2023 Holiday Activities Guide - Baltimore County Moms

Looking for things to do this holiday season with your family around Baltimore County? Below is a list with holiday-themed fun in and around the Baltimore area.

Ice Skating
Train Gardens
Tree Farms & Stores
Holiday Events


Inner Harbor Ice Rink
201 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Hours: Monday – Thursday 12:00 – 10:00pm, Friday 12:00 – 11:00pm, Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 pm, Sunday:10:00 – 8:00pm, holiday hours vary
Tickets cost – $15.00 per person (other discounts available)
This ice skating rink runs through January 15th, 2024.
Details/tickets here!
THE AVENUE at White Marsh
8139-D Honeygo Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21236
Hours: Monday – Thursday 12:00 – 10:00pm, Friday, 12:00 – 11:00pm, Sunday: 10:00 – 10:00pm, holiday hours vary
Tickets start at $10.00, Skate rentals are $6.00
Online reservations are discounted. Walk-up pricing available.
Reservations and tickets here!

Four Seasons Hotel – Baltimore – Winter Village
200 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202
Hours: Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, 3:00 – 7:00pm
Tickets start at $20 for ages 6-10. 5 and under are free, $30 for adults
This skating rink runs through January 7th, 2024.
Reservations are required.
Tickets here! 

Color Burst Ice Rink at Merriweather District
6000 Merriweather Drive, MD 21044
Parking at Symphony Woods Garage- 6275 Mango Tree Road
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 4:00 – 8:00pm, Friday: 4:00 – 9:00pm, Saturday: 12:00 – 9:00pm, Sunday: 12:00 – 8:00pm
Tickets are $12.00, $3.00 skate rentals, Child skate aids are $5.00
This ice rink runs through February 28th, 2023.
Reservations are recommended.
Tickets and details here!


Fire Museum of Maryland Train Garden
1301-R York Road, Lutherville, MD 21093
Hours: 10:00 – 4:00pm Saturdays, Noon-4:00 Sundays (hours vary on holidays)
Dates: through December 30, 2023
Museum admission purchase required.
Details here!

Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department Train Garden
2711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 6:30 – 8:30pm and Saturday & Sunday 11:00am – 8:30pm (hours vary on holidays)
Dates: December 2, 2023 through January 1st, 2024
Details here!

Kenilworth Holiday Train Garden
800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, MD 21204
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 8:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm (hours vary on holidays)
Dates: through January 7th, 2024.
Details here!

Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society
4 Center Place, Dundalk, MD 21222
Sunday November 26, 2023 through December 31, 2023
3:00 – 7:00 PM Monday – Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1:00 – 7:00 PM

The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum Train Garden
2323 Eastern Blvd., Middle River, MD 21220
Hours: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sundays 11:00am – 4:00pm (hours vary on holidays)
Dates: through January 7th, 2024.
Details here!

Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company Train Garden
3825 Federal Hill Rd, Jarrettsville, MD
Hours: Fridays 6:30 – 9:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 1:00 – 9:00pm (hours vary on holidays)
Dates: November 24, 2023 – January 14, 2024
Details here!

White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company Train Garden
10331 Philadelphia Road, White Marsh, MD
11/24-11/25 – 9:00 – 8:00 PM | 11/26 – 9:00 – 5:00 PM | Mon- Fri 11/27-12/22 – 2:00 – 8:00 PM | 12/26 – 12/29 – 10:00 – 8:00 PM


Chapel Hills Farm & Nursery
Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, garlands
4350 Chapel Rd, Perry Hall, MD 21128

Martin Tree Farm
Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, hayrides, restrooms, concession stand (drinks, snacks and/or food)
18130 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21074.

Misty Valley Farms
Pre-cut trees, handmade wreaths, decorated wreaths & centerpieces, roping, greens, locally made gifts and free hot chocolate!
Hours: 9am – 9pm daily until Dec 20
13500 Falls Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030.

Fresh McKenzie’s
Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths
5445 Patterson Rd, Baldwin, MD 21013.

Prettyboy Run Farms
Choose and cut trees, Precut trees, Living trees (to plant later), Garland, Holly, Wreaths, refreshments, restrooms,
2105 Mount Carmel Road, Parkton, MD 21120

Valley View Farms
Artificial, fresh cut, and live Christmas trees; artificial and fresh cut wreaths and garland; lights; ornaments; and gifts.
11035 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030.

Frostee Tree Farm
Cut your own Christmas trees
8926 Cowenton Ave., Perry Hall, MD 21128

Timonium Fairgrounds Christmas Tree Lot
Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, garlands, Christmas decorationS
2200 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093


Pet Friendly Events

Pet Photos with Santa Paws at Radebaugh Florist and Greenhouses
120 Burke Ave, Towson, MD 21286
DATE: Saturday December 2 – 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
DETAILS: Join Animal Allies Rescue Foundation (AARF) for a pet photo op with the main man himself: Santa Paws! Featuring a lush seasonal photo backdrop designed by Radebaugh, and even walk away with a little treat. All funds raised benefit the cats and dogs of AARF. $10 (single photo set up). Pre-registration strongly recommended.
**There will be no professional photographer at this event. A volunteer photographer will be able to use your phone/camera to take photos.
**All pets must be leashed (cats too!).
**Event will take place in the Greenhouse, rain or shine!
**Walk-ups will be accommodated based on availability and are not guaranteed.

