by Trish Rudder
Christmas lanterns have gone up along downtown Berkeley Springs streets this week, marking the early start of the local holiday season.
Bath Christmas Project, Inc., a local non-profit organization that decorates the town and provides events for the upcoming holidays, is finalizing their list of Christmas events as the days get closer to December 25.
The Project is led by Hunter Clark, president and Denise Selby, vice president with help from the many “elves” that strive to make the holidays more enjoyable each year.
The following Christmas events include those organized by the Bath Christmas Project:
Monday, November 7: “Santa’s Magical Mailbox” appears at the Morgan County Public Library at the side entrance. Letters must be received by December 18.
Friday, December 2: The 5th Annual Cocoa Crawl from 5-9 p.m. in Downtown Berkeley Springs is sponsored by the Berkeley Springs-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.
Saturday, December 3: Free children’s Christmas movies at Berkeley Springs High School Auditorium at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” are featured. The event is sponsored by Dr. Andrew and Mrs. Phyllis Berens.
Saturday, December 3, 3:30-4 p.m. prior to Winter Fest Parade, the Bath Christmas Project social media page will announce its raffle ticket winners. (Raffle tickets can be purchased at CJs Floral, Roy’s Service Center, Country Traditions Emporium and at Town Hall).
Saturday, December 3, 5 p.m. Winter Fest Parade in Downtown Berkeley Springs. For application to participate contact Danielle Swope at BerkeleySpringsWinterFest@gmail.com. Deadline: November 25.
Saturday, December 3: The official Christmas Tree Lighting will be held 30 minutes after the Winter Fest Parade ends to allow the parade participants to take part in the ceremony.
December 5-9: “Christmas at the Castle” fund-raising event is hosted by the Bath Christmas Project, Inc. See the Bath Christmas Project social media page for ticket details. All proceeds will benefit the Bath Christmas Project.
Saturday, December 10: Free adults’ Christmas movie at the Berkeley Springs High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. “White Christmas” starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen is featured. The event is hosted by Hope Community Church and Bath Christmas Project, Inc. and is sponsored by Dr. Andrew and Mrs. Phyllis Berens.
Saturday, December 17, 6-11 p.m. Luminaries will be lit in Berkeley Springs State Park. See Bath Christmas Project social media page for details to purchase luminaries. (Rain date: December 18).
Sunday, December 18. Free concert featuring Croatian singer Tajci (pronounced TYchee) at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church. The event’s time is not yet determined – see Bath Christmas Project social media page for details and update. The concert was paid for by an anonymous donor.
The Bath Christmas Project, Inc. is “incredibly grateful to our local community for the support given, and we would not be able to continue without your generosity,” Selby said last week.
Check the events page and the newspaper for event updates and details.