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Civil War Christmas

With the great reviews, Center Stage’s production of A Civil War Christmas has broken the theater’s single ticket daily gross record, becoming one of the best-selling shows in the company’s 50-year history. An additional performance has been added to closing weekend, on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 pm.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel. And choreography by Liz Lerman.

A Civil War Christmas weaves together the stories of more than two-dozen characters—spanning race, religion, and class—on Christmas Eve in 1864. All along the Potomac, from the White House to the front lines, figures both historical and fictional find their lives strangely and poetically intertwined. Infused with traditional holiday carols and period folk songs, A Civil War Christmas celebrates the beauty of shared humanity at a turning point in our nation’s history.
A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration by Paula Vogel, directed by Rebecca Taichman, runs through December 22. Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased by calling 410.332.0033, or visiting Full information on the season can be found at

'From Fibers to Fashion' Exhibit

June 8 - December 13, 2013

Explore the heritage and legacy of this important local industry through this temporary exhibit. The exhibit includes a variety of textiles and styles from the Historical Society's collection, as well as advertising items and photographs. Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm.
Museum of Frederick County History
24 E Church St.
Frederick, MD 21701
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25th Anniversary of Museums by Candlelight

managed out of the Frederick Tourism Office

Saturday December, 14, 2013

FREE holiday-themed programs at over 20 museums and historic sites in Frederick County, Maryland. The event features the best of the winter season as it was enjoyed throughout the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Visitors can enjoy period demonstrations, living history vignettes, hands-on crafts, refreshments, tours, music, holiday decorations and historic settings by candlelight as night falls.

All programs begin at noon. Unless otherwise noted in the detailed listings below, the City of Frederick sites will remain open until 7 p.m., while most other sites will conclude programs at 5 p.m.   Please be sure to check the program details for each site.

Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship

Thursday, December 26 from 4-9 p.m.

27th annual Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship this holiday season in Downtown Frederick.

As the sun begins to set, visitors can tour many of Frederick’s famous clustered spires and other historic houses of worship by candlelight.  At nearly a dozen sites, guests will be welcomed with special programs, angelic choirs, and nativity scenes. This is a free self-guided tour.

The program has grown over the years, and today visitors enjoy tours, interpretations, and seasonal music performed by vocalists, piano, organ or instrumentalists - with some sites offering complimentary beverages and light refreshments.

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland 4th Annual Drive-Thru Light Show

November 23, 2013 - January 5, 2014

A mile of shimmering synchronized lights that will leave you with a lifetime of memories. Sit back and enjoy this Christmas spectacular unified by the sound of your favorite Christmas tunes and over 10,000 lights dancing to the beat. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army. Guests can stay afterwards to meet Santa Claus until Dec. 23, enjoy free hot cocoa and Adventure Park's indoor attractions at a discounted rate with valuable coupons received at the entry gate. 6-9:30pm

Adventure Park USA
11113 West Baldwin Road
New Market, MD 21774


Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star

Dec. 5, 12, 19, 2013

Journey back more than 2,000 years to Bethlehem to seek a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.

Thurs, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm

Earth and Space Science Laboratory
210 Madison St.
Frederick, MD 21701
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