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County kicks off holidays this weekend

Strategically placed Christmas displays are part of the work of the Bath Christmas Project now found throughout Berkeley Springs.

If you’re looking to boost your holiday spirit, Morgan County is offering all the ingredients this weekend. Several community groups will host major Christmas events to kick off the season for residents and visitors.

Festivities start this Friday, December 1 at 5 p.m. in downtown Berkeley Springs with the free Cocoa Crawl. Businesses will be open and offering tastings of signature hot cocoa as they offer extended shopping hours and specials. Attendees can pick up a map around town, from the Chamber of Commerce office or download it from the Chamber website. The Cocoa Crawl runs until 9 p.m.

The Bath Christmas Project picks up their main activities on Saturday, December 2. They will host a free children’s Christmas movie, “Prancer” at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church’s rectory at 2 p.m. There will be free popcorn and water. All are welcome to attend.

At 5 p.m., the Winterfest Parade will kick off, with floats leaving the American Legion area in North Berkeley and parading south along U.S. 522 to the intersection of Martinsburg Road and Roy’s Service Center.

Organizers said this year floats can’t throw candy from the street, but walkers through the parade could be handing out treats.

Morgan County students made a diverse collection of colorful Christmas ornaments, which now hang at the front of the county courthouse.

Following the parade, the Bath Christmas Project will officially light the town’s Christmas tree on the Fairfax Green in front of the county courthouse.

On Sunday, Paw Paw will host its annual Christmas Parade, starting at 4:30 p.m. The parade runs from Kimble Funeral Home along Winchester Street to the Bank of Romney. After the parade, the Lights of Love will be lit near the bank in memory of community members. There will be free hot cocoa during the parade event.

Parking meters in Berkeley Springs are starting to be decorated for the holidays. The Town of Bath, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, offers free street parking during the holiday shopping season.

Student-made ornaments hang like a necklace in front of the Morgan County Courthouse as part of the Bath Christmas Project’s public display.

The Bath Christmas Project has restored local legacy Christmas displays and put on free holiday events as a non-profit entity. They accept donations and can use additional volunteers to keep the effort going. More information can be found on their website and social media pages.