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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Family Friendly Holiday Events

Kwanzaa Events

Holiday Performances

Holiday Shopping

Holiday Lights in Baltimore

Santa Holiday Activities

New Year's Eve Events

Hanukkah Events

Family Friendly Holiday Events
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.
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The Polar Express

B&O Railroad Museum
Nov.16 - 17, 23 - 24, 29 - 30 and Dec. 1
All aboard for THE POLAR EXPRESS ™ ! Create a Christmas memory that you and your family will treasure forever – a journey to the North Pole via THE POLAR EXPRESS ™. During this event ONLY, the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club will display their amazing LEGO model train layout completely constructed of LEGO pieces at the "Polar Express North Pole".
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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!
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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.
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47th Annual Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade

Hampden
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!
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Christmas Eve Lunch Cruise

Dec. 24 | 12 - 2 p.m. | Spirit of Baltimore Inner Harbor
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.
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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.
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Holiday Lunch & Dinner Cruises

All Dec. | Spirit of Baltimore
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.
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Harbor Point Ice Festival

Harbor Point Center Plaza
Jan. 11, 2 - 8 p.m.
The plaza will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland with ice sculptures lining the walkways, live music, food vendors, family activities, and more! Watch the excitement as award-winning ice sculptors use chainsaws and chisels to create spectacular ice sculptures.
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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.
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Kwanzaa Events
Kwanzaa Celebration

Enoch Pratt Free Library
Dec. 17, 11 a.m.
Charles Dugger presents the principles of Kwanzaa with an interactive presentation. Dugger will take his program to 13 branches of the library throughout December.
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Kwanzaa Family Time: Pinecone Bird Feeders

Southeast Anchor Library
Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The principles of Kwanzaa include purpose, creativity, and collective responsibility. Help look out for feathered friends by making peanut butter bird feeders to take home or hang from the library trees.
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Kwanzaa Celebration

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
Dec. 28, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bring out the family to celebrate the holiday and the Kwanzaa principle Ujima (“Collective Work and Responsibility”). Enjoy storytelling, African dancing and drumming, workshops, lectures, craft activities and an African Marketplace.
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Growing Griots' Literacy Learning Program: Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

Orleans Street Branch
Dec. 28, 1 p.m.
The Growing Griots' Literacy Learning Program will present the seven principles of Kwanzaa. This program is sponsored by the Griots' Circle of Maryland, Inc.
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Holiday Performances
A Drag Queen Christmas

Modell Lyric
Nov. 22, 8 p.m.
It’s a magical (and hilarious) evening of holiday performances featuring contestants from the reality television show on VH1. Here come the queens in their biggest holiday costumes with back-up dancers and a full stage production.
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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.
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Irish Christmas in America

Creative Alliance
Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Music, song, dance and stories of seasonal Irish traditions fill the incredibly popular holiday show. The family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish old-style dancing.
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Manheim Steamroller Christmas

Modell Lyric
Dec. 6, 8 p.m.
It’s Manheim Steamrollers 35th year of holiday magic, join the celebration as they bring their beloved annual tour to Baltimore. Hear the album that made Manheim Steamroller the number one Christmas music artist in history live.
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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.
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The Snowman

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Dec. 7, 11 a.m.
The classic wordless tale of Raymond Briggs is brought to life. The animated film that tells the tale of a snowman come to life and befriending a young boy is projected with live music performed by the BSO. Conducted by Nicholas Hersh this production is sure to set you in the holiday mood.
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Handel’s Messiah

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Dec. 7-8 , 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.
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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.
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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Hippodrome Theatre
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!
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Cirque Nutcracker

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Dec. 12-15
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.
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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.
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Christmas for Kids: The Baltimore Scrooge

Gilman School Alumni Auditorium
Dec. 15, 3-4 p.m.
Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas novella, A Christmas Carol, gets reimagined as a Baltimore children’s tale. Pepito the Clown transforms into the three ghosts, and the chorus sets a festive mood for kids and adults alike.
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Gospel Christmas with CeCe Winans

