The holidays will be merry in Baltimore, Md., with special seasonal events offering family-friendly fun in 2017. Plan to take the family to see Christmas entertainment, light displays, and to enjoy special activities like ice skating or going to a Christmas market to get in the holiday spirit.
Pandora Ice Rink at the Inner Harbor
Nov. 10-Jan. 15 @ Various Times
Top of the Amphitheater, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD 21230
The Pandora Ice Rink will be open through mid-January, so take the family ice skating for the fun and excitement of gliding over the ice. The price is $10/Adults, $9/Seniors-Children-Military, $4/skate rental.
Chestertown RiverArts Holiday Show
Nov. 17-Dec. 30
RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620
The RiverArts Holiday Show will feature unique gift items created by artisans and crafters. The creations will include gifts for every pocketbook. Shop for children’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, home décor, holiday cards, stocking stuffers, and ornaments at this popular holiday market.
Christmas Village in Baltimore
Nov. 23-Dec. 24 @ 11 a.m. (closed on Nov. 28, Dec. 5, and Dec. 12)
Inner Harbor/West Shore Park, 501 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230
The entire family will enjoy the festive European style outdoor Christmas Village in Baltimore. Shop at the charming huts for unique, hand-crafted items, perfect for gift giving. While strolling through the village, purchase some of the tempting food and beverages to satisfy the appetite. Admission will be free but bring money for shopping and refreshments.
Festival of Trees
Nov. 24-26 @ 10 a.m.
Maryland State Fairgrounds, The Cow Palace, 2200 York Rd., Timonium, MD 21095
The Festival of Trees will be the largest holiday extravaganza on the East Coast, with an amazing 700 uniquely decorated holiday trees, gingerbread houses, and holiday wreaths. The entire family will enjoy the entertainment, princesses, carousel, 100 gift boutiques, and an appearance by Santa Claus. This festive event will help support the children of Kennedy Krieger Institute. Admission $15/Adults, $10/Seniors, $7/Kids.
Carroll County Festival of Wreaths
Nov. 24-Dec. 3 @ 10 a.m.
Carroll County Arts Council, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, MD 21157
Take the family to see the creatively decorated holiday wreaths, which will be bid on during a silent auction. Admission will be free.
33rd Annual Tuba Christmas
Dec. 16 @ 3:30 P.M
Harborplace Amphitheatre, Constellation Energy Entrance of the Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD 21202
Tuba Christmas will be a holiday concert featuring music played by tuba and euphonium players. Check the website for information about Tube Christmas concerts in Fredrick on Nov. 25, Bel Air on Dec. 17, and Solomon’s Island on Dec. 17.
Highland Town Train Garden
Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-24, Dec. 26-Jan. 1.
Engine House #41, 520 S. Conkling St., Baltimore City, MD
The Highland Town Train Garden will be sponsored by CSX, the Baltimore City Fire Department, and the Southeast Community Development Corporation. The model train garden will be built by volunteers and free to the public. Take the family to see the creative holiday display.
B&O’s Magical Holiday Express
Dec. 1-31 @ Various Times (Closed 12/24-25 & 1/1)
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223
The B&O’s Magical Holiday Express will be a celebration of the historic B&O Roundhouse. Anyone with an interest in trains will love to experience the winter wonderland, family fun, and kid-friendly activities. Admission will be $20/Adults, $17/Seniors (60+), and $12/Children (2-12). There will be train rides for an additional fee ($2-$10).
The 45th Annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade
Dec. 3 @ 1 p.m.
Hampden and Medfield neighborhoods, Baltimore, MD 21211
The Annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade will march along a 2.5-mile route in the Hampden and Medfield neighborhoods. Last year the parade attracted about 25,000 spectators to see the floats, Santa Claus, and local media personalities. The parade will include about 160 marching units, over 100 Harley Davidson motorcycles, marching bands, a steam calliope, Mummers of Philadelphia, and Miss Yuletide and Jr. Miss Yuletide. The parade is up for the top spot in USA Today's Top Christmas Parades. This family-friendly event will be free to attend and open to the public.
Holiday Candlelight Stroll
Dec. 1, 2, 8, 15, & 16 @ 7 p.m.
Information Booth at City Dock, 1 Dock St., Annapolis, MD 21401
Take the family for an evening stroll for a pleasant remembrance of Christmas past, with glowing lanterns illuminating the way around the historic state capital. The streets and colonial houses of Annapolis will be beautifully decorated with holiday greenery and more. While on the stroll, you will learn about the origin of many holiday customs. Tickets will be $21/Adults, $12/Children (3-11), and Free/Children 2 and under.
Downtown Dollar Day: A Very Sephardic Hanukkah
Jewish Museum of Maryland at the Herbert Bearman Campus, 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore, MD 21202
Admission will be discounted to $1, so this will be a perfect time to take the family to enjoy kids’ activities. Storytellers will share stories about the Sephardic Hanukkah experience.
Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
Dec. 30 @ 12 p.m.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202
Celebrate the annual African American holiday with dancing, storytelling, drumming performances, crafts, and workshops. Special admission will be $5.