German Christmas Village returns to Baltimore
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
For more information, go to http://www.baltimore-christmas.com.