Bayside town lights up for holidays

Chesapeake Beach, MD - The tradition continued late Sunday afternoon, Nov. 25 as the Town of Chesapeake Beach plugged in its Yuletide glow with an official ceremony at town hall. After a concert from the Beach Elementary School fifth-graders playing string and brass instruments—under the direction and accompaniment of instructor Marilyn Beeson—it was time to gather in front of the town hall and count down from 10.

Chesapeake Beach Mayor Pat "Irish" Mahoney and Santa Claus led the countdown, which resulted in the illumination of lights along Bayside Road and Chesapeake Beach Road.
Mahoney commended the town’s Public Works Department and the contractor crews who installed the lights along the main roadways. “We love Christmas in Chesapeake Beach,” said Mahoney. “The Christmas lights have put us on the map.”

After the ceremony, adults and children made a beeline for a large tent set up next to the tent. There the kids visited with Santa and posed for pictures. Everyone entering the tent was invited to enjoy hot drinks and cookies, plus listen and sing along to the keyboard renderings of Greg Morris, who is also a town councilman.

Residents, businesses and boatowners will do their part to make the town shine over the Christmas season. The Brightest Beacon on the Bay competition offers prizes to the stand-alone and town homes, storefronts and vessels deemed the brightest by a team of judges.

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