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Dec. 19-20, 8 p.m.
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.
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Baltimore Plays: A Gospel Christmas

Creative Alliance
Dec. 20, 8 p.m.
Baltimore Plays is back to ring in the season with songs of faith, hope, and holiday! With a blend of classic holiday songs, traditional and contemporary Gospel songs to lift spirits and celebrate the reason for the season.
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35th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas

Harborplace Amphitheater Inner Harbor
Dec. 21, 3:30-4:30 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.
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Holiday Spectacular

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Dec. 21, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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.
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Holiday Shopping
Christmas Village

West Shore Park
Nov. 23-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.
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Black Friday Block Party

Harbor East
Nov. 29, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cheers to sweet sales and less stress! Join Harbor East for a sophisticated and civilized alternative to mall mayhem at the 2nd Annual Black Friday Block Party. Skip the holiday frenzy and enjoy leisurely shopping events, a mimosa and bloody mary bar, live music, a complimentary DIY hot chocolate bar and family-friendly activities for the little ones (including face painting, cookie decorating, a balloon artist and appearances from holiday characters).
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BAZAART Holiday Art Market

American Visionary Art Museum
Nov. 29, 12-6 p.m. and Nov. 30, 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.
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Merry Mart

Creative Alliance
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!
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Cookies & Cocktails

Harbor East
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!
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Holiday Heap

Space 2460
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.
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Holiday Lights in Baltimore
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.
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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.
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Little Italy Christmas Tree Lighting

Little Italy
Dec. 6, 7 p.m.
A visit from Santa Claus and complimentary treats for the kids. Help to decorate our enormous Christmas tree, sing carols with Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and enjoy complimentary refreshments, Italian cookies and roasted chestnuts.
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The Holly Jolly Trolley

Dec. TBD | Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
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.

Santa Holiday Activities
Breakfast with Santa & Friends

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Dec. 7, 8 and 21, 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.
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Roundhouse Breakfast Buffet & Train Ride with Santa

B&O Railroad Museum
Dec. 7 & 14, 8:15-9:30 a.m. and Dec. 8 & 15, 9:15-10:30 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.
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Santa’s Streetcar

Baltimore Streetcar Museum
Dec 7, 8, 14 and 15, 12-5 p.m.
Come ride a streetcar with Santa Claus, enjoy seasonal refreshments and pose for pictures!
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47th Annual Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade

Hampden
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!
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Santa Lunch Cruise

Spirit Cruises Inner Harbor
Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
A special visitor from the North Pole will be on board for pictures. Plus this 2 hour cruise along the Inner Harbor will feature DJ entertainment, dancing, festive holiday décor and a lunch buffet with additional kid-friendly options.
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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Baltimore
New Year’s Eve Spectacular

Inner Harbor
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.
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New Year's Eve Deck Party

USS Constellation
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.
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NYE Live!

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.
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New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Spirit Cruises
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.
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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!
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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.
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Midnight Noon

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.
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The Roaring 2020’s New Year’s Eve: A Burlesque Revue

Creative Alliance
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.
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Hanukkah Events
Baltimore Chanukah Festival

McKeldin Square Inner Harbor
Dec. 22
Celebrate the start of Chanukah with the lighting of Maryland’s largest menorah, complete with live music, kid’s activities and fireworks.
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Hands on Holidays: Chanukah

Enoch Pratt Free Library
Throughout December
Join the Downtown Baltimore Jewish Community Center for a fun, cultural look at the Jewish holiday Chanukah. For children ages 3-5 with a caregiver. This program will come to four branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
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A Greener Hanukkah

Jewish Museum of Maryland
Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Join the Jewish Museum of Maryland for just $1 daily admission and make crafts out of recycled materials to decorate with for Hanukkah. Activities are suitable for all ages and no artistic talent is needed.
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