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'It's a Waterfront Life' featuring ice rink near Inner Harbor to open next month

Rendering of the proposed ice skating rink for McKeldin Square at the Inner Harbor.
Rendering of the proposed ice skating rink for McKeldin Square at the Inner Harbor. (Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore)

An ice rink will be the centerpiece of the Waterfront Partnership's annual holiday Inner Harbor attractions, which also include a Hot Chocolate Happy Hour and Holly Jolly Trolley rides.

"It's a Waterfront Life" begins next month and runs through Jan. 19, with the public ice rink opening at McKeldin Square at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 21.

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"We've wanted to bring an outdoor ice rink back to the harbor for years, and we are thrilled to be able to offer ice skating as another activity to this year's 'It's a Waterfront Life' holiday programming," said Laurie Schwartz, president of the Waterfront Partnership.

Admission to the ice rink is $9 for adults and $7 for children. Skate rental is $3.

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Public skating hours are noon to 6 p.m. Mondays, noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, noon to 10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

Santa Claus will arrive Nov. 21 on the ice rink with other costumed characters from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Holly Jolly Trolley will leave the Baltimore Visitor Center at 6:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 28 to Dec. 25. The trolley will tour the city's most festive neighborhoods. Tickets are $28.95 for adults and $17.95 for children, and must be purchased in advance.

"A Window Wonderland" monthlong holiday arts exhibit is planned in Harbor East beginning Nov. 19, featuring decorated storefronts. Carolers, stilt walkers and acrobats are planned from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Wandering elves will deliver warm "shots" of hot chocolate in Harbor East on Dec. 2, 9 and 16, courtesy of Whole Foods.

Kwanzaa and Hanukkah displays are included in the National Aquarium's Holiday Celebration from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 5. The event will feature music and dance performances from around the world. The Polar Express Train Conductor and Santa Claus are expected to appear.

The aquarium's Polar Express 4-D Experience returns from Nov. 14 to Jan. 4. Power Plant Live will host a Thanksgiving Eve Homecoming Bar Crawl on Nov. 26 beginning at 7 p.m.

Photos with Santa and Santa's Place Light Shows will begin Nov. 21 and go through Christmas Eve. The light shows, set to holiday music, run every half hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A German-style Christmas Village will be open Nov. 27 through Dec. 24 at West Shore Park with more than 40 vendors selling traditional European crafts, arts, jewelry, holiday gifts, food and drinks. Admission is $5.

Dollar Days are set for Dec. 6 and 7 with $1 admission to the aquarium, Maryland Science Center, Top of the World and Christmas Village.

Free arts and crafts will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 to Dec. 27 at the Visitor Center.

Pet photos with Santa will be offered at Harbor East's Katyn Circle on Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Baltimore Area Rescue and Care Shelter also will be there to collect pet food donations.

For New Year's Eve, an afternoon ball drop is planned for families at the Maryland Science Center, along with the New Year's Eve Spectacular, featuring music and fireworks at midnight. Power Plant Live also has an event planned for adults.

The complete list of programming is available at waterfrontpartnership.org.

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