Wednesday, November 18, 2009

KRIS KRINGLE PROCESSION

KRIS KRINGLE PROCESSION BRINGS THE MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS TO DOWNTOWN FREDERICK

‘Tis the season! Kris Kringle comes to town only once a year and you don’t want to miss it. On Friday, December 4th Kris Kringle will be leading his procession through the beautifully illuminated streets of historic downtown Frederick. Join in this joyous tradition starting on East Street and ending at Baker Park with the lighting of our City’s tree. The event, free to the public, 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. Children from local schools, dance troupes, girl scouts, and boy scouts dressed as reindeer, snowflakes, angels, elves, gifts, and characters from The Nutcracker will accompany characters representing Frederick’s German/English heritage, as well as classic favorites including Frosty, Rudolph, and of course Kris Kringle though Frederick’s downtown streets. The parade runs from East Street to East Patrick Street, turns onto North 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 in Baker Park with carol singing and holiday greetings from Mayor William J. Holtzinger, the Snow Queen, and Kris Kringle himself. The official Frederick City tree is then lit after a countdown by the crowd.

Mark your calendars now, the 2010 Kris Kringle event will move to the second Friday of December and will continue to be held annually on this new day! For more information about this, or any of the Celebrate Frederick holiday events, please call The City of Frederick Office of Special Events at 301-600-2841 or visit our website at www.CelebrateFrederick.com.

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 - Bechtel Group Foundation, Spectrum Federal Credit Union, and Weis Markets; Carillon Sponsors - Comcast, Roy Rogers - a Plamondon Company, Sandy Spring Bank, 99.9 WFRE, and 930 WFMD; Bandshell Sponsors - BB&T, Frederick News Post, and NBC25
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