Special Events


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

PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Harborplace Amphitheater
November 13 – January 18
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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 – The Polar Express
National Aquarium
November 13 – January 3
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Ring in the holiday season with the magic and wonder of The Polar Express in 4-D at the National Aquarium! Feel the gentle snowfall, smell hot cocoa in the air and see images leap from the screen as you experience a skeptical young boy’s extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. Follow along as he embarks on an epic journey of self-discovery and learns that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Tickets to the Aquarium’s 4-D films are just $5 and can be purchased with general admission online at aqua.org.

Santa’s Harborplace Holly-Jolly Holiday Home
Light Street Pavilion & Promenade
November 20 – December 24, Monday – Saturday 12pm – 7pm (break 3pm – 4pm), Sunday 12pm – 6pm (break 2:30pm – 3:30pm), Closed for Thanksgiving (11/26), Special extended hours: December 11 – 23, Monday – Sunday 10am – 8pm (break: 12pm – 12:45pm and 3:45pm – 4:30pm), Christmas Eve 10am – 6pm (break 2:30pm – 3:30pm)
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Santa, shopping, and holiday cheer! Stop by for those treasured holiday photographs with you, your family, and Santa. Visit www.harborplace.com for additional information, hours, and pricing.

Christmas Village
West Shore Park
November 26 – December 27
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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. For more information visit www.baltimore-christmas.com

Holly Jolly Trolley Lights Tour
Marriott Waterfront Hotel
December 4 – January 3
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Step aboard the Holley Jolly Trolley with the sounds of the holidays playing. Sit back and enjoy the splendor of Baltimore’s holiday lights beginning in Harbor East, Baltimore’s upscale shopping and restaurant district. The Holly Jolly Trolley will then take a quick drive up to Hampden to see the world famous 34th Street annual Christmas Festival of Lights that has become a must see tradition over the years. On the way back to the Inner Harbor, you will pass the decorated first monument to George Washington in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood and then off to other holiday traditions all decked out in lights for the holiday season. The trolley runs ThursdaySunday at 6:00pm and 8:30pm. Pick-up and drop-off are located at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

Pajama Skate
PANDORA Ice Rink
November 22, 12pm – 2pm
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Come dressed in your warmest, funniest, wackiest (think ugly sweater) holiday pajamas for a chance to win a gift certificate from the Rusty Scupper.

Gobble Cobble Turkey Trot
MAC Harbor East
November 26, 8am
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Join MAC Harbor East and Falls Road Running for a 7k turkey trot in downtown Baltimore on Thanksgiving morning!

Sounds of the Season – Saturday Afternoon Serenades
Harborplace Light Street Pavilion Promenade
November 28, 1pm – 3pm

Carolers and merry music-makers will be strolling the Waterfront to entertain and put you in a festive holiday mood.

Pet Photos with Santa in Harbor East
Harbor East
November 29, 12pm – 4pm
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Harbor East and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) host the 3rd Annual Pet Photos with Santa! Sunday, November 29th from 12-4PM bring your furry friends to celebrate the holidays with complimentary pet photos. We will provide on-site print outs of your pet photo, as well as a link to download the digital file after the event (and yes, humans are welcomed, too!). Get into the spirit of giving by making a donation of pet food and toys to BARCS; staff 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
December 2, 5:30pm – 9pm
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Join us for starlight performances from Baltimore’s brightest choral groups, street entertainment, complimentary sweets and shopping events Wednesday nights in December. Featuring melodies by: Pride of Baltimore Chorus (12/2), Children’s Chorus of Maryland (12/9) and Heart of Maryland Chorus (12/16). Shop merrily, give blissfully at Harbor East this holiday season!

Sounds of the Season – Saturday Afternoon Serenades
Harborplace Light Street Pavilion Promenade
December 5, 1pm – 3pm

Carolers and merry music-makers will be strolling the Waterfront to entertain and put you in a festive holiday mood.

Dollar or Less Days
December 5 & 6
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Visit the Science Center, National Aquarium, Top of the World and the Christmas Village for just $1 at each location. Tickets must be purchased onsite at each location.

Inner Harbor Frost Fest
PANDORA Ice Rink
December 8, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
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  • Live music by Tongue in Cheek
  • Festive kid’s craft*
  • Hot chocolate bar*
  • Pork n’Pine Christmas tree sales and raffle (raffle proceeds to benefit the Canton Water Wheel)

*While supplies last.

Merriment & Melodies in Harbor East
Harbor East
December 9, 5:30pm – 9pm
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Join us for starlight performances from Baltimore’s brightest choral groups, street entertainment, complimentary sweets and shopping events Wednesday nights in December. Featuring melodies by: Children’s Chorus of Maryland (12/9) and Heart of Maryland Chorus (12/16). Shop merrily, give blissfully at Harbor East this holiday season!

Milk & Cookies Social at MAC Harbor East
MAC Harbor East
December 9, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
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Families don’t miss this special event just for kids including holiday activities in the lobby of The MAC, hosted by Harbor East & (cool) progeny.

Sounds of the Season – Saturday Afternoon Serenades
Harborplace Light Street Pavilion Promenade
December 12, 1pm – 3pm

Carolers and merry music-makers will be strolling the Waterfront to entertain and put you in a festive holiday mood.

Rock the Dock Family Holiday Bash
Power Plant
December 12, 3pm – 6pm

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

Character Skate
PANDORA Ice Rink
December 13, 12pm – 2pm
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  • Live performance by The Next Ice Age
  • Skating with The Next Ice Age & various Characters

Merriment & Melodies in Harbor East
Harbor East
December 16, 5:30pm – 9pm
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Join us for starlight performances from Baltimore’s brightest choral groups, street entertainment, complimentary sweets and shopping events Wednesday nights in December. Featuring melodies by Heart of Maryland Chorus. Shop merrily, give blissfully at Harbor East this holiday season!

31st Annual Merry Tuba Christmas
Harborplace Amphitheater
December 19, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

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.

12 Days of Science
Maryland Science Center
December 20 – 31
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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. Starting December 20th and continuing right up to the annual Midnight Noon Celebration, guests will enjoy special themed activities all throughout the building.

Pajama Skate
PANDORA Ice Rink
January 10, 12pm – 2pm
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Come dressed in your warmest, funniest, wackiest (think ugly sweater) holiday pajamas for a chance to win a gift certificate from the Rusty Scupper.

Character Skate
PANDORA Ice Rink
January 17, 12pm – 2pm
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  • Live performance by The Next Ice Age
  • Skating with The Next Ice Age & various Characters

SkateFest Benefiting Special Olympics Maryland
PANDORA Ice Rink
January 11 (Rain Date: January 13), 6pm – 8pm
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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 2016 and an amazing, colorful midnight fireworks display.

New Year’s Eve at Power Plant Live!
Power Plant Live!
December 31, 9pm – 1am
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Ring in 2016 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, 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 8th annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Midnight Noon, where children can enjoy the ball drop before bed time. Crafts will be available from 10am-2pm while supplies last. Guests can look forward to constructing noise makers, building a snow globe, and making party favors. The festivities continue with the sounds of popular kids band Milkshake as they take the stage at 11:30am. 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. Box office opens at 10:00am the day of this event or you can purchase tickets online. You do not need to RSVP for this event. For more information, please call 410-545-5980. Food will be available for purchase in Elements Café on the day of the event.