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
Washington Monument with Holiday Lights, Mount Vernon by Brandon Lewis licensed under CC BY 2.0
Baltimore's big annual Christmas parade with lots of marching bands and floats. The 2016 parade will be held in the Medfield-Hampden neighborhood. December 4, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.. More Info.
A Monumental Occasion
A popular annual event at which Baltimore's Washington Monument is lighted and fireworks mark the occasion. The 2016 lighting event is scheduled for December 1st, 5:00pm - 8:00pm. More Info.
Bavarian Christmas Village at Inner Harbor
The German-style Christmas Village at Baltimore's Inner Harbor returns for 2016. The festive village is modeled after traditonal Christmas markets in Germany. It will be set up at West Shore Park, 501 Light Street, 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 24th - December 24, 2016 (closed December 6 & 13). More Info.
Olde Tyme Christmas in Fells Point
This historic waterfront neighborhood of Fells Point holds an annual holiday celebration that includes carolers, North Pole picture room, North Pole beverage garden, 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 2016 Olde Tyme Christmas is December 3rd. 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).
The Holly Jolly Trolley
See Baltimore's holiday lights (including Hampden's "Miracle on 34th Street") aboard the Holly Jolly Trolley. Runs Thursdays - Sundays, December 2nd - January 1st. Departs from the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Details.
B&O's Magical Holiday Express
At the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum. 2016 dates are December 3 - December 31 & January 2. Enjoy a variety of special activities including a model trains show, visits from Santa, train rides, and more.
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.
Hyatt Regency Baltimore - Stay right at the Inner Harbor, within walking distance of attractions.
Baltimore hotels with free breakfast - Save money and enjoy your morning with these hotels that serve a free breakfast.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Holdiay Concerts - The BSO has a selection of holiday concerts lined up for 2016 that include Handel's Messiah, "The Snowman", Swingin' Nutcracker a la Ellington featuring Atep Afrika, a viewing of "It's a Wonderful Life" with live orchestra, andHoliday Pops with Storm Large.
The Great Russian Nutcracker - The Moscow Ballet brings their annual touring production of The Nutcracker to the Hippodrome Theatre December 16 & 17, 2016.
Merry Tuba Christmas - Enjoy holiday tunes performed by an ensemble of over 200 tuba and euphonium players. December 17th, 3:30 p.m.. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater.