Christmas Village In Baltimore Sails Into Inner Harbor For 5th Anniversary Season
Christmas Village in Baltimore will again transform West Shore Park (501 Light Street) into a traditional indoor and outdoor German Christmas Market, open between Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23 and Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2017.
The Baltimore and DC metro regions are invited to 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 the great 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.
"Christmas Village cannot wait for Baltimore's holiday season to start," said Christmas Village Project Manager Nancy Schmalz. "We are excited to introduce many new holiday surprises for our guests, including brand new decorations, a new outdoor workshop for Santa and a brand new Tree Lighting Ceremony. Our team also looks forward to honoring our veterans, and our active service men and women, with a special Thank You for Serving Weekend!"
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. It's the most wonderful time of year on the Baltimore Waterfront, as 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 the 2017 season will 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 open
Christmas Village in Baltimore's outdoor area is always free for admission. Admission for the heated festival tent is free on the opening weekend. For all other weekends, admission to the festival tent is five dollars for adults 18 and over, while kids under 18 can enter for free. For Baltimore's Dollar or Less Weekend, on December 9 and 10, visitors will enjoy $1 admission. Christmas Village's website will also feature weekend discount coupons available for download.
For more information, and to spread early holiday cheer, follow @bmorechristmas on Twitter and Instagram, like Christmas Village in Baltimore on Facebook and visit www.baltimore-christmas.com. Final vendor lists, food and drink menus, themed weekends, special event details and special promotions will be released on the website in mid-November.