Christmas In Baltimore, MD
Baltimore is a fun place to visit any time of the year. Baltimore's waterfront setting and interesting mix of modern, historic, and industrial architecture make for a great looking city. Add some holiday lights and decorations, and a festive spirit, and you have Baltimore for the holidays.
Although it can get cold in the winter months, it doesn't often get cold enough to snow. If you dress warmly, you should be fine walking around the city. Make sure you bring a good pair of shoes. The Inner Harbor area is very walkable, but things are more spread out than they appear, particularly if you want to explore some of the neighborhoods. The Water Taxi runs during the winter months and is a good way to get around the Inner Harbor.
Things to Do
Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade
Baltimore's big annual Christmas parade with lots of marching bands and floats. The 2014 parade will be held in the Medfield-Hampden neighborhood. December 7, 2014. More Info.
A Monumental Occasion
A popular annual event at which Baltimore's Washington Monument is lighted and fireworks mark the occasion. The 2014 lighting event is scheduled for December 4th, 5:30pm - 8:00pm. More Info.
Bavarian Christmas Village at Inner Harbor
A new holiday attraction in 2013, the German-style Christmas Village at Baltimore's Inner Harbor returns for 2014. The festive village is modeled after traditonal Christmas markets in Germany. It will be set up at West Shore Park, between the Visitor Center and Science Museum and will feature vendors with gift items for sale, plus food and drink. Open Sunday - Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., November 27th - December 24, 2014. More Info.
Olde Tyme Christmas in Fells Point
This historic waterfront neighborhood of Fells Point holds an annual holiday celebration that includes a holiday market, live music, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and a lighted boat parade. Santa even arrives by tugboat. And the neighborhood's pubs serve up specials for the Reindeer Run Pub Crawl. The 2014 Olde Tyme Christmas takes place on December 6th. More Info.
Miracle on 34th Street
The residents of the 700 block of 34th Street in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood have turned their street into something special. This block of traditional Baltimore row houses is lit up to the max. It's become a very popular sight to see. More Info.
November 29, 2014 Baltimore Sun article about the 2014 light display (includes a neat video).
B&O's Magical Holiday Express
At the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum. November 22 - January 4, 2014. Enjoy a variety of sepcial activities including a model trains show, visits from Santa, North Pole Adventures, and more. As part of their "Giving Train" promotion, visitors can get 50% off admission if they bring a donation for one of the specified charities.
Inner Harbor Hotels - Hotels in the Inner Harbor area provide easy access to shops, restaurants, the Bavarian Christmas Village, B&O Railway Museum, and Fells Point.
Hotels near Meyerhoff Symphony Hall - Going to the Holly Jolly Pops concert? These are some of the closet hotels. These are also close to the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric.
BSO's Holly Jolly Pops - Tap dancing Santas, holiday music, and Cirque de al Symphonie performers entertain in this holiday concert offering from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. At Meyerhoff Symphony Hall December 10, 12, 13, & 14, 2014.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze - The national tour of this holiday-themed acrobat and aerialists extravaganze appears at the Modell-Lyric Performing Arts Center December 26 - 28, 2014.
A Christmas Carol - The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company sets this adaptation of the classic story 19th Century Baltimore. December 5 - 23, 2014.
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play - The story that you probably know from the movie is staged as if it were a radio show production. At Center Stage November 18 - December 21, 2014.