Are you ready to kick off the holiday season in Baltimore, this weekend?

Enjoy a preview of The Authentic German Christmas Market, Christmas Village in Baltimore, this Saturday Nov 17 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday Nov 18 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at West Shore Park – Inner Harbor (501 Light St. Baltimore).

Get a sneak peek at the magic this year’s Christmas Village in Baltimore holds. Witness the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday Nov 17 at dusk! Or you can enjoy the brand-new “Breakfast with Gingy & Santa” on Sunday Nov 18. Purchase your tickets today at

The regular Christmas Village in Baltimore season begins Thursday Nov 22 and will continue through Monday Dec 24.

Christmas Village in Baltimore is a combination of an outdoor and indoor Holiday Market at West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor. The event is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg.

From Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, vendors in more than 50 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. They also offer a great shopping experience with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts.

The outdoor area around the Walter Sondheim Fountain will bring the original Christmas Village charm with its traditional German style wooden huts to Baltimore. In addition a heated festival tent (60′ x 180′) will create a Christmassy shopping atmosphere with more vendors, a food court and an event space.

The unique atmosphere with thousands of lights, the big Holiday Tree, the delicious smell of waffles, gingerbread, bratwurst and mulled wine brings you and your family into the perfect Christmas mood.

For a full list of scheduled events throughout this year’s Christmas Village in Baltimore, visit or follow them on Facebook at

Tess Abney is a freelance writer who was born and raised in the Quad Cities. She spends most of her time attempting to successfully raise three boys. In her free time, writing is her passion. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.