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Date: Nov 2019

Christmas Tree Lighting Kicks Off Winterfest 2019

Baltimore County will kick off the holiday season hosting the annual Downtown Towson Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 6 p.m.

The event, co-hosted by Baltimore County and the Towson Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Olympian Park, located at the corner of Allegheny Avenue and the traffic circle. The official lighting of the Baltimore County Christmas tree will take place at approximately 6:22 p.m.

Festivities will include a tree lighting ceremony, Santa’s arrival by fire truck, holiday music and dance performances. Immediately following the tree lighting, the Towson Chamber of Commerce will host free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as holiday musical performances. 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 on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m.

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

A Season of Celebrations in Towson

The Christmas tree lighting kicks off the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s Winterfest 2019a series of holiday-themed events that serves as an open invitation for families to visit restaurants and shops while seeing the new development in the downtown Towson business district. Members of the community are encouraged to enjoy an array of events including a Fire and Ice family night with ice sculptures and decorated Christmas trees, ugly sweater happy hours, breakfasts with iconic Christmas characters and events at Towson Town Center.

More information about Towson’s Winterfest 2019, a month-long series of holiday events, is on the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s website.

The event is organized by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Baltimore County Government as part of Winterfest 2019. Sponsors include 101.9 Lite FM, Mid-Atlantic Properties, Zerodraft, Wells Fargo Advisors Jim and Gretchen Pomfret, Towson Lifestyle Magazine, and Towson Town Center. Free refreshments will be provided by Charles Village Pub, Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, Palisades of Towson, and the Towson Chamber of Commerce. 

Look for "Seasons Greetings" Bags and Messages

Baltimore County is making local shopping easier this holiday season with two hours of free metered and pay station parking.

Parking will be free at over 1,500 meters and pay stations throughout Baltimore County Thanksgiving weekend, November 28 to December 1. There also will be free parking from December 21 to December 25.

In a video released today, County Executive Johnny Olszewski is encouraging residents to take advantage of local shopping.

“Our neighborhood businesses help support our local economy and we encourage everyone to get out and shop local on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and throughout the holiday season,” said Olszewski.

Meters will be decorated with red “Seasons Greetings” bags and parking stations will display “Seasons Greetings” messages in Arbutus, Catonsville, Dundalk, Essex, Overlea, Pikesville, Parkville, Stoneleigh, and Towson.

No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on Thanksgiving Day

Baltimore County government offices and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday. Health Department clinics and senior centers will also be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate.

All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed on Thursday and parking meters will be free on the holiday. County offices and facilities will operate with normal schedules for the remainder of the weekend.

Drop-Off Centers Closed

Baltimore County trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, will be closed on Thursday, November 28. All three drop-off facilities will be open with regular operating hours on Wednesday, November 27, and Friday, November 29.

View Your Collection Schedule

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

The impact of holidays varies among Baltimore County collection schedules. County residents should consult their particular collection schedule to learn when to set out materials during weeks that contain a collection holiday. Schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 410-887-2000.

Additionally, schedules are available on the County’s BaltCoGo app, for use on mobile phones. The app is offered free of charge to Android and iPhone users and may be downloaded from their respective app stores.

Revised September 11, 2017