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Christmas Village 2021

Baltimore's beloved holiday market returns to the Inner Harbor in 2021

What is Christmas Village?

Christmas Village in Baltimore is a combination of an outdoor and indoor holiday market at West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. The event is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg.

From Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve 2021, vendors in wooden booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. You will also find great shopping opportunities with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry as well as high-quality arts and crafts.

The outdoor area around the Walter Sondheim Fountain and along the Inner Harbor Promenade will bring the original Christmas Village charm with its traditional German style wooden huts to Baltimore. In addition a heated festival tent will create a Christmassy shopping atmosphere with more vendors, a food court and an event space.

The unique atmosphere with thousands of lights, the big Gluhwine Pyramid, the delicious smell of waffles, gingerbread, bratwurst and mulled wine gets you and your family into the perfect Christmas spirit.

How to find us

Christmas Village is located at West Shore Park, right in the center of the Inner Harbor holiday district. Due to its central location it is super easy to find! 

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

Opening Hours/ Dates

In 2021 Christmas Village will be running from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, Nov 25th through Dec 24th.

The Village will be open for a preview weekend on Nov 20th and 21st!

 

Opening hours for 2021 are as follows:

Sundays – Thursdays: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Fridays – Saturdays: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Closed Days: Nov 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 29th, 30th; Dec 6, 7, 13, 14

Parking

There are plenty of parking options around Christmas Village. Hang tight while we are negotiating the best deals for you to save money on parking fees. Check back in early November for the best deals!

Public Transportation

Do you live in Baltimore? Why not end the discussion about who will be the dedicated driver when being out with your friends for a glass of mulled wine. Just use public transportation! There are plenty of options available:

Bus
Please check https://mta.maryland.gov for the current bus schedules. Buses stop at the Baltimore Visitor Center and just across the street from Christmas Village at Light St. & Lee St SB. 

Scooters
Jump on one of scooters and make your way to Christmas Village.  

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/B, Christmas Village can be reached within a short walking distance (about 11 min).

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

Marc Train
From the Marc Train station Camden Station Marc, Christmas Village is within a short walking distance (about 11 min.).

Admission

There is no admission fee for Christmas Village on weekdays, so the event is FREE of charge for the majority of days it's open. Also, the outdoor area around the majestic Glühwein Pyramide is always open and free to visit for the public.

Preview and Opening Weekend (Nov 20th & 21st, Nov 27th & 28th): FREE admission  

Admission for the heated festival tent on all remaining weekends for adults (age 18+): $5

Wheelchair Accessibility

The complete festival area is accessible by wheelchair.

Bad Weather/ Snow Days

Since most vendors are located inside the heated festival tent, Christmas Village will be open during almost all weather conditions. Nevertheless, we are not a rain and shine event per se. The event will close early on heavy rain/snow days and will be completely closed when the weather conditions are supposed to 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.      

Strollers

Christmas Village is a family friendly event, so make sure to bring the whole family down including the youngest in their strollers! Please note: Strollers are not allowed in the Käthe Wohlfahrt vending tent, so please make sure to park your stroller before entering this German Christmas wonderland!

Lost and Found

Losing 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 have 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 have 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.

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 120 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 have been to Christmas markets in Germany, you might know the Glühwein mugs which change their layout every year. We have them too! Glühwein is served exclusively in those mugs, for non-alcoholic beverages they are optional.

In comparison to Germany, we do not have a mug return system. Once bought, the mug is yours to take home. They are beautiful and a great eye catcher on your shelf!

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