Museums by Candlelight
Museums by Candlelight

Museums by Candlelight

A Free Holiday Program For All Ages

Once a year, Frederick County’s numerous historic sites and museums provide visitors with a living reminder of this area's remarkable 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 FREE 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.

Information about 2022 schedule and events coming soon.

December 10, 2022

2021 Museums by Candlelight Virtual Programs


African American Resources Cultural Heritage Society of Frederick County

“Until the story of the hunt is told by the Lion, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter." - African Proverb. View plans for the new history and cultural center and hear about the exciting community activities held in Frederick County.

Daughters of Charity MBC

Daughters of Charity

Learn more about Christmas in Emmitsburg, Maryland in 1827 from an account left behind by Sister Mary Fellix MacQuaid, a student at St. Joseph's Academy at the time.

HF Railroad

Hagerstown and Frederick Railway Historic Society

Few today remember Frederick's trolleys, fewer realize that they meant much more to the region than simple streetcar service.

Rose Hill MBCRose Hill Manor Park and Museums

Holiday Treats on the Hearth - Fred Maxey shows how chocolate and caramel corn are cooked over the hearth for holidays treats.

South Mountain Heritage

South Mountain Heritage Society

Tour the museum and learn about the history of Burkittsville.

Catoctin Furnace

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society

Explore the tradition of belsnickling through the eyes of an eight-year-old; his memories will transport you back to a Catoctin Furnace Christmas during the Great Depression.

Trinity Chapel MBC

ERUCC & Trinity Chapel

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, pastor of Frederick's Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, discusses the church's commitment to education and the role it has played in the history of this church, starting with schoolmaster John Thomas Schley in 1745. ERUCC recently celebrated its 275th anniversary.

Hood College MBC

Hood College

In this archival footage of Hood College, we see the school's many and varied traditions as they took place in the 1930s. 

Landmarks MBC

Landmarks Foundation

Children's crafts have always been a popular attraction at Museums by Candlelight at Schifferstadt. In these two videos, two of our long-time demonstrators Cathie and Margie share some favorites.

Middletown Valley HS

Middletown Valley Historical Society

Visit the "Smithfield House" 1730 - The oldest dwelling in Middletown, MD.



Monocacy National Battlefield

Join volunteer researcher Liz Richards to discover how holiday traditions had developed around the time of the Civil War.

Civil war exhibit at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

John Lustrea takes us on a brief tour of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, highlighting some of the coolest objects we have on display.


Delaplaine Arts Center

Tour the arts center and learn the past of this historic building which was used as a whiskey rectifying house and a steam-powered flour mill.

Steiner House MBC 1

Steiner House

Learn all about the home arts of spinning and knitting from two Steiner House docents, Elaine and Karen. Steiner House hopes to be open for visitors for the next Museums by Candlelight.


National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

A Christmas Box arrives to the young ladies of St. Joseph's Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. Sending delicacies and treats to family and friends was an early 19th century tradition.

Browse Shops 

Couple window shopping during the holidays in Downtown Frederick

Stay Overnight

One bedroom suite at Frederick Inn

Have Dinner

Carriage House 2020 Restaurant Week 22