Have Yourself a Very Charmed Christmas

Looking to do something festive around Baltimore as we lead up to Christmas? Here are some fun ideas:

Thursday December 5th – Monument Lighting – Be sure to check out this Baltimore tradition in Mt. Vernon. Pre-event festivities take place at 5PM, including a style stroll around to all the local shops. The official ceremony begins at 6PM with the official lighting and fireworks at 7:45PM.

Friday December 6th through Sunday December 8th – Olde Tyme Christmas in Fells Point – Enjoy a traditional holiday market, breakfast with St. Nick, horse sleigh rides, an eggnog contest and more. Also, on Saturday night, there will be the Parade of Lighted Boats running from the Inner Harbor to Fells Point. The parade is scheduled for 6PM.

Sunday December 8th – Mayor’s Annual Chirstmas Parade – This 2.5 mile route runs through Medfield and Hampden, featuring Santa himself, marching units, motorcycles, floats and more.

Saturday December 14th – Jingle Bell Run If all the holiday parties, food and drinks have gotten you feeling a bit out of it, head to Canton for a 5K on the 14th! Beneficial to your waistline and to fighting arthritis.

Saturday December 14th – Santa Shuffle – Perhaps shuffling is more your speed, the 5th Annual Santa Shuffle is a charity bar crawl Santa costume competition. Shuffle through Federal Hill enjoying various specials and voting on the best costume while also raising money for local families and children in need.

Saturday December 14th – Holiday Heap – This art market gathers some of the best crafters from around the area featuring handmade jewelry, art, paper goods, apparel and more. Be prepared for crowds, but it is worth it to get a one of kind gift for someone you care about (or hey, something for yourself).

Now through Christmas Eve – The Christmas Village in Baltimore – A temporary Christmas Village that transforms West Shore Park into a traditional German Christmas Market, complete with gifts to buy, mulled wine, carolers and German food.

Now through New Years – Miracle on 34th Street – This isn’t a city run thing, this doesn’t profit or raise money, it is just a bunch of neighbors who decided to get together and decorate for Christmas and they have been doing it ever since. One of the best traditions around town that brings people from all over to check out the amazingly tacky decorations. And this is coming from someone that lives within a block away and isn’t complaining about the traffic or tourists (or at least not yet, it is only 5 nights in…) Either way, you should come check it out and be sure to then venture to 36th street to partake in a beverage or meal at a local establishment. Come back for New Years for their very own ball drop, Baltimore style.

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