Polar Express, Candy Lane, Fire & Ice, Breakfast with Santa, magical balloons, candy cane hunts, and MORE! Check out our round-up of family fun in Baltimore this weekend! 

Be sure to stop by and see us, too! The (cool) progeny team is hosting a #MadeByMom market at Green Spring Station’s Makers Market on Sunday. AND we’ll be at Candy Lane on Sunday with our super (cool) Candy Lane Experience kits. Can’t wait to see everyone!

Weekend Fun for Families in Baltimore, December 10-12

THE POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE
All Weekend | Times Vary
B&O Railroad Museum

Climb aboard The Polar Express to create a Christmas memory that you and your family will cherish forever! Come in your pajamas as a family to watch the live performance of the The Polar Express. The performance will begin in our North Car Shop where you will be invited onto the Polar Express to travel to the North Pole! Once on the Polar Express, the classic Christmas tale will be performed and little ones will have the opportunity to meet Santa and receive their first gift of Christmas! Santa’s helpers will greet you upon arrival to the North Pole, where you can take pictures with Santa and have lots of holiday fun. MORE

HOLIDAY TRAIN GARDEN AT THE SHOPS AT KENILWORTH
All Weekend
The Shops at Kenilworth

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Shops at Kenilworth! Stop by the Food Court from Saturday, November 20-Sunday, January 9 during all mall hours to see the annual Train Garden display! MORE

ZOO LIGHTS PRESENTED BY CHASE
All Weekend | 5 PM – 8 PM
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

A brilliant seasonal spectacle is coming to the Zoo again this winter! Drive or walk through a festival of lights shaped like wildlife and your face might just light up too. Plus, get that warm glowing feeling inside knowing you are supporting the Zoo’s animal care and conservation work. They’ve also expanded the walking path this year—now including Schaefer Plaza, the Farm Yard, and the train station! Advanced reservations are required and Zoo Members save $5 on all ticket types. MORE

FIRE & ICE FAMILY NIGHT AND WINDOW DECORATION JUDGING
December 10 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Downtown Towson

View the ice sculptures and decorated store windows located around downtown Towson! There will be free s’mores and hot chocolate, and more! MORE

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT LONG GREEN FIRE COMPANY
December 11 | 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Long Green Fire Company

This year Long Green Fire Company welcomes the return of Breakfast with Santa in their upper hall on December 11th beginning at 8am until 11am. As always the event is free. Donations are always welcome. MORE

WINTER FUN YOGA AT THE PLAYROOM: UNIQUE SNOWFLAKES
December 11 | 9:30 am – 11:00 am
The Playroom Harford

Join The Playroom for holiday-themed kids’ yoga with guest teacher Stacy Baldwin. The 9:30 AM – 10 AM class is for Playful Penguins (best suited for ages 3-6) and the 10:15 – 10:45 am class is for Pawsome Polar Bears (kiddos ages 7-9). Session includes games, music, and creative music. Wear socks and comfortable clothing. Registration required: 443.640.6707. FREE with regular $10 All Day Play Admission. MORE

BEESWAX CANDLES
December 11 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Maryland Farm Park | Baltimore Ag Center

Bees wax candles make great gifts. They are all natural and clean burning. Make your own at the AG Center. All Ages! Cost $10. Pre- registration is required. Email [email protected] no later than the Friday before the event at 4 pm. MORE

HOLIDAYS WITH HOOT
December 11 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

Irvine Nature Center will present a nature-based, family event on Saturday, December 11, from 10 am-noon. The owl-themed event will feature craft and gift making for children, seasonal games, live animal encounters, and hot cocoa with Irvine’s mascot HOOT. Holidays With Hoot will be held outdoors, under the giant tent at Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills. MORE

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT THE MANOR!
December 11 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Manor Tavern

Call for reservations please. Santa, Mrs Claus and their main elf will be at The Manor Tavern from 10 am until 2 pm. This will be a breakfast buffet $29 for adults, $15 for children, including soft drinks. MORE

HOLIDAY TRAIN GARDEN AT THE FIRE MUSEUM
December 11 and 12 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Fire Museum of Maryland

Watch as O-scale trains wind through a 20th-century town! Free with museum admission. MORE

GREEN SPRING STATION MAKERS MARKET
December 11 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Green Spring Station

Green Spring Station will once again host a one-day holiday marketplace featuring Baltimore’s most talented artists and crafters as they ‘set up shop’ around the center in this 6th Annual Holiday Makers Market! The Green Spring Station Holiday Makers Market is modeled after the Bryant Park holiday craft bazaar in New York City. Throughout the day, shoppers will enjoy a pop-up shop by Taken, Maryland’s premier curator of all things local, live holiday music, mixing and mingling with local artisans, Tark’s Grill Holiday Cocktail Bar featuring Cane Collective mixers and Baltimore’s most unique one-of-a kind holiday gift ideas.

