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. Basically, she's like a less misogynistic and more culturally rich pageant queen, acting as representative of the city of Nuremberg and its Christmas market.
If you like to get your holiday spirit in other ways, here are some other upcoming holiday events in Baltimore:
Service Activities and Fundraisers
Care Packages for Homeless Black Women - Now through December 2 online
There's No Place Like YES (Youth Empowered Society) Silent Auction - December 1 at Impact Hub
Baltimore Abortion Fund Annual Holiday Party - December 6 in Reservoir Hill. $20 suggested donation.
Toys for Tots Fundraiser - December 11 at the Point in Fells
Holiday Pop-Up Markets
Benefit Baltimore Market - November 28 at Peabody Heights Brewery. Free entry.
Makers Market - December 2 at Green Spring Station. Free entry.
Kwanzaa Cultural Festival - December 2 at Morgan State University. Free entry.
Merry Mart Holiday Craft Show - December 3 at the Creative Alliance. Free entry.
Holistic Holiday Pop-Up Market - December 9 at Mt. Vernon Marketplace. Free entry.
For the Greater Goods Market - December 9 at R. House. Free entry.
Ideal Arts Holiday Pop-Up Markets - December 9 & 16 at the Ideal Arts Space. Free entry.
Polish Christmas Food Sale - December 10 at Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church. Free entry.
Holiday Heap Craft Fair - December 16 at Space 2640. Free entry.
Handmade Holiday: Youth Edition - December 17 at The Living Well Center
Street and Indoor Festivals
Old Tyme Christmas - December 2 at Fells Point Main Street. Free entry.
Festive Flavors of Federal Hill - December 5 at Federal Hill Main Street. $55.
Miracle on 34th Street - December 10 at 34th Street in Hampden. Free entry.
Monument Lighting and Afterparty - December 7 at Washington Monument and Mt. Vernon Marketplace. Free entry.
Holiday Poinsettia Display - December 2 - 31 at Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens. $5 suggested donation.
Cylburn Mansion Holiday Open House - December 3 at Cylburn Arboretum. Free entry.
Health & Wellness
Meditate to Create: Holiday Edition - December 9 at the Movement Lab. $35 by 12/1, $45 after.