40+ Things to Do This December In Baltimore

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PANDORA® Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Nov. 10 – Jan. 21 2019 | hours vary | Harborplace Amphitheater Inner Harbor
Break the ice at the PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, complete with a skate shack, rentals, concessions and entertainment, as well as special events like SkateFest, a learn-to-skate program and more.

B&O's Magical Holiday Express
Dec. 1-31 | various times based on event | B&O Railroad Museum
Celebrate the holiday season at the B&O's Magical Holiday Express, an annual tradition devoted to trains of all sizes, your favorite holiday characters and a trainload of fun for the entire family!
North Pole Adventures with Santa - December 1 - 2
Frosty Fest - December 8 -9
Candyland Adventures - December 15 -16
Winterfest Wonderland - December 17 - 31

Miracle on 34th Street
Nov. 24 – early Jan. 2019 | 34th Street Hampden Baltimore
One block in Hampden bursts with light each holiday season as residents illuminate their row homes and mount quirky ornaments, from a giant snow globe to a Christmas tree made of hubcaps. It’s a holiday tradition like no other.

Christmas Village
Nov. 17-Dec. 24 | Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. | West Shore Park
West Shore Park will be transformed into a traditional German Christmas Market, complete with more than 50 vendors selling traditional European crafts, arts, jewelry, holiday gifts, food, sweets and drinks. Special holiday-themed programming will take place each weekend.

Annual Poinsettia Display - Holiday Sweets & Treats
Dec. 1 – 30 | Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Rawlings Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Brighten your winter with this year's Poinsettia Display. Poinsettias are the signature holiday flower. This year's show will display a unique variety of Poinsettia.

46th Annual Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade
Dec. 2 | 1 - 5 p.m. | Hampden
The attendance along the 2.5 mile route reached 25,000 people last year at the Annual Mayor's Christmas Parade to view Santa Claus and about 160 marching units. The parade features floats, local TV and Radio personalities, over 100 Harley Davidson motorcycles, a steam calliope, great bands, Mummers of Philadelphia, Miss Yuletide and Jr. Miss Yuletide and of course Santa!

47th Annual Monument Lighting
Dec. 6 | 5-8 p.m. | Mount Vernon Place
Illuminating the historic Washington Monument is a Baltimore tradition that includes caroling, food and good cheer. Fireworks cap the festive evening that marks the official start of the holiday season.

Baltimore Dollar (or less) Days
Dec. 8 – 9 | Various Baltimore Attractions
In the spirit of the Holidays, Baltimore area attractions will open their doors the weekend of December 8 & 9, 2018 and offer free or $1 admission.

Polar Bear Express
Dec. 9 | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
This December, the Maryland Zoo’s Jones Fall Zephyr will be transformed into the Polar Bear Express! Come enjoy a holiday-themed train ride and learn about arctic animals, like our two new polar bears.

12 Days of Science
Dec. 21 - Jan. 1 | Maryland Science Center
Every day has a different theme during the 12 days of science. Drop in workshops, live demonstrations, and hands-on building will be happening throughout the Science Center while at home activities are available online.

Special Day for Holiday Train Rides
Dec. 26 - December 31 | 11 a.m, 12 p.m., 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. | B&O Railroad Museum
To celebrate the holiday season, the B&O Railroad Museum offers expanded Mile One Express train rides. Bring your family and friends and take a round-trip along the first commercial mile of track laid in America, recognized as the birthplace of American railroading. With paid admission, train rides are an additional $3 for adults, $2 for children and free for B&O members.

Food & Drinks

The Charmery Goes Wonka - A Full Sensory Movie Experience
Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 11 a.m. | The Charmery
The Ice Cream Factory will transform into a magical movie watching experience of the original Willy Wonka. There will be tastes along with the movie (think Snozzberry Sorbet) along with other whimsical moments. Come with no expectations and they are sure to be…exceeded.

Baltimore Beer Night
Dec. 5 | 6:30 – 9 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Industry
Immerse yourself in Baltimore’s brewing industry—past and present—during this panel discussion with local brewers featuring tastings from each company.

