Things To Do

Things To Do In Frederick, MD This December

Get in the festive holiday spirit this season with things to do in Frederick, Maryland! If you want to make the most of the holiday season, check out these fun and creative events below.

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December 1st –

Operation Sparkle Scavenger Hunt

Recurring Event: November 27, 2020 – December 15, 2020

Looking for a bit of fun on these cold winter days? Visit downtown frederick, md for a family-friendly outdoor scavenger hunt through our beautiful historic downtown.

December 2nd – 

Holiday Art Competition Exhibit

Recurring Event: December 2, 2020 – December 27, 2020

This delightful display of original artwork created by local Frederick artists will be held in the Gardiner Gallery. From the exhibit submissions, a panel of judges will select the winning work of art to be featured in the 2021 “The Holidays” event series marketing campaign and merchandise.  A prize of $1,000 is awarded to the competition winner, and the $100 Barbara Maghan People’s Choice prize will be awarded to the artist whose piece generates the most engagement in their online gallery.

December 5th –

December Saturdays

Recurring Event: 12/5/2020, 12/12/2020, 12/19/2020

Support local businesses by shopping with an independent retailer, eating at a local restaurant, supporting local artists and exploring Downtown Frederick. Where you spend your money matters. Whether you’ve lived here for years, or you’re a first time visitor, First Saturdays are a great time to discover something new about our beautiful downtown.

Brunswick Holiday Parade

Parade route is down West Potomac Street to Square Corner Park.  Meet and greet with Santa and Tree Lighting to follow the parade.

Light Up Frederick! Holiday Decorations Tour & Contest

Recurring Event: December 5, 2020 – December 12, 2020

Take in Frederick’s most festive homes during this tour featuring an array of outdoor Holiday decorations!  From family-friendly cheer and homes fit for ole St. Nick, to classic touches that evoke the nostalgia of yesteryear, the Light Up Frederick! Holiday Decorations Tour & Contest sponsored by Woodsboro Bank will highlight the best-dressed homes in the City of Frederick!

December 7th –

Holiday Greetings from Kris Kringle Procession & Friends – Virtual Event

Recurring: December 7, 2020 – December 11, 2020

Kris Kringle and his friends from the Kris Kringle Procession were so disappointed to hear that the Procession has been cancelled this year!  Visiting their friends in Frederick is a highlight of their Holiday season, so they couldn’t let it pass without sending special messages to everyone!

Scents & Sweets Online Contest and Exhibit

Recurring: December 7, 2020 – December 17, 2020

The holidays bring out the creativity in all of us, so why not let the gingerbread structures and Holiday wreaths at this year’s Scents & Sweets online competition sponsored by Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research inspire you?

December 12th –

Museums By Candlelight – Virtual Edition

Make a cup of hot cocoa and get comfy, this virtual tour will take you inside several of .Frederick County’s historic museums and sites.

December 18th –

Festival of Lights

Don’t miss one of the holiday season’s most inspiring events.

Each year the Festival of Lights sponsored by Friends Meeting School brings the true spirit of the season to young and old alike. Holiday greetings, carols and an inspirational message are all part of this community tradition-based event that highlights the true meaning of the holiday season.

Christmas in the Vineyard

Recurring Event: 12/18/2020, 12/26/2020, 12/27/2020

Celebrate this holiday season at Catoctin Breeze Vineyard! Enjoy their award-winning wines, meads and make yourself feel at home next to their indoor fireplace and lounge. Matthew Albright, a pianist, will be playing Christmas tunes all throughout the evening. Come gather ‘round the Christmas tree and enjoy the evening with your friends, family and wine! Guests are encouraged to bring their own food to enjoy during the event. This private event at Catoctin Breeze will surely get you in the holiday spirit.

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