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Downtown Delights in December

Throughout November, we know you’ve seen hints of the holiday experience up and down the 50-block historic district of Downtown Frederick. From the twinkling lights on the trees lining the streets, to Frosty Friday, the official kick-off for the season, this past weekend, it’s definitely time for some holiday magic.  Are you not sure where to start with your plans? Here are some weekend highlights coming up!

 

A Christmas Story at Maryland Ensemble Theater

December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd from 8 — 10pm

December 3rd, 10th from 3 — 5pm

Traditional Village Christmas at the Catoctin Mountain Furnace

December 2nd from 10:00am — 4:00pm

Holiday Magic at Rose Hill Manor Park

December 2nd from 10:00am — 12:00pm

Santa Train at Walkersville Southern Railroad

December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th and 23rd from 11:00am — 3:00pm

Christmas in the Barn at Linganore Winecellars

December 2nd and 3rd

First Annual Proper Cocktail Holiday Ball at McClintock Distilling Company

December 8th at 7:00pm

Santa Run 5k/10k presented by the YMCA of Frederick County at Monocacy Village Park

December 9th from 10:00am — 1:00pm

Museums by Candlelight by the Historical Society of Frederick County

December 9th from 12:00 — 7:00pm

Holiday Open House at Thorpewood

December 9th from 3:00 — 8:00pm

Christmas in the County at Green Meadows Petting Farm

December 10th from 1:00 — 5:00pm

Festival of Lights presented by Celebrate Frederick in the City Hall Courtyard

December 15th from 4:00 — 9:00pm

A Christmas Carol, presented by Maryland Ensemble Theater, at The Weinberg Center

December 15th from 7:00 — 9:00pm

December 16th from 2:00 — 4:00pm & 7:30 — 9:30pm

December 17th from 2:00 — 4:00pm

Santa & Mrs. Santa at Roads and Rails Museum

December 16th from 2:30 — 5:00pm

Brunch with Santa at The Braddock Inn

December 17th from 10:00am — 2:00pm

Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship by Visit Frederick

December 26th from 4:00 — 9:00pm

 

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Gifts Around Town

If you find yourself like us, you’re struggling to think of Holiday presents for everyone on your list. The passing thought that, maybe, a good lecture in the “true meaning of the Holiday,” will cover up the fact that we, not for the first time, waited until the 11th hour to get presents. With our present-buying window getting shorter by the day, we are optimistic that this gift giving season will be the year of thoughtful presents for everyone, regardless of when we purchased them! Hopping in and out of town, there are some great last minute gifts just waiting to be wrapped up and lovingly given out at the opportune moment.

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Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel is truly the gift of an experience! Getting your loved one a gift card there means the perfect romantic getaway, complete with luxury accommodations and gourmet dining- right here in Frederick County. You can also remember your time together there with a keepsake ornament that is only available around the Holidays!  For more information, visit their website. big-cork-2

Big Cork Vineyard ships their wine and varieties are available at multiple retailers throughout the DMV! You can also schedule a group tasting for all of your favorite wine connoisseurs or take advantage of the events they have throughout the year. (And yes, Uber does go out to their tasting room!) For more information, visit their website.

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Colonial Jewelers has this stunning pair of diamond studs on sale for only $95! They also have a huge selection of beautiful rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more at great prices year-round.  PLUS, you can have them engraved! For more information, visit their website.

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The Delaplaine has incredible and unique artworks for sale, including these adorable handmade foxes and wolves by Kathryn Toothman at Keighty Crochet. Perfect for your little aspiring artist! All of their gifts are on commission, so your money goes right to the artist and educational programs at the Delaplaine, so it’s definitely a gift you can feel good about. For more information, visit the Delaplaine’s website

Linganore Winery is offering free shipping on your first 3 bottles when you sign up for a Wine Club Membership through December 14th. They can make custom labels made for your gifts for the perfect personal touch. Be sure to take advantage of their events throughout the year, including festivals, concerts, and more! For additional information, visit their website. 