Pet Photos with Santa at Jarrettsville Vet Center
3959 Norrisville Rd, Jarrettsville, MD 21084-1423
DATE: Sunday December 3 – 12:00 – 3:00 PM
DETAILS: Create lasting memories with photos of your pets with Santa or wearing festive props among colorful backdrops. Buy one of our 2024 JVC Pet Calendars. Year round we collect food for the animals in our community. Collection boxes will be located in the front of the building and by the Christmas tree. As always donations to the Good Samaritan Fund are always appreciated.

Santa Paws: Pictures with Santa at Charles Village Pub Towson
19 W Pennsylvania Avenue, Towson, MD
DATE: Saturday, December 16 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
DETAILS:  Bring in your furry friend, have a bite to eat, Snap a pic with Santa & help us raise money for BARCS. Donation ticket is not required, but we greatly appreciate your support in helping us raise money for the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter!

Breakfast with Santa

Santa Breakfast at Camp Puh Tok
17433 Big Falls Road, Monkton, MD
DATE: Saturday December 2 – 7:00 – 11:00 AM
DETAILS: Enjoy he BUFFET which will include: Pancakes, Sausage, Bacon, Biscuits & Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Handmade Waffles.
Bring your cameras and TAKE PICTURES WITH SANTA CLAUS! Visit the Kringle Cabins: Games, Crafts for the kids, Cookie Wheel, Lollipop Tree, Bake Sale, Wreaths

Breakfast with Santa at Mt. Washington Tavern
5700 Newbury St, Baltimore, MD
DATE: Sunday December 3 – 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
DETAILS: Breakfast with Santa, a fundraiser benefitting Cool Kids Campaign, is back for a second year! Join us for cheer and celebration at the Mt. Washington Tavern to kick off this holiday season. Guests will enjoy a wonderful meal and kids crafts/activities before completing your magical morning with a visit and photos with Santa!

Dinner with Santa at Richardson Farm
5828 Ebenezer Rd, White Marsh, MD 21162-1936
DATE: Friday, December 8 – 6:00 PM
DETAILS: Breakfast, it’s what’s for dinner…with Santa! Omelet station, scrabble, eggs, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, french toast sticks, assorted deserts, fruit, coffee, tea, milk and juice. $25 Tickets required for all ages.
TICKETS – Purchase at any register

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Hightopps
7 Highview St, Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
DATES: Saturday December 9 & Sunday December 10 
DETAILS:Enjoy a delicious breakfast and then a personal visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Kids will have the chance to make a craft to take home. All proceeds support Santa’s Helpers Anonymous, Inc. – a nonprofit that provides Christmas dinner and toys to those less fortunate in the Baltimore area. There will be three separate seatings each day (Saturday 12/9 and Sunday 12/10). Please buy tickets only for either the 8:30AM (8:00AM Sunday), 9:30AM or 10:30AM seating on your preferred day. On Sunday, December 10th at 8:00 a.m, Santa & Mrs. Claus invite children with special needs to enjoy breakfast in an accessible/sensory-friendly environment. If you need any assistance, please contact us at [email protected].

Breakfast with the Grinch at Charles Village Pub & Patio Towson
19 W Pennsylvania Avenue , Towson, MD
DATE: Saturday, December 9 – 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
DETAILS: Get ready to celebrate the holiday season in a uniquely mischievous way with our annual “Breakfast with the Grinch” event! This highly anticipated gathering is the perfect opportunity for families and friends to come together and enjoy a delightful breakfast while mingling with some beloved holiday characters.

Breakfast with Santa at Perry Hall United Methodist Church
9523 Belair Rd, Nottingham, MD 21236-1507
DATE: Saturday, December 9 – 9:00 – 11:00 AM
DETAILS: Come enjoy a fantastic breakfast and share a fun morning with the kids! Pancakes, eggs, sausage, sausage gravy and biscuits, home fries, fruit cup, mini muffins and donuts, and drinks! Santa will make his way through the dining hall to greet you and your children. After breakfast, take a trip upstairs, you will find some papers to write a letter to Santa. Place them in the box for special delivery to the North Pole. Stop in Santa’s Parlor to visit to visit the elves and make some fun crafts! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos and Elves waiting to help you with some fun crafts!! There is also face painting. Cost is $11 for adults (12-older), children (4-11) are $8.00, & 3-under are FREE!

Breakfast with Santa at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
4801 Ilchester Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043-6823
DATE: Sunday, December 10 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
DETAILS: OLPH’s annual breakfast with Santa will include Photos with Santa himself, Raffle trees, a Secret Shop for children to buy gifts for their loved ones, crafts, games, and reindeer food. Our North Pole Breakfast Cafe will offer pastries, coffee, teas, cocoa and more. This event is free to attend with a variety pay-as-you-go activities and treats. Cash or credit will be accepted.

