Mallternatives: Holiday shopping beyond the mall [Pictures]
The holiday shopping season is hard upon us, and here's betting you still haven't figured out what to get for the especially discerning (and deserving) people on your gift list.
Fear not. Between now and Christmas, a bevy of events will be popping up throughout the Baltimore area, offering handmade and out-of-the-ordinary gifts -- everything from fine art to crockpots, used books to decorated holiday centerpieces. And the best part about the events listed below? Even if you don't buy anything, you'll have fun looking.
-- Chris Kaltenbach
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Nov. 23-25: Festival of Trees( Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun photo / November 27, 2011 )
Few things say Christmas in Baltimore like the annual Festival of Trees, where hundreds of trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses and other holiday decorations, designed by some of the area's most creative people, vie for shoppers' attention (as well as their wallets). There have been Charlie Brown trees and Charlie's Angels trees, as well as trees inspired by everything from "The Wizard of Oz" to the defense of Fort McHenry. There are also gift boutiques, raffles, silent auctions, live entertainment, crafts, even carnival games. Proceeds benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Festival of Trees, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 23-24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. $7-$13. 443-923-7300 or festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.