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Most are Open on Christmas and New Year's Eves

Baltimore County government offices will be closed on Friday, December 25 in recognition of the Christmas Day holiday. Health Department clinics, Circuit and District Courts and senior centers will be closed, and CountyRide vans will not operate.

All County facilities, except for libraries, will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve.

Baltimore County government offices will be closed on Friday, January 1, in recognition of the New Year's Day holiday. Health Department clinics, Circuit and District Courts and senior centers will be closed, and CountyRide vans will not operate. On New Year's Eve, County facilities will be open regular hours, except for libraries, which will close at 5:30 p.m.

No Trash or Recycling Collections on December 25 and January 1

Baltimore County residents whose trash would normally have been collected on Friday, December 25, should set it out on Friday night to be collected on Saturday, December 26.

Baltimore County residents whose trash would normally have been collected on Friday, January 1, should set it out on Friday night to be collected on Saturday, January 2.

Residents whose single stream recycling collection normally would have occurred on December 25 and January 1, are asked to hold those recyclables until the next scheduled day for those items, Friday, January 8, or take them to one of the County's three drop-off centers.

Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the last week of December and the first week of January, because more material must be collected in fewer collection days. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, the materials should be left out until collection occurs.

All trash and recycling drop-off facilities (including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill) and County offices will be closed on Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1.  Drop-off facilities and County offices will be open with normal operating hours on Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve), and Thursday, December 31 (New Year's Eve), and trash and recycling will be collected on those days.

Residents can visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management website or call 410-887-2000 for more information about recycling and trash collection, including drop-off center locations and hours.


photo of child doing holiday craftsEvents and Outings for All

The weather outside may be getting a bit “frightful,” but the County’s parks are delightful in every season.

Sure, you’ll need to bundle up and instead of the water bottle you can take a thermos of hot chocolate, your camera, warm jacket, socks and boots, hat, scarf and see the sights! Imagine the sounds of the wind blowing through the forest, the rustle of leaves as you walk those same trails you love in the warm weather. 

And, the fine folks at Baltimore County’s Department of Recreation and Parks, and all of our essential volunteers (“helpful elves” if you will) are eager to have a part in making your season bright, warm and filled with memories that will last well beyond the decorations and food.

Holiday Events Galore!

Your friends at Recreation and Parks and our many recreation and nature councils have lots of seasonal events that are sure to keep you in the spirit of the season in your eyes, in your bellies and in your heart, here are just a few…

Santa with childSanta's Rounds

Want to meet the “Big Guy?”  Yep, SANTA’s making the rounds this December, and let us tell you, that guy really gets around:

  • At Battle Grove Elementary on December 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. Sponsored by North Point Village Recreation Council (410-887-7180)
  • At Bear Creek Elementary on December 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by Bear Creek Recreation Council (410-887-7529 for details and reservations)
  • At Turner Station Recreation Council’s Christmas Celebration at Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center on December 12, between noon and 4 p.m. (410-887-7134)
  • Watersedge Recreation Council is having their Christmas event on December 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Watersedge Community Center (410-887-7134)
  • Tuesday, December 8, West Inverness Recreation Council is sponsoring their Christmas event at the Inverness Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (410-887-7134)

Christmas Tree Sales – All for a Good Cause

  • Hannah More Park in Reisterstown – on sale through December 24 (410-887-1142)
  • TALMAR Gardens and Horticultural Therapy Center; inside the Sherwood entrance of Cromwell Valley Park. (410-825-2020)

Holiday Crafts

  • Mini Christmas Tree – Wednesday, December 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Holt Center (410-887-5307)
  • Natural Ornaments – Saturday, December 12, noon to 3 p.m., at Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum (410-887-1081)
  • Holiday Centerpieces – Saturday, December 12, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Cromwell Valley Park (410-887-2503)
  • Log Cabin Christmas – Sunday, December 13, noon to 3 p.m., at Holt Center (410-887-5307)
  • Natural Ornament Making – Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13, at Oregon Ridge Nature Center (410-887-1815)
  • Wreaths and Natural Ornaments – Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13, noon to 4 p.m., at Marshy Point Nature Center (410-887-2817)
  • Short Days Candle Making – Saturday, December 19, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Marshy Point Nature Center (410-887-2817)
  • Solstice Candle Making – Sunday, December 20, 1 to 3 p.m., at Willow Grove Nature Center (410-887-2503)
  • Make Signature Wrapping Paper and Giant Ribbons – Tuesday, December 15, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Holt Center (410-887-5307)
  • Gingerbread Houses for You and the Birds – Saturday and Sunday, December 19 and 20, 1 to 3 p.m., at Oregon Ridge Nature Center (410-887-1815)

