Kris Kringle

Frederick hosts the Kris Kringle parade each year in downtown Frederick. 

People visiting Frederick, or Frederick-area residents themselves, have a wealth of holiday festivities year-round to enjoy in Frederick.

From historical events to celebrations, there's much to do.

Late May

The Last Full Measure of Devotion is honored at the Monocacy National Battlefield, where the casualties of the Battle of Monocacy are honored. Confederate forces under Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early defeated Union forces under Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace in the 1864 battle.

Independence Day

Celebrations for the Fourth of July take place at multiple locations in Frederick County. Brunswick will hold a fireworks display at Brunswick Middle School on Wednesday, July 3. Frederick's Fourth, an Independence Day Celebration, takes place on Thursday, July 4, all day in Baker Park, concluding with a fireworks display in Baker Park that night.


In October, Halloween events are plentiful. The Great Pumpkin Patch will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, at Middletown Park. The Trail of Jack-o-Lanterns is held at Great Meadows Farm in mid-October. The Middletown Scarecrows March Down Main Street is Saturday, Oct. 19.

Rose Hill Manor hosts the Trick or Treat Through History on Friday, Oct. 25. Halloween in Downtown Frederick is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.


During the Christmas holiday season, Frederick city is all decked out with his decorations, lights and its famous carriage rides through downtown Frederick. The Festival of Lights and Kris Kringle Parade kickoff off lots of celebrations.

For a complete listing of holiday and other major events in Frederick County, visit

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