We’ll have a sunny black Friday today with highs in the upper 40s. Tomorrow will be cloudy with a chance of rain or maybe snow with a low of 29 degrees and a high of 46 degrees. On Sunday, a chance of snow and temperatures hovering around 30 degrees.

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving as we sure did! There are lots of holiday-themed events going on this weekend in the area. We try to capture a bunch of them below:

The 10th annual Festival of Trees will be held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds today from 9:00am – 5:00pm and from 9:00am – 4:00pm tomorrow, with entertainment and a live auction to follow into the evening on Saturday. These beautiful Christmas wreaths, trees and other entries are all one-of-a kind and are truly works of art. The event is also a lot of fun – even Santa attends – and the proceeds from the auction benefits the Dove Center.

Saturday is officially Small Business Saturday where we all can help support local entrepreneurs and small businesses for all of your holiday shopping.

There are lots of great small retail businesses worthy of a visit on Saturday: Bear Creek Traders in McHenry (open 9:00am – 7:00pm Saturday) has a great mix of household, clothing, Deep Creek Lake exclusive and other items. Also, at the Lake is Grand Central Home Furnishings offering national furniture brands for a great value. Up the road a bit is Anne Davidson’s Deep Creek Lavender Farm, which will be open for a limited time this Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm, selling all sorts of lavender goodies. In Grantsville, High Country Creamery will be open 8:00am – 4:00pm and Penn Alps Craft Shop will be open 11:00am-8:00pm. There are many others all around the County…

Before, during and after shopping, there are a number of great locally-owned eating and drinking establishments, including: Smiley’s Bar and Grill, Brenda’s Pizzeria, MoonShadow, Ace’s Run, Trader’s Coffee House, Harvest Moon Market and others…

And don’t forget downtown Oakland and all they have to offer. The Gallery Shop, operated by the Garrett County Arts Council, will be celebrating its first anniversary at the new location on 2nd street. They will be open from 10:00am – 5:30pm on the 24th and 25th and will be offering door prizes, free giveaways, a kids’ craft and refreshments.

Downtown Frostburg also has quite a big day planned for from 9:00am – 5:00pm Saturday, with a number of small businesses offering special deals. There’s also a Handmade Holiday Fair from 11:00am – 4:00pm, and other features, including a variety of freebies.

Settle into the holiday season with the Honi-Honi Christmas Tree Lighting at 7:00pm on Saturday and the Handmade Holiday with Local Artisans at Little Crossings Suites on Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and, Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Beginning November 26th Santa will place his special mailbox in the Garrett Regional Medical Center hospital lobby. He will have letters there ready for children to write a message on to him. Place the letter in Santa’s special box. Children will receive a personal response from Santa. Please include a full return address to make sure Santa’s response can find your child.