A traditional European Christmas is a lot closer than you think. You can get the full experience at the Christmas Village without even leaving the state!

Now in its seventh season, the Christmas Village has transformed West Shore Park, next to the Maryland Science Center, into an indoor and outdoor German Christmas Market.

Open through Christmas Eve, the market includes not only a heated indoor area, but also an extended outdoor area with booths along the Inner Harbor promenade, a new kids’ corner, a 65-foot ferris wheel and a 21-foot-tall Christmas tree next to the Inner Harbor Ice Rink.

“It’s the most wonderful time of year on the Baltimore Waterfront,” said Christmas Village Project Manager Nancy Schmalz.

“We have been working hard since last year on expanding and evolving our authentic German market. After a terrific year last year, we want to continue to surprise and delight with even more new additions, new vendors, more food and changes in how we use the space.”

Christmas Village features a full menu of European food, sweets and drinks. Some specials this year include fresh gingerbread, charcoal-grilled brats and Raclette Cheese, plus German Schnitzel, Belgian Fries, Hofbräu Beer and the largest mulled wine selection in its history.

Food and drinks can be enjoyed either inside at the Hofbräu Beergarden, or at the cozy outdoor seating area “The Alm.”

Be sure to finish up your Christmas list by visiting more than 50 local and international merchants offering high-quality crafted gifts. Famous German vendor Käthe Wohlfahrt will return with thousands of ornaments, pyramids and limited-edition holiday decorations.

Other vendors include toys, apparel, jewelry, decorations, home decor, artwork and more. Additional vendors will set up shop in the traditional wooden booths in a new circle right on the Inner Harbor promenade.

The Girl Scouts of Central Maryland will set up and host craft tables for kids each weekend; this is a project to help the Girl Scouts earn their Silver Award. The Kids’ Corner will also feature a brand new photo booth.

Christmas Village in Baltimore’s outdoor area is always free of admission. On weekends, admission to the festival tent is $5 for adults 18 and over, while kids under 18 can enter for free.

Check the website for weekday events such as Hofbräu Beer Tastings on Fridays, Wine Tastings on Wednesdays, a HoHo Happy Hour and more.

The weekend of December 21 & 22 is First Responders weekend, and all first responders get in free with their ID.

All purchased tickets act as a Holiday Season Pass, whereas visitors can return anytime during the season without paying admission again.

“Christmas Village is a holiday tradition from my home country — where it is common to visit the market over and over again during the holidays,” said Schmalz.

“This tradition is one that I want to share with as many families as possible. This is our little gift to all the families and our biggest fans — plus new visitors that want more!”

Christmas Village in Baltimore

West Shore Park, 501 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Open through December 24

Sunday through Thursday 11:00am to 7:00pm

Friday through Saturday 11:00am to 8:00pm

Christmas Eve 11:00am to 5:00pm

For more information, go to http://www.baltimore-christmas.com.

Christmas Village Entertainment

Saturday, December 21th, 2019

12:00pm-4:00pm: JoeD Cares Rock Orchestra

4:00pm-5:00pm: City Line Kids

5:00pm-6:00pm: Brendan Clarke

11:00am – 8:00pm: Santa pictures

Sunday, December 22th, 2019

1:30pm — 5:00pm: Live music by Mark Vidor (outdoor stage)

4:00pm — 5:00pm: Danny&Nathan&the others

5:00pm — 7:00pm: Vince Borelli

11:00am – 8:00pm: Santa pictures

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by AvenueNews.com

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