Frederick cheers on the holidays with the Annual Kris Kringle Procession

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Bailee Neyman

Oakdale High School marching band marches down the streets of Downtown Frederick.

Allison Wehinger, Writer

On December 9th, 2022, the people of Frederick voyaged to Downtown Frederick to watch the annual Kris Kringle Procession. The procession traveled from Carroll Creek to Baker Park and lasted from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

The procession consists of different local organizations, marching bands and more. The Kris Kringle procession was originally created to highlight Frederick’s German heritage, but has since been changed to celebrate the holiday season.The name of the procession, Kris Kringle, is actually an American variation of the German word for Santa, which is Christkind.

I love the excitement from the children participating, as well as those attending, particularly when they get to meet one of the Holiday characters! I also love the venue. You can’t get much more of a traditional holiday setting than Downtown Frederick at night with thousands of twinkle lights for a backdrop.”

— Jennifer Martin

The people of Frederick enjoy the Kris Kringle procession because of its many different sights, beautiful lights and decoration towards the upcoming holiday season. Jennifer Martin, executive director of Celebrate Frederick (an organization that creates events in Frederick.) voices, “I love the excitement from the children participating, as well as those attending, particularly when they get to meet one of the Holiday characters! I also love the venue. You can’t get much more of a traditional holiday setting than Downtown Frederick at night with thousands of twinkle lights for a backdrop.”

The Procession is such a unique experience for the people of Frederick and visitors/tourists attending. Martin expresses, “The Procession is truly a small, hometown event filled with local children and organizations. I also think the fact that it is held in the evening and prohibits any type of motorized vehicle makes it unique.”

Kris Kringle Procession has loving memories for people, but many viewers do not like the duration and the cold weather at this time of year. Oakdale High School band Director, Summer Burton, comments, “I do not like how cold it is going to be.”

The people of Frederick come to see the procession because of all of its enjoyable activities such as , fire trucks, marching bands,sport leagues and boy and girl scout troops. They also come for holiday characters including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red -Nosed Reindeer, Jack Frost and the Snow Queen. Attendees like the Procession because it’s the best way to get into the Holiday spirit.

People can attend the procession anytime during the procession. Attendees don’t need a ticket to come.

Attendees can also go online to celebrate Frederick to learn more information about the event, for the next holiday season. Overall, the Kris Kringle Procession is a really fun and enjoyable experience for families of Frederick and definitely is a place to stop by and see, during the holiday season.