Ultimate Guide

Holiday Events

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Baltimore, as the city is brimming with fun-filled seasonal events & holiday cheer. From downtown holiday spectaculars to beloved neighborhood traditions, there’s a sleighful of ways to have amazing holiday adventures

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Chanukah Events

Family Friendly Holiday Events

Kwanzaa Events

Holiday Lights in Baltimore

Holiday Performances

Holiday Shopping

New Year's Eve Events

Santa Holiday Activities

Chanukah Events
Baltimore Chanukah Festival

McKeldin Square
Inner Harbor
December 12
Celebrate the start of Chanukah with the lighting of Maryland’s largest menorah, complete with live music, kid’s activities and fireworks.

Chanukah Car Parade

Cheder Chabad
Monday Evening, December 14
3rd Night of Chanukah
Leaving Cheder Chabad, 6:00 pm
End by Clover and Manhattan Ave by Cheder Chabad for Menorah Lighting.

Family New Year's Chanukah Party

Jewish Museum of Maryland
15 Lloyd Street
December TBD 
Happy Newyearsikkah! Celebrate Hanukkah with a candle lighting, songs and activities at this once in a decade event. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. and the countdown to the New Year begins 6:45. The exciting “star” drop finish is just 15 minutes later, giving you plenty of time to get the kids home in a timely manner.
www.jewishmuseummd.org

Family Friendly Holiday Events
PANDORA® Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Harborplace Amphitheater
Inner Harbor
November 10 – January 15, 2018, hours vary
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.
www.innerharboricerink.org

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D

National Aquarium
December
Experience a magical twist on a holiday classic on the big screen in 4-D this winter! After being ousted from Christmas-town because of his bright and shining nose, Rudolph sets off on a series of funny and endearing adventures—meeting new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius along the way.
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B&O's Magical Holiday Express

B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt Street
December 1-31, various times based on event
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!
North Pole Adventures with Santa - December 2 - 3
Winter Royal Adventures with Elsa & Friends - December 9 -10
Frosty Fest with Frosty the Snowman - December 16 & 17
Winterfest Wonderland - December 18 - 31
www.borail.org

45th Annual Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade

Hampden
December 3, 1 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!
www.mayorschristmasparade.com

Cookies & Carols: A Cookie Tour Through Harbor East

Harbor East
S. President Street
December 13 | 6 - 9 p.m.
Join us on a delicious cookie quest through Harbor East where there will be music in the air and sweet treats around every corner! Participating neighborhood shops will each feature a unique bite-sized holiday confection. $5 reserves your spot on the “tour” and includes one cookie at each shop, a signature Cookies & Carols ornament, and free parking for the evening. 100% of proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore. Plus enjoy complimentary photos with Santa Claus, carolers and a festive cocktail bar! Limited on-site tickets are available.
www.itsawaterfrontlife.org

Royal Breakfast & Train Ride with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff & Olaf

B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt Street
December 9, 8-9:30 a.m.
Enjoy a royal breakfast buffet while visiting with some of your favorite characters – Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf! Enjoy a magical display of toy and model trains at the B&O's Magical Holiday Express event and take a ride on the Museum's indoor carousel. After breakfast, Olaf parades everyone to the train platform for a train ride fit for a king with Elsa, Anna and Kristoff. Space is limited; advance prepaid reservations required.
www.borail.org

Royal Story Time & Train Ride with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff & Olaf

B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt Street
December 9 & 10, 1-2 p.m.
Children and families enjoy a favorite holiday story with a snack of cookies, milk and hot chocolate. After story time, Olaf will parade you to the train ride platform where you board the Mile One Express for a royal train ride with Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff. Space is limited; advance prepaid reservations required.
www.borail.org

Walk-In Tour: The Christmas Story in Art

The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles Street
December TBD
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.
www.thewalters.org

12 Days of Science

Maryland Science Center
TBD
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.
www.mdsci.org

