Concerts, plays, bazaars, breakfasts and dinners promise to put the holiday spirit into one and all.
Start Friday with your choice of concerts, comedy or mystery.
The Chesapeake Brass Quintet, a chamber music group of area musicians, will play the sounds of the season at Western Maryland College at 8 p.m.
Friday in Baker Memorial Chapel. Hear Christmas favorites as well as popular songs from Rogers and Hammerstein and George M. Cohan at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $5 and proceeds benefit the Symphony Society of Carroll County. Information: 848-6673.
Also, in Baker Memorial Chapel, the Western Maryland College Choir will present a free concert of holiday favorites at 8 p.m. Sunday. The choir, conducted by Margaret Boudreaux, will perform selections from the final Bach cantata to the original "Rock of Ages," which will be sung in Hebrew.
If musical comedy is more to your liking, see "Pippin" at Liberty High School Friday or Saturday. Tickets are $3 tickets. Curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on the Bartholow Road campus in Eldersburg. Information: 795-8100.
Or get caught up in murder and mystery, Agatha Christie style, as Francis Scott Key's Drama Club presents "The Mousetrap" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $2 for students, $3 for adults. The school is on Bark Hill Road, Uniontown. Information: 775-7888.
True Life Ministries will present David Meece performing from his latest album, "Learning to Trust" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 at the door of Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road. Information: 346-6186.
The Intergenerational Chorus joins in the holiday song fest with several gala performances. The first is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Westminster Inn, Center Street. Information: 857-2103.
Now, that's all the relaxing you get to do this weekend. All of the other events will keep you running, shopping and munching.
* Oakland United Methodist Church invites you and Santa to breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday. The jolly old elf has agreed to a photo session, so bring your cameras along.
Cost is $3 for adults and $2.50 for children. Make your reservations to take a seat in Oakland Hall on Mineral Hill Road. Information: 795-7340.
* In between strolls along Olde Main Street, you will find many other events around Westminster Saturday. Two floors of holiday fun await visitors to St. John Catholic Church's 37th annual Christmas Bazaar.
The school will be decked out with gifts to match every name on your list. You also can buy ornaments and greenery to decorate your home. Santa will visit, too.
Lunch, 12,000 cookies and 500 pounds of fudge are all available for purchase. Admission is free at the 10 a.m.-to-5 p.m. event at 43 Monroe St.
Cross over to 46 Monroe St. to the Westminster Assembly and another Christmas Bazaar with gifts of jewelry and crafts, wreaths, candy and baked goods. Doors open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 876-6067.
* How about a gift of art? Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center and the Carroll County Arts Council present annual Art Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
The center is at 300 John Owings Road, Westminster. Information: 848-9040.
* Stop in at the Carroll County Christmas Farmers Market from 8:30 a.m.
to 3 p.m. You can pick up fresh greenery, gifts, decorations and food. The market runs Saturdays through Dec. 15 at the Agricultural Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster. Information: 875-2158.
* Take a dinner break Saturday at Emory United Methodist Church's family-style ham and oyster supper.
Cost is $9 for adults and $4.50 for children. Take something home from the bake and craft tables, too. Doors open at 1 p.m. at Boring Fire Hall, Old Hanover Road. Information: 833-5481.
* The New Windsor Fire Company wants to drag you out of the kitchen Sunday for a pancake and sausage breakfast. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children.
Drop in from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fire Hall, High Street.