Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and you know what that means -- yes, it's time to officially start your Christmas shopping.
But you need to be in the spirit. Do that 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Annual Christmas on Olde Main Street celebration in Westminster, featuring decorations and traditional atmosphere, crafts, stories, train rides andentertainment.
Hear a Christmas story at 10 a.m. at the county library, and check out the daylong craft show in Winchester Exchange. Merchants will have open house throughout the day with discounts to help with that special gift.
Mayor W. Benjamin Brown will light the city Christmas tree when Santa arrives at 5 p.m. with treats for the kiddies.
If you don't feel like cooking before starting your shopping, relax over the Pleasant Valley Ladies' Auxiliary's all-you-can eat pancake breakfast 4 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 2030 S.Pleasant Valley Road, Westminster.
Cost is $3.75 for adults and $1.50 for children.
While in Westminster Saturday, wander over to the Carroll County Farmer's Market at the Ag Center on Smith Avenue for a wide assortment of handmade gifts and arts and crafts -- from stocking-stuffers to tree-toppers available from 100 stalls.
Parking and admission are free, 8:30 a.m. to 3p.m.
Right next door to the Ag Center is the Carroll County Farm Museum, celebrating "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Santa will be there 10 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, and there are tours and crafts.
Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children age 6 to 18 and seniors. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.
Before leaving Westminster, stop by the Maryland Orchid Society's annual orchid auction noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Reese Fire Hall, Route 140.
Now head up to Taneytown for the fourth annual Christmas Star Bazaar on Saturday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church Hall, 44 Frederick St.
Among the featured items are arts and crafts and baked goods, plus Santa's Secret Workshop and raffles, open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. SantaClaus will be there, too, for photos.
If you're really into the arts and crafts, check out the show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, at the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Hall, 1341 MainSt.
Admission is free, and refreshments will be available.
Information: 239-2406 or 374-1301.
Haven't had enough crafts yet? Then finish off the day the Country Willows Arts and Crafts Show 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Winfield Fire Hall on Old West Liberty Road, Winfield.
More than 125 tables will offer everykind of craft available, and Santa will be there 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. A Williamsburg queen-sized quilt also will be raffled off to benefit the Winfield Fire Department. Food will be available.
Take a break from shopping to dance the night away at the Sunday Singles charity dance to benefit Carroll County Food Sunday and the Salvation Army at 9 p.m. at Frock's, Bond Street,Westminster.
Inner Realm plays the sounds. Tickets are $9 per person or $8 for members and includes a cash bar, door prizes, raffle tickets and snacks.
If a play's the thing for you, catch Stone Roads Productions' final presentations of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," Friday, Saturday or Sunday at the Havilah-Hayes Dinner Theatre, Big Pipe Creek Park, Taneytown.
Doors open for evening shows at 5:30 and at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday's offerings also include the Piedmont Pacers Volksmarch Club's 10-kilometer walk any time between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., from the Nature Center in Piney Run Park, 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg.
Come to a Victorian Christmas Tea from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Historical Society is pouring at 210 E. Main St., Westminster.
The free event includes an exhibit of Victorian ornaments and other artifacts from the society's collection. You might even pick up a gift or two at the book table.
If you still need some holiday spirit, it's at a free concert, "Holiday with You," presented by the Carroll County Choral Society at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.