Events in and around Baltimore


Family Zoo Snooze

What: Join the Maryland Zoo staff for an educational night under the stars or inside Penguin Coast.

When: September - December

Where: Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

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The Lion King

What: Disney's The Lion King comes to life with music, fantastic costumes, and a performance that's fun for the whole family

When: November 16 - 22, 24 - 26, 28 - 30; December 1 - 3, 5 -10

Where: The Hippodrome Theatre

More info: The Lion King


Lights on the Bay

What: Annual holiday light show featuring a two mile scenic drive along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay

When: November 18 - January 1

Where: Sandy Point State Park

More info: Lights on the Bay


Christmas Village in Baltimore

What: Features 50 vendors selling authentic European food, ornaments and arts & crafts from all over the world

When: November 23 - December 24

Where: Inner Harbor

More info: Christmas Village


Gobble Cobble Turkey Trot

What: Enjoy a festive 5K through the Inner Harbor before you eat your Thanksgiving meal

When: Thursday, November 23

Where: MAC Harbor East

More info: Turkey Trot

Festival of Trees

What: Family-friendly holiday event featuring hundreds of decorated trees, wreaths, and gingerbread house

When: November 24 - 26

Where: Maryland State Fairgrounds

More info: Festival of Trees


Miracle on 34th Street

What: The quirky unique light display is lit up for the holidays.

When: November 25 - December 31

Where: Hampden

More info: Miracle on 34th Street



What: American Visionary Art Museum's holiday art market features hundreds of original creations by more than 40 artists

When: November 25, 26

Where: American Visionary Art Museum 

More info: Bazaart


The Polar Express Train Ride

What: Immerse yourself in the classic children's book and take a journey to the North Pole

When: Saturday, November 25

Where: B&O Railroad Museum

More info: Polar Express Train Ride


Middle River Lighted Boat Parade

What: A parade of boats decked out for the holidays.

When: Saturday, November 25

Where: Baltimore Boating Center

More info: Lighted Boat Parade


12 Hours of Christmas

What: Enjoy hours of shopping on Main Street

When: Friday, December 1

Where: Sykesville Main Street

More info: 12 Hours of Christmas


Old Tyme Christmas

What: A traditional Christmas celebration for the whole family

When: Saturday, December 2

Where: Fells Point Main Street

More info: Old Tyme Christmas


Baltimore Inner Harbor Half Marathon

What: Holiday themed-race includes a half marathon, 10K, and 5K

When: Saturday, December 2

Where: Canton Waterfront Park

More info: Inner Harbor Half Marathon


Patterson Park 5K, Fun Run, and Homebrew Tasting

What: The day will be packed with various activities, including a 5K (strollers and dogs welcome!), 1-mile fun run, beer garden, homebrew tasting, and live music.

When: Saturday, December 2

Where: Patterson Park

More info: 5K and Homebrew Tasting


Chocolate Binge Festival

What: A day to celebrate chocolate

When: Sunday, December 3

Where: Main Street and Calvert Street, Annapolis

More info: Chocolate Binge Festival


Mayor's Christmas Parade

What: Holiday parade featuring groups from Baltimore

When: Sunday, December 3

Where: Hampden/Medfield

More info: Mayor's Christmas Parade


Washington Monument Lighting

What: The famed monument in Mount Vernon is lit up for the holidays and includes a musical fireworks display

When: Thursday, December 7

Where: Washington Monument, Mount Vernon

More info: Monument Lighting


Holistic Holiday Pop Up Market

What: Holistic Holiday features local artists, craftspeople & food/beverage makers who offer sustainable and holistic products. 

When: Saturday, December 9

Where: Mount Vernon Marketplace 

More info: Holistic Holiday Pop Up


Dollar (or less) Days

What: Baltimore area attractions open their doors and offer free or $1 admission

When: December 9-10

Where: Downtown Baltimore

More info: Dollar Days


Handel's Messiah

What: A BSO tradition, no holiday season is complete without the magnitude and sheer joy of the “Hallelujah" chorus

When: December 9 -10

Where: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

More info: Handel's Messiah


Moscow's Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

What: The 25th anniversary tour, featuring over-the-top production and world class Russian artists.

When: December 15-16

Where: The Hippodrome Theatre

More info: Great Russian Nutcracker


Tuba Christmas

What: Santas playing your holiday favorites on brass instruments

When: Saturday, December 16

Where: Harborplace Amphiteatre

More info: Tuba Christmas


Holiday Heap

What: 50+ amazing independent crafters seeling their handmade goods

When: Saturday, December 16

Where: Space 2640, 2640 St. Paul St. Baltimore

More info: Holiday Heap


The Ugly Sweater Run

What: The merriest 5K of the year

When: Saturday, December 16

Where: Rash Field

More info: Ugly Sweater Run


Home for the Holidays

What: Warm your heart this holiday season with a program of Christmas favorites

When: December 16 - 17 

Where: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

More info: Home for the Holidays


Tuba Christmas

What: Santas playing your holiday favorites on brass instruments

When: Sunday, December 17

Where: Bel Air High School Auditorium

More info: Tuba Christmas


Girls Night Out

What: Created to encourage women of all ages to shop, dine and explore in historic Downtown Bel Air enjoying extended shopping hours

When: Thursday, December 21

Where: Downtown Bel Air

More info: Girls Night Out


Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular

What: The jaw-dropping magic of Cirque comes to the concert hall as the BSO musicians are joined by acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, balancers, strongmen and high-flying aerialists

When: December 22 - 23

Where: Jospeh Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

More info: Holiday Spectacular



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