Visitor Guide


How to find us

Christmas Village is located at West Shore Park, right in the middle of the the Inner Inner Harbor's busy Holiday live. Due to its central location, its easy to access by foot, public transportation and car. 

The events street address is 501 Light Street, Baltimore MD 21230.

Opening Hours/ Dates

Christmas Village will be running from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, that’s Nov 23rd through December 24th in 2017. Those are the hours for the 2017 Holiday season:

Sun’s – Thur’s: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Fri’s – Sat’s: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Thanksgiving Day: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Christmas Eve: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Closed Days: first 3 Tuesdays Nov 28th, Dec 5th, Dec 12th

Parking

Since Christmas Village is located right in the heart of Baltimore, parking in regular parking garages is usually costly. But no worries, we’ve thought of that because we rather want you to spend those parking bucks on a delicious brat instead. 

Park at Harbor Court Garage (30 East Lee Street, Baltimore, MD 21202) for just $8 per day - each and every day Christmas Village is up and running, including weekends and Holidays! The garage is located literally just across the street from Christmas Village and open 24/7 - check their website for more details on the garage! 

How to validate your parking discount?

Enter the garage and pull a regular parking ticket from the machine at the entrance - don't lose it!

Swing by the Christmas Village Info Booth (first booth you see when you enter the festival tent) and ask for the parking discount - you will get a second, so called follow up ticket from our staff.

When you're back at the garages pay station, insert the original parking ticket first, followed by the follow up ticket you received at the Info booth and the discount will be automatically applied.

The machine accepts cash, credit or debit, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

If you would like a receipt at the pay-station please hit the receipt button on the screen at the pay-station prior to insert cash/card.

If you are having trouble redeeming the discount, ask the garages staff for help!

There are no re-entries to the garage.

Public Transportation

You’re living in Baltimore? Why not saving yourself and your friends the discussion who is going to be the dedicated driver in the Gluhwine line and use public transportation instead? There are plenty options available:

Bus
Buses stop just across the street from Christmas Village at Light St & Conway St SB and at Light St. & Lee St SB. Bus lines that pass the event venue include 001 and 064.

Charm City Circulator
Take the Purple Route of the Charm City Circulator and hop off at the Baltimore Visitor Center (stop #301) to enjoy a free ride to Christmas Village.

Metro
From the subway station Charles Center Metro S/BChristmas Village can be reached within a short walking distance (about 11 min).

Light Rail
The light rails station Camden/LT Rail is located in a short walking distance (about 12 min).

Marc Train
From the Marc Train station Camden Station MarcChristmas Village can be reached in a short walking distance (about 11 min.).

Water Taxi
Somewhere between a water-based bus line and open air adventure, the Water Taxi is a fun, fast, and affordable way to get around downtown. Runs 11am - 6pm daily. All Day Tickets - $12 Adults, $6 for Children (3-10 years). Call for Service - (410) 563-3900.

Admission

Weekdays, the first weekend and the outdoor area are ALWAYS free of admission, which makes Christmas Village for the most days it’s running a free event to visit.  A minor admission fee applies for the heated indoor area at some weekend days only. Purchase your Holiday Pass when entering the tent on an admission day and enjoy unlimited free re-entries. Make sure to wave at the people waiting in line when you skip them re-entering with a Holiday Pass!

All Weekdays incl. Holidays:

FREE of admission

Opening Weekend – Nov 25th and 26th, 2017:

FREE of admission 

Baltimore’s Dollar Day Weekend – Dec 2nd and 3rd, 2017:

Along with the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center and all the other attractions in the Inner Harbor, Holiday Passes for Christmas Village are $1 at this weekend!

Remaining Weekend days Dec 9th and 10th, Dec 16th and 17th, Dec 23rd and Dec 24th, 2017:

Adult (19 and up): $ 5

Kids (4 – 18): $ 3

Toddlers (3 an under): free

Wheelchair Accessibility

The complete festival area is accessible by wheelchair.

Hotel Recommendations

There are plenty of great hotels at the Inner Harbor and thus close by the market. Our hotel partners for 2016 are:

Days Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor

The Charm'tastic Mile, 100 Hopkins Pl, Baltimore, MD 21201
Contact Jean Sedlak to get special room rates for Christmas Village visitors! 

Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor 

1000 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Hotel Brexton

868 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

Hampton Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor

131 E Redwood St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Holiday Inn Express Baltimore Downtown 

221 N Gay St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor

300 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor

207 E Redwood St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Sleep Inn & Suites Downtown Inner Harbor

301 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202

 

 

 

Hotel Brexton
Courtyard Marriott Hotel
Days Inn Inner Harbor
Hampton Inn
Holiday Inn Express Baltimore Downtown
Hyatt Regency
Hotel RL by Red Lion
Sleep Inn Baltimore
Bad Weather/ Snow Days

Since most vendors are located inside the heated festival tent, Christmas Village will be open in most weather conditions. Nevertheless, we’re not a rain and shine event per se. The event will close early on heavy rain/snow days and fully on days when it’s foreseeable that the weather conditions will be horrible throughout the day. We will keep you updated on the website and our Social Media Channels in case we are planning to close early.  

