Your Holiday Guide to the Waterfront

Pandora Ice Rink

Running from November 10 until January 21
West Shore Park

Go for a spin, break the ice, spice up date night, or create new family memories at the Pandora Ice Rink. Celebrate the opening on November 16 from 5-7pm with performance, free hot cocoa, and free skating for the first 100 people. Check out all the new features coming to the rink this year. 

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German Christmas Village

Running from November 17 until December 24
West Shore Park

The Christmas Village in Baltimore will once again bring the charm of an authentic German Christmas market to the Inner Harbor. The season 2018 will start with a NEW preview weekend on Nov 17th and 18th, to give everybody a sneak peek of the new vendors and attractions! The event will be officially opened by the original Christkind from Nuremberg/ Germany on Saturday, 11/24/18.

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Black Friday Block Party

November 23 from 11:00 am—4:00 pm
Harbor East

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). RSVP for Free Parking and giveaways.  The first 100 RSVP guests to check in will receive a complimentary cocktail, on us! Proceeds to benefit Helping Up Mission Women’s & Children’s Program/ Inspiring Hope Campaign.

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Small Business Saturday “Sell-abration”

November 24th from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fells Point

#shopsmall in one of Baltimore’s largest independent commercial retail districts! As you shop, enjoy FREE coffee and cocoa, enter the #shopsmall retail passport game for a chance to win in a stay-cation package, and a massive Fells Point business basket giveaway for shoppers! The first 75 people to register in advance will get a #shopsmall tote bag, a food+beverage tasting tour at 3 Fells Point restaurants (small bite and a beer, wine, or cocktail) to keep your energy and spirits up, and a sweet treat, ALL FOR FREE!

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Old Tyme Christmas

December 1 from 9:00 am— 7:00 pm
Fell’s Point

Head to Fell’s Point for a traditional Christmas celebration that will charm and delight you, your family, and friends! The Fells Point neighborhood will be arrayed in fragrant green garlands, red bows, and twinkling lights! Featuring Santa’s arrival by tugboat, Breakfast with St. Nick, pictures with Santa for children and pets, kids fun, strolling carolers, the lighting of the Broadway Square tree and the ever popular Lighted Boat Parade. Not to mention the Egg Nog Contest! Don’t forget your letters for Santa and kick off the holidays in Fells Point.

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31st Annual Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats

December 1 from 6:00 pm—8:00 pm
Baltimore’s Harbor

Baltimore’s annual Lighted Boat Parade consists of more than 50 festive vessels and benefits the Marine’s “Toys for Tots” annual Christmas campaign. Vessels lit up for the holidays will parade through the Inner Harbor and Fells Point to kick off the holiday season. The parade starts at the Anchorage Marina on Boston St. with carols hosted by a local choir prior to the launch, admiring the lighted vessels and a grand ornamental Christmas tree! 

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Pet Photos with Santa

December 2 from 12:00 pm—4:00 pm
President Street, Harbor East

Strike a Paws! Harbor East hosts the 6th Annual Pet Photos with Santa, benefitting the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter.  Bring your furry friends to celebrate the holidays with complimentary pet photos (humans are welcomed, too!) on the circle at President Street.  Harbor East will provide an on-site print out of your photo and a digital file.  Get into the spirit of giving by making a donation of pet food and/or toys to BARCS; volunteers will be on hand to collect your charitable donations for animals in need of a little extra love this holiday season.

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Gingerbrick Decorating

December 8, from 10:00 am—5:00 pm
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Make sweet memories together as you join the chefs from McCormick at Port Discovery Children’s Museum for the ultimate Gingerbrick Decorating event! Decorate gingerbricks with icing, candy, and more – and then watch as a custom, kid-made gingerbrick is put together using your creations! Enjoy face-painting, yoga for little ones, and a fun winter-themed performance of Snowy Days are Coming from The Kindersinger. And – to put a little icing on all the fun – enjoy birthday-themed art projects at the Pop-Up Art stations while you help celebrate Port Discovery’s 20th year! Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

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Lunch with Santa Cruise

December 8 from 11:30 am— 1:30 pm
Spirit Cruises Baltimore

Delight the whole family with a special lunch with Santa! This cruise is family fun on the water with great views, kid-friendly treats, dancing, and of course a visit from Santa!

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Cookies & Cocktails

December 12 from 6:00 pm—9:00 pm
Harbor East

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!  Limited on-site tickets are available. Proceeds to benefit Helping Up Mission Women’s & Children’s Program/ Inspiring Hope Campaign.

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34th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas

December 15 from 3:30 pm—4:30 pm
Inner Harbor Amphitheater

Over 150 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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Mistletoe Mayhem

December 15 from 8:00 pm—12:00 am
Power Plant Live!

Mingle & Jingle at Power Plant Live! for Baltimore’s biggest & jolliest holiday bar crawl! Grab your ugly sweater and get your picture with SANTA! Get into the holiday spirit with themed drink specials and rock remixes of your favorite holiday songs. Tickets start at only $5.