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photo of gift-wrapped bookLinda Frederick
Marketing & Development Manager
Baltimore County Public Library

The holiday season is fast approaching, and you're most likely in full swing with your holiday shopping. As you think about the perfect gift, a book often seems to be the best alternative, especially for those folks who already have it all. This year, the Baltimore County Public Library has created a list of favorites for everyone on your gift list.

Whether you need a book for a film buff, a romance lover or a teen reader, we have some great suggestions. Check out our hot titles gift guide on the BCPL website or watch our gift guide video featuring BCPL librarians on our YouTube channel. Both have some wonderful suggestions to make gift giving a cinch this holiday season, leaving you with more time for decking the halls and enjoying the merriment. Happy Holidays from your friends at the Baltimore County Public Library!


Jordan Fish
Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion

Among the hustle and bustle of the holidays try to remember the excitement and warmth that you felt as a kid during the holiday season. Why not take a moment to recall those great holiday childhood memories and how wonderful this time of year can be.

Below you’ll find a list of some of the fun events and activities around Baltimore County to help you and your family get in the humor of the holidays. You can enjoy everything from train gardens and wine tastings to concerts and visits with Santa and the Grinch!

Here’s a day by day guide to finding your holiday magic right here in Baltimore County. And, you can scroll down to find a listing of events hosted by volunteer fire companies and holiday train garden locations.

Breakfast with Frosty – Towson

Saturday, December 6 at 9 a.m.

Bring the family for a breakfast with Frosty at Souris’ Saloon in downtown Towson.

Santa’s Workshop and Movie – Towson

Saturday, December 6 at 9:30 a.m.

Children can create holiday gifts at Santa’s Craft Workshop, followed by a showing of the holiday classic Frosty the Snowman.

Cromwell Valley Park Holiday Open House – Parkville

Saturday, December 6 at 10 a.m.

Find all of your holiday excitement on one farm. Create seasonal crafts, sip hot mulled cider, decorate cookies, visit with Santa, and relax while listening to holiday music.

Holiday Ornament Making – Hunt Valley

Saturday, December 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Use farm themes and farm materials to create a series of holiday ornaments and decorations.

Holiday Lights at the Hilton Mansion – Catonsville

Saturday, December 6 at 12 p.m.

A host of activities for adults and children of all ages including face painting, craft stations, balloon art and a visit by Santa and Santa’s elves. Tours of the Hilton Mansion, an early 20th century, Georgian-revival mansion farmhouse, are another highlight of the event.

Tuscan Christmas at Basignani Winery – Sparks

Saturday, December 6, 13 at 12 p.m.

Christmas is a special time at Basignani Winery. Come see the winery decorated for Christmas, with holiday music in the air.

Christmas in the Barn at Boordy Vineyards – Hydes

Saturday, December 6, 13, and 20 at 1 p.m.

Boordy's Barn is the perfect setting for seasonal merry-making with traditional music and tours of the winery.

Babes in Toyland – Towson

Saturday, December 6 and 7 at 2 p.m.

Babes in Toyland, the Victor Herbert Operetta, is Maryland's longest-running Holiday Musical Spectacular. Babes in Toyland is highlighted by a cast of 100, a 20-piece orchestra, and features a Toyland Parade, Dragon Ballet, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, and a beautiful Toyland Wedding.

Holiday Hoopla – Dundalk

Saturday, December 6 at 4 p.m.

A truly memorable celebration that starts with a holiday parade featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, a cookie tour, and the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum Train Garden.

Dundalk Gingerbread 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk – Middle River

Sunday, December 7 at 8:30 a.m.

Work off some of that holiday weight while raising funds for the CenterPiece Family Arts Center.

Children's Chorus of Maryland & School of Music, Images of the Season! – Owings Mills

Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m.

Enjoy a delightful afternoon listening to a variety of seasonal and holiday selections performed by some of the area’s best trained young singers.

Fire & Ice and Christmas Tree Judging – Towson

Friday, December 12 at 6 p.m.

View ice sculptures located around Downtown Towson! There will also be street performers, free roasted chestnuts, Christmas tree judging and s’mores.

Breakfast with the Grinch – Towson

Saturday, December 13 at 9 a.m.

Bring the family for a breakfast with Frosty at Charles Village Pub in downtown Towson.

Santa’s Workshop and Movie – Towson

Saturday, December 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Children can create holiday gifts at Santa’s Craft Workshop, followed by a showing of the holiday classic The Grinch.

Natural Ornaments at Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum – Oella

Saturday, December 13 at 12 p.m.

Drop in and create one-of-a-kind natural ornaments, one to take home and one to decorate the Banneker Museum Christmas Tree.

Log Cabin Christmas at Holt Park – Overlea

Saturday, December 13 at 12 p.m.

Families can make crafts, evergreen swags, pet presents, sweet treats, and explore our beautifully decorated log cabins.

Pints and Panic at Heavy Seas Brewery – Halethorpe

Saturday, December 13 at 12 p.m.

Haven’t finished (or even started) your holiday shopping? No need to panic! We’ll have an amazing selection of shopping vendors, selling their wonderful products for the holiday season.

Santa Arrives by Fire Truck – Jacksonville

Saturday, December 13 at 12 p.m.

Santa Claus arrives at the Manor Center on a fire truck! Enjoy hot cocoa, light refreshments, face painting and fun activities.

I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas at Cromwell Valley Park – Parkville

Saturday, December 13 at 1 p.m.

Come and learn about gifts, decorations and recipes that use less and mean more.

Mix 106.5’s Mistletoe Meltdown! – Towson

Saturday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Baltimore’s biggest holiday show returns with Train, Daughtry, O.A.R., and Ingrid Michaelson.

