Christmas Activities at Deep Creek Lake
Deep Creek Lake is a state park located in Garrett County, Maryland. The park is centered around a 4,000 square foot man-made lake, the largest body of water in the state. Deep Creek is a popular vacation destination. It is surrounded by resorts
, hotels, and tourist facilities. Historically, the area has been popular for summer travelers, who swim, fish and boat in the lake. In recent years, however, the area has become a true year-round destination, with an increased effort to draw travelers during the holiday season.
Skiiing and Snowboarding
Nothing helps us feel more festive than spending some time in the snow, and one of the best ways for families to enjoy the snow together is by skiing or snowboarding. Situated in the mountainous region of western Maryland, the Deep Creek area has plenty of opportunities for ski and snowboard fans. Those looking for the traditional downhill experience can visit Ski Wisp, a local resort featuring dozens of slopes, a terrain park, snow tubing, and plenty of lodging options. Wisp has snow-making machines to help out when nature isn't cooperating, allowing visitors to ski from November through March. Those looking to try cross-country skiing can rent skis at Deep Creek Lake state park, and spend a few hours exploring the park's many trails.
Ski Wisp Resort
296 Marsh Hill Road
McHenry, Maryland 21541
Deep Creek Lake State Park
898 State Park Road
Swanton, Maryland 21561
Enjoy Christmas Anytime at the Christmas Chalet
Find the perfect ornament to complete your tree at the Christmas Chalet. This year-round mega-store features thousands of ornaments and decorations, as well as many specialty holiday items. Their collection includes many hard-to-find items from antique nutcrackers to the latest in Christmas decor. While the store is open all year, it is most fun to visit during the holidays. There are special events and millions of twinkling lights. Santa Claus himself stops by to make your family's visit even more memorable.
18985 Garrett Highway
Oakland, Maryland 21550
Celebrate the holiday season at the Oakland Winterfest. It's located just outside of Deep Creek Lake state park. This annual event features dozens of intricate ice sculptures that are displayed throughout downtown Oakland, as well as sleigh rides and visits with Santa. During the evening, the sculptures are lit up with colorful lights. Music plays while food is served. There's a huge ice slide for kids, as well as and ice castle with its very own throne. Area merchants will display crafts and items for sale, and snowmobile rides and demonstrations are available. The event is held during the Christmas season along Adler, Liberty, and Second Streets. Visit Winterfest to see small-town holiday celebrations at their finest.
Emily Beach works in the commercial construction industry in Maryland. She received her LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008 and is in the process of working towards an Architectural Hardware Consultant certification from the Door and Hardware Institute. She received a bachelor's degree in economics and management from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.