Baltimore City Paper

2016 Holiday Events: Special Events

Baltimore Krampuslauf. Dress up as Krampus, a Christmas demon from German alpine folklore, and walk through Hampden, singing carols and spooking onlookers. Participants can also try a special Krampus ice cream flavor from The Charmery. Dec. 10, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., De Kleine Duivel, 3602 Hickory Ave.,, free.

Catholic Charities 2015 Christmas Festival. Support Gallagher Services, a program that supports adults with intellectual disabilities, while enjoying performances by the Concert Artists of Baltimore and Morgan State University Choir, and a special guest appearance from Baltimore Raven Justin Tucker. Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., The Baltimore Basilica, 409 Cathedral St., (410) 547-5591,, $125 general admission, $50 ages 35 and under.


Christmas Village. The annual German Christmas market returns to the Inner Harbor for a month of over 50 booths offering international holiday gifts alongside the big holiday tree, German food, performers, and more. Through Dec. 24, Inner Harbor, 401 Light St.,, free admission until Dec. 3, $1-$5 after.

Community Holiday Celebration. Don your most spirited holiday gear and make personalized cards while enjoying complimentary refreshments and live music by the Baltimore Baroque Band and the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble. Dec. 11, noon-4 p.m., Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410)547-9000,, free.

Fells Point Olde Tyme Christmas. Celebrate the holidays with live music and vendors in Broadway Square, breakfast with St. Nick, the Annual Parade of Lighted Boats, an eggnog contest, tree lighting, and more. Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Fells Point Main Street, (410) 675-8900,, free.

Festive Flavors of Federal Hill. Federal Hill celebrates the season with a food and drink tour of neighborhood bars, restaurants, and shops. Dec. 6, 6-10 p.m., Cross Street Market, 1065 S. Charles St., (410) 727-4500,, $55.

Kick it with Santa Kickball Tournament. Dress up in your best North Pole gear and play kickball alongside Christmas music, games, drinks, and costume contests. Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., McHenry Row Little League Fields, 1100 Fort Ave.,, $30 per person, register ahead.

Mayor's Christmas Parade. See festive floats, motorcycles, marching bands, and Santa Claus trek a 2.5 mile route through Medfield-Hampden. Dec. 4, 1 p.m., begins at Poly/Western High Schools through Falls Road and 36th to end at Chestnut and 37th St.,, free.


Miracle on 34th Street. Enjoy the impressive decorations and festive light displays, on view in Hampden for the 69th year. Through January 1, 700 block of 34th St.,, free.

Monument Lighting. Celebrate the 44th annual lighting of the Washington Monument with live music, food and craft vebdors, a laser show, and a fireworks display. Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m., Mount Vernon Place, (410) 244-1030,, free.

Monument Lighting Celebration. Escape the cold during the Washington Monument Lighting and enjoy family-friendly performances, music, refreshments, and festive art activities. Dec. 1, 5-7:30 p.m., Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410)547-9000,, free.

O’Donnell Square Lamp Post Lighting Ceremony. Canton celebrates the holidays with a special ceremony, now in its ninth year, featuring live music from Cara Kelly and the Tell Tale, holiday drinks, best decorated lamp post and store front contests, photo booth, the arrival of Santa Claus, a homebrew competition, caroling, and more. Proceeds benefit the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation. Dec. 6, 5-9 p.m., O’Donnell Square Park, 2917 O’Donnell St.,

Posadas: Tradiciones Navidenas Latinoamericanas. Join a singing procession in the Latin American tradition with Mary, Joseph, and the Mariachi Rey Azteca band; followed by a potluck dinner and piñata breaking party. Dec. 16, 6-10 p.m., meet at Patterson Park Public Charter School, 27 N. Lakewood Ave.; Dec. 17, 6-10 p.m., meet at Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave.; Dec. 18, 6-10 p.m., meet at Spartan’s Pizzeria, 3600 Eastern Ave.; (410) 276-1651,, $5 suggested donation.

Rock the Dock Family Holiday Bash. The family-friendly event includes live music, photos with Santa, arts and crafts, food, drinks, giveaways, and more. Dec. 3, 2-5 p.m., Power Plant Live, 34 Market Place,, free.

Running of the Santas Festival. Grab your Santa hat and join other Santas and elves for a “run, stumble, crawl” through the city, ending with a “North Pole” after-run party at Luckie’s Tavern complete with live music, drink specials, and a Hottest Santa Contest. Dec. 3, 3-11:30 p.m., Power Plant Live, 34 Market Place, (410) 752-5444,, $25.

The Ugly Sweater Run. Run a 5k in your ugliest holiday sweater, followed by post-event festivities including awards for Best Ugly Sweater, Best Kids Sweater, Best Pet Attire, and Best Real/Fake Mustache/Beard. Dec. 17, 9 a.m., Rash Field, 201 Key Highway,, $35, free for kids ages 5 and under.

The Will of Wisdom Community Center Tree Lighting. The Will of Wisdom Community Center's first annual tree lighting celebration features live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, games, and a visit from Santa Claus. Dec. 2, 5-9 p.m. (tree lighting at 7 p.m.), The Will of Wisdom Community Center, 3013 Chelsea Terrace, (410) 466-5373, free.