Tis the season for Christmas and holiday activities in Frederick, Md!
And, boy do we have so many options to choose from for every family member to enjoy!
Holiday Activities in Frederick, Md
As we all know, Downtown Frederick is a great place to start enjoying the incredible Christmas and holiday activities in Frederick Md.
Indeed, during this time of year, there are SO many opportunities ALL throughout Frederick County to get your festivities on!
Therefore, I had to organize ALL of these fun Christmas and holiday activities in one place for you to use as a resource.
Christmas and holiday activities in Frederick Md include:
- Christmas tree lightings
- Christmas Lights
- Santa visits
- Live Music
- Horse-drawn carriage rides
- Trolley rides
- Holiday lights
- Christmas Tree Auctions
- Gingerbread Houses
- Handcrafted goods
- Hot Cocoa
- Scavenger Hunts
- Children’s Activities
- Candle lighting ceremony
Whew! That’s a lot of things to do and a lot of Frederick County towns to visit over the next 6 weeks.
Of course you don’t have to participate in ALL of them but hey, you’ve got options for sure!
Needless to say, taking some time out of your daily grind to spend quality time enjoying the holidays with your loved ones is what it’s all about!
Christmas and Holiday Activities Information
Please note that these Christmas and holiday activities are NOT in date order, so be sure to check the entire list before marking your calendar.
Also, I’ve included the locations, dates, times, contact information, and links for each event.
So, read on for my list of the best Christmas activities in Frederick County.
Needless to say, it’s going to be a festive season, thanks to Frederick!
1. Maryland Christmas Show
What a great way to kick off your holiday shopping! The show offers seven buildings. You’ll enjoy the works of top artists and craftsmen offering fine art, pottery, furniture, jewelry, clothing, wreaths and garlands, toys and Christmas cards & ornaments – just about anything related to your Christmas shopping enjoyment. Not all of the same exhibitors participate in both weekends.
2. Thurmont Christmas Market Craft & Vendor Show
November 18 & 19
9am to 3pm
Craft & Vendor Event. Food available for purchase. Santa will be visiting from 11-2. Benefits Thurmont Community Ambulance Co.
3. Launch Day – Sailing Through the Winter Solstice
8am to 12pm
Watch as the STTWS fleet starts their voyage for the season. The fleet will sail in place and be illuminated nightly for the entire winter season for all to enjoy. The lighted boat parade event is free and open to the public. Food trucks and music to set the mood for a jolly good day.
4. Frosty Friday
Friday, November 24
8am to 9pm
Enjoy a winter wonderland of all day shopping in Downtown Frederick! Parking is free, shops open early and stay open late, and Downtown Frederick is filled with holiday cheer and decoration.
5. Candlelight Tours at Seton Shrine
The National Shrine of
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
339 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-9297
11/24-11/26, 11/30, & 12/1-12/3
4pm to 6:30pm
In the spirit of Advent, discover and take part in the evening activities the students are wrapped up in, from preparing for their Nativity Play to sharing stories on how saints inspire saints, like St. Lucy and St. Nicholas!
Stroll down illuminated walkways to encounter and see the historic homes of Mother Seton, each tastefully decorated for the season.
Come to Candlelight Tours to find joy and comfort within the Academy which adds a measure of brightness to the long and dark wintertime.
6. Small Business Saturday
10am to 9pm
Shop Small the whole weekend! The Friday before Small Business Saturday is Frosty Friday in Downtown Frederick — featuring all-day shopping, free parking, live music and gifts from the Snowflake Tree – just for shopping local!
7. Annual Tree Lighting at Westview Promenade
3pm to 6pm
- Holiday music
- Dance performers
- Costumed characters
- Craft Stations
- Games with prizes for children of all ages
- Selfie Station with Life-Sized Reindeer
- Iceless Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks
8. Valley Craft Network Tour
Valley Craft Network Tour
Studios in the
Middletown & Pleasant Valleys
of Central Maryland
10am to 5pm
- Fine Crafts
- Visit website to download brochure & map of all of the locations
9. Tuba Christmas
Weinberg Center for the Arts
20 W. Patrick St
Frederick, Md 21701
November 25, 12pm
The popular tuba comrades of Frederick return with a variety of brassy Christmas hits, delighting audience members of all ages in an annual Weinberg Center tradition. In lieu of admission, a canned food drive will be held to benefit the Community Action Agency of Frederick City.
10. Live Nativity
December 3, 6pm, 7pm, & 8pm
More than a dozen costumed characters perform under the night sky.
11. Holiday Art Competition Exhibit
Monday – Saturday, 9am to 5pm
Sunday, 11am to 5pm
- Exhibit of original holiday artwork created by local Frederick artists.
12. Scents & Sweets Competition & Auction
Scents & Sweets Competition & Auction
Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center
40 S. Carroll Street
Frederick, Md 21701
November 30, 5:30pm-7pm
- Floral arrangements & gingerbread structures (this ain’t your Momma’s gingerbread house!) will be available in the annual Scents & Sweets Auction.
- Bid throughout the night and the weekend to take home a holiday piece.
- No candy canes were harmed in the making of this event!
13. Holiday Arts & Crafts Expo
December 2, 10am-4pm
The Delaplaine Arts & Crafts Expo is an artist market containing a diverse array of fine art, jewelry, pottery, fiber art, hand-made goods and accessories, crafted by local and regional artists. Our very own Gardiner Hall is transformed into an artist market wonderland, perfect for getting your holiday shopping done! Admission is free.
