It’s about the time of year when people start getting their lasts in–last-minute shopping, last turns of the year and last looks back. There’s plenty of that this weekend, whether it’s a final holiday market or a tree lighting. But mostly, it’s a time to celebrate. So get dressed up for a winter formal or take the time to gather with others to sing the carols. It’s all on the menu this weekend:
The final countdown before the holidays is here, and that means it’s time to celebrate. Head out to SantaCon, see lots of tubas perform the seasonal hits or enjoy a Harbor Spectacular on Sunday. For those still shopping, there are plenty of art markets and spots to grab goods from local creators. And in the welcoming spirit, don’t miss the Refugee and Immigrant Arts Feast on Sunday. Here’s the rundown:
For those who haven’t started their shopping, this weekend might be a good chance to give it a try. Baltimore’s neighborhoods are adding a festive mood to finding a gift, from Federal Hill to Highlandtown. And there are plenty of makers markets in breweries, gardens and other public gathering points. Elsewhere, celebrate the Rawlings Conservatory’s 130th anniversary or don a mask for Krampuslauf in Hampden.
To honor the 130th anniversary of the historic Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, the Friends of Rawlings Conservatory, in partnership with the City of Baltimore and the Baltimore Department of Parks and Recreation, will host an exclusive cocktail party in the Conservatory on Friday, December 7, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Themed as “A Glistening Winter’s Evening in Baltimore’s Glass Palace,” the event will feature crafted cocktails, festive hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz. The evening also coincides with the Conservatory’s annual holiday poinsettia display, which will showcase a spectacular variety of that signature holiday flower, complete with a grand decorated tree. Tickets to this event are available for a minimum donation of $75.00 per person and can be purchased here – http://www.rawlingsconservatory.org/130th-birthday-party/. Funds raised by the event will help support to support public activities at this historic site.
Escape the holiday hustle and embrace authentic shopping at Star Bright Farm’s Barn Markets this December. With a range of natural products for the home and body that come either from the fields or from community friends from the area, discover new ways to bring the taste of White Hall into your home. Holiday Markets will run from 10am – 4pm on Saturday, December 1, Sunday, December 2, Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9. And on December 1, don’t miss their Workshop Sessions on cooking with lavender. Tickets can be purchased or reserved in advance for the Workshop Sessions here.
On Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, there are plenty of ways to shop without going to the mall in the suburbs. From pop-up shops to Main Street celebrations to breweries, grab free food and drink while the season is young. Or, get out on a hike and catch some new music. Enjoy:
This is your first call for the holidays. It’s the weekend to take the initial pass and get into some of the attractions before the hubbub. Plus, plenty of chances to start shopping. Elsewhere, check out Oyfest and see new exhibits at BMA’s Art After Hours.
Join Harbor East for a sophisticated and civilized alternative to mall mayhem at the 2nd Annual Black Friday Block Party on Friday, November 23 from 11am – 4pm. Skip the holiday frenzy and enjoy leisurely shopping events, a mimosa and bloody mary bar, live music, a complimentary DIY hot chocolate bar and family-friendly activities for the little ones (including face painting, cookie decorating, a balloon artist and appearances from holiday characters). RSVP for Free Parking and giveaways. The first 100 RSVP guests to check in will receive a complimentary cocktail, on us! It isn’t all about the receiving either – proceeds to help benefit Helping Up Mission Women’s & Children’s Program/ Inspiring Hope Campaign. Cheers to sweet sales and less stress!