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.


Santa’s Arrival & Craft Workshop
McKeldin Plaza & Harborplace Amphitheater 
November 21 – 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join the merriment and take part in Santa’s arrival at the Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink – located at McKeldin Plaza. Holiday décor, ice skating, holiday music, and costumed characters will come together as Santa makes his way to his home at the Harborplace Amphitheater.


Thanksgiving Eve Homecoming Bar Crawl
Power Plant Live!
November 26 – 8:00 a.m.


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 – 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


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


Hoppy Holiday’s Beer Festival
Power Plant Live!
December 13


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


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

Grab your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors and head to the Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink at the Inner Harbor! The rink will be open daily, with special programming and events happening throughout the season. Admission is $9 for adults and $7 for children. Skate rental is $3 – or bring your own pair of skates. For operating hours and special programming visit: www.InnerHarborIceRink.org.


Santas HouseSanta Photos & Santa’s Place Light Shows
Harborplace Amphitheater
November 21 – December 24
Monday – Saturday – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday – 11:00 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.


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