Gift Guide: Shop Local

Holiday events on the Waterfront, in Baltimore North, Jones Falls, Beltway East, Howard County and Anne Arundel County

By Hilary Geisbert. Lettering by Jill De Haan. - December 2013

Gift Guide: Shop Local

Holiday events on the Waterfront, in Baltimore North, Jones Falls, Beltway East, Howard County and Anne Arundel County

By Hilary Geisbert. Lettering by Jill De Haan. - December 2013


Holiday Windows, a Meal with St. Nick, & Free Parking
(Federal Hill, Inner Harbor, Harbor East, Fells Point, Canton)

Harbor East
Window Wonderland
In conjunction with Maryland Art Place, Harbor East presents Window Wonderland: A Holiday Arts Exhibit, which features regional artists partnering with Harbor East stores to create holiday window displays. The exhibit is on display through January 3, with a “Best in Show” window announced on December 5.

Fells Point
Olde Tyme Christmas
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Olde Tyme Christmas in Fells Point will take place December 6-8. You can experience a traditional market on the streets of Fells, along with breakfast with St. Nick, musical entertainment, and sleigh rides.

Get free parking in Harbor East at self-park garages by showing $100 worth of same-day receipts from Harbor East merchants from November 29-December 27.

Baltimore North

Meet Santa & Make Your Own Wreath
(Towson, Hunt Valley, Timonium, Cockeysville)

Hunt Valley
Santa at Greetings & Readings
You might have already caught Santa’s visit to Hunt Valley Towne Centre’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 29. If you didn’t, the jolly man in red will make several appearances at Greetings & Readings throughout the month, from 1 to 5 p.m. on December 7, 14, and 21. Greetings & Readings, 118-AA Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, 410-771-3022.

Wreath-Making Class
On December 7 at 3 p.m., Valley View Farms is hosting a holiday wreath-making class that costs $20 and includes tips, greens, and a wreath frame. Valley View Farms, 11035 York Rd., Cockeysville, 410-527-0700.

Be sure to bring extra bows and ornaments to the class to make your wreath unique.

Jones Falls

Lights, Hot Chocolate & Baby New Year!
(Hampden, Roland Park, Mt. Washington, Lutherville-Timonium)

Miracle on 34th Street
Aside from the many spectacular house lighting displays on 34th Street in Hampden this holiday season, don’t miss the annual ball drop and running of Baby New Year on New Year’s Eve, which starts around 11:45 p.m.

Celebration at the Station
Celebration at the Station: A Modern Holiday Soirée will take place on December 14, from 2 until 5 p.m. at Green Spring Station. Enjoy samples of holiday food while learning how to create your own ornaments. Children will surely be entertained, too, with the help of Santa, a hot chocolate bar, and mini DIY crafts.

Parking in Hampden is first come, first served. Make sure to observe street and permit parking signs.

Beltway East

Donate a Toy & Pose with Your Pet
(White Marsh, Parkville, Essex)

White Marsh
Soft Toy Campaign
From now to January 4, IKEA is running a Soft Toy Campaign, in which the store will donate one dollar for every soft toy that is sold to UNICEF and Save the Children’s educational programs. You’ll also find bins to donate your own soft toys to Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center pediatric programs. IKEA, 8352 Honeygo Blvd., White Marsh, 410-931-5400.

White Marsh
Pet Photos with Santa
Bring your cute and cuddly pets (cats and dogs only, please) to the Lower Level Center Court at White Marsh Mall on December 2, 9, and 16 from 6 p.m. until close to get their photos taken with Santa. Feel free to pose with your furry friends.

When you purchase more than $150 in store merchandise at IKEA December 14 or 15, you can eat for free at its restaurant. (No limit on how many people or the amount of food!)

Howard County

Shop Late, Sing a Song, & See the Lights
(Ellicott City, Columbia, Savage)

Historic Ellicott City
Midnight Madness
On December 6, visit Historic Ellicott City and enjoy shopping at your favorite stores until midnight. During the Midnight Madness event, there will be a tree-lighting ceremony and carolers.

Savage Mills
Lighting of the Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge
Help Historic Savage Mill celebrate its first-ever lighting of the historic Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge on December 7, at 5 p.m. Afterward, visit Baldwin Common for Miracle on Foundry Street, which includes the annual Christmas tree lighting and holiday décor done by The Becker Group of Baltimore.

During Ellicott City’s Midnight Madness, shoppers can enjoy shuttle service to ensure stress-free parking.

Anne Arundel County

Local Goods, DIY Ornaments, & Live Music
(Annapolis, Hanover)

Farmers’ Market
Saturdays during December (except for December 28) from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m., visit the Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Market on Harry S. Truman Parkway and Riva Road. You’ll find local vendors selling items like wreaths, coffee, candy, seasonal produce, and more.

Ornament Decoration Class
The Simon Kidgits Club (the mall’s kids club) at Arundel Mills mall is hosting a Kidgits Ornament Decorating class on Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Stop by the food court, and the little ones will have an opportunity to make their own ornaments and enjoy other activities like balloon twisting and face painting. This is a free event to Kidgits Club members. Non-members can sign up for $5 a child.

Midnight Madness
On Thursdays from December 5-19, the stores located in downtown Annapolis along Maryland Avenue and West Street will stay open until midnight. While shopping is a priority during Midnight Madness evenings, you can also enjoy food, drinks, and musical performances.

On December 7, the Anne Arundel County Farmers' Market will celebrate its Holiday Festival.

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