December Saturdays

Show your love for local this holiday season!

Support local businesses by shopping with an independent retailer, eating at a local restaurant, supporting local artists and exploring Downtown Frederick. Where you spend your money matters.

Whether you’ve lived here for years, or you’re a first time visitor, First Saturday (and every Saturday in December) is a great time to discover something new about our beautiful downtown.




Downtown businesses celebrate the holiday season with their own unique events, promotions and decorations. From in-store tastings and gallery openings, to artist and vendor exhibitions… there’s always something new to explore! Check back as the date gets closer for a list of specific activities, or visit to see what’s happening today.




Each First Saturday, the streets are filled with live music and entertainment. Check back closer to the event date for this month’s information.




Downtown Frederick is sparkling this time of year! Walk down to Carroll Creek Park to view the light-up boats that are part of the Sailing Through the Winter Solstice installation, wander the sidewalks and take in the glowing windows of 100+ downtown businesses, and gaze at the twinkling tree lights overhead.




Parking is FREE in Downtown Frederick every weekend from Thanksgiving through News Years! Enjoy free parking in each of downtown’s five public parking garages every weekend from November 28 through the end of the year (8AM Saturdays through 6AM Mondays).

Access more travel and parking information for Downtown Frederick at and download a map of downtown businesses here.

Public Restrooms can be found in the Church Street (17 E Church St) and Carroll Creek (44 E Patrick St) Public Parking Garages. Restrooms are open daily from 9AM-10PM and cleaned regularly by the City of Frederick following all relevant guidelines.

Staying the whole weekend? Plamondon Hospitality Partners and Downtown Frederick Partnership have teamed up to offer 15% off your stay the first weekend of every month. Choose from six fantastic hotels all with a special price that’s 15% off rack rate. Extend your visit and do it in comfort!

View First Saturday Hotel Rates



Businesses are free to set their own policies with regard to face coverings. Please be considerate of staff who may not yet be vaccinated, and wear your mask if requested.

Spread joy. Shop safely. Wear a mask.




December 4, 2021 10:00 AM


December 4, 2021 9:00 PM


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Fees & Tickets


This event has no entrance fee

Event Venue


Downtown Frederick, MD

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