Bike Policy

There is plenty of space around the venue and the Inner Harbor in general to leave your bike. As a courtesy to fellow visitors, we kindly ask you to lock your bike nearby before entering the festival venue, even if you are just strolling the outdoor area. Needless to say, bikes are strictly not permitted inside the festival tent. 

Dog Policy

Feel free to bring your dog! Christmas Village allows dogs in the whole outdoor area and large parts of the indoor tent area (exception: dogs are not allowed in the Käthe Wohlfahrt vending area). Please keep in mind, that the tent area gets pretty crowded on weekend days, which might be uncomfortable for your dog. 

Smoking Policy

Christmas Village in Baltimore is a smoke free event.      

Visit Santa

Finally - for the first time ever Santa will come to Christmas Village! Take your Holiday picture with the family and Santa right at Christmas Village and save yourself an extra trip to the mall! 

We'll supply you with more info once we're closer to Christmas!

Kid Friendly Events

We've got plenty of things planned for the little ones - check our dedicated "Kid Friendly" section to learn more!

Strollers

Christmas Village is a family friendly event, so make sure to bring the whole family down including the youngest in their strollers! Be aware, that the tent gets pretty crowded on weekend days, which might make it hard to navigate the strollers through the indoor area. Please note: Strollers are not allowed in the Käthe Wohlfahrt vending area, so please make sure to park your stroller in the designated area before entering this German Christmas wonderland!

Lost and Found

Loosing something on a family trip is a bummer but it can happen. Make sure to stop by at the Christmas Village Info Booth to check if your wallet or whatever you’ve lost has been turned in. If not, leave your contact info to make sure we can contact you in case it turns up after you’ve left. A staff member will assist you in dealing with the police if necessary.

Vice versa, be kind and hand in all things you find because a) it’s the decent thing to do, b) it’s Christmas, and c) you know what they say about karma. 

Credit Cards/ ATM

Most vendors – but not all - accept credit cards. If you are running low on cash, an ATM is conveniently located next to the Info Booth inside the main festival tent. 

Food Options

Where to start? We've got all the German goodies: Bratwurst (3 different kinds) with Sauerkraut, Schnitzel with Potato Salad, Leberkäse (German meatloaf), Berlin style Curry Wurst, fresh roasted almonds and German Gingerbread, original Nuremberg Gluhwine (mulled wine), a wide assortment of non-alcoholic cold and hot beverages and a full German Delikatessen store selling German sweets, coffee, honey and so much more. 

We have to admit, German cuisine wasn't made for vegetarians. But no worries, you won't go home hungry! There are plenty of choices available for vegetarians which include backed cheese on a stick, German Pretzels, sweet and savory crepes and waffles, and such. 

And yes, we'll be serving again Hofbrau beer from Munich this year. Prost!

Check our Food and Beverage vendor section to see the full scope of food which will be offered!

Corporate Parties

Are you still looking for a place to have your companies Holiday Party? Why not having it at Christmas Village - the event has two great seating areas which invite your staff to celebrate the season in style:

The indoor Hofbrau Beer Garden, a traditional German Beer Garden with a May Pole, original beer benches and blue and white decoration, accommodates up to 80 people. The Beer Garden faces the events main stage, entertainment by local bands or singer/songwriters is available upon request.

When the weather is nice, take a seat in our cozy outdoor seating area "The Alm". Modeled after an alpine ski hut, it accommodates up to 60 people. What better way to start the Holiday season then with a hot mulled wine and the perfect view over Baltimore's Inner Harbor?

You can reserve both seating areas for your corporate party or event. We're happy to cater your event with original German food and drinks. Please contact us at schmalz@baltimore-christmas.com for further info!

Christmas Village Mugs

If you’ve been to Christmas markets in Germany, you might know the Gluhwine mugs which change their layout every year. Christmas Village in Baltimore has them, too. Gluhwine is served exclusively in those mugs, for non-alcoholic beverages they are optional.

Other then in Germany, we don’t have a mug return system. Once bought, the mug is yours to take home. They are beautiful and are a great eye catcher in your cupboard!

Performing at the Christmas Village

Are you a singer, choir, band, dancer, dance group or somebody else who enjoys performing on a crowd-pulling stage? We are looking for artists who love to perform in front of large audiences!

If you would like to perform during on of our time slots on our stage inside the heated tent, please send an email to Sophia (stage@baltimore-christmas.com)!