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FSU’s Children’s Literature Centre Hosts 16th Annual Storybook Holiday

The 16th annual Storybook Holiday celebration, hosted by Frostburg State University’s Children’s Literature Centre, will bring its seasonal cheer to downtown Frostburg on Saturday, Dec. 7. The festivities will begin at 8 a.m. and end with the holiday-themed movie, “White Christmas,” featuring a sing-along to the movie’s popular music, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The event welcomes all ages and features a parade, storybook readings and book signings, cookie decorating and many more family-friendly activities. In additional, attendees have the chance to meet Santa and children’s book author Debbie Brenneman and illustrator Melinda Bishoff.

The day’s events begin with Breakfast With the Elves from 8 to 10 a.m. in Hotel Gunter at 11 W. Main St. Tickets are $6 for children, $10 for adults and will be sold in advance at the hotel and online. Following breakfast, elves will compete against one another in the Elf Olympics at the Broadway parking lot at 9:30 a.m. After the friendly competition, attendees can head over to the parade kickoff performance in front of Hotel Gunter at the Mountain City Center for the Arts at 10:15 a.m. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. following Run Your Bells Off for Autism, a charity fun run.

The parade will be in honor of World War II veterans and in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. A number of WWII veterans will be riding in the parade.

Following the parade, at 11:30 a.m. to noon, Frostburg Dance Academy will perform at the Broadway parking lot. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tail Waggin’ Tutors will give storybook readings at Frostburg Community Library at 65 E. Main St. There will be additional readings from noon to 1 p.m. at Frostburg United Methodist Church at 48 W. Main St. and from 1 to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at 34 W. Main St. The North Pole STEM Challenge will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Frostburg Community Center at 27 S. Water St.

Seasonal activities and attractions will be available at City Place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., including Elves’ Secret Workshop, Write a Letter to Santa, Photo With an Elf, a miniature train display, craft activities and craft vendors.

Also at City Place, Brenneman and Bishoff will sign copies of their book, “The Perfect Tree for Mrs. B.,” from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The book can be purchased at Main Street Books. Later, they will give an author/illustrator presentation from 2 to 3 p.m. in Frostburg Public Library at 65 E. Main St.

Free cookie decorating and a cookie contest will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Hotel Gunter. Other attractions include Sticker Stops, where kids can fill their winter bookmarks with stickers to win a prize, face painting and balloon animals at the American Legion at 27 W. Main St., Cocoa With the PoPo at the Frostburg Public Safety Building at 37 S. Broadway along with business and restaurant specials. Children can also visit Santa’s House at P.S. Hair Design at 20 S. Broadway.

As the day’s activities come to an end, the Festival of Trees will take place at City Place from 6 to 7 p.m. Celebrators will meet Santa, find out the winners of the cookie contest and watch live entertainment. The festivities will end with a showing and sing-along to the classic film, “White Christmas,” in the Palace Theater at 31 E. Main St. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and are being sold in advance at Main Street Books.

In addition to the Children’s Literature Centre, Storybook Holiday is sponsored by the city of Frostburg, FrostburgFirst and Scottish Rite Freemasons. For more information, contact the Children’s Literature Centre at 301-687-3133 or Updates can also be found at

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