On The Town

Weekend Lineup: Dec. 24-27

The best things to do with your Charm City holiday weekend.

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Dec. 24-25: Christmas Takeout 

Various locations. 

Between tracking down last-minute online gift orders, juggling Zoom calls with family and friends, and remembering to move the Elf on the Shelf, perhaps a homemade Christmas dinner just isn’t in the cards this year. Luckily, these local eateries are offering tasty takeout options to help make holiday feasting a breeze. For an elevated twist on traditional fare, try ordering in from Rec Pier Chop House. The Thames Street hotspot (located inside the Sagamore Pendry Hotel) is ditching its usual housemade pasta, steaks, and chops for a prix-fixe feast of seasonal staples including roasted turkey with cranberry compote and cornbread stuffing. You can also opt for elegance with a swanky brunch spread of Ossetra caviar and house-smoked salmon from Magdelena inside The Ivy Hotel, or choose from classic, comforting favorites (think eggplant parmigiana and baked rigatoni) from Sabatino’s in Little Italy. Wherever you order your holiday meal, you’ll be helping your favorite local chefs and restaurateurs when they need it most.


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Dec. 25: Mr. Nice Guy x Full Circle Doughnut 2020 Box Sets

Mr. Nice Guy Cocktails. 800 S Kenwood Ave. Full Circle Doughnuts. 3528 Chestnut Ave. Prices Vary.

Nothing beats a hand-crafted holiday pour paired with a tasty pastry. For this sweet collaboration, the crew at Mr. Nice Guy Cocktails in Canton is teaming up with Full Circle Doughnuts in Hampden to bring diners their 2020 Christmas Day Box Sets. To place a preorder, visit the Canton cocktail bar’s online shop. From there, choose your box (we suggest “NOW! That’s What We Call 2020,” which includes your choice of six cocktails plus Full Circle’s six-pack of holiday doughnuts) or create a custom sampling with your choice of festive sweets, like Full Circle’s Holiday Spiced Sugar doughnut made with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Cocktails to choose from include Mr. Nice Guy’s “Tiger Tears”—which combines aperol, watermelon, lime, and sparkling wine. Then, select your pickup location at either the bakery or bar (or choose delivery for a $5 fee) and count the hours until Christmas brunch.


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Dec. 25: Sci-Fi Friday: Edward Scissorhands 

Hulu Premium or Amazon Prime. 7 p.m.

Though there’s mixed opinions regarding whether this Tim Burton classic qualifies as a bonafide Christmas movie, that’s not stopping The Maryland Science Center from featuring it in the latest installment of its virtual sci-fi screening series. Visit the museum’s Facebook page ahead of the showing to receive notifications with quizzes and fun facts about the quirky cult favorite. Then, tune back in on Christmas night at 7 p.m. to enjoy a science experiment and themed cocktail recipe inspired by the 1990 film before you queue it up (on Hulu or Amazon Prime) to revisit the story of a mysterious, but gentle creature known for his dodgy digits.


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Dec. 25: Christmas Day with Greg Murphy Trio 

An Die Musik. Instantseats.com. 7-8 p.m. $7

A pioneer of the New York City jazz scene, renowned pianist Greg Murphy has worked alongside musical greats such as Ornette Coleman and Carlos Santana. This Friday, tune in as the Chicago native performs a live-streamed evening of festive tunes. Snag a ticket online (donations also encouraged) and listen from home as the trio takes An Die Musik’s Charles Street stage. Joining Murphy for this hour-long performance are Baltimore natives Blake Meister on bass and Eric Kennedy on drums. Curl up with some cocoa, turn on the tree lights, and kick back on the couch as you soak up the jazzy sounds, available for streaming through December 31.


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Dec. 26- Jan. 1: Creative Alliance Kwanzaa Kickoff

Creativealliance.org. 12/26 at 7 p.m. to  1/1 at 7:30 p.m.

Founded in 1966 by Black Power activist Maluana Karenga, the weeklong Kwanzaa festival of life and harvest celebrates African American culture. Beginning this Saturday, join the Creative Alliance in honoring the Kwanzaa tradition of poetry. Each day leading up to Jan. 1, visit the Highlandtown arts center’s website for spoken-word performances by local Black poets. Watch and listen as the artists share what Kwanzaa means to them, and explore the holiday’s seven core principles of Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith.)



Weekend Lineup: Dec. 24-27

The best things to do in Baltimore this weekend.

Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your Charm City weekend.


Dec. 26: St. Stephen’s Day at Slainte

Sláinte Irish Pub and
Restaurant, 1700 Thames St. 7 a.m.–close. 410-563-6600.

Take a hint from the Irish on this one and celebrate good ole St. Stephen on the day after Christmas. Raise a glass to making it through the holidays, sending off your in-laws, and celebrating upcoming New Year’s Eve festivities. At this Fells Point pub, do it all while watching Premiere League soccer matches with piping hot plates of classic Irish breakfasts like bangers and mash. When the sun goes down, blow off some steam with local Irish rock band The New Brigade.


Dec. 24: Yippie-Ki-Yay at Rye

Rye, 807 S. Broadway.
7 p.m. 443-438-3296.

If you’ve outgrown drinking milk and watching the Grinch
steal Christmas, throw back some whiskey at Rye in Fells Point during a special
screening of the 1980s classic Die Hard. Whether
it’s Cindy Lou Who or Bruce Willis who saves the day, you’ll enjoy feeling warm
and fuzzy with Doug Atwell’s potent spirits. Come before 9 p.m. for some pre-screening
eggnog, where ugly sweaters strongly encouraged, and you might be greeted at
the door with a “Welcome to the party, pal!


Dec. 26: Casablanca at The Charles

The Charles, 1711 N.
Charles St. 11:30 a.m. $7.50. 410-727-3463.

As part of the Charles weekly revival series, see this iconic 1942 film in all its 35-mm glory. Travel back in time to the dawn of World War II and find yourself face-to-face with the glitz and glamor of gamblers in Morocco as they risk more than just their chips. Schemes, scandals, and steamy secrets will keep you on the edge of your plush theater seat, so spend the day after Christmas in a world of close calls and clandestine courtship. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to revisit some old flames of your own in the coming year.


Dec. 26: Can’t Hang

The 8×10, 10 E. Cross
St. 8 p.m. $10. 410-625-2000.

Does anyone else remember Can’t Hang’s song “Uptown” from the early 2000s? We heartily do, listening to it on a mixed CD in our first car. But this weekend, the jam band is back, bringing its surf guitar riffs, island rhythms, sunny vocals, and all around good vibes to Federal Hill for one night only. The four Towsonites started rocking in 1999 before making waves on college campuses up and down the East Coast. Part reggae, part punk, the band’s catchy tunes will help get those Christmas carols out of your head.


Dec. 27: Kwanzaa Celebration at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Reginald F. Lewis
Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. 1–5 p.m. $5. 443-263-1800.

Whatever your religion, spend your Sunday learning about and
celebrating Kwanzaa, the weeklong holiday honoring African heritage and
culture. See exhibitions of African fashion, dance, art, and music, featuring
an African drum call. Gather round for storytelling, get crafty in a bookmaking
workshop, and listen up to lecturer Dr. Jeffry Menzise as he connects current
events to the Kwanzaa principle of self-determination. Everyone will learn
something new at this educational and cultural celebration, culminating in a
Kwanzaa candle lighting ceremony.