Friday, November 20, 2015

Baltimore Celebrates the Holiday Season with Festive Events Calendar and Deals

The holiday season is almost here and Baltimore has transformed into a winter wonderland full of fun events for the entire family. From activities like ice skating at the Inner Harbor and renowned light displays to an authentic German Christmas Village and festive train rides, the city is spreading holiday cheer. Cap off 2015 with a memorable waterfront cruise, live music or the annual New Year’s Eve Spectacular — a celebratory evening of live music, a light show and fireworks.

When it comes to savings, the more the merrier! Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor has several packages for the holiday season including Christmas VillageIce skating FunChristmas Carol PackageNew Year's Eve Live and Ultimate Romance. The Royal Sonesta’s special holiday rate offers 20% in savings and Brookshire Suites is offering an Inner Harbor Winter Holiday Escape deal, complete with hot cocoa and Baltimore’s signature Berger cookie upon arrival.  

For a full list of festivities, visit

National Aquarium, Inner Harbor
Treat your family to an immersive movie experience and 4-D adventure with special effects like snow, wind, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations. The Polar Express 4-D Experience is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Harborplace Amphitheatre
Through January 18
Break the ice with the season’s best outdoor activity. The PANDORA ice rink is open daily, with special programming and events happening throughout the season including several holiday-themed events and programs including Costume Skates, Frost Fest, Pajama Skate, and SkateFest.

·         B&O's Magical Holiday Express
B&O Railroad Museum, B&O Roundhouse
November 21 & 22December 1 - January 3 (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
B&O’s Magical Holiday Express is a holiday spectacular celebration devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities.

·         Christmas Village in Baltimore
West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor
November 26 through December 27
Modeled after the traditional Christmas markets in Germany, like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg, Christmas Village in Baltimore offers a delightful Christmas shopping experience. The charm is enhanced with 60 German- inspired wooden huts and a heated festival tent, with vendors selling traditional European food, holiday gifts and high-quality arts and crafts. New in 2015, the village will be decorated for the first time with the traditional Herrnhuter Moravian stars imported directly from Germany.

·         Miracle on 34th Street
34th Street, Hampden
November 28 through January 1
One block in Hampden puts on a Christmas light display that is surely visible from space. Neighbors in this block of row houses string Christmas lights across 34th Street, inflatable snow globes, musical trains and blinking angels adorn homes – and a few even allow visitors to peek inside! The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving weekend to January 1, including all night on Christmas Eve.

·         A Monumental Occasion
600 Block of Mount Vernon
December 3
Baltimore's aglow for the holiday season with the annual lighting of the Washington Monument. Enjoy featured entertainment, fireworks and refreshments.

·         The Holly Jolly Trolley
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
December 4 through January 3
Step aboard the holiday trolley and enjoy the splendor of Baltimore's holiday lights beginning in the Inner Harbor. The Holly Jolly Trolley will take you on a festive tour of Baltimore's most decorated neighborhoods and attractions, such as Hamden to see the world famous 34th street annual Christmas Festival of Lights and the first monument to George Washington in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood. 

Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave.
December 512-3 pm
Honor African-American and Pan-African heritage at this free family festival featuring storytelling, drumming, dance, kids’ art activities and a libation ceremony for all ages. Learn the principles of Kwanzaa, hear Panamanian stories, watch Urban Foli drummers and join free dance and drum workshops.

·         12 Days of Science
Maryland Science Center
December 20 through December 31
Deck the halls, journey to the Arctic, build a winter wonderland—at the Maryland Science Center, kids will be able to participate in workshops, live demonstrations and hands-on building. If midnight is past your child’s bedtime, then the 8th annual Midnight Noon celebration will be the perfect way to ring in the New Year, with activities and a performance by popular kids band Milkshake.

Inner Harbor
December 31
Celebrate the beginning of 2016 with friends, family, live music, a light show and spectacular fireworks. At the stroke of midnight, a bounty of color fills the sky above downtown Baltimore, leaving residents and visitors in awe.

Inner Harbor
December 31
Ring in the New Year with a cruise on Raven, the newest yacht in the Inner Harbor. Enjoy a night of dancing and celebrating with a view of Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve fireworks from the sparkling water.

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