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The Main Cup Restaurant in Historic Downtown Middletown sells gift cards with adorable mugs, aka the perfect functional present! But, with their beautiful bar, awesome food, and live music, The Main Cup makes for a great date night, girls or guys night! (What a great way for your recipient to spend their gift card!) For more information, visit their website

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The Muse is the place for eclectic, kitschy, one-of-a-kind local merchandise from artists right here in the DMV!  For this Holiday, you can get some dated ornaments made from colorful newsprint, hilarious Man Torch soy candles in playful Holiday scents, and all sorts of winter and Christmas goodies. If you’re not looking for gifts specific to the Holidays, don’t fret! They have a wide variety of merchandise that is sure to please anyone on your list!  For more information, visit their website. 

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Sabor de Cuba doesn’t only have delicious homemade Cuban food, but you can make reservations online and they have gift cards for some soon-to-be scheduled, much needed, time together! For more information, visit their website

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The City of Thurmont offers a way to bypass all of the guesswork around present giving with the added benefit of supporting your local economy! Just pop on down to the Thurmont Town Office and get some Thurmont Business Bucks. Your recipient will be able to buy whatever they’d like at a number of businesses on Main Street in Thurmont! For more information on Business Bucks, see this article or look them up on Facebook. For more information about Thurmont’s Main Street, visit them here.

‘Tis the Season!

We don’t know about you, but we think that one of the most magical times of year in Frederick County is the Holidays! The trees are all lit up, the streets are festive, there’s clippity-clopping up and down the streets of Downtown Frederick, and sometimes, there is even snow! We’re so excited to put on our winter jackets, gloves, and hats to meander through the county this year and take part in all of Holiday hustle and bustle. Here are just a few highlights of the season:

FESTIVALS

Christmas in Thurmont: Come out for Santa, the Festival of Trees, gingerbread displays, crafts, face painting, prizes, and more on Main Street in Thurmont.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Festival of Trees & Gingerbread Display Viewings:

Saturday, December 3,10,17, 2016, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 4,11,18, 2016, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday, December 8,15,22, 2016, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday, December 9,16, 23, 2016, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Traditional Village Christmas at the Catoctin Furnace: Decorate a wreath, drink some hot mulled wine or apple cider for kids, sing, and dance!

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Middletown’s Christmas in the Valley: You can vote for the most festive house or business in Middletown and see the lighting of the town Christmas Tree! You can also enjoy a puppet show while eating delicious cookies and if you bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Toy Drive, you’ll get a “santa sack” that the local businesses will fill up with goodies.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A Main Street Christmas on Mt. Airy Main Street: Stroll along classic Main Street, light the beautiful tree, see the Santa Parade and more!

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Joyful Jingles Holiday Open House at the Urbana Library: Treat your ears with awesome local talent and many other family friendly activities!

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Walkersville: Listen to local choirs sing while drinking delicious hot cocoa and eating scrumptious cookies in Creamery Park.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Hometown Holidays in Brunswick: This town has got it all: breakfast with Santa, pop-up shops, gingerbread house making, crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, museums by candlelight, and a children’s holiday party at the American Legion.

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:00 am – 5:00 pm

Holiday Open House at Thorpewood Lodge in ThurmontGroove to local music, relax by a roaring fire, and let your kids decorate their tree!

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

TOURS

Candlelight House Tours in Downtown: These tours are so beautiful every year! Take a peek into these gorgeously festive homes during a self-guided tour through Downtown Frederick. You can buy tickets from a number of retailers as well as on their website.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Visit Celebrate Frederick’s website to purchase tickets and look at a map of the homes.

Candlelit Tours of the Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton: This beautiful shrine, nestled in the Emmitsburg mountaintop, is even more serene by candlelight. You’ll be guided through the chapel, two historic homes, and the surrounding grounds.

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Monday, December 5, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Friday, December 9, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Candlelit Historic Houses of Worship Tour in Downtown Frederick: If you’re a fan of Frederick’s Clustered Spires, make sure to plan for this tour.  Most of the participating houses of worship have refreshments as well as music programs throughout the evening.

Monday, December 26, 2016, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

CARRIAGE RIDES

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides in Downtown Frederick: There is nothing like seeing those iconic carriages flurried about Downtown Frederick to remind you of the Holidays! If you’d like to catch a weekend tour, they run almost every weekend in December.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, December 16, 2016, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Cookies and Carriage Holiday Light Tour: If riding in a carriage makes you a little peckish, this tour is the perfect way to sate your sweet tooth! Tours depart from the Skater House, where you can get some cookies and hot cider before a ride through Downtown Frederick.