Special Day for Holiday Train Rides

B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt Street
December 26 - December 31, 11 a.m, 12 p.m., 1 p.m. & 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.
www.borail.org

Inner Harbor Frost Fest at the PANDORA® Ice Rink

Harborplace Amphitheater

Inner Harbor
TBD
Event features live music, festive kid’s crafts and a hot chocolate bar, while supplies last.
www.itsawaterfrontlife.org

Holiday Karaoke

Mount Vernon Marketplace, 520 Park Ave.
December 20, 7-11 p.m.
Come sing and party as we celebrate the HOLIDAY LOVE! There will also be an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest so wear your ugliest, craziest, quirkiest and most festive holiday get-up for a chance to win some fun prizes! Stick around for the 3rd annual Nog It Off event where we start the season with a friendly competition for the best eggnog in the marketplace!
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Kwanzaa Events
Kwanzaa Celebration

Enoch Pratt Free Library
Central Library, 400 Cathedral Street
December 6, 6:30 p.m.
Charles Dugger presents the principles of Kwanzaa.
www.prattlibrary.org

50th Anniversary of Kwanzaa: Special Lecture by Founder Dr. Maulana Karenga

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
830 E. Pratt Street
December TBD 
Kwanzaa founder and Marylander Dr. Maulana Karenga gives a talk to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the holiday. Tickets are $15 members and $20 for the general public. Children up to age six are free.
www.lewismuseum.org

50th Anniversary of Kwanzaa Celebration

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
830 E. Pratt Street
December 30, 12 p.m.
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.
www.lewismuseum.org

Holiday Lights in Baltimore
Miracle on 34th Street

Hampden
November 25 – early January
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.
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46th Annual Monument Lighting

Mount Vernon Place
699 Washington Place
December 7, 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.
www.promotionandarts.org

Little Italy Christmas Tree Lighting

Little Italy
December 1, 7 p.m.
Visit from Santa Claus, complimentary treats for the kids. Help to decorate our enormous Christmas tree, sing carols with Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and complimentary refreshments, Italian cookies and roasted chestnuts.
www.littleitalymd.org

Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats

Inner Harbor and Fell’s Point
December TBD, evening
Baltimore's nautical spirit is all aglow for the annual Parade of Lighted Boats. More than 50 boats and pleasure crafts, bedecked and sparkling in their holiday finery, make their way from Baltimore's world famous Inner Harbor to Fell's Point.
www.fellspointmainstreet.org

The Holly Jolly Trolley

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
550 Light Street
Starting December TBD
Young and old will delight in sharing a magical evening filled with holiday music, festive light displays and beautiful neighborhood decorations, all aboard an old fashioned trolley! The two-hour tour, conducted by an expert guide, will begin at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court in downtown Baltimore and will then proceed to take guests through the adorned neighborhoods of Harbor East, Fells Point and Canton where they will learn a little local history and observe the charming sights and sounds of Christmas. Next, the Trolley will head north to Hampden to see and enjoy the block-long spectacular 34th Street Annual Christmas Festival of Lights, complete with colorful lights, outdoor train gardens, original artwork from local artists, and sparkling displays. On the way back to the Inner Harbor, guests will ride pass the George Washington Monument in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood where it has been beautifully decorated for the season.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holly-jolly-trolley-lights-tour-tickets-38405219044?aff=eac2

Columbus Piazza Lighting

Columbus Piazza, Little Italy
December 1, 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy complimentary refreshments and goodies as Columbus Piazza is lit up for Christmas.
www.littleitalymd.org

Holiday Performances
A Carroll's Christmas

Mount Clare Museum House
1500 Washington Boulevard
November 17 – December 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
scape the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and experience a colonial American Christmas with the Carroll family at Mount Clare Museum House. See Mount Clare decorated for the winter holiday in the spirit of 18th and 19th century style with greens and dried plant materials accented with fruits, nuts, feathers, and pine cones. A visual delight—all included with paid admission!
www.mountclare.org

