It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s a Waterfront Life kicks off this week and we’ve got the scoop on all the (cool) baltimore waterfront holiday events this year Head downtown this holiday season for one or more of these fabulous events (almost all of which are kid-friendly!).

Waterfront Baltimore Holiday Events

Harbor East’s Window Wonderland: The Unveiling Event
November 19th ⎟ 5:30 pm – 8:30pm ⎟ Harbor East

Join Harbor East for an evening full of holiday jolly and the unveiling of Window Wonderland, a month-long holiday arts exhibit featuring storefronts decorated for the season by some of the region’s finest artists. The street & boutiques alike will be filled with carolers, refreshments and fun including stilt walkers, acrobats and more! Families don’t miss the “Milk & Cookies Social” just for kids including holiday activities from 5:30-7:30pm in the lobby of The MAC, hosted by Harbor East & (cool) progeny.

Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink – Grand Opening/Waterfront Life Kickoff Event
November 21st ⎟ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm⎟ McKeldin Square (The Rink)

Be among the first to step onto the ice as we bring ice-skating back to the Inner Harbor for the first time in 14 years! Opening day activities to include ice-skating, performance by The Next Ice Age dance troupe, costumed characters, Santa’s arrival and light refreshments (available for purchase).

Santa’s Arrival
November 21st ⎟ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm⎟ McKeldin Square (The Rink) + Amphitheater

Join the merriment and take part in Santa’s arrival at the Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink – located at McKeldin Square. Holiday décor, ice skating, holiday music, and costumed characters will come together as Santa makes his way to his home at the Harborplace Amphitheater.

Thanksgiving Eve Homecoming Bar Crawl
November 26th ⎟ 7:00 pm ⎟ Power Plant Live

Get together with friends and family for the biggest social night of the year! Celebrate Thanksgiving Eve at Power Plant Live! and enjoy all-inclusive drinks (includes domestic beers and call cocktails) and all-access to Power Plant Live!’s bars and clubs including: Tin Roof, Mex Baltimore, Howl at the Moon, Mosaic Nightclub, Luckies Liquors, Luckies Tavern, Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden, Angels Rock Bar and PBR Baltimore! Tickets can be purchased here.

Gobble Cobble Turkey Trot
November 27th ⎟ 8:00 am ⎟ MAC Harbor East

Join MAC Harbor East and Falls Road Running for a 7k turkey trot in downtown Baltimore on Thanksgiving morning! For more information, click here.

National Aquarium’s Holiday Celebration
December 5th ⎟ 5:00 pm⎟ The National Aquarium

The National Aquarium’s annual “Holiday Celebration,” taking place on Dec. 5, will feature festive music and dance performances from around the world. This holiday season also marks the return of a favorite Aquarium tradition, the Polar Express 4D Experience! The Knott Harbor View Room and Blue Wonders will transform into a holiday village with live music, crafts and appearances from two very special visitors—Santa and the Polar Express Train Conductor. Guest can enjoy special Kwanzaa and Hanukkah displays while munching on seasonal treats and sipping on hot chocolate, regular or spiked (for the 21+ crowd) for purchase.

31st Annual Merry Tuba Christmas
December 6th ⎟ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm⎟ Harborplace Amphitheater

Over 200 festively dressed tuba and euphonium players will capture the spirit of the holiday as they blend their unique styles, rhythms, and progressions for all to enjoy.

Dollar Days
December 6th/7th ⎟  Maryland Science Center, National Aquarium, Top of the World, The Christmas Village

Visit the Science Center, National Aquarium, Top of the World and The Christmas Village on December 6 and 7, 2014, for just $1 at each location. Tickets must be purchased onsite at each attraction.

Pet Photos with Santa
December 14th ⎟ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm⎟  Harbor East, Katyn Circle

Fidos and ferrets alike can pose with the big guy as Harbor East hosts Pet Photos with Santa! Join Harbor East Sunday from 1-4pm on the circle at President Street for holiday photos and fun. Help support animals in need with a pet food donation to BARCS – The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.

