Oakland is filled with small town charm, and that is never more evident than at Christmas. The COVID-19 crisis has impacted many events. However, the town has found safe and fun ways to celebrate the holidays this year. It might look a little different, but you can still catch the spirit of the season!
Oakland Christmas Events
The town of Oakland is gearing up to celebrate A Great Small Town Christmas. You are encouraged to shop at local stores and “Snap an Elfie”. December 5th through 19th, participating businesses will have an Elf on display. When a you make a purchase at their establishment, you can take an “Elfie” (selfie) with the elf and your receipt, purchase, shopping bag, etc. Upload that Elfie to Facebook and check into the business. By making a purchase and checking in on facebook, you are entered into a drawing for a prize to be chosen by that participating shop. The Lucky Elves displayed in the businesses will be provided by local artist and GOBA member, Lin Gilbert from Artists and Dreamers. More information on participating businesses will be available soon. Visit the town of Oakland on Facebook for details.
Due to COVID-19, the Soup and Santa event is cancelled. Instead, Santa Claus will visit Oakland and hanging out at the Front Page Stage. He will be there Saturday, December 5th, 12th, and 19th from 11am until 2pm. To ensure safety and social distancing, there will be a drive through for children to see Santa. He will be able to talk with them from a distance using a PA system and treat bags will be given out as they drive by.
Thanksgiving 2020 will be filled with all the fun and happiness that holidays with family bring. Just like everything else though, this year will be a little different. There are still lots of ways to make special holiday memories at Deep Creek Lake this year.
Also, just a friendly reminder that masks are required in all public spaces.
Thanksgiving 2020: Where to Eat
Dining at home is encouraged, but you can also pick-up food or take the family out to eat. Below are a few of the options for traditional turkey dinners.
Arrowhead Market Individual dinners from the deli are available on Thanksgiving day for $11.99 each. Call 301-387-4020 for info.
Dutch’s at Silver Tree Thanksgiving buffet from 11:30AM-8PM. Reservations are required. Call 301-387-0525 for more info.
Moonshadow Farm-to-Table Thanksgiving Boxes serve 8 – 10 people for $90. Available November 27 – 29. Last day to reserve is Monday, November 23. Call the restaurant at 240.442.5542.
Penn Alps Pre order your Thanksgiving dinner by Wednesday the 25th. Call 301-895-5985.
The Casselman Inn and Restaurant Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 26! All meals will be served with a drink. $15.99 for adults and $7.95 for children 4 – 10 years of age. Ages 3 and under are free with the purchase of one adult meal per child.
Festival of Trees Garrett County is a favorite holiday season event. It is fun for the entire family and benefits an important cause. Like many events, this year will be different due to COVID-19. The festival organizers came up with a way to continue the tradition in a safe, virtual way.
Festival of Trees Garrett County 2020
The 13th Annual Festival of Trees will be a virtual tree decorating contest. Unlike years past, these trees will not actually be auctioned or available for purchase. They are simply entered into a decorating contest.
There will be three classes: 1) Individual 2) Commercial 3) Junior (16 and under)
You can vote for a tree by making a donation to the Dove Center, designated for that tree. The cost per vote will be $5 and multiple votes are encouraged. The contest runs from December 7th through December 21st.
Deep Creek Lake fireworks are something that everyone looks forward to year-after-year. Due to COVID-19, many summer events have been cancelled. Keeping everyone safe it of utmost importance.
That being said, this favorite local event is NOT cancelled. The July 4th Deep Creek Lake fireworks are happening as scheduled. Much to the delight of area residents and vacationers, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is proceeding with their plans.
When are the Deep Creek Lake Fireworks?
The Deep Creek Lake fireworks are scheduled for Saturday, July 4, 2020. They will begin at approximately 9:30PM. In the event of inclement weather, they will be held on the 5th at the same time. You can tune in to local radio stations: 104.5 WKHJ, 92.3 WKTQ, 95.9 WKTZ, 1050 WMSG radio for live updates on the status of the fireworks.