Midweek Concert: A Christmas Carol

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street
 December 7-8 | 10 and 11:30 a.m.
This single-actor semi-staged adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol retells the story of the infamous miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemptive journeys with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Musical selections include Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on “Greensleeves”, Tippett’s Suite in D and Jeff Tyzik’s Holiday Moods.
www.bsomusic.org

Peabody on the Court: Holiday Music for Voices and Lute

The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles Street
December TBD
This free First Friday concert series on the Walters’ Sculpture Court features a different group of dynamic faculty and student performers from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University each month.
www.thewalters.org

Handel’s Messiah

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street
December 9, 7:30 p.m. & December 10, 3 p.m.
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.
www.bsomusic.org

A Christmas Carol

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
7 S. Calvert Street
December 8-23, 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. Associate Artistic Director Scott Alan Small will direct “A Christmas Carol.”
www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com

Open House Colonial Christmas at Mount Clare

Mount Clare Museum House
1500 Washington Boulevard
December 2, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
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! Members are free; non-members, $5.
www.mountclare.org

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker

The Lyric Opera House
140 W. Mount Royal Avenue
December 23, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The Ballet Theatre of Maryland invites you to ride the Holiday Express to the most famous destination of all time—The Nutcracker. Battle the Rat Queen and her minions and help Clara rescue her beloved Nutcracker as you share in her magical adventures and the spirit of tradition with your loved ones. Travel once more through the realm of the Snow Queen to the Kingdom of Sweets with Clara and her Prince to the place where dreams come true and holiday spirit abounds. The show features live music from Concert Artists of Baltimore and new sets that take advantage of the Lyric’s vast proscenium.
www.lyricbaltimore.com

Merriment & Melodies in Harbor East

Harbor East
December TBD
This holiday season, join Harbor East Wednesday evenings for a Holiday Music series featuring live music under the stars, complimentary sweets, wine and spirits sold street-side, shopping events and more!

www.itsawaterfrontlife.org

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Hippodrome Theatre
12 N. Eutaw Street
December 15, 7 p.m. and December 16, 1 and 5 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!
www.france-merrickpac.com

33rd Annual Merry Tuba Christmas

Harborplace Amphitheater
Inner Harbor
December 16, 3:30-5 p.m.
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.
www.itsawaterfrontlife.org

Charm City Klezmer Holiday Dance Party

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue
December 17, 7:30 p.m.
Those in the know, know the best way burn off all of those latke calories is by dancing up a storm at our annual Charm City Klezmer Holiday Dance Party. Learn Yiddish social dances and be propelled across the floor by a Baltimore band that hits harder than a hammer, Charm City Klezmer! Led by husband and wife team Judith Geller and Michael Raitzyk, along with their young kids and a powerful stable of Baltimore musicians, Charm City Klezmer warmly hosts this lovely, authentic Creative Alliance tradition of not-so-traditional klezmer music with roots in Jewish East European culture. The band is kicking and the dance floor is open.
www.creativealliance.org

Holiday Haunted Pub Tour

Fell's Point
December 9, 16 and 24 | 7 p.m.

Join the Ghost of Christmas Present for a spirited holiday pub walk. Cliff Long, an anthropologist, historian, actor, musician and lover of good stories, portrays Charles Dickens’ timeless ghost on a haunting voyage through Fell’s Point. This tour will last 2.5 hours and visit 3-4 pubs. 21 and older only. T

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Lexington Market's 13th Annual Holiday Fashion Extravaganza Winkey to Flaunt Eclectic Style

Lexington Market
December TBD, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Kick off the holiday season at Lexington Market's Annual Holiday Fashion Extravaganza, produced by Baltimore's world-renowned, fashion-guru and entrepreneur, Travis Winkey. Watch in amazement as chic models grace the runway, showcasing holiday, winter, and evening trends from national and local fashion designers. You can enjoy a tasty lunch while being entertained to a day of holiday fashions and musical entertainment. You’ll be sure to find those perfect holiday needs too! The market arcade fills up quickly, so arrive early to get your front row seat! Be sure to stay the afternoon and enjoy lunch from the wonderful array of vendors.

