Guide to Christmas in Frederick, Maryland: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

Frederick, Maryland

Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc.

The Christmas season is a great time to explore Frederick, Maryland, a city that's just about an hour's drive from Baltimore, and enjoy a variety of seasonal activities. Stroll along the historic downtown area, shop for unique gifts, tour the old homes, enjoy a holiday concert, or get in the spirit of the season by simply checking out the Christmas decorations. In December, there are plenty of festive events to attend around Frederick.

Maryland Christmas Show

In 2019, this event occurs over two weekends from November 22 to 24 and November 29 to December 1. At the Frederick County Fairgrounds, you can enjoy the works of 500 artists and craftsmen offering fine art, pottery, furniture, quilts, jewelry, clothing, wreaths and garlands, toys, and Christmas ornaments. If you haven't bought your presents yet or if your Christmas decorations could use a refresh, this is the place to go!

Walkersville Southern Railroad Santa Trains

On Saturdays and Sundays from November 30 to December 22, you can take a scenic train ride with Santa on the Walkersville Southern Railroad. Perfect for families with small kids, reservations are required. Beware this event is extremely popular and usually sells out far in advance. The train can get cold, so be sure to bundle up!

Candlelight House Tour

In downtown Frederick, the self-guided walking tour takes visitors inside private homes elaborately decorated for the holidays. This year’s tour will feature eight homes with distinct architectural style, built between the 1750’s and 1950’s. The homes' owners will open their doors for the even on December 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. and December 8 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Kris Kringle Procession

Rolling through Baker Park, South Carroll, and West Patrick Streets, the Kris Kringle Procession is one of the best parades of the year. The town lights up with the holiday spirit as local groups march alongside German and English characters of yesteryear and modern favorites like Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Jack Frost. 2019's parade will start at 6:30 p.m. on December 13, 2019.

Frederick Museums by Candlelight

The self-guided event features free holiday-themed programs at over 20 museums and historic sites in Frederick County, Maryland. Enjoy period demonstrations, living history vignettes, hands-on crafts, refreshments, tours, music, holiday decorations and more. On December 14, 2019, participating museums include: Brunswick Heritage Museum, Catocin Furnace Historical Society, C. Burr Artz Public Library, Creeger House, Delaplaine Arts Center, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thomas House at Monocacy National Battlefield, Hood College, Middletown Valley Historical Society Museum of Frederick County History, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Steiner House, Rose Hill Manor Park & Museums, Myersville Community Library, and the South Mountain Heritage Society.

Frederick Festival of Lights

On December 20, 2019 at the City Hall Courtyard, make sure you don't miss Frederick's Festival of Lights. Holiday greetings and carolers are all part of this event which highlights the true meaning of the holiday season. Attendees join in the program with a moving candle lighting ceremony, filling the courtyard with magnificent light.

A Christmas Carol

The cast of over two dozen actors, the two-story set, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, Future, and, of course, Tiny Tim will transport audiences to Victorian England as the penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge learns the error of his miserly ways and embraces the true spirit of Christmas. A longstanding tradition of the Carroll County Arts Center, this year the play will take the stage on two nights with one show on Friday, December 13 and a matinee and nighttime performance on Saturday, December 14.

Messiah Sing-Along

On December 23, 2019 at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, you can enjoy a night of holiday music accompanied by a professional orchestra. One of the highlights of the season, the Frederick Chamber Singers, orchestra, and soloists lead an annual sing along to G.F. Handel's Christmas masterpiece.

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