Press Kit 2016
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1. General Information
Baltimore, MD -- Christmas Village in Baltimore will again transform West Shore Park (501 Light Street) into a traditional, indoor and outdoor German Christmas Market, open between Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov 24th and Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec 24th, 2016. The Inner Harbor is invited to enjoy Holiday sights and sounds with thousands of twinkling lights, two Christmas Trees, live music at the main indoor stage presented by Condor, entertainment, children’s activities and more than 50 vendors. Shop for high-quality, international and local gifts and decorations. Warm up with a glass of warm mulled wine or hot chocolate while enjoying the great variety of European food and drinks!
The outdoor area is always free of admission as well as the opening weekend. Admission for the heated festival tent is charged on the remaining weekends, starting with a $1 special on Dec 3rd and 4th, 2016. For all other weekends, it is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3-18 and free for toddlers under 3. Weekend discount coupons will be available for download at the event website (http://www.baltimore-christmas.com).
Now in its fourth season, Christmas Village in Baltimore has grown into one of the region’s most unique and charming Holiday attractions. Authentic wooden huts, a huge heated tent, two Christmas trees and festive decorations will pop-up on West Shore Park, located in between the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Visitor Center. It’s the most wonderful time of year on the Baltimore Waterfront, as Christmas Village is located just steps away from popular holiday attractions like the PANDORA Ice Rink (Inner Harbor Amphitheater), and other popular Waterfront Holiday Happenings.
More than 50 international and local merchants are already busy preparing high-quality and lovingly crafted gifts. Famous German vendor Käthe Wohlfahrt will return with thousands of ornaments, genuine German Schwibbogen and pyramids, advent calendars and limited edition holiday decorations. With toys, apparel, jewelry, decorations, home goods, artwork and more, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s list.
Follow the smell of gingerbread and Schnitzel to a full menu of European food, sweets and drinks, including mouthwatering German Bratwurst served on a roll (Brötchen). Look for a huge food variety this year, including different sorts of gingerbread. On top of the great shopping and dining experiences, visitors will enjoy the glorious Christmas Tree in West Shore Park, live entertainment at our Christmas Village Stage presented by Condor, themed days and weekends and other surprises to be announced.
Visitors can have a seat in the Hofbrau Beer Garden, located inside the heated tent, and enjoy the German delicacies offered by our vendors, such as Bratwurst, Pretzls, Lebkuchen (gingerbread), mulled wine or a good German Hofbrau beer from Munich. A further special themed area, our alpine "The Alm", will enrich the outdoor area. Designed after the cozy ski huts in the Bavarian Alps, this additional food court will serve Schnitzel, Baked Cheese on a stick, Potato Salad and Potato Latke.
New Holiday surprises for the 2016 season will include:
- For the fist time ever, Santa’s Place will give visitors the possibility to take their Holiday pictures with Santa at Christmas Village. Santa will be in attendance every day the market is open from Nov 24th – Dec 24th, 2016. Further Santa events such as Breakfast with Santa and Dog Santa Photo Sessions are planned as well
- Adult painting classes will be held on Thursday evenings at Hofbrau Beergarden inside the tent. Tickets will be available for purchase in advance
- Kids Friday entertainment program will include an improved Kids Corner area as well as further entertainment for the little ones. On Friday evenings they can take part in arts and crafts classes
- The vendor list will include the crowds favorite vendors from past season as well as exciting new vendors, which will make the 2016 version of Christmas Village the one with the broadest gift variety ever
- The 2016 version of the events collectors mug will feature a visual of the Christmas Village tent
The official Opening Ceremony with the original Christkind from Nuremberg/Germany will take place on Saturday, Nov 26th, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Highlights of the day include the Christkind prologue, the lighting ceremony of the events outdoor Christmas Tree, as well as a Meet and Greet Event with the Christkind. Families and friends are invited to come and sing-a-long to holiday selections by local choirs and other entertainers. The remaining weekends will bring back crowd pulling events such as the German American Weekend, a Charity Weekend and more. Check the schedule of events for more info.
