Deep Creek holiday events offer something for everyone. There is a little bit of magic in our mountains during this festive time of year. It’s easy to catch the spirit of the season whether you’re taking the kids to see Santa or shopping locally for last minute gifts.
Deep Creek Holiday Events
Christmas in the Village December 1st and 2nd Held at Spruce Forest Artisan Village in Grantsville, this is a favorite area tradition. Enjoy strolling and live music in the Village Church, activities in the Village buildings, and luminaries throughout the Village and on the Casselman Bridge. More info.
A Great Small Town Christmas December 1st-3rd A Great Small Town Christmas includes a tree lighting, sleigh rides, carols, store specials, and visits with Santa! More info.
Joy of Christ Celebration November 24th-January 1st, 5-10pm nightly Holiday light show synced to music. More info.
A popular Garrett County event is the Festival of Trees Garrett County. It is held every year on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Fairground Exhibit Hall in McHenry, MD. If you’ve never been to it make this the year you treat yourself!
All proceeds benefit the Dove Center – a local facility that offers services for victims of domestic violence.
The event is held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes a vast array of activities for the whole family. On Saturday, the kids activities end at 4 p.m. to prepare for the live auction that starts at 5p.m.
Designer decorated trees, wreaths, and centerpieces are on exhibit, and will be auctioned off Saturday. Beginning at 5 p.m., registered bidders can enjoy refreshments and a cash bar provided by Dutch’s at Silver Tree. At 6 p.m., the auction begins.
The Autumn Glory Festival is one of the most popular events in the Deep Creek Lake area. It draws thousands of visitors to the area each year. In fact, it was named MSN’s number one fall festival in the world!
So, what is all of the fuss about? Aside from admiring beautiful leaves, there are tons of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.
History of Autumn Glory
Before it was known as “Autumn Glory”, it was actually a turkey festival. Local turkey growers started an annual event to promote turkey dinners. In the 1960s, folks started to think about turning it into a larger festival. It eventually evolved into the extravaganza that we know today. Of course, turkey dinners are still part of the tradition! Check out restaurants that are participating in the “turkey trail”.
Favorite Autumn Glory Activities
The festival kicks-off on Wednesday and continues through Sunday. I put together a few of my favorite “must-dos” for the festival.
-The Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception is Wednesday night at Wisp Resort. You can mingle with the festival king and queen while you dance the night away.
-Wednesday through Sunday the town of Oakland hosts a carnival complete with rides, games, and food.
42nd Annual Friendsville Days August 18-20 This fun event kicks off with the Flotilla Friday at 5:30PM. On Saturday, the parade starts at noon and is followed by lots of fun activities and live music. On Sunday, there is a community church service at 11AM.
2nd Annual Mountain Maryland Dragon Boat Festival August 26, 9AM-4PM Held at Broadford Park, this event is a fundraiser for the Dove Center. Amateur teams race dragon boats and compete for the championship. Enjoy the race and food vendors and artisans, music, and activities for the kids.
The Garrett County Fair is one of the best-loved summertime activities! There is no shortage of fun for the entire family. The 2023 Garrett County Fair dates are July 29-August 5.
Growing up in Garrett County the fair was not to be missed. Every kid wants to spend as much time there as possible. Rides, games, food and farm animals are just a few reasons to visit the fair at least once during the week.
Garrett County Fair 2023 Schedule
The schedule for the 2023 Garrett County Fair was recently released. Here is the full schedule for the entire week: