Friday, November 14, 2008



Kris Kringle comes to town only once a year and you don’t want to miss it. On Friday, December 5th Kris Kringle will be leading his procession through Historic Frederick, starting on East Street and ending at Baker Park with the lighting of the City tree. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is presented to you by Celebrate Frederick Inc.

The procession, along with the thousands of tiny white lights illuminating the streets, showcases the small town charm that makes Frederick so special during the holidays. Local children dressed as reindeer, snowflakes, angels, elves, and gifts will accompany costumed characters, some modern, some traditional through Frederick’s downtown streets. The parade runs from East Street to East Patrick Street, turns onto N. Market Street, and then turns onto West Second Street, ending at Baker Park.

Some of the procession’s featured characters bring to life the German heritage in Frederick. Pelsnickle and Weinacht Man are known to help Kris Kringle judge whether children have been bad or good. Krist Kindle is an angel-like messenger who leaves gifts for good children in small baskets. Other characters in the procession include popular modern characters such as Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

The procession concludes with carol singing and holiday greetings from Mayor William J. Holtzinger, the Snow Queen, and Kris Kringle himself. The official City tree is then lit after the countdown by the crowd.

The Kris Kringle Procession would not be possible without the hard work of the volunteers of the Holidays in Historic Frederick Committee, and the following community-minded businesses: Spires Sponsors- AT&T, Bechtel Group Foundation, Linton at Ballenger by Drees Homes, Sandy Spring Bank, Spectrum Federal Credit Union, and Weis Markets; Carillion Sponsors- Citi, Comcast, COMSTAR Federal Credit Union, The Frederick News Post, and Roy Rogers-A Plamondon Company; Bandshell Sponsors- BB&T and Jean Peterson Design/ The JaBITCo Group.

For more information about this, or any of the Celebrate Frederick Inc. holiday events, please call The City of Frederick Office of Special Events at 301-600-2841 or visit our website at

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