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 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.



Enjoy three times the First Saturday fun this month! Each Saturday before Christmas, you can find special events, live entertainment and outdoor fire pits in Downtown Frederick.


December First Saturday, 12/3

December Second Saturday, 12/10

December Third Saturday, 12/17


Local Shopping & Events

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 dates get closer for a list of specific activities, or visit to see what’s happening today.


Live Musicians

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


Marshmallow Roasting Fire Pits

Winter in Downtown Frederick means marshmallow roasting fire pits! Cozy up and enjoy a special treat while you wrap up that holiday shopping – locations TBD. *while supplies last




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 24 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



Per the Frederick County Health Department, masks are required in all indoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible. State health officials strongly recommend unvaccinated individuals continue to wear face coverings anytime they’re in public.

Spread joy. Shop safely. Wear a mask.




December 3, 2022 10:00 AM


December 3, 2022 9:00 PM


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Fees & Tickets


This event has no entrance fee

Event Venue


Downtown Frederick, MD

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