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Last weekend may have been spent picking over leftover turkey, watching football and catching up with visiting family, but the weekend ahead begins full scale celebrations of the Christmas season across Harford County.

The biggest of these celebrations is Aberdeen’s Christmas Street. The Dec. 4 event is a day-long celebration beginning at 7 a.m. with Breakfast with Santa at Grace United Methodist Church and also includes a substantial parade (this year’s theme: “Storybook Christmas”), a decorating contest, craft fair and any number of other attractions. The parade begins at 3 p.m and runs from Law Street, to West Bel Air Avenue, to Howard Street and ends at Festival Park.

In the county seat, Bel Air’s 21st annual Christmas parade and tree lighting celebration is this Sunday, Dec. 5.

It’s all free, starting with a concert by the Patrick Redmond Band at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Harford County Courthouse on Main Street.

Not enough parade for you? Get warmed up Friday night, at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 for the short but sweet Havre de Grace Christmas parade and tree lighting at the corner of Washington and St. John streets.

While the first weekend in December is heavy with holiday festivities, they don’t end there: Also on the boards is the 38th Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes in Havre de Grace, sponsored by the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, on Dec. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m.

There are dozens of other events of varying sizes still to come. If you can’t get in the holiday spirit in the coming weeks, it won’t be for lack of opportunities.

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