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6.5 Perfectly Legit Reasons to be Late in Frederick

1. You’re stuck behind a tractor

You think “Aww yeah, gonna get to work on time.”

That huge line of cars behind that tractor says “Maybe tomorrow.”

 

2. You forgot that Rita’s Italian Ice just opened for the season

Logical Thought: “It’s a weekend, there shouldn’t be any traffic”

Frederick Traffic Reality: It’s the first weekend in March. We hope you brought a book 😉

 

3. The Great Frederick Fair is in town

“I’ll be there in 15 minutes”

*drives near fairgrounds*

“I’ll be there in 2 hours”

 

4. There’s another charity 5K/running festival

There’s nothing like spending Saturday morning behind a blockade. We LOVE charity runs, but, we have brunch plans…so….could you guys hurry up?

 

5. You just had to stop and wave at the Hot Air Balloon

Or…you know… change the route entirely to see if you can watch it land.

 

6. There’s a cow…in the road

Yep. Nothin’ like a good ol’ fashioned cow in the road.

 

6.5 Every road that leads anywhere is under construction

“Didn’t you read all of the signs that were up for like…an entire year before the project started?”

“Nope.”

‘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