Baltimore’s holiday season unofficially kicks off with the opening of this seasonal German-inspired marketplace, complete with all manner of gifts, decorations and other festiveness — more than 50 local and international merchants, plus lots of food opportunities, too, with German schnitzel, Belgian fries, Hofbräu beer, warm mulled wine and more. Perfect for getting you into the spirit of the season. A preview weekend is set for Nov. 17-18 at West Shore Park, 501 Light St., then it opens for the season on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22. Opens 11 a.m. daily, closes 7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays (5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve), 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (closed Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-4, 10-11). Closes for the season Dec. 24. baltimore-christmas.com.