A historic display at Rose Hill Manor.
Museums by Candlelight

Museums by Candlelight

A Free Holiday Program For All Ages

On December 9, 2017 Frederick County’s numerous historic sites and museums provide visitors with a living reminder of this area's splendid past. During Museums by Candlelight, special programming and hands-on fun will delight visitors of all ages, and special children's activities are featured at most locations.

This is a self-guided event.  Visit many locations, or just a few, in any order.  Enjoy period demonstrations, living history vignettes, hands-on crafts, refreshments, tours, music, holiday decorations and historic settings by candlelight as night falls.

Stop by the Frederick Visitor Center for more information. The Visitor Center is located at 151 S. East Street in Frederick, Maryland, or call 301-600-4047 or 800-999-3613 for more details.


Brunswick Heritage Museum

10:00-4:00, 40 W. Potomac Street, Brunswick
  • See a large model railroad and learn about the history of Brunswick.
  • Crafts and light refreshments offered. 

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society

12:00-4:00, 12607 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont
  • Make a metal punched ornament, handkerchief doll, try your hand at 18th C domestic skills of wash board clothes cleaning & cooking.

  • Enjoy a variety of games.

  • Design and purchase the perfect holiday wreath with fresh greenery, holly, pine cones, ribbon and bows and all sorts of adornments.  Volunteers will make the wreath while you wait.

Central Maryland Heritage League

200 W. Main Street, Middletown
  • Tour the Lamar Surgical Suite Museum

Evangelical Lutheran Church

12:00-4:00, 31 E. Church Street, Frederick
  • Learn about this historic congregation established in 1738.

  • Tour the current sanctuary and learn about its use as a temporary military hospital during the Civil War.

  • Learn about other historic features of the church including its Möller pipe organ and stained-glass windows.

Middletown Valley Historical Society

12:00-5:00, 305 W. Main Street, Middletown
  • Historic Stone House Tours, Interpretive Programs, Refreshments.

  • Artisan Crafts Exhibit includes exquisite Shaker boxes, baskets, napkin rings and trays from local wood; artistic wood etchings with nature scenes and building scapes on boxes and pictures; historic engraved copper plates and prints from the images, and wood fired pottery.

  • Local Historical Artifacts1870s-1880s era 18 inch doll clothing with bustle dress, Victorian hat, chemise, pantaloons, and slip.

Gambrill House at Monocacy National Battlefield

12:00-3:00, 4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick 
  • Explore the Gambrill house which will be decorated in the style of a 19th Century holiday. 
  • Create traditional crafts.
  • Costumed living historians will also be on hand to provide information about the house and Gambrill Family. 
  • Gilmore's Light Ensemble will be playing traditional 19th century music from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

10:00-4:00, 339 S. Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg
  • Guided tours and take-away Christmas crafts

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

10:00-7:00, 48 E. Patrick Street, Frederick
  • Living historians will be throughout the museum providing more information about the nation's deadliest conflict and the revolutionary medical care administered during the war.

Rose Hill Manor Park & Museums

12:00-7:00, 1611 N. Market Street, Frederick
  • Visit Rose Hill to discover holiday traditions.

  • Create your own gingerbread house craft.

  • Enjoy a hearth cooking demonstration.

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum

12:00-6:00, 1110 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick
  • Visit one of Frederick's oldest historical houses, built in 1758, decorated for the holiday season. Docents will be available for tours and questions about the house.

  • Children can learn about and make traditional holiday crafts.

  • Historical Christmas figures such as Weihnachtsmann will be visiting the museum throughout the day.

South Mountain Heritage Society

12:00-5:00, 3 E. Main Street, Burkittsville
  • Explore the architecture and learn about the history of our beautiful museum building, the former Resurrection Reformed Church, built in 1829 and the site of a field hospital in the winter of 1862 after the Battle of South Mountain.

  • View a demonstration of our historic 1862 Pomplitz and Rodewald Pipe Organ and hear traditional German carols played on one of the oldest organs in the state of Maryland.

  • Children are invited to make a unique ornament to take home. Refreshments will be served.

Steiner House

368 W. Patrick Street, Frederick
  • Tour the house and listen to interpretive programs.

  • Enjoy children's activities.

  • Listen to holiday music.

Thurmont Historical Society

11 N. Church Street, Thurmont
  • Tour the Creeger House.

  • Visit with Old World Santa.

Browse Shops 

Holiday Shopping Downtown Frederick

Stay Overnight

Frederick Inn

Have Dinner

Ayse Meze