Baltimore County Now
Jordan Fish, Baltimore County Tourism & Promotion
Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, Baltimore County is in the holiday spirit! Be sure to check our list of the many events and programs going on around the County during the month of December. From train gardens to tree lightings – it’s the most wonderful time of the year in Baltimore County!
Christmas Open House at Basignani Winery - Christmas time very special at Basignani Winery. Visit the north Baltimore County winery for its annual celebration of the Tuscan Christmas. Experience an Italian Christmas as Basignani transforms the tasting room and piazza into a little piece of Tuscany. Taste the wines and try some seasonal Tuscan Christmas treats.
December Saturdays at DeJon Vineyards - Join DeJon Vineyards, located in Hydes, during the first 3 Saturdays of December for free live music, tasty treats, and decorative scenery. They deck the halls with a giant Christmas tree and train garden in the tasting room. Each week different acoustic musicians will perform classic holiday songs, as well as their regular catalog of tunes.
Holiday Hoopla - December 7th is the official start of the holiday season in Dundalk! The Dundalk Renaissance Corporation joins forces with Dundalk-Eastfield Recreation to create a day with lots of tradition, memory-making and fun for all ages. Some of the event highlights include a parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a delicious cookie tour, and the train garden at the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum.
Holidays at Hampton....a Yuletide Celebration - Get into the holiday spirit early with “Holidays at Hampton” where the public can celebrate the season at Hampton Mansion, Baltimore County's only National Park. The “Holidays at Hampton” Yuletide weekend, Dec. 13th - 15th, includes special evening tours, antique cars, period crafts, musical and dance performances, African-American storytelling and unique holiday shopping in the Museum Shop. All of the festivities are free and open to the public.
Holiday Train Garden at the Fire Museum of Maryland - Kids of all ages will enjoy the Holiday Train Garden at the Fire Museum of Maryland. The layout features the Bromo Seltzer Tower and a burning building, complete with fire engines and hoses crisscrossing the fire ground. Watch Antique O-Scale trains and a street car wind their way past many of Baltimore’s famous neighborhoods and landmarks.
Jacksonville in Miniature for the Holidays - Now in its third year, Jacksonville in Miniature has grown into an animated wonderland. Train team members combine their talents to create replicas of local landmarks, scenes of "life in Jacksonville", and, of course, operating model trains. Located at the Jacksonville Senior Center, the 2013 display is expanding beyond Jacksonville to include the Ocean City boardwalk and the Washington D.C. Mall.
Towson WinterFest - Presented by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, WinterFest features numerous events in the downtown Towson area throughout December. Activities range from family friendly breakfasts with the Grinch and Frosty, to Ho Ho Happy Hours at area bars and restaurants. Check out the full schedule of events.
Wine Country Christmas at Boordy Vineyards – On December Saturdays, through the 21st, Boordy's Barn is the perfect setting for seasonal merry-making with traditional music, a tour of the winery, and steaming Wassail (a specialty from Boordy for over twenty-five years). Wines may be purchased by the glass or bottle for enjoying in the barn with your friends. The wine shop will be brimming with gifts for the hard to please wine lovers!
To find out about other great happenings in Baltimore County throughout the year, visit the Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion events calendar.
Baltimore County Office of Tourism & Promotion
Move over SEC country, Baltimore County, new football powerhouse is coming through. Not only is Baltimore County home to the Super Bowl Champion Ravens, but two NCAA college programs as well.
The Towson University Tigers are sitting pretty at 5-0 as they head into the thick of their CAA matchups. After a playoff snub by last year’s selection committee the tigers have routed four of their opponents, including a 33-18 win over the University of Connecticut (a BCS program). The Tigers came from behind in the second half on Saturday to remain undefeated, and among the contenders for the CAA crown.
The Stevenson University Mustangs took their first loss of the season this past Saturday. This feat is especially impressive considering the program is only in its third year, playing their first competitive game in September of 2011. Stevenson is also home to the newly built, 3,500-seat Mustang Stadium.
If Saturday football is what you’re craving, it’s not necessary to drive down to College Park or Annapolis, quality games are happening every week in your own backyard. With plenty of exciting matchups still on the slate, make sure to support these two great local teams!
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
‘Dinner and a movie’ will soon have a whole new meaning in downtown Towson. I was excited to announce that three restaurants – all new to Baltimore County – are the first of eight best-in-class restaurants joining Cinemark Theatres in the new Towson Square entertainment center coming to downtown Towson. Towson Square is an expansion of the successful Towson Circle development which features Barnes & Noble, Trader Joe’s and Pier 1 Imports.
La Tagliatella, with restaurants throughout Europe, features generous portions of northern Italian cuisine. Towson will be one of their first U.S. restaurants. Nando’s Peri-Peri, a South African-owned restaurant with locations in 34 countries on five continents, specializes in Portuguese flame-grilled chicken. On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is known for its mesquite-grilled cuisine and lively outdoor patio.
Cinemark Theatres also is bringing their new VIP-level seating concept to Towson, featuring full bar service and premium food choices for over-21 movie patrons. There will be a total of 15 state-of-the-art screens with 3,400 stadium-style seats, bringing the latest films and theatre experiences to downtown Towson.
We expect Towson Square to draw people from throughout the Baltimore area, so we’re getting ready right now. Construction is underway on a new 650-space underground parking garage to be operated by the Baltimore County Revenue Authority. The movie theatres and restaurants will be open in 2014.
Stay tuned – there’s more coming soon to a downtown near you.