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Celebrate the Holidays in a Storybook Way at the FSU Children’s Literature Centre

Celebrate the Holidays in a Storybook Way at the FSU Children’s Literature Centre
Children can write and post letters to Santa, one of many children’s activities during Frostburg Storybook Holiday.


FROSTBURG, Md. – Frostburg State University’s Children’s Literature Centre will host its 10th annual Frostburg Storybook Holiday on Saturday, Dec. 7. The day-long event, co-sponsored by Frostburg First, will feature special activities and winter festivities, most free and open to the public, for both the young and the young-at-heart.

Before Saturday, head over to the Lyric Theatre, located on Main Street in downtown Frostburg, on Friday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m., to see the children’s play “A Storybook Holiday Mystery.” Then, drop by the St. Michael’s Church courtyard at 7 p.m. to participate in a Tree-Lighting Celebration.

Start Saturday, Dec. 7, off with a holiday Breakfast with the Elves from 8 to 8:45 a.m. in the Hotel Gunter. Tickets will be sold in advance and can be purchased for $6 each at the Hotel Gunter. Afterward, take a walk up and down Main Street from 9 to 10:15 a.m. during the Holiday Parade, sponsored by the American Legion Farrady Post No. 24. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., witness demonstrations of supreme elven athleticism during the Elf Olympics at the Broadway Street parking lot.

Catch lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church as they serve seasonal soup and sandwiches. Around the same time, from 11:15 a.m. to noon, the Frostburg Community Library will host a reading by author Cynthia Cotton, who will present her winter story, “Snow Ponies,” to the community. From 11:30 a.m. to noon, waltz on down to the Broadway parking lot to see the Frostburg Dance Academy in action.

Take part in the holiday cheer from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. as Frostburg’s City Place transforms into a winter wonderland full of holiday events for the whole family to enjoy, such as a miniature train display, Letters to Santa and Elves’ Secret Workshops stations, photos with elves and craft vendors. Sing along with elves at the “Elfaoke” in the City Place parking lot from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or jump over to Water Street for free horse-drawn carriage and trolley rides.

See a showing of Disney’s computer animated television special, “Prep and Landing,” at the Lyric Theatre on Main Street at 12:30, 1:30 or 2:30 p.m. or sit back and listen to the Holiday Storybook Readings at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall and the Hotel Gunter.

Create and taste Frostburg’s finest holiday cookies during the annual Mountain City Cookie Contest at the Hotel Gunter Ballroom. The Cookie-Tasting starts 1:30 p.m. For $1, visitors can taste each entered cookie and vote for their favorite in the People’s Choice or Kid’s Choice categories. A free cookie-decorating event for children will also begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Gunter Ballroom. Each child will be provided with a sugar cookie from Lorenzo’s Bakery, icing and topping to create his or her own sweet treat.

Bakers can submit their homemade holiday cookies for recognition in three award categories starting on Friday, Dec. 6. Winning cookies will be announced at the Festival of Trees Lighting event on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at City Place. For information, contact Jodi Welsch at 301-687-3096 or or Emily Milleson at 301-687-4352 or

End the holiday weekend with “A Christmas Tree Miracle,” a warm-hearted Christmas movie about simple things in life and holiday miracles. The movie, written by Frostburg resident Ty DeMartino and directed by Frostburg native J.W. Myers, will be showing at the Palace Theatre at 8 p.m. DeMartino and Myers are both FSU graduates. Tickets will be on sale for $5 each at Main Street Books.

For more information, contact the Children’s Literature Centre at 301-687-3133 or

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.


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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589