Christmas tree at Rash Field Park, Baltimore, Maryland. (credit: Carl Schmidt/Federal Hill Photography, LLC)

Christmas came early for Baltimore.

The German Christmas Village at the Inner Harbor will officially open for its 10th season on Thanksgiving day, but organizers held a preview this past weekend, including a ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree on Saturday.

Tastebuds were tingling as attendees enjoyed chocolate, beer, bratwurst, and other foods and drinks.

Meanwhile, vendors sold artisan-crafted goods, like wool hats, jewlery, copperware, and more.

And entertainment abounded for visitors of all ages, from choral singing, to rides on a merry-go-round, to admiring the twinkling lights as night set in.

If you haven’t visited the village yet, find out what you can expect by checking out this photo gallery by photographer Carl Schmidt of Federal Hill Photography LLC.

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

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