Please … Dont kill me for Skipping to Christmas before Thanksgiving. Afterall Starbucks has had their holiday cups out since the first week of November… yell at them first!
This week my friends and I had a”Girlsgiving”! So I guess I’m already ready for Christmas!
If your social and work calendar is as jam packed as mine you have to plan ahead. Last year I felt like the holiday season passed by and I never truly enjoyed what my city, Baltimore, Md had to offer.
This year I’ve created an entire guide to all the events going on in my City starting with this weekend!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year as many old and new holiday traditions return to Baltimore! From mid-November through the end of the year, The Inner Harbor is making it a holiday season that Baltimoreans and visitors will forever treasure. The city is illuminated with twinkling lights, vibrant markets, holiday parties and wonderful events that make you want to sing, dance and deck the halls. From the Christmas Village on the harbor to spectacular performances of The Nutcracker, Baltimore is wonderful place to share the merry and magic of the season.
For those who have never dared to enter Baltimore, MD your really missing out on the Charm this city truly has.
View of the Baltimore Inner harbor from Federal Hill
We’re about 40 minutes from Washington, DC and 2 hours from Philly, PA. Which makes our location perfect for a quick day trip for some. Many places are offering FREE PARKING to take the stress off your wallet even more!
If you need hotel accommodations currently there is a deal for $99 -Hotel Monaco, The AAA-Diamond hotel is in the original B&O Railroad Headquarters, a Beaux Arts landmark built in 1906 will put you in the thick of all the holiday events. Deal running now until Nov 29th or sold out.
If you have time this weekend Nov 23 – 2:00-5:00 p.m. Santa is making his arrival Harborplace Amphitheater – located in the Inner Harbor. Festive crafts, holiday décor, towering umbrellas, bands, illuminated stilt walkers and costumed characters will come together as Santa makes his way to his home at Harborplace!
Christmas Village - Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve – Baltimore’s Inner Harbor West Shore Park will transition into into a traditional German Christmas Market. Vendors in more than 60 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Go grab yourself a brat!
Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees Nov 29th – Dec 1st – The East Coast’s Largest Holiday Extravaganza. It’s a three-day extravaganza of fairyland forests, gingerbread towns and toy train gardens, complemented by over 100 craft boutiques, holiday goodies and activities for kids of all ages. Tickets in advance $2 discount or Adults $13, Kids & Seniors $7.
One of the oldest Baltimore County traditions The 66th Christmas Lights on 34th Street – Nov 30th – Jan 1st – In Hamden (10 minutes N of Inner harbor) – Residents of this street put up quite a holiday spectacle of lights along this street all for free! Grab the car and kids and go for a drive!
Hot Chocolate Happy Hour -Aliceanna Street in the heart of Harbor East – Tuesdays in Dec (3rd, 10th, 17th)
– 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate “shots” and sweets street-side courtesy of Whole Foods Harbor East, while you check off your holiday shopping list!
43rd annual lighting of the Washington Monument- Thursday, Dec 5 – pre-event festivities at 5:30pm in Mount Vernon. The official ceremony begins at 7pm with the official lighting at approximately 7:45pm. The evening includes musical performances by Morgan State University Choir, Baltimore School for the Arts Tap Dancing Santas, and Soulful Symphony. The monument will be lit by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and a special guest. The event ends with a colorful fireworks and laser finale choreographed to music.
22nd Annual Wine and Beer Tasting – Thursday, Dec 5- Crown Plaza – Featuring Local, Domestic, and International Wines by: Chesapeake Wine
Beer Tasting by Red Brick Station, Interactive Chocolate Display by Parfections, Great Music by AJ Productions, Large Buffet, and Raffles. (Tickets $55 in advance or $65 at the door)
World Holiday Traditions -National Aquarium – Dec 6 all day- presented by Macy’s, will bring the joyous music and customs of the holiday season. Learn all about the celebrations of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas. See beautiful Nativity scenes from around the world. Also, Make recycled holiday cards to send to our veterans.
3rd Annual Power Plant Holiday Light Show Spectacular- Power Plant- Dec 6 – 31. Will be an unforgettable display of synchronized lights, brilliant lasers, and state-of-the-art video mapping projections, all choreographed to music and set to the backdrop of the iconic Inner Harbor landmark, The Power Plant. Click for light show times.
Starting Dec 5th Local stores in Harbor East will be participating in an unveiling of Window Wonderland, a month-long holiday arts exhibit featuring storefronts decorated for the season by some of the region’s finest artists. Post Date night dinner from Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion restaurant take a stroll through Harbor East.
Dollar Days -Dec 7 & 8 – all day. Visit the Science Center, National Aquarium, Top of the World and The Christmas Village ALL for just $1 at each location. Tickets must be purchased onsite at each attraction.
23rd Annual Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats – Dec 7 – 6-7PM – Fells Point and the Inner Harbor will glow when The Fells Point Yacht Club parades 50 boats festooned with holiday lights and other decorations through the water. The parade starts in Fells Point and is scheduled to make its way through the Inner Harbor (details)
3rd Annual Rock the Dock Family Holiday Bash: Power Plant in the Inner Harbor – Dec 14 – 3-6pm -This free, family-friendly event features live music, train rides along the promenade, photos with Santa, holiday-themed arts and crafts, a moon bounce, food, drinks, giveaways, surprise guests and more!
Santa’s Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl – Power Plant Live -Dec 14 – 8pm-close. Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl to benefit Toys for Tots. $15 donation get you a souvenir cup, drink specials all night and access to all bars and nightclubs.
Jingle Fells Holiday Pub Crawl -12 Fells Point Bars -Dec 14th – 1-9pm.
Dig out your favorite ugly Christmas sweater, Hanukkah vest, or Festitvus shirt for a non-denominational holiday pub crawl throughout Fells Point! They will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots! Tickets $8
Pet Photos with Santa – Harbor East – Katyn Circle -Dec 15 – 1-4pm. Help support animals in need with a pet food donation to BARCS – The Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter and get your pet a picture with Santa. (Donations Accepted).
The Nutcracker – Dec 20 – 22 – (various times) -The Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric – Enjoy this classic holiday show performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore School for the Arts dancers. See the Mouse King and toy soldiers dance to magical music that transcends the generations. (Tickets Here $38-$54)
Come to Boordy Vineyard- Dec 15th & 22nd – 12-5PM – Baltimore Shakespeare Factory perform “The Tempest”. Eat, drink, be merry, and enjoy the play while roaming the Boordy Barn just like a 17th century groundling at the Globe Theater. Winetasting, souvenir wineglass, a tour of our new winery and the show are included in your admission. Roasted medieval fare and meats will be available for purchase. Please feel free to dress in period costume! (click for tickets) Also all December Saturdays through Dec. 21 1 – 5pm -$5 for Winetasting and a Wineglass.
I hope that you enjoy time with family and friends and possibly find time to visit Baltimore for one of these holiday events!