the Historic District, Shopping, and Dining, and most events, continue on Route 213 and cross the Chesapeake City Bridge. Make first right into South Chesapeake City.
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