Escaping the Cold...places to see Frederick County

Escaping the Cold
...places to see Frederick County

Restlessness...boredom...feeling trapped...these are all symptoms some feel during the long winter. Maryland and the surrounding counties have tons of things for you to do...
Escape the cold and discover the many attractions, historic sites, and Civil War heritage Frederick County has to offer.
The City of Frederick has an established reputation as an "arts city." This is true in part because of the extensive number of performance arts companies and venues featuring a wide variety of live entertainment. Performance arts offerings are scheduled each weekend and many weekday evenings as well. Time your visit to coincide with a musical, dance, or theatrical entertainment.
Bringing your little ones? In addition to their traditional attractions and parks, visitors will find dozens of first run movie theaters, special events intended for youngsters, and a variety of specialty stores your kids.
So whether you're looking for museums, parks, history, Frederick County, Maryland has it all!
Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival- Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. November 25-December 31, 2005; Sun.-Thurs. 6-9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 6-10 p.m. This unique spectacle, which includes more than 380 illuminated displays and 60 animated vignettes along a three and a half-mile drive,, is sure to capture the imagination and create lifelong memories. Meandering through the enchanted forest setting is like holiday fantasy, with festival goers experiencing an array of characters and displays that light up the night. Call 301-258-6350 or visit for more information.
Children's Weekend- Time and places vary with each event. December 10 and 11, 2005. The joy of the holidays is embodied in the children who partake in a weekend full of actives just for them! From toy painting and storytelling, to belsnickeling and breakfast with Santa, there are a variety of activities hosted by Frederick City businesses that work together to create this magical weekend. Call 301-694-2489 or visit for more information.
Woodsboro Historical Society-Holiday Homes Tour- Main Street, Woodsboro. December 10 and 11, 2005; Sat. 4-9 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m. Self-guided tour through various historical residences, churches, and Woodsboro Bank Building (Old Opera House area), carriage rides also available (for additional cost). Call (301)845-7389 for more information.
Holiday Weekend Carriage Rides- Brewer's Alley, 124 N. Market St., Frederick. December 16, 17 and 18, 2005; Fri. 6-9 p.m.; Sat. 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Sun. 1-4p.m., and December 30 from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy a horse drawn ride through the Frederick Town Historic district and nearby Baker Park during the holiday season. There will 1 or 2 carriages leaving every 30 minutes from Brewer's Alley. Pre-registration is recommended. Call (301)694-1492 for more information.
Candlelight Tour of the Vineyard and Winery- Elk Run Vineyards, 15113 Liberty Rd., Mt. Airy. December 17, 2005; 5-7 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Candlelight tour of the vineyard and winery. Decked in 18th century finery tour the vineyard and winery by candlelight. Enjoy a tasting of fine wine and holiday finger foods. Reservations suggested. Call (410)775-2513 for more information.
Frederick County Society of Model Railroad Open House- Behind 423 E. Patrick St., Frederick. February 5, 2006; 1-4 p.m. Visit a working HO scale Model Railroad, located in an authentic Chesapeake and Ohio railroad car. Watch trains cross bridges, pass over tall hills, dive into deep tunnels, creep into towns, and fly by on lengthy mainline tracks! Call (301)695-9760 or visit for more information.
Frederick Sister Cities Chocolate Gala- Holiday Inn FSK, 5400 Holiday Dr., Frederick. February 6, 2006; 6-9 p.m. A professional competition and tasting event - visitors will sample Gourmet Chocolate, fine desserts prepared by the chef participating in the competition, and German Sparkling Wine. There will be music and a Silent Auction. Call (301)663-4914 for more information.
See...winter doesn't have to be cold and unpleasing!