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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. 


Funding Requested to Support New Buses, Infrastructure for Towson Circulator Pilot

Baltimore County has won a federal grant award to support the launch of a Towson Circulator pilot. The $1.65 million award, announced today by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes, was requested by County Executive Johnny Olszewski’s administration as it seeks to create innovative transportation options for Baltimore County residents.
 
“The Towson Circulator will be a critical project that will better connect residents between where they live, work, study, and play,” said County Executive Olszewski. “We commend our Congressional delegation on supporting our request for this critical funding to move forward with this first-of-its-kind integrated transportation project in Baltimore County.”

In his Fiscal Year 2020 Budget, Olszewski included funds to begin planning a Towson Circulator pilot, with plans to expand to other communities. In addition, the administration has named the first ever transportation planner and is in the process of hiring a deputy in the Department of Public Works to oversee transportation efforts and strategy.

“We are excited to announce this federal investment to help kick-start the Towson Circulator, which will provide a new, much-needed transit option to downtown Towson and the surrounding community. Maintaining a safe, reliable and convenient public transit system is critical to Baltimore County and we will continue working to expand and modernize transportation systems throughout Maryland,” the federal lawmakers said.   

Today’s award, announced as part of a nearly $14 million federal, statewide investment announced from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program, will support the purchase of new buses and infrastructure for the Towson Circulator.

"With little room for new roads, a Circulator is essential to improving mobility in Downtown Towson,” said Councilman David Marks. “I thank County Executive Olszewski and our federal partners for their support of this initiative."

More details on the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program may be found on the Federal Transit Administration's website.


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.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017