Cookies & Cocktails
Dec. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Harbor East
A delicious cookie (and cocktails!) quest through Harbor East. Enjoy the sounds of the season, sweet treats and warm drinks while shopping the best of Baltimore. Participating neighborhood shops will each feature a unique bite-sized holiday confection.

Baltimore Santa Crawl 2018 (Fells Point)
Dec. 15 | 1 – 9 p.m. | Fell’s Point Main Street
The Baltimore Santa Crawl celebrates the holiday season with a fun group gathering. Join thousands of brightly clad bar crawlers in Fells Point as they amble from stop to stop on a jolly winter excursion celebrating the holiday season one bar at a time.

Concerts and Shows

Chris Young: Losing Sleep World Tour 2018
Dec. 6 | 7 p.m. | Royal Farms Arena

Midweek Concert: A Swingin' Nutcracker!
Dec. 7-8 | 10 and 11:30 a.m. | Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Show-stopping hip-hop dancers join the BSO for this fun-filled holiday concert. Riffing off of Duke Ellington's reimagining of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, jazz composer Paul Murtha has created a new Swingin' Nutcracker!

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 7-23 | various times | Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
“A Christmas Carol” is Baltimore’s hottest holiday ticket. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come visit Ebenezer Scrooge to thaw his frozen heart with a timeless message. Chesapeake Shakespeare sets the delightful redemption tale in Baltimore, inspired by the landmark Victorian bank building that they have transformed into a theater for the classics. Adapted by Chesapeake Shakespeare’s Founding Artistic Director, Ian Gallanar, from the Charles Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol” with a Baltimore twist is a holiday tradition to share with friends and family. Associate Artistic Director Scott Alan Small will direct “A Christmas Carol.”

Handel’s Messiah
Dec. 8, 8 p.m. and Dec. 9, 3 p.m. | Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
From the sheer joy and magnitude of the “Hallelujah” chorus to the delicate beauty of the arias, it’s no wonder this beloved work has crowned holiday celebrations for centuries. The BSO’s annual complete performance of the Messiah, led from the harpsichord by the dynamic Edward Polochick, is a musical tradition you’ll want to make your own.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec. 9 | 1 p.m. | The Lyric Opera House
This brand new touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage by Charles M. Schulz features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang – Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally, and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown – as they discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Vienna Boys Choir - Christmas in Vienna
Dec. 10 | 7:30 p.m. | The Modell Lyric
The illustrious group of child musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and popular repertoire. Christmas in Vienna showcases these gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites.

BMORE HIP HOP Karaoke - "Bmore For The Culture"
Dec. 13 | 7:30 – 11 p.m. | Motor House
Test those rhyming skills at this Karaoke event. If rhyming is not your thing then sit back and enjoy the show.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Dec. 14, 7 p.m. and Dec. 15, 1 and 5 p.m. | Hippodrome Theatre
The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. A must-see event; witness the world’s best dancers on stage in your city!

Cirque Nutcracker
Dec. 14-16 | Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
The awe-inspiring talents of Troupe Vertigo come to the concert hall as acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen and high-flying aerialists join the BSO for this spectacular holiday-themed show.

A Murray Little Christmas with Murray Hill & Friends
Dec. 15 | 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. | Creative Alliance
A Murray Little Christmas is a cocktail-style variety show packed with silver bells and holiday hi-balls. It’s the liveliest Christmas cocktail party of the season and everyone is guaranteed to have a gay old time!

34th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas
Dec. 15 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Harborplace Amphitheater Inner Harbor
More than 100 festively dressed tuba players will capture the spirit of the holiday as they blend their unique styles, rhythms and progressions for all to enjoy.

Gospel Christmas with CeCe Winans
Dec. 21 | 8 p.m. | Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Renowned gospel singer and twelve-time Grammy®Award-winner CeCe Winans joins the BSO and the Morgan State University Choir in a rousing Gospel Christmas program of holiday favorites.

Holiday Pops
Dec. 22 | 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. | Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Broadway musical director Andy Einhorn leads the BSO and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in an exciting new holiday pops program, highlighted by festive favorites from Broadway to American classics, the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas, an audience sing-along and a few musical surprises. The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall becomes a winter wonderland with pre-concert performances, holiday cookies and ornaments for sale.

