Ice skaters of all ages enjoy the ice rink at the Inner Harbor. Photo courtesy of Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.

Editor’s note: The Inner Harbor ice rink was scheduled to open for the season Friday, but that opening has been pushed back to Saturday at 10 a.m. due to forecasted heavy rain from Hurricane Nicole.

The Inner Harbor’s ice rink will return next week, and a slate of events are planned for Baltimore’s waterfront as the winter holiday season nears.

Starting at 5 p.m. Nov. 11, the Inner Harbor ice rink will be open again. The ice rink, which is sponsored by the Pearlstone Family Fund and the Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, will be located at the top of the Inner Harbor Amphitheater between the Harborplace pavilions through Jan. 16.

The rink will be open noon to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; noon to 11 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

The rink will also have special holiday hours: noon to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Christmas Day; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve; and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

The ice rink will be part of the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s Winter on the Waterfront events lineup.

“With all the fun and festive events offered, it is one of the best times of the year for people to get out and enjoy all that our waterfront has to offer,” said Laurie Schwartz, president of the Waterfront Partnership. “It’s a winter wonderland on the waterfront with something for everyone.”

Winter on the Waterfront will start with the final Baltimore by Baltimore music and makers festival of the season.

The festival will take place Nov. 5 from noon to 8 p.m., and it will pay homage to Baltimore’s club culture and “creative ecosystem.” Producer Terrell Brown, the festival series’ co-developer, has curated a daylong lineup of performers. DJ Blaqstarr and comedian Big Fred will host the event.

The Christmas Village in Baltimore, a traditional German Christmas market, will run Nov. 19 through Dec. 24, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through Sunday. The market will feature vendors selling traditional German food and beverages, holiday decorations, jewelry, and more.

The Baltimore by Baltimore Inner Harbor Holiday Market will be held Dec. 3 from 3-8 p.m., providing an opportunity to buy some holiday gifts from more than 20 local vendors.

Also on Dec. 3, watch the Parade of Lighted Boats. The parade, hosted by Sail Baltimore, will feature vessels decked out for the holidays as they sail around the Inner Harbor. A tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at Anchorage Marina will kick off the event. Boats will then sail across the harbor and back from 6-8 p.m.

Hop into the new year by visiting the Harbor Point Ice Festival on Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival will feature award-winning sculptors who will use chainsaws and chisels to craft ice sculptures based on the Year of the Rabbit theme as attendees celebrate Lunar New Year’s Day. Food trucks, hot toddies, interactive ice activities for kids, and live music will all fill the winter wonderland.

The Lunar Night Cultural Festival on Jan. 21 and 22 will celebrate the Lunar New Year with Asian art, food and performances.

The Waterfront Partnership has partnered with the Baltimore Water Taxi and Arrow Garage to offer $5 discounted parking and water taxi rides on Dec. 3, Jan. 21 and Jan. 22.

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at

2 replies on “Inner Harbor ice rink to return Nov. 12; other holiday events announced for Baltimore waterfront”

  1. I host a live radio show on WCBM (680 am)…I’d like to have Laurie on as a guest talking about the holiday events

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