Bel Air kicks off Christmas season with tree lighting at armory Saturday


    The Christmas season officially starts in Bel Air tomorrow night with the tree lighting ceremony at the Bel Air Armory. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. outside the Armory at 37 N. Main St. The Bel Air Community Chorus is scheduled to perform and Santa is expected to visit for the caroling, hot cocoa and cookies and face painting. The event is sponsored by the Bel Air Downtown Alliance.

    Meanwhile, inside the Armory, the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance’s Festival of Trees features trees and gingerbread houses, which the Bel Air West Pennysaver says have been decorated by local businesses and interior designers. One tree, donated by Bel Air Decorative Painters, is hung with ornaments featuring Harford County landmarks and notables such as Cal Ripken Jr., Kimmie Meissner, Michael Phelps, Julianne Irwin and Steve Rouse, the Pennysaver reports. Admission to the Festival of Trees is $5 for adults. Children 12 and younger are free. The Festival of Trees is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.