Celebrate the Holidays in Baltimore
There’s nothing more magical than Charm City during the holiday season. We have plenty of ways to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve and more. Whether you’re looking for festive light displays, winter activities or special events, there is something in Baltimore for you to enjoy.
Due to COVID-19 many events and attractions may not be operating as normal. Please plan to double check hours and operating procedures before you leave.
Miracle on 34th Street
The holiday cheer in Baltimore spreads throughout neighborhoods like Hampden where you can experience the “Miracle on 34th Street” lights and decorations that pop up starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving and stay on until New Year’s Eve. The displays are so bright they get national attention from outlets such as NBC News and Business Insider year after year! Learn more about the history of the display here, which was started by a local couple over 70 years ago. During your visit, try to spot the crowd favorites such as the hubcap tree or the bicycle wheel snowman.
Please note: While the holiday lights will remain on display, local organizers recommend families take a year off from the in-person tradition due to COVID-19.
Highlandtown Holiday Train Garden
This holiday tradition started in 2009 by a team of hardworking volunteers who dedicate months to building the train garden as a way to celebrate the community and history of Highlandtown. The massive display is housed in Engine House #41 at 520 S. Conkling Street in Highlandtown. It’s free to view and open to the public starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving and running through New Year’s Day. Check the train garden website for specific hours.
Vignettes of past and present memorials of Highlandtown and the surrounding area include the Natty Boh tower, Creative Alliance, the Patterson Park Halloween Lantern Parade and the Patterson Park Pagoda. Changes and updates are made each year so we encourage you to make it an annual family tradition to see what else has been added to the display.
Drive or walk through a festival of lights shaped like wildlife, plus, get that warm glowing feeling inside knowing you are supporting the zoo’s animal care and conservation work. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is bringing back a beloved holiday tradition that turns the zoo into a festive wonderland with opportunities to walk or drive through the grounds to see the displays. Purchase tickets in advance for Zoo Lights and know that every dollar goes towards supporting the animals.
Four Seasons Winter Village
The Four Seasons Hotel’s exclusive fifth floor terrace will transform back into a 1,800 square foot “Winter Village” featuring a synthetic skating rink boasting expansive views of the harbor. The outdoor rooftop experience will be filled with holiday sights, private cabanas with a fire pit for rent, festive holiday decor and lively music. You can also warm up with holiday food and beverage favorites, including rich, decadent European-style hot chocolate topped with house-made flavored marshmallows, hot apple cider, handcrafted cocktails, sweet and savory crepes station, and so much more.