Special Events


PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Harborplace Amphitheater
November 11 – January 16
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Break the ice at the PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, complete with a skate shack, rentals, concessions and entertainment, as well as special events like SkateFest, a learn-to-skate program and more.

National Aquarium’s Holiday 4-D Experience –
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D”

National Aquarium

November 11 – January 2
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The National Aquarium presents a magical twist on a holiday classic this winter, as the beloved animated movie “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D” debuts at the National Aquarium’s 4-D Immersion Theater. Guests can journey with Rudolph as he sets off on a series of funny and endearing adventures after being ousted from Christmas-town because of his bright and shining nose – meeting new friends the Abominable Snow Monster and Hermey the elf on the way. Tickets to the Aquarium’s 4-D films are just $5 and can be purchased with general admission online at aqua.org or at the admissions window.

Christmas Village
West Shore Park

November 24 – December 24
Sunday – Thursday, 11am-7pm
Friday & Saturday, 11am-8pm

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West Shore Park will be transformed into a traditional German Christmas Market, complete with more than 50 vendors selling traditional European crafts, arts, jewelry, holiday gifts, food, sweets & drinks. Special holiday-themed programming will take place each weekend. For more information visit www.baltimore-christmas.com

Gobble Cobble Turkey Trot 
MAC Harbor East

Harbor East
November 24, 8am
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Downtown Baltimore’s only Turkey Trot! Join MAC Harbor East and Falls Road Running for a 5k run thru the Baltimore Inner Harbor on Thanksgiving morning.

Pet Photos with Santa in Harbor East 

Harbor East
November 27, 12 – 4pm
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Harbor East and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) host the 4th Annual Pet Photos with Santa! Bring your furry friends to celebrate the holidays with complimentary pet photos (and yes, humans are welcome too!). Harbor East will provide on-site print outs of your pet photo as well as a link to download the digital file. Get into the spirit of giving by making a donation of pet food and/or toys to BARCS; volunteers will be on hand to collect your charitable donations to help animals in need of a little extra love this holiday season.

Merriment & Melodies in Harbor East 
Harbor East

Harbor East
Wednesdays: November 30, December 7, December 14
5:30pm – 9:00pm

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This holiday season, join Harbor East Wednesday evenings for a Holiday Music series featuring live music under the stars, complimentary sweets, wine & spirits sold street-side, shopping events & more!

Merriment & Melodies Kick-Off – Shop Harbor East & Get a Free Tree!

Harbor East
November 30, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
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Get a jump-start on your holiday list by shopping Harbor East – spend $200 at neighborhood retailers the first night of Merriment & Melodies and walk away with a free, full-sized Christmas Tree, compliments of Harbor East! Simply show your combined same-day receipts to a representative at the Harbor East tent. Limited quantities are available – shop early to claim your tree – stay late to enjoy live music & good cheer.

Saturday’s with Santa 

M&S Grill Atrium 

December 3, 10 and 17, 11am – 1pm
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Santa and holiday cheer! Stop by to take your own treasured holiday photographs with you, your family, and Santa.

Rock the Dock Family Holiday Bash 

Power Plant

December 3, 1 – 4pm
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This free, family-friendly event features live music, holiday stories, photos with Santa, holiday-themed arts and crafts, food, drinks, giveaways, and more!

Milk & Cookies Social in Harbor East
Courtyard Marriott Harbor East
December 7, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
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Families don’t miss the 5th Annual Milk & Cookies Social, a special event just for kids hosted by Harbor East and (cool) progeny. There will be milk & cookies, refreshments & lite fare for parents. Don’t forget to catch the sweet sounds of the Children’s Chorus of Maryland for a starlight performance of favorite holiday songs. RSVP in advance for this FREE kids crafts and activity fair.

Late Night Skate with Insomnia Cookies 

PANDORA Ice Rink

December 7, 8:00 – 10:00pm
January 4, 8:00 – 10:00pm
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  • Insomnia Cookies for the first 100 people
  • Hot chocolate and milk*
    *While supplies last.