December Deep Creek Lake events offer lots of ways to catch the holiday spirit. There is nothing like the holiday season in the mountains! Find out where you can see Santa or ring in the New Year with my event guide for December 2019.
December Deep Creek Events
Christmas in the Village December 6 & 7 The 33rd Annual Christmas in the Village is Friday from 4-8 pm and Saturday from noon-8 pm. Candle luminaries light the way around fire-warmed studios and historic museums during this free event. Meet the artists and purchase gifts. Hands-on activities for kids and choral programs in the village church. MORE INFO
A Great Small Town Christmas December 6 & 7 Tree lighting ceremony, sleigh/carriage rides, treats from Santa, music, shopping and dining specials and more. MORE INFO
2019 Christmas Charity Tour of Homes December 6 & 7 First United Bank & Trust sponsors of the Annual Christmas Charity Tour of Homes with proceeds from this year’s event benefitting Garrett County Habitat for Humanity. MORE INFO
Deep Creek November events center around the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This is a quieter time of year at the lake. While it might not be jam packed with events, it is a month made for long walks and cozy nights by the fire.
Deep Creek November Events
Live Entertainment at the Honi-Honi Every Friday and Saturday You can count on the ever popular Honi-Honi for live music every weekend. More Info
Team Bingo at Mountain State Every Sunday, 1PM This FREE game is fun for the entire family. Munch on delicious flatbreads and sip craft beers while you play bingo with a chance to win a $250 jackpot round. More Info
Garrett Regional Medical Center 2019 Gala November 16, 6PM, Wisp Resort Join Garrett Regional Medical Center as they honor the stars of our community. This black tie affair is a fun way to support our local hospital. More Info
Festival of Trees November 28 and 30, Garrett County Fairgrounds Catch the holiday spirit at this favorite event that raises money for the Dove Center. The kids can have breakfast with Santa (make reservations). There are also lots of fun crafts along with a “crazy hair” station. For the grown ups, there are numerous artisans on-hand selling their work. You can check out the beautifully decorated trees that are auctioned off at the end of the event. More Info
Fall events celebrate this colorful season at Deep Creek Lake! Throughout the month of October, there are fun happenings throughout Garrett County and the surrounding area. Additionally, you can enjoy vibrant foliage as you travel from one festival to the next!
Along with the events listed below, MoonShadow and the Honi-Honi bar have live music every weekend.
Fall Events 2019
Cove Run Farm Corn Maze Friday – 4-9, Saturday 12-9 and Sunday 2-6 (other days/times by appointment), 596 Griffith Rd., Accident, MD Bring the kids and find your way through the corn maze! Hay rides and a petting zoo are available too!
Springs Folk Festival October 4-5, 9AM-5PM, Springs, PA Experience this celebration of the arts, skills and labors of our forefathers. There is live music, hayrides for the kids and over 100 artisans selling and demonstrating their crafts.
52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival October 9-13, Activities throughout Garrett County This favorite festival is five days of fun! Parades, craft shows, live music and antique shows are just a few of the highlights.
Deep Creek Lake late summer events will keep you entertained! I call this the “secret season” as it is one of my favorite times of year in Garrett County. Warm days are perfect for boating and kayaking. Plus, you feel like you have the lake all to yourself. Crisp nights have a hint of the fall season that arrives in late September. My boys love making s’mores and hanging out around the fire pit. Also, vacation rental rates offer you a great value.
Deep Creek Lake Late Summer Events
Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival September 7, Noon-6PM Over 200 wineries will be on hand along with numerous craft beers, local and regional artisans, live music, activities for the kids and more.
2019 AYCE Crab and Shrimp Feast September 7, 3-9PM Only 450 tickets are available for this fun event that benefits the Deep Creek Lake Volunteer Fire Department.