Spreading Holiday Cheer in Charm City

December 4, 2023 | Holidays
Spreading Holiday Cheer in Charm City

The jolliest time of year is here! Cold weather makes for warm memories, and Baltimore has many opportunities to make memories with friends and family this year. Whether you’re looking to shop, eat, or create, Charm City has something for you!

Shopping Galore

On Saturday, December 9, Station North will host a holiday market against the backdrop of a vibrant, illuminated North Avenue. Enjoy the creations of local artists, makers, and chefs as you explore the market’s pop-ups and listen to its live performances. Stay tuned to Station North’s Facebook page for vendor announcements and more!

Another must-visit for market lovers is Holiday Shopping in Waverly at Baltimore’s 32nd Street Farmers Market. Just one day wasn’t good enough, so the market will be hosted December  9, 16, and 23 from 7am-noon, rain, snow, or shine. There’s no excuse to miss this charming event!

For something a little smaller, head up to R. House on December 16 at 9am to experience the Mini Holiday Market, a celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice all wrapped up into one event. Local small businesses such as Lucid Knits, Alphee Arts, and Reyshi Designs will be present to provide you with fun, unique gift opportunities. Enjoy some festive drinks and delicious food from R. House vendors as you shop!

For a holiday event that even The Grinch couldn’t turn down, visit Merry Grinchmas at the Market on December 17 at Belvedere Square. Complete with Prigel’s Hot Chocolate and a S’Mores Bar, this event is sure to turn any frown upside down! Make sure not to miss their holiday-themed gifts and giveaways.

On Saturday, December 9, Charm City Craft Mafia will host the 17th annual Holiday Heap, a festive craft fair complete with 40+ amazing artists and makers. Shop handmade and local at this charming event open from 10am-5pm!

On December 16 from 12-5pm, the Union Collective Holiday Bizaar is back and better than ever! Shop small and local with over 40 vendors, including Boombox Baggage, Dina’s Jewelry, and Groovy Vandal.

Holiday Lights

The holidays are synonymous with dazzling light shows, and Baltimore has plenty of those to offer. Make your way to Mount Vernon Place on December 7 to witness the holiday monument lighting tradition that launches the holiday season in Baltimore. In addition to the amazing lights, there will be over 20 food vendors as well as hot and cold drinks. If all that isn’t enough, the event will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks show!

For a light tour that’ll put your jaw on the floor, visit Brewer’s Hill on Friday, December 15 for the Jingle & Mingle Holiday Light Tour. Embark on a magical journey as you walk through streets adorned with shimmering Christmas decorations. And make sure to stick around to see the special guest of the evening…Santa!

Festive Foods

What’s even better than a bar crawl? A cookie crawl, of course! Take a trip to Fells Point on December 14 for the Fells Point Main Street’s Annual Cookie Crawl. Enjoy a complimentary cookie and festive holiday cocktails for a unique, winter experience.

If you’re looking to not just eat cookies but, to make your own, Schola is hosting a cookie-making and decorating event at Lighthouse Point on December 16. Bring your cookie tin and get ready to decorate sugar cookies, linzer cookies, molasses cookies, and more!

For those looking for something a little more sophisticated, join Emma’s Tea Spot for their first ever British Holiday Tea! Mingle over mocktails, mulled wine, and mimosas as you take in the festive linens, china, and British table crackers. Nothing says class like this event. 

Everyone loves an ugly sweater and everyone loves brunch. On December 9, head to Southern Provisions for an Ugly Sweater Holiday Brunch! Invite your friends, family, and coworkers to enjoy delicious food, enjoy some bottomless mimosas, and participate in holiday-themed giveaways. 

For another delectable brunch, Guilford Hall Brewery is hosting Holiday Brunch With Santa on December 17. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit as you indulge in a fabulous food spread, sip on seasonal brews, and capture precious moments with Santa!

Arts, Crafts, and the Sounds of the Holidays

Get ready for a night of creativity and fun at Misfit Maker Day: Paint Your Own Holiday Pottery on December 16 at Porter House Pottery! No matter your skill level, unleash your inner artists and create a piece that will add character to any room. Materials will be provided and talented instructors will be walking around to help whenever needed. 

Christmas Caroling is a holiday staple, and on December 23, you’ll have an opportunity to sing too! Join the local Polish-American and Fells Point community in Christmas caroling through the streets of Fells Point, bringing cheer with you wherever you go. Caroling begins at the Polish Home Club at 6pm.

If you’re closer to Federal Hill, the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church will also be spreading the magic of Christmas Carols! Caroling begins at 6pm on December 10 and will end in a happy hour at Cross Street Market.

Holiday Fun for Everyone

Whether you’re looking to shop, eat, sing, or create, Baltimore has something for all members of the Union community to enjoy this holiday season. So put on your ugliest sweater, get some hot chocolate, and enjoy the festivities! From the Union Wharf family to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday season!