The end of the year is a time full of celebration, as people enjoy one holiday after another. During this time, people across the country share warmth, fellowship and presents. Christmas might seem a bit commercial, but all of that holiday shopping boosts the economy, and, if done right, can be a fun and enjoyable experience. And no place is more enjoyable during the holidays than the busy streets of Charm City! Here are a few holiday markets in the Baltimore area that bring the spirit of the season and remain must-visits as you head out for a shopping adventure.
501 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Date: Now through Dec. 24, 2014
The majority of Christmas traditions commonly held in America have their roots in the German and Scandinavian cultures. The annual Christmas Village brings those cultures to the Inner Harbor as a rollicking month-long adventure that includes food, entertainment and loads of booths all centered around the rich German heritage that made Christmas what it is. The Christmas Village is an open-air event, and some of the attractions you can expect to find include wines, foods, decorations, music, dances, plays and comedic displays.
Baltimore Farmers’ Market And Bazaar
Under Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga streets
Baltimore, MD 21202
Date: Every Sunday through Dec. 21, 2014
Meeting every Sunday underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga streets, the Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar is now seeing its 37th season. This holiday, check it out any Sunday up until the last day of this season, December 21. For the holidays, the Farmers’ Market will feature every kind of produce imaginable, especially seasonal items which include turkeys, brisket, hams, lobsters, pies, cider, gingerbread cookies, apples, pears, citrus fruit, crab cakes and dips, sweet potatoes, greens, honey, nuts, goat, fish, dairy, coffee, breads, spices, truffles, candy and more.
Local merchants also provide hand-made gift items such as jewelry, soaps and lotions, holiday ornaments, vintage clothing, mugs and other dishes, original works of art, handcrafted baskets, and leather goods, to name just a few. Head down to purchase your greenery, wreaths and Christmas trees, as well. Each Sunday, the Market will feature special guests who will showcase their signature foods and recipes to sample or purchase.
Valley View Farms
11035 York Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Over its 52 years, Valley View Farms has become synonymous with Christmas for Baltimore County residents. Its vast selection of trees, wreaths, greenery, ornaments, baked goods and other holiday offerings has made it among the most festive places in Maryland for Christmas lovers. In addition to the items available for purchase, the farm offers ornament personalization, gourmet chocolate sales and samplings, and a variety of workshops that take place throughout the Christmas season.
Pennsylvania Dutch Market
1583 Potomac Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Date: Daily; check events calendar for extended hours
The PA Dutch Market brings the culture of the hard-working, hand-crafting Pennsylvania Dutch to Baltimore County in their long-running establishment dedicated to the perfection of all things quaint and crafty. Serving food and selling home furnishings and other unique merchandise, Christmas is a time of special pride and excitement for the Pennsylvania Dutch. During this season, they will launch the best of seasonal baked goods, candies, ornaments, decorations and winter warmth. The PA Dutch Market will also roll out extended hours for the three days leading up to Christmas so you can get your last-minute shopping done, or enjoy one last shot of their mouth-watering seasonal menu.
Annual Ornament Show & Sale
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
13480 Dowell Road
Solomons, MD 20629
Date: Now through Jan. 5, 2015
The Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center makes Christmas special by inviting several regional artists to craft and display Christmas ornaments, each hung lovingly on the large, decorative tree that sits in the Main Gallery of the Arts Building. Visitors may come and be dazzled by the tree and its decorations – an art display all to itself. But unlike other art displays, guests are welcome to pluck an attractive ornament from the tree, take it to the gift shop and purchase it to take home. No other art gallery in Maryland provides a Christmas display this artistic and interactive. Come by and enjoy the art, then take a little of the gallery home with you!
Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.