Ger­man Christ­mas Vil­lage re­turns to Bal­ti­more

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: LISA HARLOW

If you are look­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence a tra­di­tional Euro­pean Christ­mas without leav­ing the states, it’s time you checked out the Christ­mas Vil­lage in Bal­ti­more. Now en­ter­ing its sixth 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 and a twenty-one-foot-tall Christ­mas tree next to the PAN­DORA Ice Rink.

Christ­mas Vil­lage fea­tures a full menu of Euro­pean food, sweets and drinks. Some spe­cials this year in­clude fresh gin­ger­bread, char­coal-grilled brats, the new ad­di­tion of Raclette Cheese, plus Ger­man Schnitzel, Bel­gian Fries, Hof­bräu Beer and warm mulled wine. Food and drinks can be en­joyed in one of the en­larged seat­ing ar­eas within the heated tent or the out­door beer gar­den.

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.

“It’s the most won­der­ful time of year on the Bal­ti­more Water­front,” said Christ­mas Vil­lage Pro­ject Man­ager Nancy Sch­malz. “Christ­mas Vil­lage is ex­cited to make its re­turn to West Shore Park — and to be part of Bal­ti­more’s new Hol­i­day District. We have been work­ing hard since last year on ex­pand­ing and evolv­ing our authen­tic Ger­man mar­ket. The peo­ple of Bal­ti­more de­serve a world-class ex­pe­ri­ence — and we are proud to pro­vide them with this. We have a new lay­out, ex­panded foot­print, ex­tended cal­en­dar, more food and new photo op­por­tu­ni­ties this year. We also are proud to help or­ga­nize a new Hol­i­day District in the In­ner Har­bor. We can’t wait to cel­e­brate the hol­i­days with you, Bal­ti­more and D.C.! Let’s make some hol­i­day mem­o­ries to­gether.”

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.

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

“Christ­mas Vil­lage sees so many re­peat vis­i­tors — they come for the shop­ping, the food, the mulled wine and the dec­o­ra­tions,” said Sch­malz. “Our Hol­i­day Sea­son Pass makes it easy for vis­i­tors to come back and see us. 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. 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 is a lead part­ner in Bal­ti­more’s new Hol­i­day District, which spans from West Shore Park to the In­ner Har­bor to the PAN­DORA Ice Rink, and in­cludes nearby venues, shop­ping des­ti­na­tions and mu­se­ums. 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.

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