Chesapeake Bay Magazine's Talk of the Bay

It’s November, kids, that gray and rainy prelude to the dreadful three-month buzz-kill we call "winter." But we’re not going to let it get us down, this time, are we? (Here’s where you say, “No we’re not!”) This time we’re going to stay focused on all the good things about winter in Chesapeake, right? (Now say, “Damn right!” or “Hoo-ah!” or some such.) That’s the spirit! Now follow us to Cruiser’s Calendar—which you’ll find not only in the December-January issue of Chesapeake Bay, but also on the CBM website,

We keep asking Mom and Dad how Santa can be in so many places, seemingly at the same time, and they keep just . . . changing the subject! What’s up with that? Anyway, if the December Cruiser’s Calendar is any indication, it’s happening again this year. Santa will be in St. Michaels and Cambridge and Onancock and Fell’s Point and Reedville and Yorktown and . . . oh, pretty much everywhere, especially in the middle two weekends of December. How can that be? Mom, Dad? Any thoughts?

Cambridge, December 1-30 Take part in a tradition that goes back to the 1930s, the annual Christmas train “garden” at the Cambridge (Md.) Rescue Fire Company. Volunteers spend weeks setting up this elaborate and very old-fashioned display, complete with towns, trees, rural areas and even a few miniature emergency rescues in progress (it is a fire department, after all). 8 Washington Street, Cambridge, Md. Mon.-Fri. 6–9 p.m., weekends 1–4 p.m. and 6–9 p.m. 410-228-1211;

Yorktown, December 7 This annual holiday celebration features the procession of lights down Main Street, the lighting of the town Christmas tree, a lighted boat parade, caroling and a visit from Santa. On Saturday enjoy an oyster roast at the Maritime Museum. Yorktown, Va. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., oyster roast 1–3 p.m., boat parade at 6 p.m. 757-890-4970;

Williamsburg, December 1-January 5  Enjoy the holiday traditions of the 17th and 18th centuries through interpretive programs, musical entertainment, guided tours and more at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. The parade takes place Dec. 7. Williamsburg, Va. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 757-253-4838;

St. Michaels, December 13-15 Celebrate the holidays in St. Michaels with historic home tours, a Christmas parade, breakfast with Santa. The festivities begin with Friday night holiday gala at the Harbourtowne Resort. St. Michaels, Md. Gala 6:30 p.m. Fri. Parade begins Sat. 10:30 a.m.; 410-745-0745;

Havre de Grace, December 15 Visit the historic homes and buildings of Havre de Grace during the town’s 41st annual candlelight tour, organized by the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House. 4–8 p.m. 410-939-5780;

For a complete list of holiday events, including lighted boat parades visit Cruisers Calendar.

Calvert Marina on Back Creek in Solomons, Md., is offering a big transient discount for card-carrying BoatUS members. Only $1.00 per foot, per night, plus electric. 410-326-4251;

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., offers free day-docking at their members-only marina for all family-level memberships and above. To join call 410-745-2916 or online at

Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa in Chesapeake Beach, Md., is offering a special 50% off Banquet Room Rental & Complimentary Champagne Toast. Offer valid on receptions from 12/1/13–1/31/2014. Not applicable on previously booked events. Must be booked by 1/15/14. Mention Chesapeake Bay Magazine for discount. To make reservations call 410-286-2110.

Yacht View Brokerage of Annapolis is offering complimentary dockage and weekly professional cleaning for power and sailing yachts, 20' to 80', until sold! 410-923-1400;

Lighted boat parades from Havre de Grace to Norfolk

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