And new this year…(Cool) Progeny’s #MadeByMom Market!(Cool) Progeny’s favorite Holiday Gift Ideas come to life at the Maker’s Market this year! Stop by their curated #MadeByMom market for gifts featured in their Annual Holiday Guide — all made locally, by moms, with love. Because nobody does creativity quite like mom. MORE

CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS AND THE MIRACULOUS MAGICAL BALLOON
December 11 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chrysalis at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s special children’s program Christmas for Kids will make its return with a brand-new twist, featuring Synetic Theater in collaboration with Young Audiences of Maryland. Expressed through movement, masks, pantomime illusions, and dazzling choreography, The Miraculous Magical Balloon tells the story of a traveling actor and his magical trunk full of toys, tricks, and surprises. Perfect for audiences of all ages! Paata Tsikurishvili first learned this show from his master teacher, Igor Romanov, in Georgia 45 years ago, and he and Irina first performed it in America at the Kennedy Center in 1996. Since then, The Miraculous Magical Balloon has delighted audiences all over the world. MORE

COOKIES & CABOOSES
December 11 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cahill Fitness and Wellness Center

Cookies & Cabooses is a new, family-friendly holiday event and the first holiday event to take place at the recently opened Cahill Fitness and Wellness Center. Get a chance to meet Santa, make seasonal crafts, and enjoy a showing of the Polar Express in our very own theatre! We’ve got parents covered too with lawn games, ax-throwing, warm beverages and onsite food trucks. This event is FREE (with on-site items for purchase) and all are welcome. RSVP! MORE

KERPLUNK! SATURDAY FAMILY DROP-IN ART CLASS
December 11 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Creative Alliance

Kerplunk! Family Art Drop-in class is great for younger kids and families! Come join us in the Creative Alliance Marquee Lounge to create some golden light fall themed art projects and be thankful for our holiday season together. This weekend, make handmade and decorated sketchbooks. MORE

‘GINGERBREAD’ HOUSES
December 11 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Build a delicious winter wonderland from graham crackers, gumdrops, icing, and more! Two different time slots. ($5 per person, for ages 4 and up.) RSVP. MORE

NATURAL ORNAMENTS AT OREGON RIDGE NATURE CENTER
December 11 and 12 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Decorate for the holidays the natural way. They’ll have the examples and natural material on hand for participants to choose from to create their own natural ornaments to take home! For adults and children 5+. $3 per person for 2 ornaments. Register via email at [email protected] MORE

BALLET CHESAPEAKE PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
December 11 at 1 PM and 6 PM | December 12 at 1 PM
Stephens Hall Theatre, Towson University

The magic of the holiday season will be brought to life as Ballet Chesapeake presents performances of The Nutcracker! Join them December 11th and 12th! MORE

FOR THE ADULTS: EGG NOG TASTING TOUR
December 11 | 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Fells Point Main Street

Join Fells Point Main Street on Saturday, December 11th from 1:30pm-4:30pm for an afternoon full of holiday spirit. Tickets are $12 and check in is on the Broadway Square. Participants will be able to sample handcrafted eggnogs from all participating businesses in Fell’s Point in a walking tasting tour sponsored by Fell’s Point Main Street and The Kraken Spiced Rum. Cast your vote for your favorite Egg Nog Recipe! MORE

CANDY CANE HUNT + HOLIDAY FUN
December 12 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Eastern Regional Park

Join Baltimore County Rec and Parks at Eastern Regional Park for a Candy Cane Hunt! Sign is starts at 9 AM and the hunt begins promptly at 10. Giveaways, prizes, singing, a mitten tree and much more! MORE

CLIPPER MILL HOLIDAY SHOP TOUR
December 12 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Whitehall Mill & Lower Hampden

Sip Shop and Savor in lower Hampden! This Sunday, Dec 12th, make your way down to the Clipper Mill Road side of things and support small local business. ⁠Whitehall Mill and Wight Tea Co are teaming up to host a 40 vendor holiday market. They’ll have a photobooth sponsored by @thebmorecreatives, Sip on boozy and kid-friendly drink options, and grab a bite. MORE

VIRTUAL | TALES AND TREATS FROM TUNISIA
December 12 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hosted by The Jewish Museum of Maryland

Join local chef and food blogger Huppit Bartov Miller for an interactive cooking demo of a traditional Tunisian cookie recipe. Huppit will share stories of growing up in Tunisia and encourage us to explore how food can connect us to our own family’s heritages and traditions. This program is designed for families with children ages 6-12. MORE

Candy Lane

(COOL) PROGENY CANDY LANE EXPERIENCE
Sunday, December 12 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Center Plaza, Baltimore

Sweeten your holidays with a Candy Lane Adventure! Enjoy Candy Lane AND pick-up a fun experience kit that includes a DIY Snow Globe Ornament Craft, “How to Catch Santa” Book, and gummy candy from Candy Club! Each kit contains one craft, but you can add on additional crafts for $10/craft. Be sure to order additional craft kits if you have more than one child! This kit is sponsored by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. Candy Lane is a larger-than-life candy-themed experience with installations, thousands of lights and seasonal entertainment in Baltimore. Guests will be awed by 24-foot-tall ice cream cones and candy forests while strolling the paths of Center Plaza and experiencing Downtown in a sweet, new way. MORE