Looking for a bit of fun on these cold winter days? Visit Downtown Frederick, MD for a family-friendly outdoor scavenger hunt through our beautiful historic downtown. Downtown Frederick’s 200+ independently-owned businesses are all decked out for the holidays… but can you spy the sparkling lights that are hidden amongst the rest? Count the number of blue and silver light bursts hiding in shop and restaurant windows all over downtown for your chance to win a $50 Downtown Frederick Gift Card! Submit your guess at downtownfrederick.org/sparkle by December 15th for a chance to win! Each guess = 1 chance to win. Entries are limited to 1 per person. The winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday, December 16. If we can’t confirm our winner within 7 days we’ll select someone new.
Operation Sparkle: Holiday Scavenger Hunt
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Each year, the Partnership tackles strategic initiatives to bring more residents and employees to Downtown Frederick, offers an exciting season of events and works closely with downtown businesses and partners to continue to strengthen and improve Downtown Frederick.
Why We LOVE Downtown Frederick!
With our one-of-a-kind specialty shops, restaurants and people, Downtown Frederick stands out. We have a personality all our own…friendly, vibrant, eclectic and thriving.
Downtown business owners are passionate about what they do. They spend time in their shops and restaurants to make sure you are well cared for.
Downtown residents make this community home. A neighbor’s friendly face, an afternoon happy hour with friends, an evening stroll with the family — THERE’S ONLY ONE DOWNTOWN FREDERICK.
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The Holidays in Downtown Frederick
Winter is one of the most magical times to visit Downtown Frederick, MD. Our walkable, historic downtown offers more than 200 independently-owned businesses to knock out that holiday shopping list, parking is FREE every weekend from Thanksgiving through News Years, and public health measures are in place to ensure your experience is safe and enjoyable. Learn more at downtownfrederick.org/holidays. Learn more about the Holidays in Downtown Frederick! Find unbeatable shopping in Downtown Frederick, with many shops open 7 Days a Week through Christmas. Take advantage of the abundance of heated outdoor dining options for a quick bite at one of Downtown Frederick’s 50+ restaurants or 9 independent craft breweries and distilleries. Enjoy ambient music wafting through the air most weekends, and — of course — SHOP LOCAL this holiday season! Lights, events & a million more reasons to visit Downtown Frederick this winter. Downtown Frederick is decked out from top to bottom this holiday season! Find Sailing Through the Winter Solstice in Carroll Creek Park through February, enjoy the millions of Holiday Lights twinkling in the trees overhead as you stroll the streets of downtown, and do something the whole family will love with our Operation Sparkle holiday lights scavenger hunt. Don’t […]
Shop Local Online this Holiday Season
Online shopping doesn’t have to mean going to Amazon. Click here to find out which of your favorite Downtown Frederick retailers offer online shopping. All of the convenience of shopping online, none of the guilt. Great for long-distance gift exchanges. Ship directly to your recipient. Click, shop and love local! Shop Local Online Need more holiday shopping inspiration? Check out our 2020 Downtown Frederick Gift Guide for a list of this season’s most givable gifts, all sourced from our local downtown retailers.
Downtown Frederick’s Holiday Gift Guide
Attention Holiday Shoppers! Are you sitting down? Because we have some pretty shocking news. In the blink of an eye, the 2020 holiday season is officially upon us! Yes, we are serious… go peek at the closest calendar if you don’t believe us and let us know when you return… Now that we’re all on the same page, let’s talk about OUR personal favorite part of the holidays… holiday shopping! A lot of things have looked different this year but we’re proud of how our downtown community has remained resilient throughout the unpredictable ride that has been 2020. The support this community has shown our downtown businesses has been nothing short of amazing and we couldn’t have done it without you. Go ahead and take a pause to give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back from us to you! As we head into the holidays, your support is even more meaningful to our downtown and we hope you’ll continue to spend your days shopping and dining with our local businesses. Your dollar goes a long way in our community and we have been busy as elves behind the scenes to make your holiday experience everything you deserve. We know […]
Date Night in Downtown Frederick
There is just something about this beautiful, crisp, fall weather that makes us want to embrace the love in the air. Whether you’ve been ringing in fall for numerous seasons with the same person or you’re looking for some new arm candy as we head into this holiday season, Downtown Frederick just so happens to be the perfect place to create a spark AND keep it going. If you spent lockdown wishing for a sweetie to share it with, we have some great ideas for first dates that will break the in-person ice. Since you’ve been getting to know each other via FaceTIme, put your phone down and pick your mask up to head downtown for some safe in-person quality time. We’ve done the hard part for you and planned out everything from an early morning meet up to a night together on the town. All that’s left for you to do is explore our picturesque downtown AND the possibility of bringing your quarantine cutie home for the holidays! We’re rooting for you! On the other end of Cupid’s arrow, maybe you spent lockdown cozied-up to your longtime #1. After over six months under the same roof together, it’s possible […]
Window Display Resource Guide for Independent Retailers
Designing a great window display is no easy task. You want it to be eye-catching, budget-friendly, low-effort and — above all else — effective! After all, the mark of a great window display is when you sell out of the product that’s in the window. At downtownfrederick.org/windows, we’ve compiled a few resources to help our Downtown Frederick retailers find a little extra inspiration this holiday season. Please use and share the info collected, and contact anyone on the Partnership staff if you need any extra advice! Our Window Display Resource Page includes: a window display materials swap for merchantsa live webinar with nationally-known designer Amy Meadowsadvice from local professionals and retailersan inspiration board featuring a wide variety of design ideasa list of local designers who are available for hire View our Window Display Resource Page
A Guide To Your Family Day in Downtown Frederick!
