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Highlights Include Dancing Reindeer, Marching Elves, Santa and Mrs. Claus 

Baltimore County's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, November 30 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 cookies, and holiday musical performances by the Perry Hall Middle School Panthers, the Anna Appicella School of Dance and the Gold Starz Marching Band.

The annual event is co-hosted by Baltimore County and the Towson Chamber of Commerce. County Executive Don Mohler and County Executive-Elect John Olszewski, Jr. will participate in the event. The official lighting of the Baltimore County Christmas tree will take place at approximately 6:22 p.m.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus

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 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 111 Allegheny 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 2018. 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. 

A Season of Celebrations in Towson

The Christmas tree lighting kicks off the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s Winterfest 2018 – a 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 2018, a month-long series of holiday events, is on the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Free Parking in Downtown Towson for the Holidays

Baltimore County is offering shoppers two hours of free parking at all meters from Friday December 21 through Christmas Day in shopping districts around the County. Red “Seasons Greetings Free Parking” meter bags will be placed over the meters on the designated days.

“Our workers are second to none” 

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler released the following statement in response to General Motors’ announcement that the GM Baltimore plant in White Marsh will not have any products allocated in 2019:

Baltimore County stands with the workers and their families who are part of a decades-long GM manufacturing legacy in Baltimore, from advanced hybrid motors in White Marsh to vehicle production at Broening Highway. Our workers are second to none.

The county’s workforce development team is available immediately to assist with job and career counseling services for the 300 GM workers whose jobs will be affected next year. The Eastpoint Career Center will help match GM workers with other employers looking for their skills in advanced manufacturing and connect them to training and job search workshops.” 

Annual Training to be Mandatory and Also Available to the Public Online

Given the reality that tragic active shooter incidents have become frequent occurrences across the nation, County Executive Don Mohler announced that, effective immediately, he will require every County employee to complete active shooter training. The County will also make the same online training resource available to the public.

“It is unfortunate that we need to take these steps,” Mohler said. “But sadly, we are reminded almost weekly of the important lifeline that this training may provide.”

The mandatory online training is in addition to classroom training already offered to County employees by the Baltimore County Police Department. The video and classroom training module, produced by Texas State University, emphasizes three critical actions for individuals to take if they find themselves in a hostile situation - Avoid, Deny and Defend. 

According to Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan, “We can never be over-prepared to respond to a potential incident that will affect so many. Unfortunately, no community is immune from this type of violence but this video and training will save lives.”

This active shooter training builds on the County’s existing program of regular mandatory training for employees addressing cyber-security and sexual harassment.

County Offers Active Shooter Video Training to the Public

Public access to the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training video is available for the public through the Baltimore County Police Department webpage. The County Executive encourages all residents to watch the video and to be aware of their situation and environment.  “It is my sincere hope that none of us ever have to make use of the preventative measures outlined in this training. At the same time, I want our employees and citizens to be prepared if every confronted with such a horrific situation,” concluded Mohler.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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