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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.

Trash and Recycling Collection Normal, Drop-off Facilities Open

Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts, will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, in recognition of Veterans Day.

Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed, and CountyRide vans will not operate. Libraries are open, parking meters must be fed and Baltimore County Revenue Authority parking garages will be open as usual.

Trash and recyclables will be collected according to the normal schedule. The County’s trash and recycling drop-off facilities will be open.  Residents can log onto for more information about recycling and trash collection, including schedules and drop-off center locations and hours. Residents may also call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.

Keywords: holiday, veterans day

Offices and Facilities Closed; No Trash and Recycling Collections

Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts, will be closed on Monday, September 7, in recognition of the Labor Day holiday.

Health department clinics, the Animal Services Shelter, libraries, senior centers and trash and recycling drop-off centers will be closed. CountyRide vans will not operate. 

No Yard Materials Collection; Drop-Off Centers Closed

Baltimore County residents whose trash or yard materials would normally have been collected on Monday, September 7, should set these materials out on Monday night for collection on Tuesday, September 8.  Residents whose single stream recyclables would normally have been collected on Monday, September 7, are asked to hold these recyclables until the next scheduled recycling collection day (Monday, September 14).

Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Labor Day. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, materials should be left out until collection occurs.

Trash and recycling drop-off centers, as well as County offices, will be closed on Monday, September 7.  Drop-off centers will be open with normal hours on Friday, September 4, and Saturday, September 5.  County offices and drop-off facilities will reopen on Tuesday, September 8.

For more information, residents should visit the County’s web site at or call 410-887-2000.

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