Christmas Village in Baltimore is a combination of an outdoor and indoor holiday festival 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 November 18th through Christmas Eve 2023, vendors in wooden booths will offer traditional European food, sweets and drinks.
Need to start your Christmas shopping? Keep an eye out for our unique selection of international and local vendors. Expect handmade holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry as well as high-quality arts and crafts. Warm yourself with a hot glass of Glühwein while enjoying festive Christmas lights at the Inner Harbor.
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. Additionally, a heated festival tent will further enhances the festive ambiance, providing more shopping atmosphere with more vendors, a food court and an event space.
The unique atmosphere with thousands of holiday 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!
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! Christmas Village in Baltimore is only a 3 minute walk from the Maryland Sciencer Center, 10 minute walk from the National Aquarium and the American Visionary Art Museum.
The event's street address is 501 Light Street, Baltimore, MD, 21230, USA.
In 2023, Christmas Village will be running from November 18th through Christmas Eve, December 24th.
Opening hours for 2023:
Sundays – Thursdays: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fridays – Saturdays: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Christmas Village in Baltimore is open on Thanksiving Day and Christmas Eve, from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.
Closed Days: November 20, 21, 22, 27, 28; December 4, 5, 11, 12
We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation's leading parking reservations app.
To reserve your parking spot, visit the Christmas Village in Baltimore SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.
Are you looking for parking close to the Inner Harbor or Downtown Baltimore? We have an exclusive parking deal for Christmas Village visitors!
Park at SP+ Harbor Court Garage (at 30 E Lee Street, Baltimore, MD 21202) for only $12! The garage is located just across the street from Christmas Village and is open 24/7. Keep your ticket and ask for the discount sticker at the Information Booth inside the heated tent.
Christmas Village is FREE to the public for the majority of days it is open. The whole festival grounds are free to the public on every single weekday the event is running.
The outdoor area around the majestic Glühwein Pyramide is always open and free to visit for the public, a small admission fee is charged for the heated tent only on some weekend days.
To enter the heated festival tent on the charging weekends, a Holiday Pass needs to be purchased at the entrance of the tent. Kids under 18 are free of charge, adults over 18 pay $ 5.00! Once you purchased your Holiday Pass for the season, you can enjoy unlimited re-entries into the festival tent.
FREE admission: Preview Weekend (Nov 18/19) - $5.00 Holiday Pass admission (18+, kids are free) for the remaining weekend days. Holiday Pass is good for the rest of season.
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.).
How to get to Christmas Village by car:
Are you driving to Christmas Village and want to park in walking distance to the market? Check out our exclusive parking deal for our visitors.
Looking for Holiday markets in Washington D.C. or Annapolis? Why not drive up to Baltimore to experience the authentic German Christmas flair with authentic European food and drinks by the water. Christmas Village in Baltimore is only a 45 minute drive away from Washington D.C. and Annapolis.
Gaitherburg, MD and Frederick, MD are only 50 minutes away from Charm City.
Do you live further away but would like to visit Christmas Village? Make a weekend trip to Baltimore and experience the holiday light displays and authentic German holiday festivals right at the Inner Harbor. Check out our hotel recommendations below for accommodation.
The whole market area is accessible by wheelchair.
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 (@bmorechristmas) in case we are planning to close early.
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.
Feel free to bring your dog! Christmas Village in Baltimore is a dog-friendly event. We allow 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.
Christmas Village in Baltimore is a smoke & vape free event.
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!
Are you looking for kids activities this holiday season in Baltimore? Take a ride on our historic carousel or enjoy a birds-eye view of the Inner Harbor on our 65-foot Ferris Wheel. Don't forget to take pictures with our beloved mascot Gingy, the Gingerbread Man.
Make sure to check out our event calendar for more details.
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 belongings have 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.
Are you still looking for a place to have your companies Holiday Party? Why not having it at Christmas Village? Our 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 than 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 email@example.com for further info!
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 and our spiked hot beverages are served exclusively in those mugs. They are optional for non-alcoholic beverages.
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!
A tour to Christmas Village in Baltimore is the MUST do for your motorcoach group tour catalogue 2023!
Being built after a German style Christmas market, Christmas Village in Baltimore is a combination of an indoor and outdoor event. Our center point is the 180x60' heated festival tent which accommodates the event stage, a large vending area of famous German vendor Käthe Wohlfahrt, our indoor Beer Garden, and over 30 international vendors selling international holiday gifts, authentic German foods and drinks, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. The outdoor area, with its additional 15 wooden vending booths and an extensive outdoor food court, and thousands of twinkling lights, brings the original German Christmas charm to Baltimore.
New highlight since 2019: a 30' high Christmas Tower from the Ore Mountain region of Germany which sells the largest variety of Glühwein, mulled wine, ever served at Christmas Village!
Being situated at Baltimore's most popular sightseeing places - the Inner Harbor -, our venue combines the comfort of an onsite bus stop, close bus parking facilities and a whole lot more to do around the city for the Holiday season!
West Shore Park, Inner Harbor (501 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA)
Right at our venue at the Unloading/Loading lane at the former Baltimore Visitor Center (401 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA)
Just 2 miles away at James Street (for more info click here)
There's plenty to do at the Inner Harbor - click here for more info!
Harrisburg – 1.5 hrs, New York – 3 hrs, Pittsburgh – 4 hrs, Philadelphia – 2 hrs, Richmond – 2.5 hrs, Washington, D.C. – 1 hr
We offer a range of food and admission packages for our motorcoach operator customers!
All packages are only suggestions; please let us know if you are interested in a different kind of package. Our friendly staff is happy to arrange a custom tailored package which fits the needs and wishes of you and your customers! Just firstname.lastname@example.org us!
Weekend Admission for Motorcoach Group Tours
This includes admission to the heated Christmas Village festival tent (multiple re-entries) and VIP serving at the admission line.
Price per person incl. tax: $ 3
"Christmas-Full-of-Joy" Food package (valid weekdays)
This includes German lunch (Bratwurst with a crispy roll and Sauerkraut), a cup of hot chocolate with topping, a cup of hot Gluhwine (mulled wine - non alcoholic alternatives), a cone of fresh frosted almonds, VIP serving on all food lines, and a Christmas Village souvenir mug to take home.
Price per person incl. tax: $ 35
"Christmas-Full-of-Joy" Food package (valid weekends)
This includes admission to the heated Christmas Village festival tent (multiple re-entries), German lunch (Bratwurst with a crispy roll and Sauerkraut), a cup of hot chocolate with topping, a cup of hot Glühwein (mulled wine - non alcoholic alternatives), a cone of fresh frosted almonds, VIP serving on all food/admission lines, and a Christmas Village souvenir mug to take home.
Price per person incl. tax: $ 38
QUESTIONS AND BOOKING
Are you interested in bringing a motorcoach tour to the Christmas Village and need assistance with directions, parking, booking your food package or anything else?
Send an e-mail to email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to plan your trip!
We are looking forward welcoming you at the Christmas Village in Baltimore!
Keep yourself and others safe! Please stay home if you're sick, wear a face mask and sanitize your hands.
Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. The CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from Coronavirus. Guests should evaluate their own risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can spread Coronavirus if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to Coronavirus. By coming to the market, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance.