Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

Thursday, November 26th - Sunday, November 29th

This weekend of Thanksgiving, demonstrate your gratitude to your local artisans, farmers and craftsmen by supporting them at the multitude of holiday markets! Some of these fairs include Downtown Westminster Holiday Markets, the Carroll County Farmer's Market and Craft Show (It's Bring a Friend Day!) at the Carroll County Ag Center, Reindollar Carriage House's Shop Small Holiday Market, or the 8th Annual Sykesville Holiday Marketplace. For other events downtown, Miracle on Main Street Downtown Event by Westminster Rec and Parks will be hosting their annual Christmas tree lighting and parade, with fun activities for the kids. If you're into nature themed holiday decorations, we have something right for you! The 24th Annual Festival of Wreaths, a donation event to benefit the Carroll Arts Council, and the 15th Annual Carroll County Festival of Trees, organized by Shepherd's Staff, will feature lots of beautifully crafted decor for the holidays. Lastly, the Carroll Singers Present “Signs of the Season” to round off your weekend with some in-person music once more. 

Stay warm, and have a great weekend exploring all Carroll has to offer!

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*Please note: Events are subject to change due to public health concerns or weather conditions, so we strongly advise that you always contact event organizers to confirm dates and times.

1. Downtown Westminster Holiday Markets

Friday, November 26th, 9:00am – 3:00pm

This holiday season, Westminster brings you their first ever Holiday Market, located Downtown! This event will take place throughout the rest of November and most of December. Favorite vendors from the regular season, plus some local artisans (and the train garden!) will be a fun experience for everyone. For more information, call 410-903-3921 or email

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2. 24th Annual Festival of Wreaths

Friday, November 26th, 10:00am – 7:00pm

Over 150 unique handmade wreaths will be sold through an online auction, all to benefit the Carroll Arts Council! This Annual Festival of Wreaths is sponsored by PNC Bank, NWSB Bank, and Molli’s Cafe; during the auction the Arts Center has a bunch of fun display entries for the patrons to visit. Each entry may also come with extra gifts, like ticket vouchers, gift cards, specialty beverages, experiences, and more. Bidding ends at 4pm on December 5th. 

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3. 15th Annual Carroll County Festival of Trees

Friday, November 26th, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Hosted by Shepherd's Staff, the Annual Carroll County Festival of Trees is a silent auction of unique, beautiful, and handcrafted trees in addition to other artisan items. At the event, there will also be live music, a photo booth, baked goods, and raffles! The auction will be held online, with not only the beautiful trees but other holiday items as well. 

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4. Carroll County Farmer's Market and Craft Show - Bring a Friend Day

Saturday, November 27th, 8:00am – 2:00pm

This weeks Carroll County Farmer's Market and Craft Show is Bring a Friend Day! The 75-100 vendors will be selling their large variety of homemade goods. Some homesteading products for sale include produce like local fresh eggs, cheese, wine, nuts, honey, jams and jellies, with some seasonal winter vegetables also available. Other miscellaneous craft items like pottery, wood crafts, and soaps are for sale. While you shop, feel free to indulge in the breakfast and lunch available! Admission and parking is free, for more information call Anita at 410-848-7748. 

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5. Shop Small Holiday Market

Saturday, November 27th, 8:00am – 1:00pm

Additional Dates include 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

Support small businesses this Saturday! And the next Saturday... and the next! Reindollar Carriage House organized their Shop Small Holiday market with new vendors every week, so you always get a taste of something new. Parking is free, and accessible through Church Street. Contact Reindollar Carriage House at for more information. 

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6. 8th Annual Sykesville Holiday Marketplace

Saturday, November 27th, 9:00am – 3:00pm

The Annual Sykesville Holiday Marketplace has a bit of everything! From specialty food and drink, to skin products, to home décor, theres something there for everyone. Not to mention, it will be held inside and away from the chill, offers a visit with Santa, (and reptiles!) with free face painting. This event is handicap accessible, and is free to attend. 

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7. Miracle on Main Street Downtown Event

Saturday, November 27th, 5:00 – 8:00pm

Join Downtown Westminster for Miracle on Main Street! To start, they have a Jingle Bell Run at 4:45. Click here to register. At 5, they have a Holiday Electric Parade, and their annual Tree Lighting to follow! After that, Santa's Treat will be held at the Westminster Family Fitness Center where you can enjoy crafts, games, and face painting all while visiting with Santa. If you are interested in volunteering during the event, click here to fill out a registration form. 

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8. Carroll Singers Presents “Signs of the Season”

Monday, November 29th, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Additional Dates Include: 11/30

Back at it, the Carroll Singers present “Signs of the Season”. Their showcase will include selections like Christmas Angels, Baby Born a King, Light a Candle, and Grandma’s Killer Fruitcake; each song mentions various signs, symbols, or traditions of the holiday season. Tickets are available at The Carroll Arts Center, Coffey Music, Menchey Music, and through Carroll Singers Members. They cost $15 for adults at the door or $12 in advance, or $9 for students at the door or $7 in advance, with kids under 6 free! For more information, call 410-259-3726. 

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