A Christmas Carol

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street
December 9, 11 a.m.
This single-actor, semi-staged adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, retells the story of the infamous miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his redemptive journeys with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Musical selections include Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Greensleeves, Tippett's Suite in D and Jeff Tyzik's Holiday Moods.
www.bsomusic.org

Home for the Holidays

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street
December 16, 3 and 8 p.m., December 17, 3 p.m.
Warm your heart this holiday season with a program of Christmas favorites. Thomas Wilkins, Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl, conducts iconic classics including "We Need a Little Christmas," "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing," Sleigh Ride and "O Holy Night." Also featuring the Baltimore School for the Arts tap-dancing Santas.
www.bsomusic.org

Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street
December 22, 8 p.m., December 23, 3 and 8 p.m.
The jaw-dropping magic of Cirque comes to the concert hall as the BSO musicians who dazzle you on stage are joined by acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, balancers, strongmen and high-flying aerialists from above. Sure to wow, this holiday spectacular is a “treat for eyes and ears" (Pittsburgh Tribune).
www.bsomusic.org

Holiday Shopping
Christmas Village

West Shore Park
401 Light Street
November 23-December 24; Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday & 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.
www.baltimore-christmas.com

BAZAART Holiday Art Market

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway
November 24 -25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The American Visionary Art Museum's annual holiday art market returns! Hundreds of original creations by more than 40 regional artists and craftspeople, including paintings, sculpture, paper crafts, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, apparel and other work that simply defies categorization! Shop local on #SmallBusinessSaturday and support these original makers! Entry is free.
www.avam.org/

Holiday Bazaar

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
830 E. Pratt Street
TBD
Looking for local handmade gift ideas from some of the area's most talented artists and artisans? Shop adult and children's books, fine art, crafts, jewelry, ceramics, wood working, accessories, bath/body products and more for your family and loved ones.
www.lewismuseum.org

Merriment & Melodies Kick-Off – Shop Harbor East and Get a Free Tree!

Harbor East
TBD
Get a jump start on your holiday list by shopping in Harbor East – spend $200 at neighborhood retailers the first night of Merriment & Melodies and walk away with a free, full-sized Christmas tree, compliments of Harbor East! Simply show your combined same-day receipts to a representative at the Harbor East tent. Limited quantities are available – shop early to claim your tree – and stay late to enjoy live music and good cheer.
www.itsawaterfrontlife.org

Merry Mart

Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue
December 3, 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! Bring your kids to the free drop-in arts workshop from noon to 5 p.m.
www.creativealliance.org

Cookies & Carols: A Cookie Tour Through Harbor East

Harbor East
December 13, 5:30-9 p.m.
Join us on a delicious cookie quest through Harbor East where there will be music in the air and sweet treats around every corner! Participating neighborhood shops will each feature a unique bite-sized holiday confection. $5 reserves your spot on the “tour” and includes one cookie at each shop, a signature Cookies & Carols ornament, and free parking for the evening. 100% of proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore. Plus enjoy complimentary photos with Santa Claus, carolers and a festive cocktail bar! Limited on-site tickets are available.
www.itsawaterfrontlife.org

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Baltimore
New Year’s Eve Spectacular

Inner Harbor
December 31, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
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.
www.promotionandarts.org

New Year's Eve Deck Party

USS Constellation
December 31 - Janurary 1, 10 p.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

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NYE Live!

