The annual Waterfowl Festival, held each November in historic Easton, kicks off the holiday season on the Eastern Shore. Featuring everything from duck calling contests to beer and wine tastings, the four-day, family-friendly wildlife art and sportsman expo attracts visitors from around the world and hundreds of artists and exhibitors with paintings, decoys, food and music. A testament to the area’s commitment to conservation, it’s dubbed “the ultimate destination for the sophisticated sportsman.”
Following the Waterfowl Festival, return to Easton for an array of festive affairs, including carriage rides at the Tidewater Inn, Easton’s Holiday Parade and the Festival of Trees. Ring in the New Year with First Night Talbot in downtown Easton or catch a holiday show at the Avalon Theatre.
Enjoy Christmas in St. Michaels, where the days are filled with a gingerbread house competition, breakfast with Santa, the Talbot Street parade, Santa’s Wonderland, a tour of homes and performances of holiday music. Visit The Christmas Shop to stock up on charming holiday décor.
In Oxford, Christmas on the Creek offers a weekend full of holiday festivities. Check out the parade of lights, nautical style, along Town Creek. Shop the Christmas bazaar, listen to the sounds of the season with music and caroling, try your hand at wreath and ornament making and enjoy a holiday tea or breakfast with Santa.
In typical Tilghman Island style, check out the tree made of crab pots at the bottom of the Tilghman Island Bridge. A ubiquitous symbol of the waterman’s life, crab pots are plentiful this time of year with crabbing season at an end and oyster season well under way. Each year, residents of the community gather to sing carols, enjoy a lighted boat parade, and light The Great Tilghman Island Crab Pot Tree. Now you’ve seen it all!
In Wye Mills, attend the Christmas bazaar at the Old Wye Church or chop your own tree at Hutchinson’s Christmas Forest in Cordova. Escape the hustle and bustle of the season at any of our charming towns — and fall in love with our traditions as you make your own holiday memories.