In partnership with The City of Frederick, the Delaplaine Foundation, the Bettie Delaplaine Memorial Grant and Visit Frederick, Downtown Frederick Partnership tested a new holiday lighting technique in Downtown Frederick for the 2018/2019 holiday season.
Great news, the new lights will be continued for the 2019/2020 holiday season!
Last year, the community helped the Partnership raise a total of $125,000 for the project to purchase all new LED light strands and extension cords and cover the costs of labor. This year, the project cost will be $66,000 and covers the labor to install and remove of the lights, and to purchase new GFI adapters to protect the lights and outlets they are plugged into.
A fund has been set up at the Community Foundation of Frederick County to raise funds needed for the project.
Help us make the new lighting a reality.Make a Donation
Checks may be mailed to the Community Foundation at 312 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland, 21701 with “Holiday Lights Fund” noted in the memo line. The Partnership has hired Choice Plantings to complete the installation of the holiday lights. Choice Plantings is a certified woman owned company located in Maryland and has more than 25 years of experience in interior and exterior plant services and holiday decoration.
Sponsor a Tree for the 2019/2020 season! More info here – Holiday Lights Sponsorship
Thank you to our 2019/2020 tree sponsors:
- Karlys & Tom “Klynch”
Thank you to the following supporters who have made a donation to the Holiday Lights Project in 2019/2020:
- Ms Tara Hays
Many thanks to the generous residents and businesses who are helping power trees in 2019/2020:
Why the change to the holiday lights?
After receiving feedback about the holiday lights, staff from the Tourism Council of Frederick County and the Partnership researched and visited other city lighting techniques and identified a style that would work well in Downtown Frederick. This technique was tested in 2018/2019 and is moving forward for 2019/2020.
What does the $66,000 cover?
In year one new, matching LED lights and outdoor extension cords were purchased and these lights and cords will be used again for 2019/2020. The new cost covers labor for installation and removal of the holiday lights and GFI outlet protectors.
How much did the holiday lights cost the City of Frederick previously?
The City of Frederick has previously spent approximately $100,000 annually on holiday lighting in Downtown Frederick. Of this, $15,000 spent was cash and the remaining $85,000 covered staff costs to install and remove the lights.
How were the locations of the lights identified?
The Partnership worked with Choice Plantings to identify the trees that could be easily lit using the power throughout Downtown Frederick. The Partnership also followed the previous lighting path that the City of Frederick used when lighting trees.
How can I support the project?
Donations to the project can be made through the fund that was created at The Community Foundation of Frederick County. Donations can be made online or by mailing a check to: The Community Foundation of Frederick County, 312 E Church St, Frederick, MD 21701, with “Holiday Lights Fund” noted in the memo line.
What does this lighting style look like in other cities?
Below are examples of similar lighting techniques, which are used in cities across the world.