Holiday art competition. Delight in the gallery of holiday artwork created by local artists. From the exhibit submissions, judges will select the winning work of art to be featured for the 2020 “The Holidays” Event Series. A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the competition winner. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and includes free light hors d’oeuvres and wine. For more information, call 301-600-2844 or visit www.celebratefrederick.com.
Walkersville tree lighting festivities. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Walkersville Library, 2 S. Glade Road, Walkersville, enjoy holiday activities, music and a visit from Saint Nick with refreshments provided by Friends of the Walkersville Library. Then head across the street to Creamery Park for the official tree lighting ceremony at 7:30 p.m. It’s all free! More information at www.fcpl.org or 301-845-8880.
FCPS Community Budget Forum. Frederick County Public Schools’ superintendent Dr.Terry Alban continues to gather feedback from the community to prepare her recommended FY2021 budget (which she will share with the public on Jan. 6). From 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, FCPS will host a community forum for comments, suggestions, ideas regarding the budget. For more information on the budgeting process, visit www.fcps.org/budget.
Need more holiday competition? Then fill your senses at the Scents & Sweets Competition and Auction, 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the William R. Talley Rec Center, 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick. Competition is in the creativity of gingerbread structures and floral arrangements. Details at www.celebratefrederick.com.
Candelight House Tour. This popular event offers a self-guided walking tour of eight private homes in downtown Frederick that are handsomely decorated for the holidays. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from ticket sales help fund many free public events throughout the year, including Frederick’s 4th Celebration and the Sunday evening summer concert series. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 on tour days. For more details, visit www.celebratefrederick.com or call 301-600-2489.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” on the big screen. Kick-off the holiday season on First Saturday with a holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Shows are at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday with each preceded by music by The Catoctones, at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. This event is presented by the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs and is an opportunity to create awareness about the Coalition’s work year-round. Admission is free but the event is usually a “sell out.” Details at 301-600-2828 or www.thereligiouscoalition.org.