The holidays are officially here and the new year is quickly approaching! We've included a few family-friendly holiday events happening in Baltimore this year that you can still enjoy. Take advantage of all that Baltimore has to offer this time of year—below, we've included a list of some highly recommended 2016 holiday events taking place in Baltimore!
Christmas Village in Baltimore: An Authentic German Christmas
Located at West Shore Park/Inner Harbor
Open through Christmas Eve (December 24th, 2016). Hours: Sun - Thur 11am - 7pm & Fri - Sat 11am - 8pm
Featuring over 50 booths with European food and tons of international holiday gifts, the Christmas Village in Baltimore's Inner Harbor is the perfect opportunity to get in the holiday spirit! Modeled after classic holiday markets in Europe (dating back to the Middle Ages), this festive opportunity is fun whether you buy something or just want to walk around and take in the scene!
*Cover photo courtesy of the Christmas Village in Baltimore Facebook page
Photo courtesy of BaltimoreChanukahFestival.com
Baltimore Chanukah Festival
Located at McKeldin Square, Inner Harbor
December 25, 2016 – 1st Day/2nd Night of Chanukah - 2pm
Join in on an entire day of Chanukah festivities! Starting at 2pm, a Chanukah Wonderland offers activities for all ages, at 4:30pm the grand menorah lighting will take place, and afterwards you can enjoy live music and a kosher food truck. Plus, on December 26 at 6pm, don't miss out on the Chanukah Car Parade. Click here for the parade route!
Photo courtesy of the Waterfront Partnership Facebook page
Pandora's Ice Rink
Located at 201 E Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202 (Top of the Amphitheater, Inner Harbor between the Harborplace Pavilion)
Pandora's Ice Rink is a hub of holiday action in Baltimore's Inner Harbor! Not only can you go ice skating in the midst of wintry lights and decorations, but there's also special events happening well into January.
Photo courtesy of the B&O Railroad Museum website
B&O's Magical Holiday Express
Located at 901 West Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21223
Open December 3 - December 31 & January 2, Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm / Sunday, 11am-4pm (Museum closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year's Day)
Each week at the B&O Museum in December brings a special new holiday theme! Enjoy holiday festivities, train displays, and a winter wonderland filled with activities.
Photo courtesy of the Maryland Science Center Facebook page
12 Days of Science at the Maryland Science Center
Located at 601 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
Open December 22 - January 2 (Click here to see holiday hours)
Starting on December 22, the 12 Days of Science features a new theme every single day until January 2nd! Enjoy and learn from workshops, live demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and more! Journey to the arctic, do experiments with hot chocolate... the fun goes on!
Photo courtesy of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum Facebook page
50th Anniversary of Kwanzaa Celebration at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Located at 830 E. Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202
Friday, December 30, 12:00 pm
This year, enjoy an entire afternoon celebrating Kwanzaa! Enjoy an African marketplace, research family historic, do Kwanzaa crafts, watch a drum call and candle lighting ceremony, attend workshops, and much more! Be sure to RSVP here!
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