1. Polar Express in 4D
Through January 1
The Polar Express will roll into the 4D immersion theater at the National Aquarium
from November 16 through January 1. Kids and adults can climb aboard to follow the familiar tale of a young boy as he takes a train ride to the North Pole. The 20-minute show includes the falling of snow, the smell of hot cocoa, and more.
Photo by Mike Unger
Throughout December be sure to stop by the 700 block of 34th Street (between Keswick Rd. and Chestnut St.) in Hampden
, a stretch informally known as "Christmas Street." All the rowhouses on this block get decked out in Christmas lights and other holiday-themed decorations, while locals sell hot chocolate on the streets. On New Year's Eve, stop by for a Times Square-style ball drop.
Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1
The main ballroom at Lithuanian Hall (851-3 Hollins St.) will become full of Elvis impersonators and fans for this two-night event. Twelve bands and 12 Elvis tribute artists will pay their respects to the King of Rock and Roll, while some of Elvis' favorite foods -- including fried peanut butter & banana sandwiches -- will be served. General admission tickets are $55.00 per night.
Saturday, December 1, 1-5 p.m.
The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, a clock tower that has been converted into studio spaces for visual and literary artists, will hold its monthly open house on the first day of December. Wander through the studios where you can meet and greet artists while enjoying refreshments and light fare.
5. Merry Tuba Christmas
Saturday, December 1, 3:30 p.m.
Hundreds of colorfully dressed tuba and euphonium players capture the holiday spirit with a lively performance at the Inner Harbor
Amphitheater (Light and Pratt streets). The event is produced in conjunction with Harborplace & The Gallery and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
6. Merry Mart
Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
If you're looking for some unique, locally made gifts this holiday season, at the Merry Mart at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson
. Some of the items up for grabs include clothing, handbags, ceramics, soaps, toys, jewelry, and art. Admission is free, and there will be drop-in art workshops for kids from noon until 3 p.m.
Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m. The 40th Annual Mayor's Christmas Parade will feature more than 160 marching units, including Baltimore Marching Ravens, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, marching bands, the Boumi Temple performers, and floats. The parade route begins at Poly / Western High Schools, croses Cold Spring Lane, continues south on Falls Road to 36th Street, turns East on 36th Street, turns North on Chestnut Avenue, and ends at 37th Street.
8. A Monumental Occasion
Thursday, December 6, 5:30 p.m.
Watch the Washington Monument
, one of the oldest American monuments, light up with Christmas lights and fireworks at this traditional event held at the 600 block of North Charles Street in Mount Vernon
. Besides lighting up the sky, the event will feature live music and refreshments. The lighting is produced in conjunction with Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, and the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks.
9. Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony
Friday, December 7, noon Historic Ships in Baltimore
will honor those who served during WWII with memorial ceremony. The event will take place on the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Fittingly, the setting for the ceremony is on board the U.S.C.G.C. Taney, the last floating fighting ship to witness the attack. Major General James A. Adkins, Adjutant General of the Maryland Military Department, is the keynote speaker, and the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Maryland National Guard will also take place in the ceremony, along with Members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and St. Andrews Society of Baltimore. The event is free.
10. Repeal Day Dinner
Thursday, December 6, 6 p.m.
Mr. Rain's Fun House, the restaurant inside the American Visionary Art Museum
, will celebrate the anniversary of the end of prohibition in the United States by hosting a night of dinner, glamour, and cocktails. Chef Bill Buszinski has created a jazz-era menu that includes oysters rockefeller, mushroom bisque, and beef wellington, while mixologist Perez Klebahn will be mixing prohibition-era recipes. The five-course tasting will cost $65 per person.