DIY Cookie Cutter Workshop 

Maryland Science Center

December 10, 10:30am – 12:30pm
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Join the Maryland Science Center this fall for their Food Science Workshop Series. Each workshop will include hands-on instruction, supplies, and a finished product to be taken home. On this day, staff will teach participants how to bend metal and make food-safe cookie cutters by bending metal. Cost is $15 per person. There is no member discount for workshop programs. All supplies and museum admission are included. The workshop is designed for ages 10 and up, anyone under 16 must participate with an adult. Advance registration and payment required.

Harbor Point Winter Social
Harbor Point Central Plaza (1310 Point Street)
December 10, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
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Waterfront Partnership and Harbor Point are teaming up to host the inaugural Harbor Point Winter Social. Celebrate the holiday season and the very first community event at Harbor Point. Join family and friends under a canopy of lights at this family-friendly event. Enjoy waterfront views, classic holiday treats, live music, cookie decorating and crafts, and much more! This event is free to attend. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided, free of charge, with an additional cash bar that includes festive drink options and beer. The Harbor Point Winter Social will take place rain or shine.

Merriment & Melodies Finale & Harbor East Cookie Tour 

Harbor East
December 14, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
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The final night of Merriment & Melodies concludes with a Cookie Tour throughout Harbor East! Each neighborhood shop will feature a unique bite-sized holiday confection – so grab a sweet and get your Cookie Passport stamped! Return completed passports in for a festive seasonal giveaway.

Inner Harbor Frost Fest 
PANDORA Ice Rink

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
January 11, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
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  • Live music
  • Festive kid’s craft*
  • Hot chocolate bar*

*While supplies last.

Scenes from the Nutcracker Skate by The Next Ice Age

PANDORA Ice Rink

December 15, 7pm
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Live performance of scenes from The Nutcracker performed by The Next Ice Age.

32nd Annual Merry Tuba Christmas
Harborplace Amphitheater

December 17, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Over 100 festively dressed tuba players will capture the spirit of the holiday as they blend their unique styles, rhythms, and progressions for all to enjoy.

12 Days of Science
Maryland Science Center
December 22 – January 2
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12 Days of Science begins December 22 and features a different theme every day through January 2. Drop in workshops, live demonstrations, and hands-on building will be happening throughout the Science Center while at home activities take over our website and social media. Our annual Midnight Noon celebration will take place on New Year’s Eve as Grammy nominated band Milkshake celebrates the New Year with us.

Inner Harbor Frost Fest 

PANDORA Ice Rink

January 11, 6:00 – 8:00pm
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  • Live music
  • Snowmen ice sculpture photo station
  • Festive kid’s craft*
  • Hot chocolate bar*
    *While supplies last.

SkateFest Benefiting Special Olympics Maryland 

PANDORA Ice Rink

January 5, 8:00 – 10:00pm
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For a $5 donation you will receive admission and skate rental. Additional donations are welcomed, with all proceeds collected going to Special Olympics of Maryland. The event will feature:

  • Festive music
  • Skating “Beary White”
  • Refreshments*
  • Giveaways*
    *While supplies last.

 

New Year’s Eve Events

New Year’s Eve Spectacular 

Baltimore Inner Harbor
December 31, 9pm – 12:30am
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Be part of a giant holiday celebration with a night of music, the official countdown to 2017 and an amazing, colorful midnight fireworks display.

New Year’s Eve at Power Plant 

Power Plant
December 31, 9pm – 1am
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Ring in 2017 in style at Power Plant Live! This year’s all-inclusive NYE ticket includes drinks and gourmet food from 9pm-1am, DJ performances, themed party favors, laser shows, dancing, and a huge midnight celebration.

Midnight Noon 

Maryland Science Center

December 31, 10am – 2pm
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Does the ball drop after your bedtime? Not this year! Ring in the New Year at the Maryland Science Center! Join us for our 9th annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Midnight Noon, where children can enjoy the ball drop before bedtime. There will be fun New Year’s festivities throughout the day, including a live concert by popular kids band Milkshake. Their Grammy-nominated tunes will keep you dancing throughout the day. The entire Science Center will be open and ready for you to explore. All activities are FREE with paid admission, and free to members.