Midnight Noon
December 31st⎟ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm⎟  Maryland Science Center

Ring in the New Year at the Maryland Science Center! Or should we say, Noon Year? Join us for the 7th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Midnight Noon, where children can enjoy the ball drop before bedtime.

New Year’s Eve at Power Plant Live!
December 31st⎟ Power Plant Live!

Ring in 2015 in style at Power Plant Live! Premium top shelf open bar, gourmet foods, all access to every bar and nightclub and a huge midnight celebration. Tickets available here.

New Year’s Eve Spectacular
December 31st⎟ 9:00 pm – 12:30 am⎟  Inner Harbor

Be part of a giant holiday celebration with a night of music, the official countdown to 2015 and an amazing, colorful midnight fireworks display!

Ongoing Waterfront Holiday Events

Polar Express 4D Experience
November 14, 2014 – January 4, 2015⎟  National Aquarium

During a 20-minute, 4-D experience, Aquarium guests will join a doubting young boy as he takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. This epic journey shows that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink
November 21, 2014 – January 19, 2015⎟  McKeldin Square

Go for a spin, break the ice, spice up date night, teach your children to skate and get fit, all at the Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink! The rink will be open daily, with special programming and event happening throughout the season. Admission is $9 for adults and $7 for children. Skate rental is $3 – or bring your own pair of skates. For operating hours and special programming, click here.

Santa Photos + Santa’s Place Light Shows
November 21st – December 24th⎟  Monday – Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm;  Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm ⎟  Harborplace Amphitheater

Santa, shopping & holiday cheer! Enjoy special Holiday Light Shows choreographed to your favorite tunes every half hour, 6-8p.

Christmas Village
November 27th – December 24th⎟ Sunday – Thursday, 11 am – 7 pm;  Friday  + Sautrday, 11 am – 8 pm ⎟  West Shore Park

West Shore Park will be transformed into a traditional German Christmas Market, complete with more than 40 vendors selling traditional European crafts, arts, jewelry, holiday gifts, food, sweets & drinks. Special holiday themed programming will take place each weekend.

Harbor East Window Wonderland
November 19, 2014 – January 1, 2014⎟ Harbor East

See the city side walks come alive as Harbor East presents Window Wonderland – A Holiday Arts Exhibit November 19 – January 1! Various shops and restaurants around the neighborhood will feature holiday windows decorated by some of the area’s most talented local artists.

The Holly Jolly Trolley
November 28th – December 25th⎟ Friday – Sunday, 6:30 pm ⎟ Pier 5 Hotel

Step aboard the holiday trolley and enjoy the splendor of Baltimore’s holiday lights. Enjoy a tour of Baltimore’s most decorated neighborhoods and attractions, like Hampden’s world-famous 34th street festival of lights and the first monument to George Washington in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon.

Hot Chocolate Happy Hour
December 2nd, 9th, 16th⎟ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ⎟ Harbor East

Warm up street-side Tuesday evenings in December with Harbor East’s Hot Chocolate Happy Hours! From 5PM-7PM on December 2nd, 9th and 16th we’ll be serving up complimentary hot chocolate “shots” and sweet treats to holiday shoppers. Swing by our “bar” on Aliceanna Street (between S. Exeter and S. President Streets) or catch one of our wait staff offering passed fare around the district. Street musicians add a perfect complement to an evening of gift-getting and holiday merriment. Click here for more information.

Arts and Crafts with J
December 13th, 27th⎟ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm ⎟ Baltimore Visitor Center

Join the staff at the Baltimore Visitor Center to learn fun things about Baltimore, Maryland, special moments in history and national holidays. “Arts and Crafts with J” is promoted and sponsored by Visit Baltimore. All activities are FREE and open to the public.


Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored by Waterfront Partnership as part of our 2014 (cool) holiday guide.