Holiday Lights in Downtown Frederick

Each winter, the trees that line Market and Patrick Streets are wrapped in thousands of twinkling lights – creating an enchanting ambiance for visitors to enjoy as they wander along Downtown Frederick’s bustling sidewalks and explore the many businesses that call our downtown home.

The lights are a special tradition begun by the City of Frederick, which Downtown Frederick Partnership took on in 2018. Each year, the Partnership and the City of Frederick partner to bring residents, visitors and businesses the magic that is the holiday lights. The lights are installed by Choice Plantings, a certified woman-owned company located in Maryland with more than 25 years of experience in interior and exterior plant services and holiday decoration.

Thank you to the many partners who helped bring the project to fruition and continue to support the holiday lights today: The City of Frederick, Visit Frederick and the Bettie Delaplaine Memorial Grant courtesy of the Delaplaine Foundation

Sponsor a Tree for the 2023/2024 season!

Want to light a tree this holiday season? Supporters have the opportunity to sponsor a tree for as little as $250. The benefits of this highly visible opportunity include:

  • Sponsor name displayed on tree between November 2023 – March 2024
  • Name listed on Partnership website
  • Listed in press release at conclusion of season thanking tree sponsors
  • New this year! Sponsors can choose between trees in the Inner Zone ($500 sponsorship) or Outer Zone ($250 sponsorship)
  • Sponsors have the option to request a specific tree or location for an additional $250 – location requests are available for both zones and are granted on a first-come basis, as available

If you would like to sponsor a tree, please complete the form below. Email with any questions.


Support the Holiday Lights in Downtown Frederick.

Want to support the Holiday Lights project at a different level? Donate any amount using the link below, or mail a check to the Community Foundation at 312 E Church St, Frederick, MD 21701 with “Holiday Lights Fund” noted in the memo line.

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Holiday Lights FAQ


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.

What do the funds raised cover?

The total project cost (approximately $70,000) covers the cost of lights, as well as 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 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 lit using available 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.


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