the holidays in downtown frederick

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.

Find unbeatable shopping in Downtown Frederick, with many shops open 7 Days a Week through Christmas.


Downtown Frederick boasts more than 200 locally-owned businesses, all located within convenient walking distance of one another. Don’t forget your masks when visiting Downtown Frederick this season! 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.

As you stroll along our historic streets, 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!

Click the links here for additional information about shopping and dining in Downtown Frederick, and click below to learn more about online shopping, outdoor dining options and additional visitor information for Downtown Frederick.

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 and on-street metered spots every weekend from November 27 through the end of the year (8AM Saturdays through 6AM Mondays).

Additionally, downtown parking is free all day on Thanksgiving Day (November 25), Frosty Friday (November 26), Christmas Day (December 25) and New Years Day (January 1).

Find additional parking information for Downtown Frederick at parkfrederick.org

Downtown Frederick Holiday Gift Guide


With more than 200 locally-owned businesses, Downtown Frederick is the perfect shopping destination this holiday season. Get started on your list with our ultimate Holiday Gift Guide, curated just for you by the businesses of Downtown Frederick. Each picture is clickable and links to the business where you can find that product! Happy shopping!!!

Holiday Events in Downtown Frederick!


Find more fun things to do at downtownfrederick.org/events.

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Holiday lights, decorations and 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.

Photo Tour of Holiday Decorations Photo Tour of 2021 Sailing through the Winter Solstice

Something Fun for Every Age


Not sure where to start? We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite ideas for how to spend a day in Downtown Frederick. Find more great ideas and inspiration at downtownfrederick.org/blog.

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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.