A roaring fire - whether in your family room fireplace or a firepit near your neighborhood sledding hill - is not only festive but also a means of keeping warm and toasty. Throughout December, The Pursuit has recommended plenty of seasonal activities throughout Montgomery County, Pa. As we kindle your interest in another wonderful weekend, here s'more:

A firebox was crucial to the operation of old-time steam engines, as the source of heat to keep them chugging. Models of steam trains, and all other kinds of locomotives, are on display all weekend long (December 14-15) at the Greenberg Train and Toy Show. Held in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, the exhibition is the largest and longest-running traveling train show in the U.S. Come see the hundreds of tables and trains and collectible toys for sale, huge operating train displays, activities for kids, a riding train, free workshops and seminars. Not to toot our own whistle, but The Pursuit interviewed show manager Frank Hicks and asked him about the event in more detail.

Everybody knows that Elvis was a hunka, hunka burning love. But he could also cool things off seasonally, with his soulful rendition of the classic "Blue Christmas." Christmas with Elvis takes place December 14 at Norristown Forest Tall Cedars #31. Mark Reno brings Elvis "back to the building" in a night of hip-swiveling fun. Tickets include a dinner of hot roast beef sandwiches and sides. Beverages are BYOB. Get ready to snap your fingers to his jazzy "Here Comes Santa Claus."

The flicker of candlelight pushes back the encroaching evening of December 14 at the Schuylkill Canal Association Holiday Luminaria celebration. This magnificent holiday light show will be held along the Schuylkill Canal up to Lock 60 and the locktender's house in Mont Clare. See one of the most beautiful sights of the season as you observe well over a thousand luminary candles reflecting on the canal waterway.

The December 14 Victorian Christmas Open House at Pennypacker Mills brings to life the times when festive trees were decorated with glowing candles attached to each limb. Although inside decorations nowadays rely on more modern (safer) technologies, old-time charm is retained at the Pennypacker estate by the living historians, glass ornaments, shiny ribbons and bell choir.

Pennypacker Mills

You may need to rub your hands over a crackling flame after participating in the Horsham Township Freezer 5K Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk on December 15. But it will be for a good cause, raising funds for the needy whose freezers are empty this time of year. This is a unique run along the beautiful powerline trail in Horsham Township. Onsite registration opens at 8 a.m.; race time is 10 a.m.

After any of these events, you can "match up" with one of our local hoteliers for a memorably weekend getaway. They're all burning with a desire to wrap you in comfort and luxury.