At the Maryland Christmas Show in historic Frederick, Maryland, you can find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and decorations for friends and family during two weekends in November. Started in 1982, this huge holiday craft show feels like Santa's workshop, featuring unique crafts and artwork from more than 500 artists and merchants throughout seven buildings and a big-top tent. If you get hungry from all the shopping, treats are available at the Holiday Foods Pavilion. Remember to dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Dates and Hours
November 16–18 and November 23–25, 2018
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Check the website for ticket and parking prices.
797 E. Patrick St.
From Washington, D.C., take I-270N to I-70 (exit 32), bear right to I-70 East, take South Street exit, turn right onto East South Street, at the first stop sign turn onto Franklin Street and follow signs to the Fairground Entrance.
Arts and Crafts
The Maryland Christmas Show offers a vast selection of creations from top artisans. Choose from fine art, pottery, quilts, clothing, jewelry, wreaths and garlands, furniture, toys, and Christmas ornaments. Not all exhibitors attend both weekends, so it's worth coming twice to see what new treasures are for the taking.
A Visit With Santa
A Maryland Christmas Show tradition since 1992, the "real" Santa takes time out of his busy toy-making schedule to visit with the kids. There's no bigger smile than when a child sits on Santa's lap—perfect for this year's holiday card!
Who doesn't need a little pick-me-up when shopping? The Holiday Foods Pavilion will tempt your taste buds with fresh bread, homemade candies, cookies, and a variety of goodies, including kettle corn. And forget about the endless baking this holiday season—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.
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. If it is specifically holiday craft shows you are after, there is a plethora to choose from in the Washington, D.C., area.