Power Plant Live!, 34 Market Place
December 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
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.
www.powerplantlive.com

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Spirit Cruises
Inner Harbor
December 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.
www.spiritcruises.com

Charm City New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise

Inner Harbor
December 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!
www.cruisesonthebay.com

New Year's Eve Dinner & Lounge Party

Wit & Wisdom, 400 International Drive

December 31, 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

Countdown to the new year in true Wit & Wisdom style with Executive Chef Zachary Mills' three-course prix fixe menu accompanied by optional wine and champagne pairings selected by Lead Sommelier Dawn Trabing. Already have dinner plans? Enjoy the lounge party, which includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and guaranteed space in the bar/lounge area. Take advantage of panoramic harbor views with live entertainment followed by the best views of Baltimore's fireworks display!

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New Year's Eve Private Event at the Bygone

The Bygone, 400 International Drive

December 31, 6 p.m.-4 a.m.

Ring in the New Year at The Bygone, Baltimore's most-elevated and exciting restaurant atop the Four Seasons Hotel. Located on the 29th floor, The Bygone will provide panoramic views of Baltimore's incredible fireworks display. Guests will enjoy a standing buffet featuring a raw bar, meat-carving station, lobster, caviar and limited open bar all night.

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Midnight Noon

Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street

December 31, 2017 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the kids with a ball drop at noon instead of midnight. There will be fun New Year’s festivities throughout the day, including a live concert by popular kids band Milkshake. Their Grammy-nominated tunes will keep you dancing 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.

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Noontime New Year

Port Discovery Children's Museum, 35 Market Place

December 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.

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Santa Holiday Activities
Roundhouse Breakfast Buffet & Train Ride with Santa

B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt Street
December 2, 8-9:30 a.m., December 3, 9-10:30 a.m. and December 10, 9-10:30 a.m.
Join the B&O Railroad Museum for its annual breakfast buffet with Santa! Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, have your photo taken while visiting Santa, and enjoy the magical display of holiday model train layouts and an indoor carousel ride. Then "All Aboard" for an exclusive train ride with Santa! Space is limited; advance prepaid reservations required.
www.borail.org

Children’s Holiday Crafts Workshop

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
830 E. Pratt Street
TBD
Come create memories and holiday crafts with your family! Then, help decorate the museum's Christmas tree with your creations. A very special guest, Santa Claus, joins us so that you can take a photo with him. Recommended for ages 6-10. Special Admission: $1 Dollar Day Weekend.
www.lewismuseum.org

Breakfast with Santa & Friends

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
1876 Mansion House Drive
December 2, 9 & 10, 8:30-10 a.m.
Join the Zoo for ho-ho-holiday cheer and celebrate the season with family and friends. Enjoy a buffet breakfast inside the Zoo’s historic Mansion House, create unique seasonal crafts, and meet some of Santa’s wildest friends with up close animal encounters. When you hear the jingle bells begin to jingle, Kris Kringle is on his way! Visit Santa and tell him your wishes for the holiday season. All breakfast tickets also include same-day admission to the Zoo. Reservations are required and tickets are expected to sell out quickly.
www.marylandzoo.org

Holiday Story with Mrs. Claus & Train Ride with Santa

B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt Street
December 2 & December 3, 1-2 p.m. and December 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Children and families, enjoy a favorite holiday story with a snack of cookies, milk and hot chocolate. Then "All Aboard" the Mile One Express for an exclusive train ride with Santa! Space is limited; advance prepaid reservations required.
www.borail.org

45rd Annual Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade

Hampden
December 3, 1 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!
www.mayorschristmasparade.com

Santa Lunch Cruise

Spirit Cruises
Inner Harbor
December TBD
A special visitor from the North Pole will be on board for pictures.
www.spiritcruises.com

Brunch with Santa Claus Wit & Wisdom

Brunch with Santa Claus Wit & Wisdom
200 International Drive
December 17, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The whole family will enjoy spending time with Jolly ole’ Saint Nick, while the pastry team will be on hand to help decorate cookies with the kids. For reservations, call Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore directly at 410.576.5800.
www.witandwisdombaltimore.com

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