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Christmas at HarborplaceFollow the Thanksgiving Parade, Santa...


Christmas at Harborplace

Follow the Thanksgiving Parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Inner Harbor on Saturday to see the premier of Christmas at Harborplace. Thousands of lights will glow throughout Harborplace and the Gallery, and the complex will be filled with holiday trappings.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by horse-drawn carriage at the Harborplace Santa House (located between the Pratt and Light Street pavilions) about 1 p.m. after the parade. They will be escorted by elves, street performers and the Phillips Band.

Santa will be available for photographs every day through Christmas Eve, but the busy Mrs. Claus will be there only on Saturday. Also on Saturday, street performers will entertain throughout the day. Every weekend, children can visit Santa's Petting Zoo from noon to 4 p.m. It will be filled with llamas and an assortment of farm animals.

Santa's Place will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (800) HARBOR 1. Need a little boost to catch the holiday spirit? Then visit the Festival of Trees, an annual holiday fund-raiser for the Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. This five-day wonderland of decorated trees, gingerbread houses and sugarplums opens on Wednesday and runs through Nov. 26.

The festival features more than 100 decorated trees and wreaths, dozens of specialty shops, activities and family entertainment. Here you'll see shops filled with hand-painted furniture, handcrafted music boxes and soft sculptured toys; a Town Square where you'll find entertainment by the Handel Choir, a puppet show by the Baltimore Opera Company and a full schedule of performers. There's a Secret Santa Shop that allows children to purchase gifts for the family for as little as a quarter, a Teddy Bear Breakfast for toddlers to bring their favorite bear to meet Santa and a 40-foot carousel.

Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit children with disabilities served by the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Call (410) 550-TREE.

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