West Shore Park
Now-Dec. 24, Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
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.
Inner Harbor Ice Rink
Harborplace Amphitheater Inner Harbor
Nov. 1 – Jan. 20, 2020,
Monday through Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Break the ice at the Inner Harbor 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.
Outdoor Rooftop Skating Rink
Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
Nov. 29 – Jan. 5
Four Seasons fifth floor Harbor Terrace will transform into a 1,800 square foot synthetic ice skating rink boasting expansive views of both the historic Inner Harbor and city skyline. The rink will be filled with holiday sights and sounds featuring hundreds of twinkling lights, festive holiday decor and lively music. Guests can also warm up with holiday favorites, including hot chocolate topped with house made flavored marshmallows and hot toddies.
Miracle on 34th Street
34th Street Hampden Baltimore
Nov. 24 – Dec. 31
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.
B&O's Magical Holiday Express
B&O Railroad Museum
Dec. 2-31, Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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 train load of fun for the entire family! Enjoy all new holiday themed weekends and walk through a 30-foot Christmas tree in the center of the B&O's historic roundhouse. All Aboard!
Dollar or Less Days
Venues throughout Baltimore
Dec. 7 & 8
In the spirit of the holidays, Baltimore area attractions will open their doors the weekend of December 7 & 8 and offer free or $1 admission. Participating attractions include the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the Historic Ships of Baltimore, and others. Check website for details and to find additional participating attractions.
Special Day for Holiday Train Rides
B&O Railroad Museum
Dec. 26 - Dec. 31, 11 a.m, 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
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.
Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Shop a diverse mix of handmade items by artisans from Baltimore and beyond this Holiday Season! Merry Mart is an annual juried holiday craft market that showcases high-quality handmade arts and crafts including clothing, handbags, accessories, ceramics, soaps, kids’ toys, mixed media, jewelry and great art!
Dec. 07, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Come Join 50+ amazing artists/makers for the 13th annual craft fair presented by the Charm City Craft Mafia! Shop handmade and local for all your holiday needs.
48th Annual Monument Lighting
Mount Vernon Place
Dec. 5, 5-8 p.m.
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.
Olde Tyme Christmas
Fell's Point Main Street
Dec. 7, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Celebrate a traditional, old-fashioned Christmas in one of Baltimore’s most historic neighborhoods. Olde Tyme Christmas has grown into one of the most beloved and anticipated holiday events in Baltimore, launching the holiday season with the unmistakable charm that only Fell’s Point can offer.
47th Annual Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade
Dec. 8, 1 - 5 p.m.
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!
Food and Drinks
Holiday Lunch & Dinner Cruises
Spirit of Baltimore
All of Dec.
These cruises on the Patapsco River includes a delicious buffet with freshly prepared entrees, salads and desserts, spectacular views of the city skyline, and local landmarks, and a guaranteed table for your party size. Onboard entertainment and DJ music ensures fun from start to finish.
Christmas Eve Lunch Cruise
Spirit of Baltimore Inner Harbor
Dec. 24, 12 - 2 p.m.
This two-hour cruise on the Patapsco River includes a delicious lunch buffet with freshly prepared entrees, salads and desserts, spectacular views of the city skyline, and local landmarks, and a guaranteed table for your party size. Onboard entertainment and DJ music ensures fun from start to finish.
Cookies & Cocktails
Dec. 11, 6-9 p.m.
A delicious cookie (and cocktails!) quest through Harbor East. Still looking for that perfect gift? 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. $10 reserves your spot on the “tour” and includes one cookie at each shop, a signature Cookies & Cocktails ornament, and free parking for the evening. Plus enjoy complimentary photos with Santa Claus, music and festive cocktail bars!
Museum and Exhibits
Free First Thursday Admission and Tour
Maryland Historical Society
Dec. 5, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Explore the galleries with a staff member, hear the stories behind the artifacts on display, and learn about Maryland’s rich history.
Winter Solstice Yoga Celebration with YogaWorks
American Visionary Art Museum
Dec. 22, 6 – 7 p.m.
Join YogaWorks Federal Hill and the American Visionary Art Museum to celebrate the winter solstice. Enjoy yoga with the inspiring Jessica Crowley Ambrose and beats by local music legend DJ Who - a key player in dance nights and gigs in Baltimore for over 20 years! He will provide groovy music to free your mind and move your soul to mark the longest night which signals the invigorating return of brighter days.
