Elkton quietly kicked off the holiday season the day after Halloween.
Cash for Christmas, which runs until December 16, has shoppers who frequent downtown stores, possibly earning prizes. Each shopper receives one raffle entry for each $10 spent at participating Elkton merchants. For more information visit www.elktonalliance.org. There will be cash prizes and a gift basket up for grabs.
On Friday, December 2, Elkton's most popular holiday event will be held, a pair of tree lightings is planned. The first is held at Union Hospital when Santa arrives by fire engine at 5 p.m. That is followed by a second tree lighting at Elkton Visitors Center. There will be caroling, pictures with Santa, and light refreshments. There will be a special performance by Bobbie Ann's Dance Studio.
On Friday, December 9, the eighth annual Cookie Throwdown will be held. Merchants will either bake cookies for the contest or serve as a hosting site for judging. This runs from 5-8 p.m. The Immaculate Conception Church Choir will perform.
Friday, December 16, Elkton will host its first ever ice carving demonstration. That will be as part of the Old Fashioned Christmas held from 5-8 p.m. There will be caroling, carriage rides with Clydesdales, and more.
The Town of North East is also gearing up for the holidays.
The annual Cecil County Christmas Parade is set for December 3 at noon on Main Street. There is still time to sign on to participate, call 410-287-5801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa will be at the parade and will also be part of North East's annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting. That event will be held in the town park at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 25. North East Middle School Band will perform. Santa will be there.