Baltimore. This charming harborside city is as gifted in historic sights as it is in the vibrant array of activities that go on during the holiday season. Whether you’re visiting and drafting travel plans, a returning Baltimorean coming to see friends and family, or a local looking for something to do around home, you’ll find more than you can choose from. Read on for some of our favorite ways to spend the holidays here around Baltimore.
Christmas Village at the Inner Harbor
Among the many charming sights in Baltimore’s holiday season, visitors will be delighted to find that one of them is a complete Christmas village! Parties of all ages and interests will enjoy the immersive central European tradition, complete with fare such as gingerbread, fries, bratwurst and mulled wine, carousels, and Ferris wheels, a wine pyramid, and crafts for sale! These and so much more are available throughout the holiday season, under countless lights, and in the historic and vibrant location of the Inner Harbor. This location also makes this village compatible with many other plans and events in Baltimore, for those drafting an itinerary.
Olde Tyme Christmas
Olde Tyme Christmas in Historic Fells Point is another great showcase of the city’s love for the holiday season, as well as the truly strong sense of community characteristic of Baltimore. Holiday season icons such as Santa Claus himself visit Baltimore, combining tradition with local heritage, kicking off the festivities by arriving by… boat! Decorations, carols, boat, and tree lighting, as well as eggnog drinking contests, are just some of the things visitors will enjoy at this unique celebration of the holidays and of the city itself.
Annual Parade of Lighted Boats
For a more relaxed and captivating holiday season event, look no further than the many lit boat parades that occur around Baltimore. The city’s strong seafaring heritage (literally) shines during a number of events, but most of all at the Annual Parade of Lighted Boats! From large organizations to individual efforts, boats of all sizes, shapes, and colors illuminate Baltimore’s harbors in this annual show. Whether a step away from some of the other festivities around the harbor or from a cozy view further into the city, this is a beautiful sight to catch if you’re in Baltimore for the holidays.
“A Christmas Carol”
A true spectacle, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has been performing “A Christmas Carol” for the people of Baltimore for some years now, a wonderfully enchanting experience for all who seize the chance to attend. This classic holiday season tale is done in exceeding emotion, pageantry, sight, and sound, a great option for couples, families, groups, or solo travelers alike. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company also has a dedication to the community as it does the arts, another great way for those visitors with passions for the arts to explore and indulge themselves while here in Baltimore.
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