Concert and Shows
Men on Boats
Baltimore Center Stage
Nov. 30 – Dec 22
This rollicking comedy is history as you’ve never seen it before — without a single man in sight. Join a team of explorers as they tell the true(ish) story of the “discovery” of the Grand Canyon and upend everything...including their boats.
Agatha Chirstie’s Murder on the Orient Express
Dec 3 – Jan 5
Board the exotic and mysterious Orient Express as it takes off into the opulence and grandeur of the 1930s, with a train full of suspects, each with a motive and an alibi. This dazzling new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece from master storyteller Ken Ludwig, is filled with twists, turns, and larger-than-life characters. So wax your mustache and start a new family tradition this holiday season, as the famous detective Hercule Poirot solves the perfect murder mystery!
Christmas with Choral Arts
The Baltimore Basilica
Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Experience holiday choral favorites in the historic and inspiring setting of The Baltimore Basilica and continue a 36-year tradition. Explore the Christmas story and spirit with the sumptuous sounds of voices and strings.
A Christmas Carol
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Dec. 6-24, various times
“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.
Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents: "The Nutcracker"
Enoch Pratt Free Library - Central Library
Dec. 9, 6 p.m.
The Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents excerpts from "The Nutcracker." Experience the wonder of this timeless holiday tradition. Allow yourself to be magically swept away by the tale of the young heroine Clara and her adventures to rescue her beloved Nutcracker from the Rat Queen’s evil spell.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Dec. 13, 7 p.m. and Dec. 14, 12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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!
Vienna Boys Choir
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.
The Vienna Boys Choir, renowned as one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world will showcase an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites.
92q Winter Festival featuring Meek Mill
Royal Farms Arena
Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.
DJ Pauly D
Rams Head Live
Dec. 20, 10 p.m.
WWE Live Holiday Tour
Royal Farms Arena
Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Rams Head Live
Dec. 29, 9 p.m.
New Years Eve Events
New Year’s Eve Spectacular
Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Ring in 2020 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 Inner Harbor 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, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
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.
Power Plant Live!
Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-3 a.m.
Join Power Plant Live! for the Mid-Atlantic's biggest New Year's Eve event - NYE Live Baltimore 2020! Ring in 2020 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.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise
Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
End the year with a bang when the sky lights up at midnight. Cruise includes hors d'oeuvres, a New Year's Eve dinner buffet menu, a premium open bar, a champagne toast at midnight, live DJ entertainment and incredible views of the fireworks. Guests board at 9 p.m. The dockside party goes until 1 a.m. Tickets start at $179.90 per person. All guests must be 21 or older with a valid ID.
Charm City New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise
Cruises on the Bay
Dec. 31, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Cruise on Raven, the newest yacht in the Inner Harbor, around Baltimore for New Year's Eve! Ring in the New Year with dancing along the water on a cruise that takes in the sparkling city skyline of Baltimore. Light snacks will be served and the boat will be decorated for the occasion. Purchase your drink of choice from the fully stocked bar (drinks are an additional cost). Watch the fireworks from Raven's open top deck!
Noontime New Year
Port Discovery Children's Museum
Dec. 31, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Early bedtime or not, partygoers will enjoy a festive day of play inside a Winter Snow Ball Wonderland! Dance the day away during the Snow Ball while rockin' tunes fill the Museum. Watch special performances from Eric Energy, who will teach revelers about Cool Science, and the Kindersinger, who will keep little ones jingling all day long. Make jingle bell bracelets, sound sandwiches and diffusion snowflakes to help out with our famous Noontime Countdown featuring confetti and a balloon drop. After the countdown, enjoy a juice and cookie toast and continue exploring the Museum for more festive family fun.
Maryland Science Center
Dec. 31, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Ring in the New Year at the Maryland Science Center! Join them for their annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Midnight Noon, where children can enjoy the ball drop before bed time. There will be fun New Year’s festivities throughout the day. The entire Science Center will be open and ready for you to explore. All activities are FREE with paid admission, and completely free to members.
The Roaring 2020’s New Year’s Eve: A Burlesque Revue
Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
It's time to ring (back) in the Roaring Twenties with an elegant gala featuring two live bands, burlesque, and dancing! Creative Alliance will transform into a dramatic art deco dreamscape. Dress in your finest 1920's duds and get ready to party! Entertainment will be provided by Stanley Bothered & the Very Serious Band, a burlesque show extravaganza in two halves, and end with the swinging tunes of jazz band Sac Au Lait to help welcome the new year.