Some Very Special Events

  • Holiday Craft Show, Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at General John Stricker Middle School sponsored by Gray Charles Recreation Council (410-887-7180)
  • Holiday Craft Show, Saturday, December 12, 9 a.m. to noon, inside Battle Grove Elementary School. Sponsored by North Point Village Recreation Council (410-887-7180)
  • Holiday Basket BINGO, Saturday, December 12, 7 to 9 p.m., inside Battle Grove Elementary School sponsored by North Point Village Recreation Council (410-887-7180)
  • 38th Annual Holly Tour at Ballestone-Stansbury House, Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13. Sponsored by Back River Recreation Council. Call for times. (410-887-0234)
  • Holiday Party – Tuesday, December 15, 7 p.m. – Marshy Point Nature Center (410-887-2817)
  • Winter Solstice Campfire, Friday, December 18, 7 to 8 p.m. – Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum (410-887-1081)
  • Kids Night Out, Friday, December 18, 6 to 9 p.m. – Lake Roland (410-887-4156)
  • The Long Dark – Hike and Campfire – Friday, December 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – Marshy Point Nature Center (410-887-2817)
  • S’mores, Stars and the Winter Solstice, Saturday, December 19, 6 to 8 p.m. – Lake Roland (410-887-4156)
  • Christmas Movie-thon, Saturday, December 19, 2 to 4:30 p.m., at Holt Center (410-887-5307)
  • Kwanzaa Celebration, Saturday, December 26, 1:30 to 3 p.m. – Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum (410-887-1081)
  • Winter Break Camp, Monday, December 28 through Thursday, December 31, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Lake Roland (410-887-4156 – call for availability, details and pricing)

While this is a listing of some of Recreation and Parks holiday and seasonal events, you can be sure there is lots more for you to do with us. Select a link to all our recreation and nature offices where our staff members will be able to offer more information about the above events and let you know of other events of the season. 

More Events at Enjoybaltimorecounty.com

Also, be sure to check out the County’s Tourism and Promotions website, enjoybaltimorecounty.com for more great events.

Greetings from Recreation and Parks

So you see, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks this time of the year probably should be at the top of your list when thinking holiday and seasonal programs and events. From all your friends at Recreation and Parks, here’s wishing you a great holiday season – and a Happy New Year, too!

Michael L. Schneider,  Community Outreach Liaison, Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks


County Christmas treeFeatures Santa, Towson U. Marching Band, Holiday Musical Performers

Baltimore County's Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place next Friday, November 20, at 6 p.m.

It will be held in the downtown Towson shopping district at Olympian Park, located at the corner of Allegheny Avenue and the traffic circle. This year’s festivities will include a holiday performance by the 250-member Towson University Marching Band, Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on a fire truck, free hot chocolate and pastries, and holiday musical performances.

Musical performers include the Perry Hall Middle School Choir and the  Anna Apicella School of Dance.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will preside over the official lighting of the Baltimore County Christmas tree at approximately 6:20 p.m.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Immediately following the tree lighting, the Towson Chamber of Commerce will host a Santa's Workshop featuring free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as holiday musical performances. Santa's Workshop is located across York Road from Olympian Park at 1 E. Joppa Road (next to Barnes and Noble). Parents should bring their own cameras if they'd like photos of their children with Santa

Temporary Road Closure and Free Parking

To accommodate the event, Allegheny Avenue will be closed to traffic from Washington Avenue to the traffic circle from 4 until approximately 8:30 p.m., that evening.

Mid-Atlantic Properties will offer free parking from 5 to 9 p.m., at 111 Allegheny Avenue.

Thank You to Event Sponsors

The event is organized by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Baltimore County Government. Sponsors include 101.9 Lite FM, Mid-Atlantic Properties, Zerodraft, Trends, the Baltimore Sun Media Group and Towson Circle. Refreshments are being provided by the Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel, Sheraton Baltimore North, La Cakerie and Cunningham’s Kitchen. 

A Season of Celebrations in Towson

The Christmas tree lighting event kicks off the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s WinterFest 2015 – a series of holiday-themed events that serves as an open invitation for families to visit restaurants and shops while seeing the new developments around the Towson community. Members of the community are encouraged to come down and get acquainted with the talking reindeer Beau and Tinsel, visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, have breakfast with Frosty and the Grinch, create holiday gifts in Santa’s Workshop, and participate in many other festive activities!

More Information

For more information about this event and Towson Winterfest, a month-long series of holiday events, contact the Towson Chamber of Commerce online or call them at 410-825-1144.


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