First Day: Nov 24th
Opening Event: Nov 26th
Last Day: Dec 24th
Closed: Nov 29th, Dec 6th and 13th (first 3 Tuesdays)
Sun. - Thur.: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri. - Sat.: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
501 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 (West Side of the famous Inner Harbor in Baltimore)
2. History of Christmas Village in Baltimore
Baltimore’s new Holiday tradition started back in 2013, when Christmas Village sailed into the Inner Harbor for the very first time. The 150,000 visitors of the initial year enjoyed the new concept of an authentic German Christmas market, which brought German food like Bratwurst and Pretzels as well as famous German ornament vendor Käthe Wohlfahrt along with other vendors from all over the world to Charm City.
In the following two years, Christmas Village made huge steps towards creating a more authentic look and feel of the event. Every year, new and exciting vendors are added and the decoration and light concept is improved. Since 2014, the huge outdoor Christmas Tree is sitting majestically in the middle of the outdoor area with light strings running over the visitors heads towards the booths. A life-sized Advent Calendar and a huge Christmas Advent Wreath have been added in the same year. Since 2015, Christmas Village is fully decorated with Herrnhut Stars (Moravian Stars) from Germany. Since then, each second booth is topped with one of the large, illuminated stars, which shine bright across the Harbor. In the same year, an outdoor seating area called “The Alm” has been added because the event outgrew the indoor Hofbrau Beer Garden, which has been in place since 2013.
The event also took large steps in developing the general event concept by adding weekday entertainment in order to drive in more traffic under the week. So far, the most successful concept was the introduction of Wine Tasting Events, for which Christmas Village partnered with local winery Boordy’s. Held twice a week, those two-hour events, which required the purchase of pre-booked tickets, drove in visitors during the evening hours on rather slow weekdays. Further efforts to strengthen the event schedule included the introduction of a Kids Friday, the co-operation with the Kennedy-Krieger-Institute for a dedicated Charity Weekend and several other concepts.
Since its first year in 2013, Christmas Village in Baltimore grew to be the areas largest Holiday event, with many fans from Baltimore, the Washington D.C. area and other surrounding areas.
3. Overview Social Media Channels
Official event Hastag: #bmorechristmas
4. Special Events – Weekends and Weekdays
1st Weekend – Opening Weekend - Nov 26th/27th
On Saturday, Nov 26th, we will officially kick off 2016’s Christmas Village Season. Once again we have invited the original German Christkind from Nuremberg/Germany, accompanied by official (Baltimore) city representatives, to open our Holiday event. The second highlight will be the lighting of our beautiful 21- foot Christmas Tree. Choirs and drumming bands will ensure an authentic and festive atmosphere.
2nd Weekend – German American Weekend – Dec 3rd/4th
On our second weekend, we will celebrate German American Heritage. German American Weekend will feature a variety of German style performances and decorations. Visitors will be sure to enjoy an authentic German experience with delicious German foods and beverages at our Bavarian style beer garden.
3rd Weekend – Army Navy Game Weekend – Dec 10th/11th
The third weekend will pick up the spirit of the Army Navy Game which takes part in Baltimore on Saturday the 10th of December. Special attractions will surround the cheering atmosphere.
4th Weekend – Little Baltimore Weekend – Dec 17th /18th
On the fourth weekend, Christmas Village in Baltimore invites different Baltimorean Neighborhood Associations to get together at West Shore Park and celebrate Christmas as one big community. Get to know more about the different Neighborhoods and their program while enjoying little chats, hot beverages and the spirit of Christmas. Neighborhood Associations can get more information and sign up at email@example.com.
Weekdays will receive greater focus of our event programming 2016. We have planned different themed programs for each weekday to attract even more visitors from various backgrounds.
Wine Tasting events inside our heated tent at the Bavarian food court every Monday and Wednesday. Tasting will include different wines and pairing of cheese.
Different painting session for adults (Thursdays) as well as creative classes for kids (Fridays) will be held during the weekdays to generate a little get together and to have a fun time at the Christmas Village in Baltimore.
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays we have planned special kid programs throughout the day, which will turn Christmas Village into the place to be for all our little guests.
For detailed information about the daily schedules of the weekends as well as an overview of all weekday happenings, check the online event schedule!
Please find a selection of the 2015 pictures at this Dropbox link. Please don’t hesitate to contact Tobias in case you are looking for more specific motifs or pictures in higher resolution then provided at the link.
6. Press and Media Relations
German American Marketing, Inc.
267-774-6404 // firstname.lastname@example.org
PR Agency: Kory Aversa
CEO/President Aversa PR & Events
215-840-9216 // email@example.com