While it’s hard to believe, Thanksgiving is already here! For those spending Thanksgiving at Deep Creek Lake, you’re in luck – this is a super fun weekend at the lake! We broke down some of our favorite things to do this weekend to keep your holiday spirit glowing.

Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner – If you’re in town and not quite sure you want to tackle Thanksgiving dinner in your rental home, there are plenty of options around town to help you out. You can order your full Thanksgiving dinners at places like Shop ’N Save and Arrowhead, or enjoy delicious Thanksgiving specials at several local restaurants! While most places around the lake area will be open Thanksgiving day, it’s best to find their hours online or on their Facebook page to see their holiday hours.

Shopping in Downtown Oakland | Deep Creek Lake Black Friday like a Local – While Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County do not have most of your traditional shopping outlets for Black Friday shoppers, there are going to be some awesome sales at the local stores! Stock up on your winter gear at High Mountain Sports, Outdoor Elements at Wisp Resort, or Bear Creek Traders, find the perfect Christmas gift for anyone on your list at Schoolhouse Earth, The Tourist Trap or The Christmas Chalet, or get lost in the wonderful variety of stores in downtown Oakland. If you still have the itch to score deals at more familiar places, you’ll find Walmart 15 minutes south of the lake, and shopping centers and most major stores in nearby Morgantown, WV and Lavale, MD (both about 45-60 minutes from the lake).

Small Business Saturday – In an effort to help growing small businesses, Small Business Saturday follows Black Friday each year to attract buyers to the ‘mom and pop’ stores all the locals know and trust in. Basically every shop you’ll find around the lake area is a small business – so you won’t have to search far. If you’ve been to the lake a few times, we strongly encourage you to venture to downtown Oakland and check out all of the wonderful stores! While many stores have been a staple on 2nd Street, like the Book Mark’et or Rudy’s Clothing, there have been several new stores that have opened in the last few years – including a couple in just the last year. Small Business Saturday extends beyond retail, too, so make sure to stop by one of our wonderful restaurants, bakeries, or coffee shops to get the full experience.

Festival of Trees | Deep Creek Lake

Festival of Trees – The annual Festival of Trees at Deep Creek Lake kicks off the Friday following Thanksgiving and continues through Saturday evening! This can’t miss event features intricately decorated trees on display, an entire hall packed with local vendors and artisans, children’s activities, and more! Kids can enjoy breakfast and pictures with Santa, decorating cookies, and shopping in the $1 Elfenheim Mall! All of the trees, wreaths, and tabletop displays are decorated and donated by local businesses and individuals and are auctioned off Saturday evening to the highest bidder. Highlights last year included an absolutely breathtaking, oversized glass snow globe made by local glass blowers at Simon Pearce. The proceeds from the auction help support The Dove Center, a local shelter for women and children. We’ll see you there!

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Party at the Honi-Honi – Head down to the Honi-Honi for a night of festive, family fun! Enjoy free hot chocolate, Christmas carols, grab your picture with Santa, and watch the tree come to life. Pets are welcomed, too! Stick around after the tree lighting ceremony for live entertainment.

We hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving weekend at Deep Creek Lake! The weather forecast for the holiday weekend shows plenty of sunshine and dry weather with just enough chill to get you in the spirit of winter. Make sure to tag us in your photos on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter or use #vacationdcl so we can see how you vacation the Deep Creek Way!

P.S. Booking your vacation rental home should be easy and fun! If you’re considering staying at the lake for upcoming holidays (even next year!), call us to chat with one of our reservationists to find the perfect home for your family or group. Holidays are a popular time to vacation at Deep Creek Lake, the earlier you book, the more selections you’ll have!

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