So you want to visit Baltimore for the holiday season, but you aren’t quite certain where to stay, where to eat and what activities to attend. The fact of the matter is that Baltimore City is roaring with activities during the holidays. There are no shortage of options for an enjoyable time during a Charm City December, so here to help you sort through the options are our top five picks of holiday activities in Baltimore.
Henderson’s Wharf Inn
1000 Fell St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Since most of the holiday magic in Baltimore takes place in and around the Inner Harbor, Henderson’s Wharf makes for the perfect base from which to explore the winter wonderland. Its beautiful and spacious lobby is filled with a Christmas tree, glittering with golden decorations, and holly hung at every corner to make the holiday visitor feel the warmth of the seasonal spirit as they look out over the harbor from the vantage of the hotel, perfectly situated to sit directly on the water. Guests are quite satisfied with the amenities as well, which include such things as a wine event in the lobby, tea delivered directly to your room in the morning and a personal butler for each guest. The hotel is a renovated historical building which used to be a tobacco factory, and the original brickwork remains, giving it an historic air that mixes perfectly with the outside cobblestone gardens. Grab a room at this inn, then set off to explore the city.
1425 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
As you are looking for a fine place to sit down and enjoy a meal in Christmastime Baltimore, consider the peerless Italian Restaurant with the simple name “Pazo.” A cozy venue with an abundance of mouth-watering, stomach-warming foods, Pazo goes out of its way to make Christmas special by throwing up the big wreath, rolling out the Christmas menus (which are changed twice weekly) and offering its events room for anyone interested in hosting a holiday party.
Liam Flynn’s Ale House
22 W. North Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201
The Irish know how to celebrate the holidays, and this traditional old-country Ale House has taken that to its natural extreme by remaining open on Christmas Day. Come in any time after 4 p.m. on December 25 and enjoy the holiday spirit by tossing back a few holiday spirits. All throughout the holiday season, Liam Flynn’s hosts live musical events including local talent as well as traditional Irish folk music. Flynn’s is highly regarded by patrons as an enjoyable watering hole whether or not you happen to have some Irish blood.
501 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Date: Nov. 27, 2014 – Dec. 24, 2014
An annual event, the Baltimore Christmas Village brings a bit of the German Christmas spirit to America. Featuring several towering Christmas trees decked in the traditional German Christmas style, this open-air event features rows of booths marketing wines, foods, treats, decorations and other German-made products with a keenly Christmas theme. Additionally, the event hosts a variety of performances running all throughout the day during the month it dominates the Baltimore scene. These events include, of course, music, but also dances, plays, comedic displays and more. The Baltimore Christmas Village was a tremendously popular event since its first appearance in 2013, and aims to get bigger and better in the continuing years.
New Year’s Eve Spectacular
201 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Date: Dec. 31, 2014 – Jan. 1, 2015
It’s sad to see the holiday season come to an end, but fortunately, Charm City saves the best for last. On New Year’s Eve, the entire Inner Harbor area becomes one enormous party, with sound stages ringing with live music all over the Harbor, outdoor vendors selling every variety of food and drink and fireworks exploding over the water. Grab your winter coat and head out to the Harbor for the best party of the year as Baltimore says goodbye to the old year and rings in the new year as only Baltimore can do.
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.