Your Family Itinerary Can you feel it?! The weather is getting chillier, the leaves are starting to fall, and pumpkin spice has officially made its seasonal debut. After a summer spent inside, we have some great ideas for safely spending this fall season out and about with your family. Time spent with family is time well spent! From our residents to our businesses and visitors, Downtown Frederick is a destination for all kinds of families and we couldn’t be more proud. This guide provides a full list of ways to explore and enjoy Downtown Frederick as a family. As you venture downtown, please be sure to wear your mask and stay at least six feet away from those not in your direct household. For families with younger kids: Take a walk down Carroll Creek Fish, and flowers, and water, oh my! Take a relaxing walk down this beautiful and functional creek to observe the different animals and flowers that call it home. Depending on the time of year you are exploring, you will also be able to admire incredible sculptures or illuminated boats to make this mile and a half long stretch that much more magical. Grab a scoop (or […]
Partnership Launches Property Listing Database for Downtown Frederick
Home to more than 250 independently owned businesses, Downtown Frederick is a great place to start your business! The first step toward opening your doors is finding a space that fits your business’ needs. To help entrepreneurs get started on the right foot, Downtown Frederick Partnership is launching a new property listing database at downtownfrederick.org/properties. The database includes currently available Retail, Office and Warehouse space within Downtown Frederick. Properties vary widely, with sizes ranging from 375 sq ft to more than 65,000, and rental prices to fit nearly every budget. Map of currently available properties, as of September 15, 2020. Visit downtownfrederick.org/properties to see what’s available today. See Available Properties Listings are gathered from local commercial brokers, property owners and real estate agents and are updated as the market changes. The Partnership makes every effort to keep its listings up to date, but “For Rent” signs can go up in the blink of an eye. Want to get your property added to our list? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested in starting your own business? Contact email@example.com for additional information about launching a business in Downtown Frederick.
About the Artists – Downtown Gallery Tour
We have spent the last couple of weeks exploring the galleries downtown and the unmatched art displayed on their walls. We hope you’ve enjoyed the expressive art on the walls of Downtown Frederick as much as we have. We’re excited to take you even further into the lives of the artists that generously share their talent with our community. This week, we are introducing the artists that dedicate their lives to creating a world for people like me and you to escape to. Each day, we will highlight artists from a different gallery on the tour so check in daily to discover the artists found on our Downtown Gallery Tour. Eastside Artists’ Gallery 313 E Patrick St To highlight the artists that can be found on this tour, we have started at Eastside Artists’ Gallery. This gallery is a co-op of local artists to Frederick. The artists here come from all different artistry backgrounds that join together for a beautiful display of talent and passion for their work. Mary Paul Barnaby Mary Paul Barnaby is a photographer and a painter. Retiring from the Air Force, she finally settled down in Frederick, Maryland after a lifetime of travel and adventure. She […]
Downtown Gallery Tour
Downtown Frederick is a vibrant art community and is the perfect place for both artists and art lovers alike. We’d like to help showcase the incredible art that resides in our downtown by taking you on a walking tour of our galleries. Downtown Frederick is honored to be one of 28 Arts & Entertainment Districts designated by the State of Maryland. Americans for the Arts defines Arts & Entertainment Districts as “well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use areas of cities in which a high concentration of arts and cultural facilities serve as the anchor attraction.” This designation ensures our downtown serves as an art-lover’s paradise. Navigate this self-guided tour on your own time, at your own pace — alone, or surrounded by loved ones. The beauty of a self-guided tour is found in the flexibility you have to create your own path and explore as much or as little as you would like. Below you will find the featured galleries on this tour and some information about each to keep in mind as you dive into the art Downtown Frederick proudly displays. Eastside Artists’ Gallery | 313 E Patrick St The first place you will find yourself as you embark on your tour […]
Small Business Lending Library
Small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in the wake of COVID-19. To help meet those challenges, Downtown Frederick Partnership launched its Small Business Resiliency Series in June 2020. This free program provides small businesses throughout Frederick County with access to educational webinars, hands-on professional support and peer-to-peer working groups. Learn more about the Resiliency Series at downtownfrederick.org/resiliency. As part of the Resiliency Series, Downtown Frederick Partnership established a new resource for Frederick County businesses — a Small Business Lending Library, which provides free access to tools and resources that are useful when running your own business. The Lending Library consists of five kits, which businesses may borrow for up to 3 days at a time. The kits contain items that most small businesses will need at some point — but which may be difficult to justify investing in, especially if it’s an item that they’ll use only 1 or 2 times. Some of the items included in the library are related to a topic that was specifically covered during a Resiliency Series webinar (such as the Mobile Photo Studio, which relates to establishing e-commerce and making online sales for small businesses) and some items were specifically requested by the Downtown Frederick business […]