Discover Holiday Delights at the Baltimore Christmas Village

Updated from 2017 with new dates and information for 2018. 

The festive Christmas Village in Baltimore is back for another year of shopping, holiday music, festive treats, and photos with Santa. This Christmas Village is an outdoor German Christmas market. It celebrates both vendors originally from Europe as well as local artisans. Grab your whole family and head up to Baltimore for a day trip of holiday shopping and eating.

The Christmas Village features an outdoor area and heated tent. The outdoor area is free to visit and includes several vendors, food options, and photos with Santa. Santa is located outside the tent so you can grab family photos with him without paying the admission fee. Inside, you’ll find even more vendors and food options. The tented area is $5 on weekends but children under 18 can visit the tent for free.

White Christmas Tree

The Baltimore Christmas Village is Bigger Than Ever

The Baltimore Christmas Village has extended beyond its location near the Visitor Center this year. Now, you’ll find a handful of vendors along the Inner Harbor Promenade. There is also a ferris wheel that overlooks the water. But hold on tight – this ride is a little speedy. 

In our opinion, the best part of the market is the food. Washington, DC and the surrounding area offers a number of Christmas markets but this is one of the few that offers an authentic taste of Germany and other areas of Europe. We just returned from Oktoberfest in Munich this year so we felt like we had an even better appreciation for it. Some of our favorite were the roasted nuts and the bratwurst topped with sauerkraut and a sweet tasting mustard.  

Bratwurst with sauerkraut
Bratwurst with sauerkraut

Weekend Events at the Baltimore Christmas Village 

The Baltimore Christmas Village is open every day until Christmas Eve but most weekends have special themes with extra events to celebrate the season. 

November 24-25: Join the market for opening weekend which includes a special visit from the original Christkind from Nurenberg accompanied by Baltimore city officials. She and Santa will be available for photos. 

December 1-2: Discover an especially big taste of Germany during German American Weekend. Enjoy traditional dances, songs, and treats this weekend. 

December 8: Mascot Weekend is new this year with sports teams and company mascots visiting from all over the Maryland. Head to the Baltimore Christmas Village at 2:00 pm for the mascot parade, followed by photo opportunities, and a dance off at 4:00 pm. 

December 15-16: This weekend honors all of our brave first responders. Free admission for all active service men and women and their families. There will also be opportunities to donate to service programs while you are visiting. 

Ho Ho Happy Hour: Every Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, stop by for $5 mulled wine and $4 select domestic drafts. 

The Christmas Village is located in the Inner Harbor through Christmas Eve. They are open 11:00 am to 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday as well as 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Sunday through Thursday. Find more on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@bmorechristmas).

Starburst lights at the Baltimore Christmas Village

Good For
Holiday shopping

Cost
Free to visit the outdoor area
Free weekdays and opening weekend (November 24-25) to visit the tent
$1 Days to visit the tent December 8-9
$5 to visit the tent on weekends (Free for children under 18)

Where
West Shore Park
501 Light Street

Getting There
The Christmas Village recommends parking at the Harbor Court Garage located at 30 East Lee Street for $8/day. Parking will need to be validated at the information booth to receive the deal. There is also street parking available nearby. 

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I'm Kelley Smith and I love sharing tips on how to best explore Washington, DC. I love pretty much anything I can eat plus really good beer and whiskey served by story telling bartenders. I also like sassy museum guides, photogenic architecture, and colorful urban gardens.

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