Celebrate Frederick

Celebrate Frederick: Festival of Lights sponsored by Friends Meeting School

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Festival of Lights sponsored by Friends Meeting School

Friday, December 17, 2021 | 7:00 PM
City Hall Courtyard, 101 N. Court Street
Free to Attend, Open to All


Don’t miss one of the holiday season’s most inspiring events.

Each year the Festival of Lights brings the true spirit of the season to young and old alike. Holiday greetings, carols and an inspirational message are all part of this community tradition-based event that highlights the true meaning of the holiday season.  Attendees join in the program with a moving candle lighting ceremony, filling the courtyard with magnificent light.


Festival Program

The 2019 Festival of Lights will once again include a special musical performance by The Frederick Children’s Chorus.  The Chorus was founded in 1985 by Judith L. DuBose, and is dedicated to encouraging every child to be the best singer that they can be.  In addition to the Chorus’ performance at the Festival of Lights, the group will also host a Winter Concert at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 PM and the 25th Annual Messiah Sing-Along at the Weinberg Center on Monday, December 23 at 8:00 PM.

Festival organizers are also excited to welcome the Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel as this year’s inspirational speaker.  Pastor Daniel is the senior pastor at the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ in downtown Frederick.  She is the first female to serve in this role in the church’s more than 260 year history.  In addition to her ministry at ERUCC, Pastor Daniel orchestrates an annual school supply drive, collecting and distributing thousands of items to incoming students of all ages.

This year’s program will also include remarks from Mayor Michael O’Connor, an audience sing-along of favorite carols and a moving candle lighting ceremony.

Festival History

Over 30 years ago, Julia Hanna was concerned that the world was losing sight of the real meaning of holiday season.  She encouraged area residents to display single white candles in their windows to bring back the feeling of an old-fashioned holiday, and to focus on the warmth and fellowship of the season.  She encouraged community togetherness… and the candlelight festival was begun.  Since that time, the tradition has evolved into this ecumenical gathering.