Special Events

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year on the Baltimore waterfront with merriment, free, fun-filled festivities and bountiful good cheer! From mid-November through the end of December, we’re making it a holiday season you and your family will always remember. It’s a wonderful life… on the waterfront.


Holiday Events

Harbor East’s Window Wonderland: The Unveiling Event
Harbor East
November 19 – 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join Harbor East for an evening full of holiday jolly and the unveiling of Window Wonderland, a month-long holiday arts exhibit featuring storefronts decorated for the season by some of the region’s finest artists. The streets & boutiques alkie will be filled with carolers, refreshments and fun including stilit walkers, acrobats and more! Families, don’t miss the “Milk & Cookies Social” just for kids including  holiday activities from 5:30-7:30pm in the lobby of The MAC, hosted by Harbor East & (cool) progeny.


Santa’s Arrival
McKeldin Plaza & Harborplace Amphitheater 
November 21 – 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.

Santa’s arrival on ice! Be one of the first 100 children, 14 and under, to register to become a “Mini VIP” at the Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink! Registration includes free skating*, a holiday themed treat, and signature rink souvenir to help welcome Santa and his guests! Lace up at the Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink, experience breathtaking skating performances by The Next Ice Age, and welcome Santa and his friends from around the Inner Harbor as he parades from the Ice Rink to his home for the season at the Amphitheatre!

To register, please click here.

Event is free to attend and open to the general public, registration for free skating and holiday giveaways is limited to 100 children. One child per registration.

*Free skating for first 100 children registered includes one (1) skate pass and skate rental. Smallest skates available are a youth size 9.

The Next Ice Age is a dance company on ice which was founded in 1988 in Baltimore. The company has performed locally and world wide for 26 years including 2 well attended seasons at he Kennedy Center as well as the American Dance Festival. For more information visit their website thenexticeage.org.


Thanksgiving Eve Homecoming Bar Crawl
Power Plant Live!
November 26 – 7:00 p.m.

Get together with friends and family for the biggest social night of the year! Celebrate Thanksgiving Eve at Power Plant Live! and enjoy all-inclusive drinks and all-access to Power Plant Live!’s bars and clubs. Tickets can be purchased at www.missiontix.com/turkeyeve.


Gobble Cobble Turkey Trot
MAC Harbor East
November 27 – 8:00 a.m.

Join MAC Harbor East and Falls Road Running for a 7k turkey trot in downtown Baltimore on Thanksgiving morning! For more information visit www.baltimorerunning.com.


National Aquarium’s Holiday Celebration
National Aquarium
December 5 – 5:00 p.m.

The National Aquarium’s annual “Holiday Celebration,” taking place on Dec. 5, will feature festive music and dance performances from around the world. The Knott Harbor View Room and Blue Wonders will transform into a holiday village with live music, crafts and appearances from two very special visitors—Santa and the Polar Express Train Conductor. Guest can enjoy special Kwanzaa and Hanukkah displays while munching on seasonal treats and sipping on hot chocolate, regular or spiked (for the 21+ crowd) for purchase.


31st Annual Merry Tuba Christmas
Harborplace Amphitheater 
December 6 – 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Over 200 festively dressed tuba and euphonium players will capture the spirit of the holiday as they blend their unique styles, rhythms, and progressions for all to enjoy.


Dollar Days
Maryland Science Center, National Aquarium, Top of the World, The Christmas Village
December 6 & 7 – all day

Visit the Science Center, National Aquarium, Top of the World and The Christmas Village on December 6th and 7th for just $1 at each location. Tickets must be purchased onsite at each attraction. For additional Dollar or Less Days participants please visit godowntownbaltimore.com.


4th Annual Rock the Dock Family Holiday Bash
December 13 – 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Power Plant Building

The Power Plant’s 4th Annual “Rock the Dock” Family Holiday Bash will feature live music, holiday-themed arts & crafts, ornament making, cookie decorating, face painting, holiday storytelling, train rides along the promenade, a moon bounce, surprise guests, and so much more!

