Special Events

Share the Holiday Cheer:

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

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 House

Santa 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!

Santa’s Break Times:
Monday – Thursday: Break 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: Break 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
December 12 – 23: Breaks 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
December 24: Break 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.



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 – departing at 6:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday – departing at  8:30 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

Starting Friday, December 12 there will be a second Holly Jolly Trolly on Friday and Saturday evenings departing at 8:30 p.m.


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.


New Year’s Eve Events

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

The annual Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular is presented by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.  Additional support is provided by Visit Baltimore, Southwest Vacations, All-Inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and Dominican Republic, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Greater Baltimore Committee, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and The Gallery.  WJZ-TV 13 is the media sponsor.


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.