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The annual Solomons Christmas Walk will be held Dec. 7 and 8 and will feature candlelit streets with festive storefronts and homes, decorations, a lighted boat parade and breakfast with Santa.

“This has become a time-treasured tradition and is our gift to the community for the young and the young at heart to experience the beauty and fun of Solomons,” said SBA Christmas Walk Chairwoman Sherry Reid, event and volunteer coordinator at the Calvert Marine Museum, in a news release. “As one of the SBA’s signature events, the Solomons Christmas Walk is just another reason our town has been rated among the top 15 happiest seaside towns in America.”

The weekend of activities will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 7, with the tree-lighting ceremony complete with Santa at the Solomons Riverwalk Pavilion.

Friday’s opening ceremony will be followed by children’s boat building at Southern Maryland Sailing Association and Christmas crafts at the museum from 6 to 9 p.m. A free puppet show, “Rufus the Rednosed Raindog,” presented by the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre, will begin at 7 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church.

Saturday’s events begin with Breakfast with Santa at Isaac’s Restaurant from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult and reservations are required by calling 410-326-6311.

Saturday’s evening activities begin at 6 p.m. and will include Santa’s Coffee House at the museum through 9 p.m. Weather conditions permitting, the lighted boat parade will begin at 6:15 p.m. at the Solomons Yachting Center and end along the boardwalk at approximately 7:15 p.m.

The parade can be viewed from many of the restaurants and establishments on Back Creek or the boardwalk.

Offered both evenings, will be pet adoptions at carmen’s Gallery, a live nativity scene weather permitting at Our Lady Star of the Sea, and “GLITZ: Art That Sparkles” at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center from 6 to 9 p.m.

Concluding the weekend will be a party at the Back Creek Bistro from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The event is open to the public and reservations are required. Cost is $30 per person. For reservations, call 410-326-9900 or email reservations@backcreekbistro.com.

For a map and schedule of events, go to www.solomonschristmaswalk.com.

Prince Frederick Art Walk returns to Calvert County seat

The third annual Prince Frederick Art Walk is back. Organized by the artists of CalvART Gallery, the 2012 Prince Frederick Artwalk will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8.

The event will be capped off with one of CalvART Gallery’s receptions from 5 to 8 p.m. with a “Gifts of a Lifetime” raffle basket full of gifts and stocking stuffers to be awarded to one lucky Artwalk and reception attendee. Detailed Artwalk maps are available at www.artwalkprincefrederick.com.