Breakfast with Santa at Das Bierhalle Parkville
9527 Harford Road, Parkville, MD
DATE: Saturday, Dec 16th OR Sunday Dec 17th – 9:00am to 10:30am or 11am to 12:30pm
DETAILS: Bring your Christmas Spirit and join us for Das Bierhalle’s 5th Annual Brunch with Santa! Have your little’s picture taken with Santa, and to make sure He knows about any last minute additions to their wish list!! $10 per child includes: Brunch Buffet, Photo Ops with Santa ($15 Adult Brunch Buffet also available, but not required) A Reservation Deposit of $25 is required to confirm your brunch reservation.
RESERVATIONS – click “ORDER NOW”.**Select “EVENTS” from the menu drop-down. **Choose the time frame you’d like to attend (9AM – 10:30AM or 11:00AM – 12:30PM). **Checkout **Email us the # of people in your party. [email protected] Your deposit will go towards your total bill!
If you have any questions with the pre-pay process, please email [email protected]! ***Limited spots available***NON REFUNDABLE***

Breakfast with Santa at J’Ville Grille
3705 Federal Hill Rd, Jarrettsville, MD 21084-1529
DATE: Sunday, December 17 – 9:00 AM
Join us for a delicious breakfast buffet and watch your little one’s face light up as they visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause, color holiday pages, and write a wish list to mail to the North Pole. This event is sure to get you and the family into the Christmas spirit – and a lot of cute pictures to share with your loved ones. Professional Photographer on-site and picture included with your ticket! Phone photos also allowed. Buffet breakfast items including fruit, pastries, coffee, apple juice and orange juice with alcoholic drinks available for purchase including Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. We have adopted 2 local families in need from the northern Harford county area for the holiday season. Please consider donating a grocery or department store gift card to put in their donation box to help them have a nice holiday.

Breakfast with Ana, Elsa, Santa, Marshal and Elves at Barley’s Backyard Uptown
408 York Road, Towson, MD
DATE: Sunday, December 17 · 9am – 12pm
DETAILS: Story Time, Ornament Painting, Cupcake Decorating, Pictures with Santa, Games, Letters to Santa. Buffet Breakfast INTERACTIVE!

Tree Lightings

THE AVENUE at White Marsh 26th Anniversary and Holiday Tree Lighting
8125 Honeygo Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21236
DATE: November 17th – 6:00 PM
DETAILS: Enjoy dinner at one of our restaurants or grab to go from one of our eateries! Holiday music starts at 6pm. The tree will light at approximately 7pm, followed by “Skate with Santa” at the ice-skating rink. Tickets for skating will be available prior to the event and must be purchased in advanced online here: whitemarshiceskating.com.

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Hunt Valley Towne Centre
118 Shawan Rd Hunt Valley, MD 21030
DATE: Friday, November 24 – 5:45 – 6:30 PM
DETAILS: Meet us on Main Street to kick off the holiday season with live performances and a special message from Santa. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and a giveaway!
Or tune into our Facebook live at 5:45pm from home–don’t forget to chat with us virtually during the show!

Baltimore County Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
1624 W Joppa Rd, Towson, MD 21204-1952
DATE: Friday, December 1 – 6:00 – 7:30 PM
DETAILS: Santa & Mrs. Claus will be there for free pictures. Local restaurants will be handing out free hot chocolate, treats, and giveaways! This event is fun for the whole family!

Holiday Tree Lighting at Braglio Farms
10519 Marriottsville Rd, Randallstown, MD 21133-1307
DATE: Friday, December 1 – 4:00 pm
DETAILS: Gather around our 75 ft tree as our local Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Department & Santa parade in to light to tree for the holiday season! Snap a photo with Santa & tell him your Christmas wish list, grab delicious hot food from our food trucks & join the holiday spirit as we light our tree!

Essex Community Tree Lighting
516 Eastern Blvd, Essex, MD
DATE: Saturday, December 2 – 5:00 pm
DETAILS: Please join us for the most wonderful night of the year as we host the Essex Community Tree Lighting. This fun-filled event will include gifts for the kids, fire trucks, a DJ, and of course, photo opportunities with Santa!

Dundalk Community Christmas Tree Lighting
1707 Poplar Pl, Dundalk, MD 21222
DATE: Saturday, December 9 – 5:00 PM
DETAILS: Held at the Poplar Place Center. We’ll have fire trucks, live music, costumed characters, gifts for the kids, snacks and photo opportunities with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Bring the kids early to the Baltimore County Public Library North Point Branch starting at 4 pm for holiday crafts!

Photos with Santa

Photos with Santa at Jarrettsville United Methodist Churches
1733 Jarrettsville Rd Jarrettsville, MD 21084
December 2nd – 1:00 – 4:00 PM


Photos with Santa at Kenilworth Mall*
800 Kenilworth Dr, Towson, MD 21204
Friday, November 17th – Sunday, December 24th
11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Hours May Vary
Reservations are encouraged; walk-ups will be available as space allows throughout the day. 

Photos with Santa at Towson Town Center*
825 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204
November 24th – December 24th

Photos with Santa at White Marsh Mall*
8200 Perry Hall Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21236
November 16th – December 24th


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