It’s always a great time to be in Baltimore, but this holiday season is packed with activities! We will be going into further details about all the activities below during the next month, but this is a good overview of many of the festive happenings in Charm City. Make plans to stay with us and enjoy everything Baltimore has to offer!
November 19, 6 pm
Santa’s House – located between the Pratt & Light Street Pavilions
November 20 – Dec 24
Santa Claus will arrive at Harborplace & The Gallery this holiday season in grand style! The brick promenade will become aglow as he is ushered in by a cast of characters who have shaped the quintessential quirkiness of Charm City. Festivities will also include special performances, music and the grand finale of the official lighting of the Santa house.
Santa’s Place will be open for photos and visits with Santa throughout the holiday season. The nightly light shows can be enjoyed at 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm and 8:00pm.
Drive Through the Light Displays
Monday, November 22, 2010 – Sunday, January 2, 2011
Cars, vans and busses can take a 20-30 minute drive-through a display of more than 70 larger-than-life, light creations illuminated by a fantasy of color, design, and animation. This holiday tradition is delightful for all ages!
Miracle on 34th Street
Begins Thanksgiving weekend
34th Street in Hampden
One block in Hampden puts on a Christmas light display that is surely visible from space. Neighbors in this block of rowhouses string Christmas lights across 34th Street. Inflatable snowglobes, musical trains and blinking angels adorn homes. A few even allow visitors to peek inside. The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving weekend to January 1st, including all night on Christmas Eve. FREE.
Yuletide Caroling Series
11/26/2010 – 12/24/2010
Hear the sounds of the season as school groups and community choirs provide festive caroling as you shop during the holiday season at Harborplace & The Gallery. A full schedule of groups and performance times will be released soon.
BAZAART: Artful Holiday Shopping
November 27, 10am-5pm
American Visionary Art Museum
The American Visionary Art Museum host their annual Holiday Marketplace of original creations by 50 regional artists and craftspeople. Painting, sculpture, paper crafts, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, and other work that simply defies categorization! And, of course, Mr. Rain’s Fun House will be open. Free admission.
Holiday Train Garden
November 27, 2010 – December 29, 2010 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Fire Museum of Maryland
See a recreated 1950s scale Holiday Train Garden at the Fire Museum of Maryland. At the third largest fire museum in the world witness fire service history, 40 antique fire engines and climb on a real fire engine. Get your photo with Santa in a 1900 Fire Chief Sleigh on Opening Day, Saturday Nov. 28. Open Saturdays in December, and December 26 – 29, 10-4 pm. The Fire Museum is located at 1301 York Rd., Lutherville, one block north of the Beltway with ample free parking, 410-321-7500, www.firemuseummd.org See over 40 antique fire engines and a 1950s Scale Train Garden and Get free pictures taken with Santa.
B&O Railroad Museum Holiday Festival of Trains
December 1, 2010 – December 29, 2010
Celebrate the holiday season at Baltimore’s largest holiday display of toy and model train layouts. Santa arrives by locomotive at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 26. Weekend train rides and photo opportunities with Santa through December 19. Weekend train rides and photo opportunities with Frosty the Snowman through January 2.
A Monumental Occasion
Baltimore’s aglow for the holiday season with the official lighting of the Washington Monument on the first Thursday in December. Enjoy featured entertainment, fireworks and refreshments. Pre-event festivities begin at 5:30pm with the official ceremony at 7pm. FREE.
Little Italy Tree Lighting & Choir Performance
Friday, December 3, 2010
The Little Italy Restaurant Association (L.I.R.A.) invites the public to experience the décor and splendor of the neighborhood as carolers from the Baltimore Choral Arts Society gather around the outdoor Christmas tree as the countdown to “light it up!” begins. Meet an Italian-speaking Santa Claus as you enjoy complimentary fresh roasted chestnuts, hot apple cider and cookies to toast the upcoming Christmas season.
Annual Parade of Lighted Boats
December 4, 2010 | All Day
Baltimore’s nautical spirit is all aglow for the annual Parade of Lighted Boats. More than 50 boats and pleasure crafts, bedecked and sparkling in their holiday finery, make their way from Baltimore’s world-famous Inner Harbor to Fells Point, festooned with holiday lights. Santa Claus himself has been known to set sail for the occasion!
27th Annual Merry TubaChristmas
December 4, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Inner Harbor Amphitheater
Celebrate the holiday season with one of Baltimore’s most highly anticipated annual events – Merry TubaChristmas! Hundreds of festively dressed tuba and euphonium players will assemble at the Amphitheater for a special holiday concert. FREE.
Downtown Dollar Days or Less
December 4 and 5
Enjoy a holiday treat as many of Downtown’s attractions offer admission for $1 or less!
Thursday, December 9 / 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
A fun, new event added to the Symphony of Lights last year! Families with children under 5, can celebrate the season with a leisurely walk through the dazzling light displays.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at The Meyerhoff
The BSO’s 2010 Holiday Spectacular will wow you with music, dancing and excitement. The entire Meyerhoff Symphony Hall will be magically transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland for the annual Holiday Spectacular starring the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and hosted by award-winning vocalist Maureen McGovern. Experience more than 100 singers, dancers and entertainers in lavish costume, an amazing musical performance by Las Vegas showman Martin Preston as Liberace, Tony Hoard and Rockin’ Rory as seen on America’s Got Talent, and, of course, the now-legendary Tap-Dancing Santa’s.
B&O Railroad Museum Breakfast with Santa
December 11, 2010 – December 12, 2010 | All Day
Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, have a photo made while visiting with Santa, take a train ride and enjoy the holiday train layouts!
Moscow Ballet’s GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Dec 11 & 12
A truly spectacular holiday event that brings friends and family together, Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” is the one performance this season you shouldn’t miss! Featuring over forty superbly trained Russian dancers, gorgeously designed original costumes and breathtaking sets, the “Great Russian Nutcracker” combines all the elements it takes to make this Christmas a memorable one. Get your tickets early and save!