Planning your holiday itinerary? Here are five activities you must add to your Baltimore Holiday Bucket List.

Baltimore is brimming with cheer and jolly things to do this holiday season! But we’ve narrowed it down to the five activities you absolutely must not miss. So, bundle up and get ready to have some holiday fun with your Baltimore holiday bucket list!

Pandora Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

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WHEN: Now-January 21, 2019
WHERE: 201 East Pratt Street (Top of the Inner Harbor Amphitheater)
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Nothing screams winter and the holidays quite like an ice skating rink! Bundle up the kids (or your significant other) and take them down to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, where you can skate the night away, making memories to last long after the holidays are over. Check the ice rink’s website for special events, like a chance to skate with Santa and watch fireworks from the ice rink on New Year’s Eve. Wanna get a head start on the holiday-themed fun? There’ll be cookies and hot chocolate and fire performers at the Opening Ceremony on Friday, November 16, at 5 p.m.!

German Christmas Village

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WHEN: Nov. 17–Dec. 23
WHERE: West Shore Park in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
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Modeled after the traditional Christmas markets in Germany, the Baltimore German Christmas Village is a unique, authentic German experience that boasts more than 45 vendors of German crafts and products, a Bavarian beer garden selling beers and brats, and the beautiful lit-up backdrop of a quaint German town. It’s open every day from November 17 through December 23, so there’s plenty of time to return to shop and enjoy the festival ambience again and again. Plus, this year the village is hosting a Ferris wheel!

Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats

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WHEN: Saturday, December 1 | 6 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Fells Point
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Hosted by Fells Point Yacht Club and Anchorage Marina, the annual boat parade starts at Anchorage Marina at 6 and arrives in the Inner Harbor by 6:30 p.m. This traditional parade kicks off the holiday season in a way that is truly Baltimore.

Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade

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WHEN: Sunday, December 2 | 1 p.m.
WHERE: Baltimore’s Hampden and Medfield’s Neighborhoods
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What would this bucket list be if we didn’t include the 46th annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade, a Baltimore holiday staple?! Cozy up together and line the 2.5-mile route to watch around 160 marching units, grand floats, local radio and TV personalities, bands, the Mummers of Philadelphia, a steam calliope, and so many more. Oh, and tell your kiddos to keep an eye out for Santa!

Are any of these events making your Baltimore holiday bucket list? Are there any other events that made your bucket list that you thought we should’ve known about? Don’t be shy and let us know below!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D

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WHEN: Now Playing
WHERE: 501 East Pratt Street (National Aquarium)
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This year, the National Aquarium presents Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 4D! The immersive 4D experience combines “the high-definition drama of a 3D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment,” so get ready for Rudolph’s classic story to come to life with special effects like wind, snow, scents, enhanced lighting, and more!

 

Annapolis’s holiday boat parade will take place December 8. Learn more here!

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