Few symbols in American culture captivate an audience and send young and old spinning into holiday-infused nostalgia quite like a well-lit and decorated Christmas tree. In Frederick County, Maryland, we have plenty of ways to indulge those evergreen impulses!
The wreath and tree have become synonymous with the Christmas holiday. Made popular in the United States in the 19th century, the Christmas tree ranks up there with a jolly bearded man in a red jumpsuit and a reindeer with a glowing beacon for a nose as emblems of the holiday season.
Thomas Nast's Santa Claus (1881)
In the 21st century, the acquisition of a Christmas tree has become an event all its own. Residents and visitors alike can jump into the holiday spirit with a visit to one of Frederick County’s Christmas tree farms. You’ll come away with a lot more than just a seven-foot Douglas fir – the family can make memories that will last a lifetime. So jump in the car and take to the county’s scenic backroads like Clark Griswold to find the perfect tree.
The smell of baked goods blends perfectly with farm fresh air in eastern Frederick County at Gaver Farm in Mt. Airy. Journey across 60 acres in search of your family’s holiday centerpiece, finding your own beautifully shaped Christmas tree that you can cut down yourself. Serving as the family’s lumberjack not your forte? No worries, Gaver Farm has a wide selection of fresh-cut trees that are ready to take home. The farm’s “elves” also have an array of wreaths, swags, and window boughs to help spruce up your home’s holiday décor. Make sure to hit the farm’s market and bakery to refuel for the trip home.
Head out to the beautiful Middletown Valley for a trek to Dreamland Christmas Tree Farm. Operating since 2013, this family farm allows you to cut your own tree or purchase a freshly cut tree. But this is more than just a tree farm – enjoy a Christmas Shop, a café, and much more.
There are many options for Christmas trees in Frederick – Mayne’s Tree Farm in Buckeystown and E&E Trees in Walkersville to name two more. By supporting these tree farms, you’ll be supporting local farmers in your own community while making holiday memories that will be remembered for generations.
But getting your family’s tree and evergreen boughs are just the beginning - strap down the tree and head into Downtown Frederick where holiday traditions abound. Explore the brightly-lit historic downtown streets to find that perfect gift or enjoy a meal together with your loved ones. Watch the city’s famous Kris Kringle Procession, where history blends with community pride on the streets beneath the Clustered Spires. Or take a stroll along the Carroll Creek to see dozens of lighted vessels that will help you Sail Through the Winter Solstice and right into the New Year.