Thanksgiving Day in Baltimore
- SWATHI RAMASWAMY
- UPDATED May 09, 2018
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Thanksgiving is a very special occasion for everyone and is meant to be celebrated with the family members and friends. Thanksgiving generally comes with a long weekend and hence people generally prefer to go out with their family members to enjoy the events that take place all around the city. All these events mark the beginning of a grand holiday season ahead and provide the visitors with complete entertainment packages. While some events provide free entry to the visitors, there are some others, which charge them and even need them to make prior bookings. The following section enlists some of the events that take place during the Thanksgiving Day in Baltimore.
1. BLACK FRIDAY BLOCK PARTY
This takes place at Harbour East, 65 S, Exeter Street, Baltimore during every thanksgiving. This is a family-friendly party and is a perfect getaway on the thanks giving day. The people can indulge in activities like shopping, live music and some DIY events too in this party. There are a huge number of kid-friendly activities as well for the entertainment purposes of the kids during the party, which include cookie decoration, face painting, balloon artists and much more. While kids would be having a good time, the adults can grab a mocktail at Mimosa and the Bloody Mary Bar. The entry into the Black Friday Block Party is free of cost since the Ronald McDonald House Charities funds the party. People who become a part of this part get free parking and are also considered for giveaways as well.
2. GRAND ILLUMINATION – CITY TREE LIGHTING
If you are willing to please your eyes beyond imagination, then head straightway to Market Space at the Market House, 25 Market Street, Annapolis. The lighting of the tree during the Grand Illumination would surely please your eyes and this marks the start of a grand holiday season ahead. The event is often accompanied by dance and music performances by the youth so as to welcome Santa Claus. The kids are provided with all the necessary ornaments to decorate the tree apart from a variety of refreshments. The participants in this event can indulge in a charity program arranged by the Jaycees where they can donate whatever they want and the same would go the Angel Tree Project. The donations might be in form of food, toys or even money.
This is a light show that takes place at Hampden, 720W, 34th Street, Baltimore. The first few minutes of the light show is ample to ignite the holiday spirit in everyone’s mind. This is one of the perfect and ideal events to spend the thanks giving with the family and one would surely never be disappointed by what he would cherish at this event. The show includes everything starting from inflatable snow globes, musical trains and lighted blinking angels using which people decorate their homes on the 34th street. The show lasts for about 5 to 6 days and the celebrations start at about 5 pm every day. The entry into this show is totally free of cost.
4. CHRISTMAS VILLAGE VISIT IN BALTIMORE
It has been a tradition to visit the German Christian Market during the thanks giving for over the years. The market is also called as Christkindlmarkt. There would be over 50 different vendors selling a variety of items to the customers. The items include traditional European gifts, arts and crafts, jewellery items, ornaments, foods, sweets and deserts, an array of drinks and much more. One can easily spot a plethora of German style huts around the Walter Sondheim Fountain. The event has an official site to furnish more detailed information to the public. The specialities of this event include hot mulled wine and the sausages, which are available at the shops selling the food items. The entry into this event is free but if a person purchases anything, he needs to pay of course.
5. CAROLL COUNTY FESTIVAL OF WREATHS
This is one of the best holiday events by Caroll County and would definitely do justice to everyone’s thanksgiving getaway in Baltimore. This event is organised at the Caroll County Arts Council, 91 W Main Street, Westminster and the event comprises of a silent auction of a number of decorated wreaths. The decorated wreaths are put into display in the Arts Council for the visitors and are later put for sale through the auction which lasts for about a week. The admission into the exhibition is free of cost and the time one spends with his family watching the decorated wreaths is totally worth it. The display of the wreaths at the Arts Council starts from 10 in the morning.
6. ANNUAL PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA
This is a charity event, which benefits the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Centre and is organised every year during the Thanks giving day. The event takes place at the circle at President Street, Harbour East, Baltimore. The guests are welcome to bring their pets along to get their pictures clicked and the pictures can be a part of the exhibition. The visitors can also provide donations to the organisation in form of pet foods and toys. The entry into the event is totally free of cost and the visitors also get free parking facilities. If a person loves his pets very much, this event is definitely a must visit for him. If the visitors click photos with their respective pets, they get the picture in both hard as well as soft copy formats.
7. FROSTY FRIDAY AND SANTA’S ARRIVAL
This event is organised at Downtown Frederick, which can be summarised as nothing but an all-day shopping event. This is the perfect getaway for Thanksgiving Day and the weekend. Apart from shopping, people can also indulge in a number of other activities like live music, carolling, carriage rides and much more. Through the event starts at about 9 in the morning, the best part of the event comes at 7 in the evening when Santa makes his arrival at Everedy Square at the corner of East and Church Streets. Santa Claus performs for the entertainment of the kids, which implies that the whole event is family-friendly.
8. THE POLAR EXPRESS
This event takes place at the B&O Railroad Museum at 901 W Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland. The people willing to board the Polar Express need to make prior bookings. Once they board the Polar express, they are taken on a visit to the North Pole to recreate the magic of the classic children’s book that goes by the same name. Everything is magical inside the train, starting from the ticket collector punching the golden ticket to the chefs serving hot chocolate and cookies. The Polar Express makes sure that the boarders of the train have a great time and remember their Christmas forever. When the train reaches the final destination, Santa Claus himself gifts the children their first gifts of Christmas. What else can be better than having such a magical time during the thanksgiving weekend.
9. THANKSGIVING DAY BUFFET AT ALEXANDRA’S
Alexandra’s is one of the finest restaurants in Baltimore and the people can enjoy the delicious buffet at the Alexandra’s this thanksgiving day. The restaurant is located at Turf Valley, 2700 Turf Valley road, Ellicot City, Maryland, United States. Those who are willing to enjoy the buffet at the Alexandra’s however do not need to make any prior reservations or bookings for the same and need to pay only the meal price. A delicious buffet on the eve of Thanksgiving Day, what else can be better than this. Just head on to this place to have an amazing time with your family with some lip smacking delicacies and soothing refreshments, all served on the table at one place, Alexandra’s.
10.A CARROLL’S CHRISTMAS
This event takes place at the Mount Clare Museum House situated at 1500 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, Maryland. The event is meant to take all its visitors back to the colonial period with the Carroll Family. The museum is completely decorated in a unique way to provide the feel of the colonial phase. The decorations are made from pine cones, fruits, nuts, feathers etc. and all together form a total visual delight. However, the visitors need to pay entry fees so as to enjoy the feels at this amazing place or have an American Christmas of the colonial phase even during this modern era. The event would take place for about a fortnight and the museum would be open for public visit between 11 am to 4 pm during the daytime.