Decorative lights of all shapes, sizes, and medium help to illuminate the holiday spirit. Though a popular choice at any festive occasion, there is no denying that the popularity of decorative lights around the holiday season soars high. In fact, most people come to expect seeing all the dazzling lights and displays every year to make their holidays complete.
But even a single glowing candle can bring great light in the night—especially when joined with dozens more candles in a glowing, nostalgic essence of a bygone era. As a community that loves small town interests and keeping with jovial traditions, it should come as no surprise that Historic Downtown Frederick has an ongoing tradition in lighting up City Hall with its own, exclusive festival of lights.
Festival of Lights began more than 30 years ago with Frederick resident Julia Hanna and her concern that the world was losing sight of the real meaning of the holiday season. Hanna encouraged citizens to display single white candles in their windows to bring back the old-fashioned holiday feeling, focusing on warmth and fellowship. She also encouraged community togetherness, which prompted the tradition of a community gathering festival, illuminated by candlelight.
Throughout the years the small gathering has continually grown in popularity as well as attendees who come out to the City Hall Courtyard each year. This season’s event will take place tomorrow evening, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. As always, attendance is free and open for all to come out and be a part of.
Come out and join in carols, inspirational messages, holiday greetings, fellowship, and making memories to last a lifetime. This year’s event will feature Dr. Thomas Powell, the new president of St. John’s Catholic Prep, and past president of St. Mary’s College in leading the inspirational message. Frederick’s Children’s Chorus and Judy DuBose—artistic director and founder. Randy McClement, Frederick’s mayor, will also be there to welcome guests along with Jim Racheff as Master of Ceremonies.
During the event complimentary hot chocolate will be provided by Celebrate Frederick. Other traditional holiday baked goods and favorites, such as Stollen and candies will be available for purchase from Maggie’s Custom Bake Shop.
Festival of Lights will be broadcasted live on Channel 99 tomorrow evening, starting at 7 p.m. You can also access a live feed during the event by clicking the media link listed on the main site. There will also be sign language interpretation available during the festival.
To learn about other events taking place in Frederick this week, click the events calendar link here.