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

SANTA & NATIVITY

Open House with Santa: Meet Santa and get some helpful tips to keep your home safe during the Holidays at the Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Company. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Live Nativity: The Urbana Fire Hall is hosting Wesley Chapel’s presentation of the Nativity with live animals (including a camel!) A Sign Language interpreter will be present at the six o’clock and seven o’clock showings and, did we mention there will be hot chocolate and cookies? 

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 6:00 pm –6:30 pm, 7:00 pm –7:30 pm, 8:00 pm –8:30 pm

Shelbyville 2016 Outdoor Christmas Display: This is their last year, so visit the North Pole for the last time at 105 Harrison St. in Mt. Airy! Don’t forget to bring a food donation for the Mt. Airy Food Bank.

Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Kris Kringle Procession: Don’t miss Santa Claus himself marching with local children in Christmas costumes! This adorable Christmas walk begins at the corner of South Carroll and West Patrick Street and ends at the Bandshell in Baker Park for the tree lighting ceremony!

Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Breakfast with Santa and Friends: Adventure Park USA in New Market will feed you breakfast then let you ride the roller coasters, play games, do crafts and more!

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Big Country Breakfast with Santa: This hearty breakfast is hosted at the Fire Company Carnival Grounds in the Activity Building, so you can let Santa know everything on your list while eating delicious food!  

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 7:30 am – 11:00 am

CONCERTS

Frederick Community College

The Spires at Christmas: Classic Christmas carols played by The Spires Brass Band of Frederick at the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater on campus.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8:00 – 9:00 pm

The Mannheim Steamroller Style Christmas: Holiday favorites played by The Frederick Symphony Orchestra at the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater on campus.

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Hood College

A Candlelight Vespers Service: Seasonal music, prayers, and readings will take place in the Coffman Chapel on campus. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Mount Saint Mary’s University

Mount St. Mary’s Chorale Concert: Timeless hymns accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble at the Seton Shrine.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Carols by Candlelight: Classic Christmas Carols sung at the Seton Shrine followed by a tree lighting ceremony.

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Downtown

Christmas with The Frederick Chorale:  An eclectic selection of Holiday music and carols at the Evangelical Lutheran Church at 35 E Church St.

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Monday, December 5, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Holiday Caroling and Bazaar: If you love singing carols and don’t want to knock on doors in your neighborhood, you can join the crowd at the Sky Stage at 59 S Carroll St. for singing and some last minute shopping.

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Winter Frederick County Scenics photographed for the Tourism Council of Frederick County

Meet Santa and Sidekick Turbo at Paws and Planes! Dec 12th

Santa is replacing his squad of eight reindeer with one famous, furry companion this Saturday, December 12th, at the Frederick Municipal Airport. Join the man in red and Turbo the Flying Dog at the AOPA National Aviation Community Center at the Frederick Municipal Airport on Saturday between 1pm and 4pm for a chance to get your picture taken with Santa and Turbo, as well as take part in educational activities, story times, and book signings.

Don’t miss Santa’s grand entry at 1:15pm when he will arrive by plane!

This festive event will feature activities for you and your family, including flight simulators, as well as demos and informational presentations on how to airplanes and hot air balloons fly, aviation navigation, aviation weather, the phonetic alphabet, and aviation radio.

Special guests include Sugarloaf Chapter of the Ninety-Nines and the authors of the children’s book series,Turbo the Flying Dog, to raise awareness among the community about both aviation and animal rescue.  The stars and authors of the Turbo the Flying Dog series will offer book readings and signings! Other attendees include The Sugarloaf 99s, Frederick County Animal Control, The College Park Aviation Museum, and Tailwinds Over Frederick Hot Air Balloons,

Turbo & Santa

The AOPA National Aviation Community Center at the Frederick Municipal Airport is located at 296 Bucheimer Rd. Event runs from 1PM to 4PM. For additional information on Turbo the Flying Dog, visit: www.TurbotheFlyingDog.com. For more info on the event, visit http://www.aopa.org/Events/2015/December/Paws-and-Planes-Day-Holiday-at-the-Airport