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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.

New Urban Park Offers Engaging Public Open Space

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler and a crowd of Towson supporters braved the wintry weather this morning to celebrate the completion of renovations to Patriot Plaza, which created a new urban park that brings more green space to downtown Towson. The plaza is located between the Historic Courthouse and Circuit Courthouse buildings.

The $5.5 million renovation project removed nearly two acres of impervious concrete and an inoperable fountain from the existing plaza, replacing it with 1.8 acres of attractive green space with new pavers, sidewalks, seating walls, lighting and furnishings. The new park better showcases the existing memorials dedicated to fallen Baltimore County police officers and fire fighters.

“Towson is evolving into a vibrant 21st century urban center and this transformed Patriot Plaza brings a modern and elegant, but also warm and inviting setting to downtown Towson,” Mohler said. “We thank our community and civic leaders who gave helpful feedback that contributed to this design.”

The Kamenetz administration sought input on the design from representatives of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA), the Greater Towson Committee and the fire and police unions and memorial associations. The design was developed by Rubeling & Associates, a Towson architectural firm. The general contractor is Northpoint Builders and the civil engineering firm is JMT.

“The new park looks absolutely spectacular and we’re thankful that County Executive Kamenetz committed to this project and County Executive Mohler brought it to completion,” said Nancy Hafford, Executive Director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce. “We’re hoping that next year we’ll be able to host a number of great events in and around this wonderful new public open space.”

Mohler unveiled a commemorative plaque in honor of former County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who passed away in May of this year. “County Executive Kamenetz completely reimagined this plaza to expand the welcoming green feeling from the Courthouse Gardens into the plaza and make it a place where people would want to walk and relax, rather than just hurrying through,” he said.

Passive Neighborhood Park Adds Green Space to Greater Towson

Residents of Towson’s Aigburth Manor and surrounding communities can look forward to a new neighborhood park to enjoy by the end of this year. Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler hosted a groundbreaking celebration this morning that marked the start of construction of Radebaugh Park, located on Maryland Avenue, off of Burke Avenue.

“We are excited to be moving forward on Radebaugh Park, which will be an oasis of open space for people from the surrounding neighborhoods to relax and unwind,” Mohler said to an enthusiastic crowd of Towson residents who gathered for the event.

“This is the first new public park in eastern Towson in more than two decades, and it will provide green space in one of our most densely-populated areas,” said 5th District Councilman David Marks. “In addition to support from County Executive Mohler, our state legislators, and residents, I would like to acknowledge the work of our late County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. He kept his word, and the land was preserved.”

The park property is zoned residential, and the creation of this park prevents the development of the land. Radebaugh Park is a significant addition to the portfolio of green spaces and parkland in Towson, including the nearly complete redevelopment of Patriot Plaza, which will provide an attractive community venue for people to gather during the week and for special events. These two parks represent an investment of more than $7 million for new parks in greater Towson.

The 3.76-acre Radebaugh Park will be passive in nature, offering open space for neighborhood residents to enjoy as a place to walk, picnic and enjoy nature. The park includes a 2.36-acre parcel of land housing unused greenhouses, which Baltimore County purchased from Radebaugh Florist in the fall of 2016. Crews are demolishing the greenhouses and will grade and seed the area. The park’s projected completion date is this December.

The County purchased the property for $1.1 million, including local Program Open Space funds. In addition to the purchase price, the County worked with state legislators to secure $175,000 to assist with demolition of greenhouses on the land. The contractor is General Paving and the architect is Pennoni Associates.

Revised September 11, 2017