Make sure you arrive early and get your FREE photo with Santa. Power Plant restaurants will be sampling soups and other offerings sure to keep you and your family warm, cozy and in the holiday spirit.

Don’t forget to “enter to win” over $1,000 in giveaways and prizes. This event is FREE and open to the public. Sections of the event will be tented and heated, but please dress warmly.

The first 100 families to RSVP will receive free parking. Others who RSVP by December 6th will receive $5 validated parking at the Pier V garage (while supplies last/ one parking voucher per family).

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Pet Photo’s with Santa
Harbor East – Katyn Circle
December 14 – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fidos and ferrets alike can pose with the big guy as Harbor East hosts Pet  Photos with Santa! Join Harbor East Sunday from 1-4pm on the circle at President Street for holiday photos and fun. Help support animals in need with a pet food donation to BARCS – The Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter.


New Year’s Eve Events


New Year’s Eve at Power Plant Live!
Power Plant Live!
December 31

Ring in 2015 in style at Power Plant Live! Premium top shelf open bar, gourmet foods, all access to every bar and nightclub and a huge midnight celebration.


Midnight Noon
Maryland Science Center
December 31 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Ring in the New Year at the Maryland Science Center! Or should we say, Noon Year? Join us for the 7th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Midnight Noon, where children can enjoy the ball drop before bedtime.


New Year’s Eve Spectacular
Baltimore Inner Harbor
Tuesday, December 31 – 9:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Be part of a giant holiday celebration with a night of music, the official countdown to 2015 and an amazing, colorful midnight fireworks display!


Ongoing Holiday Events


Polar Express 4-D Experience
National Aquarium
November 14, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Join a doubting young boy on “The Polar Express 4-D Experience” as he takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.


HE 1Harbor East Window Wonderland
Harbor East
November 19, 2014 – January 1, 2015 – all day

See the city side walks come alive as Harbor East presents Window Wonderland – A Holiday Arts Exhibit November 19 – January 1! Various shops and restaurants around the neighborhood will feature holiday windows decorated by some of the area’s most talented local artists.



Inner Harbor Ice Rink
Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
McKeldin Plaza
November 21, 2014 – January 19, 2015

Go for a spin, break the ice, spice up date night, teach your children to skate, and get fit all at the Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink. The rink will be open daily, with special programming and events happening throughout the season. Admission is $9 for adults and $7 for seniors (55 and older), children (under 10), and members of the military. Skate rental is $3 – or bring your own park of skates.


Santas HouseSanta Photos & Santa’s Place Light Shows
Harborplace Amphitheater
November 21 – December 11
Monday – Saturday – 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday – 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
December 12 – 23: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Santa, shopping & holiday cheer!




Christmas Village
West Shore Park
November 27 – December 24 – all day

West Shore Park will be transformed into a traditional German Christmas Market, complete with more than 40 vendors selling traditional European crafts, arts, jewelry, holiday gifts, food, sweets & drinks. Special holiday themed programming will take place each weekend.


The Holly Jolly Trolley
Pier 5 Hotel, 711 Eastern Avenue
November 28 – December 21
Friday, Saturday & Sunday – departs at 6:30 p.m.

Step aboard the holiday trolley and enjoy the splendor of Baltimore’s holiday lights beginning in the Inner Harbor. Tickets must be purchased in advance at http://bit.ly/BMoreTrolley


Hot Chocolate Happy Hour
Harbor East
December 2, 9, 16
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate “shots” and sweets street-side, courtesy of Whole Foods Harbor East, while you check off your holiday shopping list!


Seasons Eatings
Baltimore Visitor Center
December 12 – 21, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Baltimore’s top chefs share their holiday cooking secrets. For more info visit Baltimore.org.


Arts and Crafts with J
Baltimore Visitor Center
December 13 & 27
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join the staff at the Baltimore Visitor Center to learn fun things about Baltimore, Maryland, special moments in history and national holidays. All activities are free and open to the public.


12 Days of Holiday-Themed Science

Maryland Science Center
December 20-31 – All Day

Deck the halls, journey to the Arctic, build a winter wonderland—there’s something new happening every day this holiday season at the Maryland Science Center.