Discover Holiday Delights at the Baltimore Christmas Village

The festive Christmas Village in Baltimore is back for another year of shopping, holiday music, festive treats, and photos with Santa. This year’s media event was extra special for me because this was my very first media event as a new blogger back in 2014. I look forward to writing about this event each year and was so disappointed when the market couldn’t open in 2020. But the village is back this year for holiday fun! 

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 a heated tent. The outdoor area is free to visit and includes several vendors, food options, and photos with Santa on weekend afternoons. 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. Plus, don’t miss Kathe Wohlfahrt featuring Christmas decorations and ornaments from Germany. 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

This year, the Baltimore Christmas Village continues to extend beyond the original location near the Visitor Center. You’ll find many vendors along the Inner Harbor Promenade. The Ferris wheel that overlooks the water is also back for another year. But hold on tight – this ride is a little speedy.  New for this year, you’ll find an expanded food section as well as a merry-go-round. 

The larger-than-life Christmas tower is in the center of it all. The tower is more than just a beautiful site – it is also a Christmas bar. The Baltimore Christmas Village has always been known for hot chocolate and mulled wine but the tower makes things extra special. The mulled wine comes in flavors like red, white, blueberry, and cherry. Plus, you can also order kid-friendly mulled wine, a hot toddy, and Irish coffee for the first time!

In my opinion, the best part of the market is the food. Washington, DC, and the surrounding area offer a number of Christmas markets but this is one of the few that offers an authentic taste of Germany and other areas of Europe. There is a full grill offering bratwursts and the loved Raclette melted cheese is back! Plus, don’t miss sweet treats from other vendors like roast nuts and chocolates.

Get a Jump on Christmas Shopping

This is a great spot to find over 50 vendors with authentic Christmas gifts from both overseas and local vendors. You’ll find everything from warm clothes to ornaments to games and more. Some of my favorite vendors are Cynful Bliss, alcohol infused desserts named after the 7 deadly sins, and JD’s House of Bacon, a bacon shop that started in Orioles Park. Plus, don’t miss my friend Tori selling colorful city maps under her new name Terratorie (formally Cherry Blossom Creative). 

Weekend Events at the Baltimore Christmas Festival

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

December 4-5: Join the village for a family day filled with activities specifically for the little ones. 

December 11-12: Discover an especially big taste of Germany during German American Weekend. Enjoy traditional dances, songs, and treats this weekend. 

Beer and Wine Tastings: Wednesday – Friday plus every day the week of Christmas, head to the village for flights at select times

Santa: Santa will visit the Christmas Village every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 7:00 pm. He can be found inside the heated tent and is available for holiday photos.

The Christmas Village is open from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Daily market hours will be Friday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve hours are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Christmas Village will be closed Nov 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th; Dec 6, 7, 13, 14, 2021. Find more on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@bmorechristmas).

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[…] Baltimore Christmas Village: No 2020 update yet but this festival is expected to open for the 2020 season with precautions in mind. Head to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor November 28 to December 24 for a beautiful winter wonderland modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany. Enjoy a giant tree and hundreds of festive lights. Vendors will be selling ornaments, jewelry, art, holiday sweets, and more! Closed November 25- 27 and December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17. Read about our visit.  […]