Christmas Village in Baltimore is transforming West Shore Park (501 Light Street) into a traditional indoor and outdoor German Christmas Market between Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23 and Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2017.
Enjoy Holiday sights and sounds with two Christmas Trees, thousands of twinkling lights, entertainment, live music on two stages, children’s activities, and 50+ vendors. Shop for high-quality, international and local gifts and decorations.
Warm up with a glass of warm mulled wine or hot chocolate while enjoying a variety of European food and drinks. Exciting additions for the season will include a new Thank You for Serving Weekend, new outdoor Santa’s workshop, new Ho Ho Happy Hour, new shopping vendors and other surprises. Christmas Village will also debut their Official Tree Lighting Ceremony in partnership with local schools and feature new decorations.
Now in its fifth season, Christmas Village in Baltimore has grown into one of the region’s most unique and charming holiday attractions. Authentic wooden huts, a huge heated tent, two Christmas Trees, and festive decorations will pop-up on West Shore Park, located in between the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Visitor Center. Christmas Village is located just steps away from popular holiday attractions like the PANDORA Ice Rink (Inner Harbor Amphitheater), and other popular Waterfront Holiday Happenings.
More than 50 local and international merchants are already busy preparing high-quality crafted gifts. Famous German vendor Käthe Wohlfahrt will return with thousands of ornaments, pyramids and limited-edition holiday decorations. With toys, apparel, jewelry, decorations, artwork and more, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s list.
Follow the smell of gingerbread and Schnitzel to a full menu of European food, sweets and drinks, including mouthwatering German Bratwurst, Hofbrau Beer, mulled wine, potato latke and other treats. Food and drinks can be enjoyed in one of the seating areas in the large heated tent. Look for a huge food variety this year, with something for everyone!
Special highlights and events for this season include:
- Grand Opening Ceremony featuring the original Christkind from Nuremberg, Germany on Saturday, November 25, 2017
- Twenty-one foot-tall outdoor Christmas Tree, illuminated during the Christmas Village Official Tree Lighting Ceremony; Children representing 14 Baltimore district schools will participate by individually decorating an ornament to be added to the tree NOTE
- Thank You for Serving Weekend, on December 16 and 17, will see the market partnering with the Baltimore Inner Harbor Police Department to honor Veterans and active service men and women in the Baltimore and Washington DC metro areas
- New and upgraded weekday events such as new Ho Ho Happy Hours on Thursdays, business lunches, wine tastings and more
- Santa will move to a brand-new outdoor wooden “workshop” hut, custom designed by a Christmas Village artist; children and pets are invited to take a photo with Santa at his new location at all times the market is openSchedule Summary:
First Day: Nov 23, 2017
Opening Event: Nov 25, 2017
Last Day: Dec 24, 2017
Closed: Nov 28, Dec 5 and 12, 2017 (first three Tuesdays)Hours:
Sunday through Thursday 11:00am to 7:00pm
Friday through Saturday 11:00am to 8:00pm
Thanksgiving Day 11:00am to 5:00pm
Christmas Eve 11:00am to 5:00pm
Admission is always FREE to the outdoor market. The heated festival tent will be FREE on opening weekend and $5 after that. Kids 18 and under are always free. On Baltimore’s “dollar or less” weekend, December 9-10, admission will be $1. Christmas Village’s website will also feature weekend discount coupons available for download.
For more information, and to spread early holiday cheer, follow on Twitter and on Facebook. Final vendor lists, food and drink menus, themed weekends, special event details and special promotions will be released on the website in mid-November.
About Christmas Village:
The Christmas Village in Baltimore is an authentic German Christmas market, located at the Inner Harbor. Since 2013 it is running from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Christmas Village in Baltimore is modeled after traditional German Christmas Markets. The most famous of which, is the Christkindlmarket in Nuremberg, Germany. The goods presented in timber booths include a rich variety of food and holiday gifts. At the market, you will find Christmas ornaments, arts and crafts, toys, sweets, and hot food and drinks. This is an event at which people can stroll around, meet friends, and enjoy live performances of Christmas music. Many festive events and special acts are to be expected every day.
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