Holiday Centerpieces at Cromwell Valley Park – Parkville

Sunday, December 14 at 2 p.m.

It’s time to deck the halls! The fresh greens in your arrangement will bring the scent and beauty of the outdoors into your home.

Holidays at Hampton Mansion – Towson

December 12, 13, and 14

Festivities include a special evening open house on Saturday, antique cars, period crafts, musical & dance performances, African American storytelling, unique holiday shopping in the Museum Shop, and more.

Ballestone-Stansbury House 37th Annual Holly Tour – Essex

December 6, 7, 13, and 14

Be transported to Christmas past as each room is decorated to depict the holiday traditions of a different time period.  Also enjoy the Civil War Christmas encampment, live Christmas music, as well as complementary apple cider and cookies served in the kitchen building after the house tour.

Marshy Point Holiday Party – Middle River

Tuesday, December 16 at 12 p.m.

All are welcome to celebrate the season at this fun-filled family event. Santa will be sure to stop by. Activities include wreath making, carols and songs, popcorn-stringing, and live music.

Baltimore Symphonic Band Holiday Concert – Catonsville

Tuesday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The Baltimore Symphonic Band returns for their annual holiday concert, full of sing-a-longs and beloved holiday favorites.

Men’s Shopping Night – Towson

Thursday, December 18 at 5 p.m.

Men, tonight is your shopping night! Locally owned shops in Downtown Towson will offer specials and promotions to help you select the perfect gifts! Souris’ Saloon will wrap your gifts for free.

Luminaria Night – Dundalk

Friday, December 19 at 6 p.m.

This year's Luminaria event will expand to include more areas of the community. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the train garden, as well as live outdoor music.

Kids’ Night Out – Baltimore

Friday, December 19 at 6 p.m.

Drop off the kids for a few hours while you shop. Children can make wonderful nature crafts, look for nighttime creatures, make gingerbread houses and gingerbread people, and participate in holiday activities.

Sing-Along Messiah – Towson

Friday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Music Director Tom Hall leads the Chorus, Orchestra, and audience in the magnificent choruses of Handel's "Messiah." You’ll enjoy the surround-sound of this exhilarating experience, even if you don't sing along!

Christmas for Kids - Towson

Saturday, December 20 at 11 a.m.

An annual family favorite, this fun-filled holiday program features an all-new show featuring Pepito the Clown, Music Director Tom Hall and the Chorus, and Santa of course!

Christmas Animals at Cromwell Valley Park – Parkville

Saturday, December 20 at 1 p.m.

Can reindeer really fly?  Mrs. Claus will be on hand to answer questions about these “Christmas Animals”.

Annual Breakfast with Santa at The Manor Tavern – Monkton

Sunday, December 21 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Bring the family for photos with Santa, face painting, games and prizes, and a family brunch buffet.

Christmas with the Suspicious Cheese Lords – Catonsville

Sunday, December 21 at 3 p.m.

The Suspicious Cheese Lords return to Our Lady of the Angels to present "On Christmas Night - A Celebration of Joy". Specializing in early music, this male a cappella ensemble will share the beauty of 16th-century polyphony along with traditional choral favorites.

Kwanzaa Celebration – Oella

Saturday, December 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Bring the whole family to learn about Kwanzaa and celebrate this holiday honoring family, community and culture.

Holiday Train Gardens

Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum Train Garden – Dundalk

December 4 - January 4 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Closed December 25, open December 24 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Fire Museum of Maryland Holiday Train Garden – Lutherville

December 6, 13, 20, and December 27-30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jacksonville Senior Center Train Garden – Jacksonville

Please check the flyer for specific dates and times.

The Shops at Kenilworth Annual Train Garden and Holiday Events

Please check the website for specific dates and times.

Baltimore County's volunteer fire stations continue to offer an assortment of activities, including train gardens, Christmas tree sales and appearances by Santa.

To find out about other great happenings in Baltimore County throughout the year, visit the Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion events calendar.


safety sign with jack-o-lantern imageNatalie Litofsky, Public Safety Office of Media and Communications

From the spooky decorations to the scary costumes, Halloween is a holiday that embraces the fun side of fear. Though zombies and vampires are imaginary dangers, it’s important to watch out for a real safety hazard on Halloween – cars.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Halloween is the second-deadliest day of the year for pedestrians.

Parents and children alike should remember these road safety tips while trick-or-treating:

·        Trick-or-treat while there is still daylight. The sun sets around 6 p.m., so keep this in mind when planning your route. Talk with your neighbors in advance to let them know you’ll be trick-or-treating earlier in the evening.

·        Stay within a familiar neighborhood. This is the best way to travel where you know there are safe places to cross the street.

·        Be a role model when it comes to obeying pedestrian traffic laws. Cross only at a crosswalk or intersection, and only when signal indicates you may cross. Tell your kids to walk on the sidewalk. If there are no walkways, stay as close to the curb as possible.

·        Provide children with flashlights or other non-flammable light sources so they can see and be seen while walking. Glow bracelets or reflective tape are also a good way to increase visibility after dark.

·        If your child’s costume includes a mask, make sure the eye holes do not obstruct vision. Try a test walk down a hallway in your home to practice looking for traffic while wearing a mask.

·        Kids should always be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating. As a general rule, it’s best to have one adult for every three to six children.

·        If you are driving a car on Halloween, be aware of the increase in pedestrian traffic. Obey the posted speed limit, make sure your headlights are on and keep an eye out for pedestrians along the roadway.

More useful information on pedestrian safety can be found online at Baltimore County’s Walk Safe resource page.
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