The holidays are a time of peace and togetherness, in spite of insidious carols encouraging revelers to hit or “deck” their halls with boughs of holly. Avoid punching the foyer with today's Groupon: for $10, you get one ticket good for a whole carload of passengers to the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Crumland Farms in Frederick (up to a $20 value). The display is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., December 3 through December 26.
Crumland Farms' annual lights display invites guests of all ages to bask in the glow of the season. Begin your evening by parking your personal sleigh in front of a transplanted Santa's workshop, brimming with crafts and goody bags for the kids, vendors selling holiday gifts, and substantial amounts of festivity and cheer. Youngsters and the young at heart can take a photo op with St. Nicholas to make last-minute requests or discuss the political climate of the North Pole. Refill bio-fuel tanks with hot chocolate and bonfire-roasted marshmallows before dashing back into the car for your self-guided tour through a winter wonderland. Hardworking union elves bedeck a mile-and-a-half swath of the farm with twinkling tableaus featuring toys, trains, toy trains, and trainers training toys for the big day. Seasonal spirit seekers can drive through the dazzling display at their own pace, stopping to admire the luminous handiwork of Crumland Farms' light-wranglers.