Discover Holiday Delights at the Baltimore Christmas Village

Updated from 2017 with new dates and information for 2019. 

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

Last year, The Baltimore Christmas Village extended beyond its location near the Visitor Center this year. Now, you’ll find a handful of 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. 

Brand new this year, is the larger than life Christmas tower 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 this year there is so much more. 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 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. There is a full grill offering bratwurtsts 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. Two of our favorite new vendors this year 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.

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. 

December 7-8: Discover an especially big taste of Germany during German American Weekend. Enjoy traditional dances, songs, and treats this weekend. 

December 14-15: 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. Donations will be collected for Mascots for a Cure and A Moment of Magic, helping fight childhood cancer and kids with other medical vulnerabilities.

December 21-22: 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 $2 off mulled wine and beer. 

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 November 25, 26, 27 and December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 2019. Find more on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@bmorechristmas).

Good For
Holiday shopping

Cost
Free to visit the outdoor area
Free weekdays to visit the tent
$1 Days to visit the tent December 7-8
$5 to visit the tent on weekends (Free for children under 18)

Where
Inner Harbor
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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