First of all there are basically three First Saturdays in December! There are festivities planned for Saturday December 3, 10, and 17. From 5 – 9 pm on these three first Saturdays of December the Downtown Frederick Partnership wants you to Eat, Drink and Be Merry! Well that is basically my motto all the time! On December 3 you can collect downtown merchants favorite holiday meal recipes. On December 10, you can collect favorite holiday drink recipes and on December 17 you are able to collect merry quotes from downtown merchants and contribute your own to a community holiday card that will be displayed prominently downtown. There will also be carriage rides, hot cocoa, seasonal music, live entertainment and more. Ideally I would like to collect all of the meal and drink recipes and possibly feature some of them here for you, but that might be a slightly lofty goal. Of course I’m going to try though.
On Thursday December 1, Celebrate Frederick hosts the Scents & Sweets Competition and Auction. This event is a competition of gingerbread houses and holiday floral arrangements. I won’t lie, I’m going to check out the gingerbread houses (I have a serious sweet tooth.) And while casting my vote for the People’s Choice competition I will definitely be sampling the sweets from some local Frederick bakeries including Jefferson Pastry Shoppe, Mimi’s Cafe, Moxie Bakery & Cafe, and Sweet Angela’s Cupcakery.
Next Friday, December 2 at 7 pm I am planning on heading over to the City Hall Courtyard for the Festival of Lights. There will be holiday greetings, carols and more as the true meaning of the holiday season takes center stage.
And even though it never changes, I can’t really feel like my holiday season is complete without a little Nutcracker. The Maryland Regional Ballet brings us this Frederick Holiday tradition for the 32nd time from December 9 – December 11 at the Weinberg Center. This production features guest artists from the New York City Ballet.
These are just a few of all the wonderful events planned to celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Frederick, and with any luck I might just get to partake in a few more. But to see a full listing of events you can check out Celebrate Frederick and the Downtown Frederick Partnership. For events throughout the county, make sure to check out the Tourism Council’s Event Calendar.