by Jordan Fish
Baltimore County Office of Tourism
Baltimore County is in the holiday spirit! Be sure to check our list of the many events and programs going on around the County during the month of December. From train gardens to choral shows to tree lightings – it’s the most wonderful time of the year in Baltimore County!
SATURDAYS IN DECEMBER
Holiday Train Garden at the Fire Museum of Maryland Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kids of all ages will enjoy the rebuilt Holidays Train Garden at the Fire Museum of Maryland. Featuring the Bromo Seltzer Tower and a burning building, complete with fire engines and hoses crisscrossing the fire ground. Watch Antique O-Scale trains and a street car wind their way past Baltimore neighborhoods, the Zoo, Gwynn Oaks Amusement Park and the Viaduct.
Wine Country Christmas Saturdays through December 22, 1-5 p.m. (free)
Boordy's Barn is the perfect setting for seasonal merry-making with traditional music, a tour of the winery, and steaming Wassail (a specialty from Boordy for over twenty-five years). A Wine tasting of six samples and a wineglass is available for $5. Wines may be purchased by the glass or bottle for enjoying in the barn with your friends. The wineshop will be brimming with gifts for hard to please wine lovers!
Saturday, December 1
Holiday Lights Community Open House at CCBC Catonsville 12-3 p.m. (free)
The CCBC Catonsville Foundation hosts a “Holiday Lights” community open house in the historic Hilton Mansion on the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 800 S. Rolling Road. The open house will offer activities for adults and children of all ages including face painting, craft stations, balloon art and a visit by Santa’s elves. Join us for tours of the Hilton Mansion, an early 20th century, Georgian-revival mansion farmhouse. Light refreshments with a seasonal flair will be served.
6th Annual Holiday Hoopla & Cookie Tour 4-7 p.m. (free)
This is the stuff happy holiday memories are made of. Come for the legendary Christmas Parade, Santa and Ms. Claus, the free cookie tour and Center Place transformed with lights and decorations – and hot cocoa all around!
Glyndon by Candlelight 4-8 p.m.
A self-guided tour of unique and varied houses in Baltimore County's First Historic District, decorated for the holidays. Limited tickets are available. Non-refundable ticket donation: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Baltimore County Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 6-8 p.m. (free)
Baltimore County Tree Lighting at Olympic Park, near Towson Circle. Bring the entire
family for an evening of fun and festivities which include: Santa’s arrival by fire engine, Christmas tree lighting ceremony, opening of Santa’s Workshop at the old Hutzler’s on Towson Circle with reindeer, Beau & Tinsel. Receive reduced parking rates at the parking garage located at Nottingham Center, 502 Washington Avenue.
Sunday, December 2
Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music present “Winter Joy” 3 p.m.
Children's Chorus of Maryland is pleased to be joined by special guests Leslie Margolis, flute, Eyal Bor, clarinet, Jacqueline Betz, violin, and Kenneth Whitley, cello as we present "Winter Joy." From Johannes Ockeghem to Irving Berlin, from a rousing Wassail to subtly nuanced jazz chords to soothing Handelian strains, celebrate with us as we hail the delights of the winter season. Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave.
Friday, December 7
Holidays at Hampton December 7-9 (free)
Get into the holiday spirit early with "Holidays at Hampton" where the public can celebrate the season at Hampton National Historic Site. Visitors will experience 2 centuries of holiday traditions at Towson's only National Park - all of the festivities are free and open to the public. Special evening tours, carriage rides, period crafts, musical & dance performances, African-American storytelling and unique holiday shopping in the Museum Shop are just part of the revelries taking place during the "Holidays at Hampton" Yuletide weekend of Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9, 2012. To commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, there will be a special emphasis on the fashion, music and dancing of "1812" during "Holidays at Hampton."
Fire & Ice at Night 6-9 p.m. (free)
View the ice sculptures located around Downtown Towson! There will also be street performers, and free roasted chestnuts and s’mores offered by area restaurants. Visit www.towsonchamber.com for a map of ice sculptures or just come to Downtown Towson!
Saturday, December 8
Breakfast with the Grinch 9 a.m.
For a memorable holiday breakfast, bring your kids to eat along with the holiday character, The Grinch. Souris’ Saloon, 537 York Road/Towson Circle. $5 Children $10 Adults
Holiday Movie & Santa's Workshop 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (free)
Kids can shop for holiday gifts at Santa’s Workshop where gifts are priced from $1 to $2. At 10:30 am, enjoy watching The Grinch together. 1 E. Joppa Road/Towson Circle.
Benjamin Banneker Planetarium Show – “Christmas Story” 10 a.m. (free)
The Christmas Story displays the sky from Bethlehem around the time of Jesus’ birth and presents possibilities about what astronomical events could have been a Christmas star. D Building, D-003, CCBC Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Road.
Music Forum at CCBC Essex – CCBC Chamber Singers 7:30 p.m. (free)
This select choral ensemble, under the direction of CCBC faculty member Monica Otal, will present diverse music of the holiday season, including excerpts from Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio. E Building Recital Hall, CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Blvd.
Friday, December 14
Street Performers 6-9 p.m. (free)
Enjoy a variety of street performers located throughout Downtown Towson as you shop for the holidays, eat and celebrate in one of the many locally owned restaurants!
Saturday, December 15
Breakfast with Frosty 9 a.m.
For a memorable holiday breakfast, bring your kids to eat along with Frosty the Snowman. Strapazza, 12 W. Allegheny Ave. $5 Children $10 Adults
Holiday Movie & Santa's Workshop 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (free)
Kids can shop for holiday gifts at Santa’s Workshop where gifts are priced from $1 to $2. At 10:30 am, enjoy watching Frosty the Snowman together. 1 E. Joppa Road/Towson Circle.
Thursday, December 20
Men’s Shopping Night 5-8 p.m. (free)
Men, tonight is your shopping night! Locally owned shops in Downtown Towson will offer specials and promotions and help you select the perfect gifts. Souris’ will even wrap your gifts for free!