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Super Sleuths at Surelocked In

surelocked-message Outside of the building in downtown. We knew we were in trouble!

Over the weekend, we found ourselves on Santa’s naughty list! The dynamic Father and Son Duo, Mike and Chris Sparks of Surelocked In Escape Games, reassured us that there was a bona-fide way of evading coal in our stockings this year: just solve a series of interlocking puzzles to find where Santa hid his list and sneakily move our names over. Santa would be back in an hour, so we only had that long to solve our way out of this Holiday Escape Room in Downtown Frederick. Needless to say, this was a challenge that we gladly accepted.

surelocked-mikesurelocked-chrisMike and Chris Sparks of Surelocked In Escape Games

When we arrived at Surelocked In, we were enthusiastically greeted by Santa’s helper elves (AKA Mike and Chris) and both helped explain the rules. I’ll spare some details, but the express version of the Escape Room rules are: you get 60 minutes to solve a huge puzzle, everything you need is in the room, you get three hints if you get stuck, and NO PHONES! For us Millennials, that last rule seemed particularly daunting; however, separation anxiety aside, the rules sounded simple enough and we all clamored into the room. At that point, it was a race against the Santa timer in the upper corner of the room.

surelocked-nathan-bootssurelocked-nathan-readingsurelocked-christmas-treeNathan Elbert with FiND iT FREDERiCK and the festive decorations in the Naughty or Nice Escape Room

What happens in the room is classified, but I will tell you that, at least for us, it involved a lot of playful yelling, running in circles, and a ton of fun! Unfortunately, we also ran out of time and are thus resigned to Santa’s Naughty List forever, but as far as we’re concerned, we’re glad to get the coal! As puzzle lovers, we loved the experience, and as technologically dependent Millennials, we didn’t even miss our smartphones.

surelocked-piratesurelocked-groom    An exclusive puzzle-free sneak peek of Ship Outta Luck and Escape Groom

Even though we couldn’t quite get out, Mike and Chris were very gracious and offered us an exclusive sneak peek of their other two rooms, the brand new “Ship Outta Luck” that is pirate-ship themed, and the seemingly impossible “Escape Groom” that Chris repeatedly told us has a zero percent solve rate.

It goes without saying, but, we are excited to go back and see them again! (We might have already made reservations for Ship Outta Luck…) Not only is this an affordable activity for birthday parties, corporate events, or just a great night out, it is a memorable one for sure. Once you try one of these escape rooms, we promise you, you’ll be eager to get locked up again!

This family-owned business takes reservations on their website and are conveniently located in Downtown Frederick next to Volt at 220 N. Market Street.

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‘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