14. FCC Handbell Ensemble Holiday Concert
A Towering Tale of Handbell History
JBK Theater at FCC
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, Md 21702
November 28, 7:30pm
Join us for a new annual tradition, the FCC Handbell Ensemble Holiday Concert! Now an essential holiday event in Frederick, the ringers in this performance are as impressive to watch as they are to hear. Creating visual art while performing, the ensemble combines sight and sound for a true one-of-a-kind experience.
15. Traditional Village Christmas
December 2, 10am-4pm
Outdoor, European style Holiday market. Decorate a fresh wreath with bows, balls, bells, pinecones, holly, icicles and ornaments or let our volunteers do it for you! Select unique handmade gifts for the holidays. Watch a blacksmith at work! Enjoy hot apple cider and heirloom-recipe baked goods. Children can make a craft and enjoy a visit with Belsnickel. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Christmas in Catoctin Furnace included a visit from Belsnickel to the homes of German immigrants. During this visit, which took place two weeks before Christmas, Belsnickel rewarded good children with treats but carried a switch to punish naughty ones.
16. Christmas in Thurmont
December 2, 9am-3pm
- Live Christmas Music
- Face Painting
- Santa & Mrs. Claus straight from the North Pole
- Pictures with Santa
- Make & Take Holiday Crafts
- Frederick County Society of Model Engineers Holiday Train Display
- Crafts & Food for sale
- Horse & Carriage Rides
- Dance Performance
17. Christmas in Myersville
Lions Club Breakfast 7am to 10:30am
Myersville Market 9am to 12pm
After Parade: Tree Lighting, Santa, Gifts, Refreshments, Music
Enjoy some holiday magic with a Christmas parade, tree lighting, Santa, and more!
18. Christmas in New Market
December 2, 2:30pm-7pm
Make it one of your family traditions to gather the whole family for holiday spirit, including a visit with Santa Claus, our annual decorated tree auction, lighting of the Christmas tree, multiple food trucks, local beer and wine, and 30 local vendors offering gifts for you to enjoy.
19. Christmas on the Farm
December 2, 10am-5pm
Back by popular demand! Jumbo’s Christmas Fair and Santa’s arrival. Bring the entire family and join us for craft vendors, sweets, festive activities, and more!
20. Christmas in the Valley
Middletown’s Christmas in the Valley
Middletown Main Street
31 W. Main St
Middletown, Md 21769
December 2, 4pm-8pm
Please join us on Main Street at Christmas in the Valley and help kick off the holiday season! Santa Claus will be visiting with the children, caroling, and helping to light the Town Christmas tree. Bring a new unwrapped toy that will be distributed by Middletown Valley People Helping People to families in need and receive a Santa Sack to be stuffed with goodies from our local businesses. Mrs. Claus will also be in town with storytelling for the children. Enjoy a musical program at Zion Lutheran Church featuring our local youth. Those mischievous elves will be hiding in our business’s windows after Thanksgiving – be sure to participate in the elf hunt! Santa Claus will also have a mailbox in front of Town Hall for those letters to Santa! Come and enjoy this festive event!
21. December Saturdays in Historic Downtown Frederick
Every Saturday, 12/2-12/16
10am to 9pm
Enjoy three times the First Saturday fun this month! Each Saturday before Christmas, you can find special events, live entertainment, outdoor fire pits and light displays in Downtown Frederick, making your holiday shopping a truly enjoyable experience. Downtown businesses celebrate the holiday season with their own unique events, promotions and decorations. From in-store tastings and gallery openings, to artist and vendor exhibitions… there’s always something new to explore! Check back as the dates get closer for a list of specific activities, or visit downtownfrederick.org/events to see what’s happening today.
22. The Frederick Chorale
The Frederick Chorale
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
118 E. 2nd St
Frederick, Md 21701
Ceremony of Carols: A Frederick Chorale Christmas
23. Kris Kringle Procession
December 8, 6:30pm
Join us for the annual Kris Kringle Procession sponsored by Wawa and presented in partnership with Key 103! The parade begins at the corner of South Carroll and East Patrick streets in Frederick and ends in Baker Park with the lighting of the City Tree.
The procession mirrors the small town charm that makes Frederick so special during the holidays. Local organizations, youth clubs, and musical groups accompany costumed characters (some modern, some traditional) through Frederick’s downtown streets.
24. Museums by Candlelight
December 9, Starting at 12pm
Celebrate Frederick County’s 275th anniversary during this year’s celebration of Museums by Candlelight!
Once a year, Frederick County’s numerous historic sites and museums provide visitors with a living reminder of this area’s remarkable past. During Museums by Candlelight, special programming and hands-on fun will delight visitors of all ages, and special children’s activities are featured at most locations.
This is a FREE self-guided event. Visit many locations, or just a few, in any order. Enjoy period demonstrations, living history vignettes, hands-on crafts, refreshments, tours, music, holiday decorations and historic settings by candlelight as night falls. Join us at Rose Hill Manor Park and Museums at 7:30PM for the concluding ceremonies of Frederick County’s 275th anniversary.
Authors, Rita Gerlach and several other authors will be there signing novels!
25. Festival of Lights
December 15, 7pm-7:30pm
Join us for one of the holiday season’s most inspiring events!
Each year the Festival of Lights brings the true spirit of the season to young and old alike. Holiday greetings, carols, inspirational messages are part of this community-centric tradition. Attendees are invited to participate a candle-lighting ceremony and sing-along.
As you can see, there are SO many Christmas and holiday activities in Frederick Md to keep you busy all season long!
Seriously, how lucky are we to have so many fun opportunities to get out in our community and enjoy this most wonderful time of the year?
I hope that you take time to really embrace these memory-making moments and soak in the holiday spirit!
Merry Christmas everyone!
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