Part of the Washington-Baltimore metro area, Frederick is a historic city in western Maryland that's home to a number of great attractions including the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum. Each year, Frederick kicks off the Christmas holiday season with a two-week-long event called the Maryland Christmas Show. Started in 1983, this huge holiday craft show feels like Santa's workshop, featuring unique crafts and artwork from more than 500 artists and merchants, and if you get hungry from all the shopping, treats are also available at the Holiday Foods Pavilion.
2019 Maryland Christmas Show General Information
The Maryland Christmas Show returns for its 35th season on the weekends of November 22 through 24 and November 29 through December 1, 2019, and doors are open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Per usual, the Christmas Show takes place throughout seven buildings and a big-top tent at the Frederick Fairgrounds. Tickets are required to attend each day of the event for both adults and children alike, and you'll be required to also pay a small parking fee if you drive to the show.
Additionally, no pets are allowed on the premises except for registered service animals.
- Location: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 East Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701
- Phone number: (301) 845-0003
- Website: The Maryland Christmas Show
Directions to the Frederick Fairgrounds
The Frederick Fairgrounds are located on the eastern outskirts of Frederick right off Maryland State Highway 144 (East Patrick Street in Frederick). If you're traveling from Washington, D.C., take Interstate 270 North to Exit 32, then bear right to merge onto Interstate 70 East. From there, drive until you reach the South Street exit; then turn onto East South Street. At the first stop sign, turn onto Franklin Street and follow signs to the Fairground entrance.
What to Expect at the Maryland Christmas Show
More than just a craft show, the Maryland Christmas Show is chock-full of holiday cheer, featuring a wide selection of artist creations, culinary confections, and fun activities for the whole family—including meeting the "real" Santa Claus.
The Maryland Christmas Show offers a vast selection of creations from top artisans and features over 100 different vendors over the course of both weekends. The perfect place in Maryland to do your holiday shopping, the Christmas Show features works of fine art, pottery, quilts, clothing, jewelry, wreaths and garlands, furniture, toys, and Christmas ornaments. ev, not all exhibitors attend the full event, so it's worth it to come back both weekends to see what new treasures are available each day of the event.
Meanwhile, the Holiday Foods Pavilion will tempt your taste buds with fresh bread, homemade candies, cookies, and a variety of goodies including kettle corn. Guests of the event can also bring home some freshly baked strudel or Moravian ginger and sugar cookies to share with the family or give as gifts. There are even kitchen tools and sauces for sale to help make preparing Christmas dinner a little easier.
For the kids—and the young at heart—the "real" Santa takes time out of his busy toy-making schedule to visit with the kids during the event. A Maryland Christmas Show tradition since 1992, Santa Claus also invites children to sit on his lap and tell him what they want for Christmas this year before posing for a photo opportunity.
Other Local Christmas Events
If you are looking for more ways to feel that yuletide spirit, there are plenty of other Christmas events in Frederick, Maryland, to explore and enjoy. Be sure to stop by the Walkersville Southern Railroad throughout December for a chance to take a scenic ride through the Maryland countryside with Santa on board. Other great events in Frederick include candlelit tours of historic houses of worship, a messiah sing-along at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, and the annual Frederick Festival of Lights at the All Saints' Episcopal Church.
Alternatively, if you'd rather attend more holiday craft shows while you're in the area, there is a plethora of great events to choose from happening in the Capital Region this November and December.