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Date: Nov 21, 2017

Highlights include Fire Jugglers, Dancing Reindeer, Marching Elves and Santa 

Baltimore County's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, December 1 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 feature Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on a fire truck, free hot chocolate and pastries, fire jugglers and holiday musical performances by the Calvert Hall Jazz Band, the Gold Starz Marching Band, Daja Alexander, the Perry Hall Middle School Panthers and the Anna Appicella School of Dance.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will join Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in presiding over the official lighting of the Baltimore County Christmas tree at approximately 6:25 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. This year, Santa's Workshop is in a new location, inside the Eat-talian Restaurant right next to Olympian Park. Parents should bring their own cameras if they'd like photos of their children with Santa.

Temporary road closures and free parking

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

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

Thank you to event sponsors!

The event is organized by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Baltimore County Government as part of Winterfest 2017. Sponsors include 101.9 Lite FM, Stanley Black and Decker, Mid-Atlantic Properties, Zerodraft, Wells Fargo Advisors Jim and Gretchen Pomfret, Towson Life and the Red Zone Team at Brokerage. Free refreshments are being provided by the Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel, Sheraton Baltimore North, La Cakerie and the Towson Chamber of Commerce. 

A Season of Celebrations in Towson

The Christmas tree lighting event kicks off the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s Winterfest 2017 – 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’s Winterfest 2017, a month-long series of holiday events, contact the Towson Chamber of Commerce online at or call them at 410-825-1144.

Free Parking in Downtown Towson for the Holidays

Baltimore County will offer area shoppers two hours of free parking at all street meters and metered County parking lots during its Holiday Free Meter Parking Program over Thanksgiving weekend from Thursday, November 23 through Sunday, November 26, and from Sunday December 20 through Saturday, December 25 in shopping districts around the County. Red “Seasons Greetings Free Parking” meter bags will be placed over the meters on the designated days. The County asks patrons to consider parking for two hours or less so that more people will have the opportunity to enjoy this offering during the holiday season.

Mill Station, a new 575,000 square foot, $108 million Kimco Signature Series development, will soon begin construction on the site of the former Owings Mills mall.

Costco will anchor Mill Station with a 148,000 square foot warehouse club center that includes a deli, bakery, food court, garden center, optical department, photo center and gas station.

“Mill Station completes the vision of a thriving Owings Mills town center,” said Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz. “The $108 million development will bring 250 jobs during the construction phase and adds to the more than $1 billion of recent private investment in Owings Mills.”

The new, open-air shopping destination will feature national, regional and local retailers, a variety of dining options, ample parking, green space and pedestrian-friendly walkways.

The approximately $108-million, ground-up development will house up to 30 retailers and restaurants, linked by a network of walkways and connections to existing office and retail. In addition, the existing AMC Theatre will be fully modernized, creating a state-of-the-art cinema experience.

“What’s happening here today is no small feat. We are creating Mill Station to be, once again, the crossroads of social and cultural life for the Owings Mills community for many years to come,” said Tom Simmons, President of Kimco’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “We’d like to thank the Owings Mills residents, businesses and county officials whose voices informed the vision for Mill Station - an accessible, walkable and vibrant community destination.”

“We are looking forward to welcoming Costco and all of the new shops and restaurants coming to Mill Station. Thanks to the community for helping to make this a project we can all be proud of,” said Baltimore County Councilman Julian Jones.

Construction is scheduled to start in early 2018, with completion expected in early 2019.

Revised September 11, 2017