Christmas in Baltimore
Now that Thanksgiving is over, the real fun starts. Christmastime is one of my favorite times of the year, as it is for many people. To get in the holiday spirit or keep it alive during these stressful times, there are a variety of events in Baltimore where you can fill up on holiday cheer. My favorite annual event is the Christmas Village at the harbor, but keep scrolling down for a pretty comprehensive list of other holiday activities in Baltimore.
Since living in Baltimore, it has become a tradition for me to visit the Christmas market at the Inner Harbor, which opens on Thanksgiving Day and lasts through Christmas Eve. Being half German and growing up with German traditions, I can't get enough of Christmas markets, even if I buy nothing but a mug of mulled wine and walk through the market to window shop or sit down and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
The market, modeled after traditional German Christmas markets, includes vendors selling traditional German foods and drinks like glühwein (mulled wine), beer, pretzels, potato pancakes, and schnitzel, as well as clothing, handmade body products, and holiday decorations. An enclosed tent contains more vendors, a biergarten, music stage, and the main attraction, the Käthe Wohlfahrt store. Käthe Wohlfahrt is a family-owned business selling traditional German Christmas decorations hand crafted from wood, including nutcrackers, schwiboggen (decorative candle holders), incense smokers, and nativity scenes. These pieces can be very pricey, but are beautiful and detailed works of art that are meant to stay in the family for generations.
The Christmas Village also hosts events throughout the season. German American Weekend, a tree lighting ceremony, and an appearance from the Christkind (pictured in the header photo) during the opening ceremony are a few of the events taking place this year. Every year, the Christkind visits from Nuremberg for Christmas Village opening ceremonies. The Christkind is the symbol of the Christkindlesmarkt, the famous Christmas Market in Nuremberg, which is named after her. She is the representative of the city and the market, visiting markets in other cities, including right here in Baltimore, and appearing on TV and in interviews.
If you like to get your holiday spirit in other ways, here are some other upcoming holiday events in Baltimore:
Service Activities and Fundraisers
Baltimore Abortion Fund Holiday Party - December 6. Ticket with donation.
Ring in the Holidays at the Senator - December 22-23. Free admission with suggested donation of non-perishable food items.
Holiday Pop-Up Markets
Merry Mart: Shop Local - December 2 at the Creative Alliance
Handmade Holiday Market - December 6 at Peabody Heights Brewery
Holiday Heap - December 15 at Space 2640
Street and Indoor Festivals
Light Up Belvedere Square - November 29, 5-8 pm
Holiday Pagoda Lighting - December 2 at the Patterson Park Pagoda
46th Annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade - December 2
Monument Lighting - December 6 in Mt. Vernon
Monument Lighting Party - December 6 at Wet City
Holly Jolly Trolley tours - December 7-31. $15.95-29.95
Cookies & Cocktails - December 12 in Harbor East
Cylburn Mansion Holiday Open House - December 1-9 at Cylburn Arboretum. Free entry.