Diane Macklin

December Dishin' w/ Downtown Diane

November 30, 2018 - 5:04 pm

A chill is in the air and festive holiday events abound in Baltimore. So bundle up and enjoy your choice of the many festivities around Charm City this month. Happy holidays and a healthy, happy new year to you and your family. I hope to see you around town soon!


Baltimore Christmas Village

When: November 17 – December 24

Where: Inner Habor (West Shore Park)

This German style Christmas village continues through December 24th at the Inner Harbor. Shop for unique gifts and warm up with hot chocolate, mulled wine or heat yourself up in the beer garden area.  There are special events on weekends and lunch and happy hour specials during the week, as well. View full schedule of events at Baltimore-Christmas.com.

Diane Macklin

Baltimore Christmas Village Mulled Wine 

Old Tyme Christmas

When: December 1 

Where: Fells Point

Enjoy events all day from pictures and breakfast with Santa to an eggnog tasting stroll at area bars and restaurants. The day concludes with the Fells Point tree lighting and lighted boat parade around the harbor. View the full schedule at fellspointmainstreet.org.

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Lighted Boat Parade Fells Point

Mayor's Christmas Parade

When: Sunday, December 2 

This yearly holiday parade in the Hampden area begins at Poly-Western and continues over two miles. Check out the route and plan your spot early to catch some candy and wave to jolly Santa. Also, be sure to view the elaborate holiday lights in Hampden, our very own Miracle on 34th Street.

View details at mayorschristmasparade.com.


Chanukah Menorah Lighting & Festival

When: December 2 at 2:30 p.m.

Where: Inner Harbor (McKeldin Square)

Enjoy family activities, live music, food and the annual lighting of the menorah at 4:45 p.m. Free admission and stay warm with hot, winter beverages in their heated tent. View full details at facebook.com/chederchabadbaltimore/


The Charmery at Union Collective Presents: The Willy Wonka Experience

When: December 4 at 6:30 p.m. & December 9 at 11 a.m.

Where: 1700 W. 41st Street, Baltimore, MD 21211

"The Charmery Goes Wonka," enjoy a viewing of the original movie while sampling ice cream and other treats that relate specifically to this classic movie; one of my all-time favorites! View full details  at thecharmery.com


Mistletoe Meltdown Concert Series at Rams Head Live

Matt Nathanson, A Great Big World, and Cecilia Grace

When: December 6

Where: Rams Head Live

Tickets:  www.axs.com/events/364583/matt-nathanson-tickets

AJR, Ocean Park Standoff, and JAGMAC

When:  December 11

Where: Rams Head Live

Tickets:  www.axs.com/events/364864/ajr-tickets


The Monument Lighting

When: December 6 at 5-8 p.m.

The Mount Vernon Monument Lighting is a tradition for many and you can make it your own tradition this year! Enjoy live music, food vendors and fireworks as the monument gets lit up for the season. View full details at  godowntownbaltimore.com.

Diane Macklin

Mt. Vernon Monument Lighting 

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Mt Vernon Monument Lighting 

Dollar or Less Days

When: December 8 & 9

This is the weekend that many area events and attractions offer admission for free or $1. Some of those participating include The National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center and Top of the World Observation Center. View all participating locations and details here.


 Sock Monkey Saturday

When: December 8 at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: The American Visionary Art Museum   

This annual event is a fun way to get in the holiday spirit. Bring your own socks & scissors and the rest is supplied for you. After you create your Sock Monkey stop by Encantada at the museum and check out their holiday decorations while enjoying brunch or dinner. View details AVAM.org.


Charm City College Classic

When: December 8

Towson U vs Morgan State U at 1:15 p.m.

U of MD Terrapins  vs Loyola University Chicago at 4 p.m.

Where: Royal Farms Arena

Catch the Maryland Terrapins in Baltimore during this special College Classic day. Tickets and more details at royalfarmsarena.com.


Vienna Boys Choir - Christmas in Vienna

When: December 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Modell Lyric

These child musicians will delight you with melodic sounds of the season. More details and tickets modell-lyric.com.


Best of the Best Wine Dinner

Gramercy Mansion by Chef's Expressions

When: December 19 at 6:30-9:30 p.m.Reserve early as this beautiful, festive wine dinner always sells out. Chef's Expressions gourmet, seated wine dinner is the perfect early holiday gift. This December dinner features the best of the best from their featured offerings in 2018. A portion of proceeds benefits Meals on Wheels. View menu and reserve here

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Kwanzaa Celebration

When: December 29 at 12-4 p.m.

Where: Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Enjoy traditional dance and music performances, lectures, storytelling, crafts and a fashion show. View full details at lewismuseum.org/event/kwanzaa-celebration-2018/


Lord Baltimore Hotel Celebrates 90th Birthday

When: December 31 (New Years Eve) at 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Ring in the new year at the historic Lord Baltimore Hotel and toast their birthday, as well. Full details here.


New Years Eve Spectacular

Where: Inner Harbor

Celebrate NYE at the Inner Harbor with live music beginning at 9 p.m. and a full fireworks display at midnight. View more details at promotionandarts.org/events-festivals/new-years-eve-spectacular

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