Do you love the holidays as much as we do? Well nothing gets you in the spirit quite like a visit to Downtown Frederick. Unbeatable shopping? Check! Delicious dining? Check! We’ve officially caught the holiday spirit and it’s time for you to get on our level. Here are ten of our favorite ways to enjoy the holiday season in Downtown Frederick.

1. Shopping (After Dark)

Downtown Frederick At Night With Holiday Lights

Being downtown is a magical experience this time of year. Lights twinkling overhead, storefronts overflowing with decorations and one-of-a-kind gifts, and shoppers bustling down the sidewalk – we can’t recommend this one enough! To help you check names off your list all season long, many downtown businesses have adopted extended shopping hours seven days a week and are open until 9pm each of the first four Saturdays in December. To find out more about the special events happening each Saturday, visit downtownfrederick.org.

2. Your Chariot Awaits

Holiday Carriage Ride

This holiday season, the City of Frederick Parks and Recreation Department offers horse-drawn carriage rides each weekend through the end of December. Rides cost $10 per person (children 2 and under are free on their parent’s lap) and pre-registration is recommended. Led by a team of Belgium Draft Mules and/or a team of Percheron horses, carriage rides take you on 20-minute tour of beautiful Downtown Frederick.

3. Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Escape Room

On Saturday, December 16, stop by Surelocked In Escape Games (220 N Market St) to pick up a clue sheet and compete in the ultimate Holiday Scavenger Hunt! Featuring over 20 downtown businesses, participants will be competing for the chance to win prizes, glory, fame and the auspicious title of “Holiday Champion” for Downtown Frederick! (Okay, so we’re just kidding about the title, but there will be prizes…)

4. Bagpipes and Bunting

Downtown Holiday Bagpipes

Everedy Square & Shab Row is a cluster of specialty shops, eateries and services housed in beautifully restored 19th Century buildings at the intersection of Church and East Streets in Downtown Frederick. With every building, window and doorway dripping in glittering lights and live greenery, its holiday charm is undeniable! To top it all off, you’ll find holiday music throughout the day each Saturday of December.

(Photo by Shab Row Tea Emporium)

5. This One’s for the Fellas

Holiday Storefront

Guys! Shop Patrick Street has taken the guesswork out of holiday shopping for you. They’re ready to hand you a beer, a pre-made shopping list, and watch that look of last-minute panic wash away. Shop at participating stores along Patrick Street on Thursday, December 21 from 5-9pm to experience holiday shopping done right.

6. We’re on a Boat!

Boats On Carroll Creek

This season, Carroll Creek is all lit up thanks to the helping hands of Color on the Creek and eight area businesses that sponsored the floating light installation, “Sailing through the Winter Solstice.” These floating beauties will be around through February First Saturday (Feb 3), so skip on down to the creek and see what they’re all a-“boat”!

7. Dogs Love Santa Too

Dog with Santa Downtown

On Saturday, December 16 Frederick County Bank is partnering with the Frederick County Humane Society to host a familiar face with a furry twist! Santa Paws will be around from 5-9pm to take pictures with your pets at their Square Corner location in Downtown Frederick.

(Photo by Frederick County Bank)

8. Shop, Eat & Be Merry

Glass of Wine

This one’s not hard to explain… nothing says holiday cheer quite like an evening cozied up with friends in Downtown Frederick! Get the whole crew together for a DIY Food & Drink tour of your favorite spots. Appetizers in Everedy Square & Shab Row, an entrée along Patrick Street, then drinks and dessert on Market? Doesn’t sound like a bad night to us!

9. We’re High Society

Downtown Art Gallery

What better time to get all dressed up and enjoy a night on the town than during the holidays? The Weinberg Center for the Arts offers an incredible array of events all winter long and with more than 20 galleries and studios in Downtown Frederick, you can turn your evening into an art-loving extravaganza!

10. Play Tourist and Stay the Night

10 Clarke Place

If you live nearby, see a different side of Downtown Frederick by treating yourself to a staycation. Best when combined with one of our nine itineraries shared above, a night out in downtown is that much sweeter when you’re going home to a bed that you don’t have to make! Find a place that suits your style and treat yourself to an overnight getaway that will leave you feeling ready to tackle the rest of the season.

(Photo by 10 Clarke Place)