Christmas Village sails into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for the 2015 Holiday Season

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— Christmas Village in Baltimore will again transform West Shore Park (501 Light Street) into a traditional, indoor and outdoor German Christmas Market, open between Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26 and Sunday, December 27, 2015. Inner Harbor is invited to enjoy holiday sights and sounds with thousands of twinkling lights, two Christmas Trees, live music at the main indoor stage presented by Condor, entertainment, children’s activities and more than 50 vendors. Shop for high-quality, international and local gifts and decorations. Warm up with a glass of warm mulled wine or hot chocolate while enjoying the great variety of European food and drink. On top of opening for an extra weekend, other additions for 2015 include new decorations like Original Herrnhut Stars, daily happy hours, food and drink areas, vendors and tasty treats. Admission is free on weekdays and opening weekend, and only $1 on December 4 and 5, 2015. Admission for all other weekends is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3-18 and free for toddlers under 3. Spread holiday cheer by following @baltimorexmas on Twitter and Instagram, liking Christmas Village in Baltimore on Facebook, and visitinghttp://www.baltimore-christmas.com

Now in its third year, Christmas Village in Baltimore has grown into one of the region’s most unique and charming holiday attractions, with 200,000 people expected in 2015. Authentic wooden huts, a huge heated tent, two Christmas trees and festive decorations will pop-up on West Shore Park, located in between the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Visitor Center. It’s the most wonderful time of year on the Baltimore Waterfront, as Christmas Village is located just steps away from popular holiday attractions like Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink (Inner Harbor Amphitheater), Santa photos (inside Harborplace’s Light Street Pavilion), Polar Express 4-D Experience (National Aquarium), 12 Days of Holiday Themed Science (Maryland Science Center), and Merriment and Melodies (Harbor East).

More than 50 international and local merchants are already busy preparing high-quality and lovingly crafted gifts. Famous German vendor Kathe Wohlfahrt will return with thousands of ornaments, genuine German Schwibbogen and pyramids, advent calendars and limited edition holiday decorations. With toys, apparel, jewelry, decorations, home goods, artwork and more, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s list.

Follow the smell of gingerbread and Schnitzel to a full menu of European food, sweets and drinks, including mouthwatering German bratwurst served on a warm roll (Brötchen). Look for a huge food variety this year, including different sorts of gingerbread and mustard. On top of the great shopping and dining experiences, visitors will enjoy the glorious Christmas Tree in West Shore Park, live entertainment at our Christmas Village Stage presented by Condor, theme days and weekends and other surprises to be announced.

Within the heated tent, have a seat in our Hofbrau Beer Garden and enjoy the German delicacies offered by our vendors, such as Bratwurst, Pretzls, Lebkuchen (gingerbread), mulled wine or a good German Hofbrau beer from Munich. A further special themed area, our alpine “The Alm”, will enrich the outdoor area. Designed after the cozy ski huts in the Bavarian Alps, this additional food court will serve Schnitzel, Baked Cheese on a stick, Potato Salad and Potato Latke.

New holiday surprises for the 2015 season will include:

  • Bonus weekend for post-Christmas shopping on December 26 and 27, 2015
  • New Original Herrnhut Stars lighting up Inner Harbor outside the wooden huts
  • Special themed “The Alm” outdoor food/drink area
  • Hofbrau Beer Garden
  • New daily happy hours

Christmas Village in Baltimore will open on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Black Friday, Friday, November 27, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily market hours starting Black Friday through the last Sunday in December will be Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Christmas Day. The first three Tuesdays are closed. Admission is free on weekdays and opening weekend, and only $1 on December 4 and 5, 2015. Admission for all other weekends is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3-18 and free for toddlers under 3.

The market will have a Grand Opening Ceremony on Sunday, November 29, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Invite your family and friends to come sing-a-long to holiday selections by local choirs and other entertainers. Meet the original Christkind from Nuremberg after she officially opens the market by reciting her traditional prologue and officially light the beautiful 21 feet tall Christmas tree. Take photos with her as she does her traditional walk of the market. In Germany, she is the person that brings the Christmas gifts to the kids, and she won’t be coming to Baltimore empty handed!

For more information, visit http://www.baltimore-christmas.com for more information.