A Baltimore Christmas Eight ways to celebrate the season all month long!

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Photo Courtesy of Waterfront Partnership

Pet Photos with Santa

Saturday, the Maryland SPCA’s Urbanites invite you and your furry four-legged friends to take photos with Saint Nick. For a donation of $5 or more, you and Fluffy can pose with the bearded guy in red. The SPCA is also holding a toy drive for their pets. Take a peek at their Amazon wish list for an idea of what they most need.

Dec. 5 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Maryland SPCA


12 Bars of Charity

This weekend, rally your troops for the holiday bar crawl that gives back. Score deals like half-priced drinks at any of the 12 different participating bars while raising money for eight area charities and organizations—like the Maryland Zoo and the March of Dimes.

Saturday, Dec. 5 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Check-in at Power Plant Live


Sounds of the Season

For the next few weekends, the waterfront promenade will not only look like Christmas, but also sound like it. Carolers will be spreading Christmas cheer and serenading passersby with holiday classics.

Saturdays, through Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Waterfront Promenade


MICA Art Market

Discover one of a kind work by emerging and established artists and designers during MICA’s holiday market. Shop handcrafted goods: paintings, sculptures, stationary, T-shirts, toys and more. Bonus: A portion of the proceeds funds scholarships for MICA students.

Dec. 9 through Dec. 12

Brown Center

Free Admission 

Santa’s Holly Jolly Harborplace Home

Throughout this month you can catch the North Pole’s MVP in his Baltimore residence, where you can create timeless photo memories and, you know, get in those last minute gift requests.

Through Dec. 24



Miracle on 34th Street

The rowhomes of Hampden’s 34th street are all aglow. What started as one man’s Christmas tree has turned into a neighborhood-wide lighting display. Rowhomes covered in twinkling lights, life-size Santas beaming from yards, an illuminated Mr. Boh, glowing records and more, attract thousands every year. Be prepared for some traffic—we recommend viewing on foot.

Evenings through January 1st

34th Street in Hampden


Christmas Village

German Christmas has transformed the Inner Harbor’s West Shore Park into a European Christmas Village. Stay warm under a heated festival tent while shopping 50 vendors; gaze upon a “majestic” Christmas tree; dine on brats; visit the beer garden.

Through Dec. 27.

Inner Harbor West Shore Park

 Adults $5 ; children (ages three through 18) $3; $1 on dollar-or-less days and free on weekdays

PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Last month, the PANDORA Ice Rink opened at the Inner Harbor, boasting a 6,000-square-foot rink (bigger than last year’s) and offering everything from private parties to morning skate lessons. Skate away a Saturday afternoon—or with the rink’s extended holiday hours, glide into the 2016 with a (shivering) smile.

Through Jan. 18

Inner Harbor Amphitheatre

Adults $9 ; children $7 (plus a $4 skate rental)

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