"O Tannenbaum," decked out in traditional splendor, stars at the Carroll County Farm Museum's open house. Treat your eyes to lovely trees from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Dec. 2.
The staff has decorated each room of the farmhouse and the log cabin with a particular theme. Visitors will see a Victorian, a traditional and an English hunt and peacock fantasy tree, each gleaming bright. A Tannenbaum is decked out in Scherenschnitte, or cut-paper ornaments.
You can bring your own miniature tree to enter into a decorating contest, with area businesses awarding ribbons and prizes to winners. If you don't have a miniature entry, you can purchase one at the museum and do it up yourself at home. Height limit is 12 inches.
Museum craftspeople will demonstrate their old-fashioned skills during the open house. Visitors can buy homemade goodies from the summer kitchen.
And, of course, Santa, the jolly old elf himself, will pay daily visits from noon to 2 p.m.
The museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster. Information: 848-7775.
Now that Thanksgiving is just about behind you, you can start concentrating all your attention and energy on Christmas. Several craft fairs this weekend will help you fill those holiday gift lists.
Visit the Victorian and Folk Art Craft Show, which opens Friday and runs through Tuesday at Winfield Fire Hall, Route 26.
A little Midnight Madness kicks off the show Friday, with free drawings and refreshments. Doors open at 10 a.m. and don't close until midnight.
More than 100 artisans participate in this unique juried craft show, one of the largest in the county. Take your chance on a handmade quilt. The raffle benefits the Winfield Fire Department.
If you can't make it Friday, don't worry. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Travel up the road a bit to Union Bridge, where the town fire company is sponsoring a Christmas Mart from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fire Hall on Locust Street.
Santa joins more than 50 vendors. Buy a ticket for the hourly raffles and enjoy the food, which is available all day.
Hampstead has show time, too. The Fire Department Auxiliary plans an Arts and Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall, 1341 Main St.
Admission is free, and refreshments are available all day.
Cranberry Mall wants to help you get into the spirit of the season this weekend as the Carroll County Human Services Program kicks off its annual Neighbors in Need program.
Take a break from your personal shopping and choose an ornament from the mall tree during regular hours. Purchase an inexpensive gift, and your donation will be gift-wrapped free.
You'll find the tree at Center Court, 400 N. Center St., Westminster.
Flowers make ideal gifts for home or friends. The Maryland Orchid Society has scheduled its annual auction from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Reese Fire Hall, Route 140.
Buy or just browse, learn about and simply enjoy an array of beautiful and rare orchids.
Admission is free.
Carroll County Christmas Farmers Market is open for the season, too, with holiday gifts, decorations and food.
Wind your way through the stalls from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 15 at the Agricultural Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster.
If you are just looking for entertainment this weekend, far from the shopping crowds, take your choice of:
* Last chance to combine dining and drama as Havilah-Hayes Dinner Theatre presents "Towards Zero." Dinner is served at 6:30 with 8 p.m.
curtain Friday and Saturday. The Sunday matinees also features dinner, at 1 p.m.