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Maryland Spotlight - Maryland Main Streets - An Avenue to Holiday Charm 

11/26/2013 

Maryland Main Streets
An Avenue to Holiday Charm

Baltimore, MD (November 26, 2013) - Enjoy the shopping and revitalization along Maryland Main Streets – a network of 26 downtown communities across the state where you’re apt to find horse-drawn carriages and strolling carolers amid holiday celebrations. You’ll also discover locally-owned shops with merchants eager to help you and many offering discounts to help with your holiday shopping. Each Main Street – on the Eastern Shore, in Mountain Maryland and the regions in between – is a gateway to the authentic treasures of Maryland.

“By shopping at Main Street businesses, you are directly supporting the local economy, and celebrating the holidays is a great reason to get out and explore our great Main Street Maryland communities,” said Raymond A. Skinner, secretary,  Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

“On Main Street you’ll find locally-owned shops and boutiques, art galleries, bookstores and antiques.  And there are Main Street restaurants, diners, pubs, and cafes for every taste — whether you are a foodie looking for the latest culinary experience or just looking to enjoy the local cuisine,” said Margot Amelia, executive director, Maryland Office of Tourism. “And, with Small Business Saturday on November 30 and the Main Street Holiday discounts (including Season’s Eatings! Coupons), there never has been a better time to shop on Main Street!”

Below is a list of Main Streets (grouped by region) and a holiday event from each one:

Western Maryland

Cumberland (Allegany)
Tree Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 29

Frostburg (Allegany)
Storybook Holiday, Dec. 7

Oakland (Garrett)
Great Small Town Christmas , Nov. 25 – mid-Jan.

Capital Region

Brunswick (Frederick)
Hometown Holidays, Dec. 14

Frederick (Frederick)
Kris Kringle Procession, Dec. 13

Middletown (Frederick)
Christmas in the Valley, Dec. 6

Mount Airy (Frederick)
Main Street Christmas, Dec. 7

Takoma Park (Montgomery County)
Pajamarama, Dec. 8

Thurmont (Frederick)
Christmas House Tour, Dec. 14 – 15

Central Maryland

Annapolis (Anne Arundel)
Midnight Madness, Dec. 5 & 12

Bel Air (Harford)
Author and Artists Holiday Gift Sale, Dec. 7

Dundalk (Baltimore)
Holiday Hoopla, Dec. 7

Havre de Grace (Harford)
New Year’s Eve Duck Drop and Fireworks, Dec. 31

Sykesville (Carroll)
Cookies on Main Street, Dec. 7

Taneytown (Carroll)
Carroll County Artists Studio Tour, Dec. 7 – 8

Westminster (Carroll)
Miracle on Main Holiday Event, Nov. 30

Eastern Shore

Berlin (Worcester)
Victorian Christmas, Nov. 29 – Dec. 31

Cambridge (Dorchester)
Cambridge Dorchester Christmas Parade, Dec. 7

Centreville (Queen Anne’s County)
Christmas Parade, Dec. 6

Chestertown (Kent)
Home for the Holidays, Nov. 29 – Dec. 30

Denton (Caroline)
Wassail Fest at Holiday Lighting, Nov. 29 – Dec. 4

Easton (Talbot)
First Night Talbot, Dec. 31

Elkton (Cecil)
Tree Lighting, Dec. 6

Ocean City (Worcester)
Light Up Downtown, Nov. 29 – Dec. 14

Princess Anne (Somerset)
Midnight Muskrat Celebration, Dec. 31

Salisbury (Wicomico)
Winter Wonderland Lighting, Nov. 30

ABOUT MARYLAND MAIN STREET PROGRAM:

Main Street Maryland was created in 1998 by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) as a comprehensive downtown revitalization plan. DHCD also partners with the National Trust Main Street Center, which has developed a widely-used approach for commercial revitalization. The center is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

ABOUT MARYLAND TOURISM:

The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts within the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Visitors to the state spent more than $14.9 billion on travel-related expenses in 2012. During 2012, the Maryland tourism industry also generated more than to $2 billion in state and local taxes, and provided more than 135,000 jobs for Maryland residents.

 
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