LIT AF Tour Hosted By Martin Lawrence
Dec. 31 | 9 p.m. | Royal Farms Arena

Museums and Exhibitions

Colonial Christmas Celebration
Dec. 8 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Mount Clare Museum House
Experience the holidays of years past at Mount Clare Museum House's annual winter celebration. Special programs include live musical performances by the Monumental City Ancient Fife and Drum Corps. Purchase your fresh cut greens in the forecourt for holiday decorating. Looking for the perfect gift? The museum store is filled with holiday merchandise to satisfy your holiday shopping list. Fun for the whole family!

Children’s Holiday Crafts Workshop
Dec. 8 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
Create cards celebrating the holidays using collage, brightly colored paper and watercolor in this afternoon drop-in workshop. Holiday snacks will be served.

Celebrate! A Holiday Themed Tour of the Walters Manuscript Collection
Dec. 12 | 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. | Walters Art Museum
Share the holiday spirit in a behind-the-scenes look at how feasts, festivities, and joyful games were depicted in beautifully illuminated manuscripts across time and place. This tour is led by Christine Sciacca, Associate Curator of European Art, 300–1400 CE.

Walk-In Tour: The Christmas Story in Art
Dec. 16 | 1 - 2 p.m. | The Walters Art Museum
In the spirit of the season, come enjoy a tour examining religious art that celebrates the story of Christmas. This tour will feature Renaissance and Baroque paintings depicting the birth of Christ.

Harbor Holiday Spectacular + Professional Photo with Santa
Dec. 16 | 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Industry
Enjoy festive music, strolling entertainment, holiday movies, and access to the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Santa will also be making a special appearance.

Kwanzaa Celebration
Dec. 29 | 12 - 4 p.m. | Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
Bring out the family to celebrate the holiday’s 50th anniversary and the Kwanzaa principle Nia (“Purpose”). Enjoy storytelling, African dancing and drumming by Sankofa Dance Theater. Sallah Jenkins leads holiday craft-making. Travel with teaching artist Culture Queen through Culture Kingdom Kids’ Kwanzaaland to explore the seven Kwanzaa principles at workshop stations.

New Years Events

New Year’s Eve Spectacular
Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. | Inner Harbor
Ring in 2018 with family, friends, live music and a spectacular fireworks display over Baltimore’s Inner Harbor! Starting at 9 p.m., the crowd at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater can enjoy a party music. At the stroke of midnight, colorful fireworks and lights fill the sky above downtown Baltimore. Those celebrating at the Inner Harbor can also enjoy skating at the PANDORA® Ice Rink, open until 12:30 a.m. Regular rink admission prices apply. The Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. WJZ-TV 13 is the media sponsor.

New Year's Eve Deck Party
Dec. 31 - Jan. 1, 10 p.m. | USS Constellation
Sip Champagne and watch the Fireworks from the deck of the USS Constellation, high above the Inner Harbor crowds. Enjoy an all-inclusive gourmet menu by Copper Kitchen, serving lite fare, desserts, local ale, wine, mulled cider and coffee. There will be noisemakers, party hats, special tours and cannon firing demonstrations all night! Photo Credit: Jeffrey G. Katz

NYE Live!
Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.-2 a.m. | Power Plant Live!
Join Power Plant Live! for the Mid-Atlantic's biggest New Year's Eve event - NYE Live Baltimore 2018! Ring in 2018 in style with live music, great DJ performances, laser shows, dancing and of course, a huge midnight celebration featuring the Times Square Ball Drop on two 20-foot LED screens! The event includes exclusive access to more than nine bars and nightclubs, gourmet buffets, an all-inclusive drink package from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., New Year’s-themed party favors, champagne toasts, a huge midnight celebration with lasers and confetti and more.

Noontime New Year
Dec. 31 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Out with the old, in with the new! Celebrate the wonderful memories, fun .and adventures of 2018 - and the magical new things to come in 2019 - at the best New Year’s celebration for kids in Baltimore! Revelers small and tall are invited to join in festive celebrations to ring in 2019 at noon on Monday, December 31.