German Traditions, Bacon Jams Among Offerings at Inner Harbor Christmas Village

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catch of the day fish (2)German American weekend at Baltimore’s German Christmas Village is upon us. For once, indulging a brat during the holidays isn’t a bad thing.

The indoor and outdoor market returned to Inner Harbor’s West Shore Park (between Rash Field and Harborplace) over Thanksgiving, and there it will remain until the last Sunday in December. This being Christmas, there are plenty of opportunities to buy things, but we thought we’d focus on some new things to do in between, in case you aren’t quite in the spending spirit.

A quick tour this week revealed that this year’s market has a host of new offerings, as well as a classic German touch. In the latter category, Manager Nancy Schmalz arranged to handmade Herrnhut stars to the market’s decorations, which, unlike hot German potato salad, is an authentic German craft on display in America.

photo by Stephen Babcock

Continuing a Baltimore holiday trend for this year that we first spotted at the Monument Lighting, another major theme of this year’s new offerings is booze. There’s wine tastings every Monday and Wednesday while the market is open. On Monday, the wine is paired with cheese, while hump day fittingly brings together wine and chocolate. The chocolate is from DC-based Undone Chocolate, which is also new this year. At German Gluhwine booth, there’s also a handful of mulled wines available. And for brew-lovers, the Market has a partnership with Hofbrau to serve up German beers.

photo by Stephen Babcock


We also got to sample a couple of new food offerings. Perhaps the most eye-catching addition is Bacon Jams. The Pennsylvania-made bacon-infused spreads are a must-try novelty, even if you already have enough bacon products for a stocking. And while it’s not new, the baked cheese on a stick is also worth trying.

photo by Stephen Babcock

Each weekend will have a theme this year, with this weekend’s being German American. That’s because December 6 is a German holiday, marking the feast day of Saint Nikolaus. Like his American cousin, he’s known to drop some gifts. A bratwurst-eating contest is planned, as well as an Alpine-themed outdoor foot court called “The Alm.”

More info is at the Village website. The Village is free to enter on weekdays, and weekends have a $2 admission charge.

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