It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… there are tons of holiday events around Charm City this weekend! Celebrate the spirit of the season — and check out our favorite things to do with kids in Baltimore this weekend.

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Fun, December 21-23

Christmas Village in Baltimore
Select Dates through December 24 | Times Vary | Inner Harbor

Returning for its 6th season, Christmas Village in Baltimore will once again transform West Shore Park at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor into an authentic German Christmas market! Over 50 local and international vendors will return to the well known heated festival tent and the outdoor area around the majestic Christmas tree. For the first time ever, Christmas Village will also bring vendors onto the Inner Harbor Promenade leading towards the Pandora Ice Rink. The artisans will offer a large variety of Holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, and high-quality arts and crafts. Enjoy a large variety of German foods such as Raclette Cheese, freshly grilled Bratwurst with a side of homemade Sauerkraut, Schnitzel with Potato Salad, Leberkäse (German meatloaf), a Berlin-style Currywurst and of course, delicious Pretzels! MORE

B&O’s Magical Holiday Express
Select Dates through December 31 | Times Vary | B & O Railroad Museum

Trains are magical during the holidays! There is no better place to be a child than at the B&O Railroad Museum! All aboard the B&O’s Magical Holiday Express, a holiday spectacular celebration in the B&O Roundhouse devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities. There is something to see and do every day at this annual holiday event! Walk through a 30-foot Christmas tree in the center of the B&O’s historic roundhouse and enjoy all-new holiday themed weekends featuring some of your favorite guests. All Aboard! MORE

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D
Select Dates through December 31 | Times Vary | The National Aquarium

Experience a magical twist on a holiday classic this winter! After being ousted from Christmas-town because of his bright and shining nose, Rudolph sets off on a series of funny and endearing adventures—meeting new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius along the way. The Aquarium’s 4D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. Films are transformed into 15-minute experiences that bring on-screen images virtually to life with special effects, such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations! MORE

A Carroll’s Christmas
Select Dates through December 31 | Times Vary | Mount Clare Museum House

Escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and experience a colonial American Christmas with the Carroll family at Mount Clare Museum House. See Mount Clare decorated for the winter holiday in the spirit of 18th and 19th-century style with greens and dried plant materials accented with fruits, nuts, feathers, and pine cones. MORE

Garden of Lights & Holiday Train Garden
Select dates through January 1, 2019 | Times Vary | Brookside Gardens

Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, sparkling fountains, and whimsical winter scenes. The night wouldn’t be complete without a visit inside the Conservatory to enjoy watching G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape.
Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances. The Garden of Lights celebrates its 20th season as a Baltimore/Washington, DC area family holiday tradition. MORE

Miracle on 34th Street
Daily through January 1, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Hampden

Nothing says “Bawlmer” holidays like millions of Christmas lights and the illuminating miracle that lights up 34th street in Hampden. Each year, the 700 block of 34th Street lights up with holiday decorations, one-of-a-kind sculptures, and more lights than you could imagine. The tradition started in 1947 by a couple, Bob Hosier and Darlene Hughes, who both loved decorating their homes for Christmas. As the decorations grew, the street attracted more attention until it became a can’t-miss holiday attraction. MORE

Skating Rink at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
Select Dates through January 6, 2019 | Times Vary | Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

Put your skating skills to the test on the new synthetic skating rink atop the Four Seasons Hotel! For the remainder of the year, the fifth floor Harbor Terrace will be transformed into a 1,560 square foot synthetic ice skating rink boasting expansive views of both the harbor and city. The rink will be filled with holiday sights and sounds featuring hundreds of twinkling lights, festive holiday decorations and lively music. Visitors are also invited to warm up with holiday favorites, including housemade cocoa, spiced apple cider, and fire-roasted chestnuts. Forgot your skates? We’ve got those covered too for $5. Proceeds from each ticket will benefit the Baltimore based Ulman Foundation, which supports young adults impacted by cancer. MORE

12 Days of Science
December 21 – January 1, 2019 | Times Vary | Maryland Science Center

Visit the Maryland Science Center for a new theme with all kinds of arctic activities each day from December 21 to January 1. Themes include Polar Party, Building in a Winter Wonderland, Winter Games, Sounds of the Season and more! MORE

SHEN YUN: Experience a Divine Culture
Friday, December 21 – Sunday, December 23 | Times Vary | Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms — classical Chinese dance — along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom. MORE

Illuminated London Town
Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Historic London Town & Gardens

Experience the magic of a winter evening at Illuminated London Town! Sip hot cider and roast s’mores beside roaring fires in the Historic Area. Explore the gardens, illuminated with festive holiday lights. Discover colonial nighttime and holidays at a candlelit William Brown House, decorated for the season. MORE

E-Street Dance Academy Presents The Polar Express
Friday, December 21, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Saturday, December 22, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Cultural Center at The Havre de Grace Opera House

Join The Havre de Grace Opera House for an exciting holiday performance of The Polar Express from E-Street Dance Academy! MORE

A Christmas Carol
Friday, December 21 – Sunday, December 23 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater

Holiday cheer and Baltimore charm: Catch the spirit of the season with a one-of-kind, original adaptation of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in the best-selling Christmas spectacular. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story. MORE

Toddler Time with Santa at Sky Zone
Saturday, December 22 | 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Skyzone – Timonium

Santa comes but once a year to Toddler Time at Sky Zone for a special meet and greet. He will be at Skyzone in Timonium to take pictures and talk to the little ones during Toddler Time. Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent – a time for your little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Available for ages 5 and under. MORE

Weekend Workers
Saturday, December 22 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Baltimore Museum of Industry

It’s all about fun as you discover how things work. These engaging activities allow children of all ages to investigate the world around them. This week’s theme is Light Art Photography. Weekly activities are subject to change. MORE

Celebration in the Woods
Saturday, December 22 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Join the Inner Arbor Trust, Inc. and Downtown Columbia Partnership, Inc. for Celebration in the Woods, a joyous, seasonal celebration of winter in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. The Chrysalis will transform into a winter wonderland, complete with artist-decorated trees, live performances, a “snow” ball pit, seasonal crafts, and winter treats such as hot chocolate, apple cider, mulled wine, and more! Santa will visit from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily. MORE

Trim a Tree for Wildlife
Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join Oregon Ridge Nature Center in trimming a tree on the grounds for furred and feathered friends. Afterward, enjoy hot apple cider and toast marshmallows around the campfire. Adults and children ages 4 and up. Advance Registration Required. MORE

Skate with Santa
Saturday, December 22 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Dominic “Mimi” DiPietro Family Skating Center

Visit Dominic “Mimi” Dipietro Ice Rink for skating with Santa and arts and crafts! $5 for admission, $3 for skate rental. MORE

Holiday Pops
Saturday, December 22 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Broadway musical director Andy Einhorn leads the BSO and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in festive favorites from A Christmas Carol, Frozen and The Sound of Music. Featuring the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas and an audience sing-along. The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall becomes a winter wonderland with pre-concert performances, holiday cookies and ornaments for sale. MORE

Santa Claus Visits Sweetside Cafe
Saturday, December 22 | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Sweetside Cafe

Enjoy the Holiday spirit, taste winter inspired treats, and take pictures with Santa Claus. MORE

Full Moon Campfire
Saturday, December 22 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Did you know that winter is the best time for stargazing? View the full moon on this cool night with a campfire to keep us warm. Ages 3 to adult, under 13 with an adult. MORE

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