For anybody who ever wondered why people decorate evergreen trees at Christmas or why red and green are the colors of of the holiday, the Carroll County Farm Museum's annual Holiday Tour is one place to find out.
This year's tour, with the theme "Origins of Christmas Traditions," is designed to answer those and other questions about the holiday. Farm Museum staff have researched a number of Christmas traditions to share with visitors who take the guided tour.
The holiday tour will officially kick off with the tree-lighting ceremony and singing of carols at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Each room of the festively decorated farmhouse will highlight a different Christmas tradition and the story behind its origins. Santa will visit, and artisans will demonstrate old-time crafts.
Wagon rides will be available and poinsettias will be available for purchase.
The museum gift shop will be open and stocked with holiday items for decorating and gift-giving. Stuffed animals from Gund and Ganz, hand-crafted items made by farm museum artisans, holiday ornaments from various countries and the farm museum's 2003 hand-painted collectible ornaments will be available.
The tour also includes lunch foods available for purchase in the Sleigh Bell Cafe, located in the heated and handicapped-accessible lower level of the Administration Building.
The tour will be held Friday, Saturday and Dec. 7, 12, 13 and 14. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $1 per person; children age 6 and younger accompanied by a paying guest are admitted free.
The farm museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.
Information: 410-848-7775 or 410-876-2667.