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Features 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!
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.
Award-winning Baltimore restaurant Nacho Mama’s plans to open a second location in downtown Towson. The 6,700 square foot Tex-Mex restaurant will be located at York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue and will feature casual seating, outdoor tables, a welcoming bar and private dining space.
“Baltimore County welcomes Nacho Mama’s to Towson with a big ‘Hola, Hon.’ Nacho Mama’s mixes Tex-Mex fun with the King of Rock and Roll and turns it into a uniquely Baltimore restaurant,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “It’s great to have a local Canton favorite adding to downtown Towson’s mix of restaurants, shops and entertainment.”
Second Location for Popular Canton Restaurant
“Opening a second location is an exciting part of our story and in true Nacho Mama’s fashion, we will continue to celebrate Baltimore’s cheeky culture,” said Jackie McCusker, restaurateur and owner, Nacho Mama's. “It has always been our dream to put a Nacho Mama’s into a county location and we are thrilled it’s going to be in Towson.”
“We pride ourselves on large portions of great food, using fresh ingredients,” said Phil Gelso, restaurateur and owner, Nacho Mama's. “Folks will be able to enjoy all of the favorites they’ve grown to love on our Canton menu along with daily specials. It’s going to be an exciting opening and Jackie and I can’t wait to show you our new space.”
Pending a liquor license transfer hearing and kitchen and building renovations, Nacho Mama’s plans to open its Towson restaurant in 2016.
Adds to $1 Billion in New Downtown Towson Investment
Downtown Towson has seen more than $1 billion in recent private investment, including over 2,700 new apartments and town homes built or in development; Towson Row, a mixed-use development featuring offices, apartments, a hotel, and Whole Foods Market; the Towson Square entertainment center anchored by Cinemark Theatres; and the Towson City Center office tower with companies employing over 600 people in the heart of downtown Towson.
Owings Mills and Towson Development, Responsible Pet Ownership, Lead Paint Hazards and Resources
The November edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” highlights the following topics:
Update on Owings Mills and Towson – County Executive Kevin Kamenetz shares the latest on major development and upgrades underway in Towson and Owings Mills.
Responsible Pet Ownership – County veterinarian Dr. Melissa Jones shares resources for pet owners and adoption opportunities for all (with a special Pets for Vets promotion all month for veterans). Spoiler alert – adorable kittens co-star in this segment!
Lead Paint Poisoning – Did you know that any pre-1978 home could have dangerous lead paint? Get the facts and learn about resources to protect your family.
View streaming video of the Hello Baltimore County shows.
In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:
- Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
- Tuesdays: Noon, 9 p.m.
- Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.
- Thursdays: 1 p.m., 8 p.m.
- Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
- Saturdays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
- Sundays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.