Joy, Jingle Jam at Harbor East: There’s nothing like city sidewalks dressed in holiday style — especially when you can enjoy live entertainment, food and other surprises as you walk them. The streets of Harbor East will come alive during “Joy Jingle Jam,” an afternoon celebration of the winter season. Find holiday gifts, goodies and good times. Performances include the VIPs from noon to 2 p.m. and The Kelly Bell Band from 3 to 5 p.m. Free photographs with Santa too from noon to 5. Harbor East restaurant stands will be open outdoors. When: Saturday, December 3, 2011, 12 noon to 5 p.m. Where: Harbor East, 800 block of Aliceanna Street, Baltimore. Shoppers and diners receive three hours of free parking at one of three Harbor East self-parking garages with $100 of same-day receipts and a voucher from a Harbor East merchant. Admission: Free.
For more information, visit the Harbor East website.
Creative Alliance Merry Mart: A unique craft show featuring a diverse mix of arts and crafts from Baltimore and beyond for sale just in time for the holidays! When: Sunday, December 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson – 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore. Admission: Free.
Go here for more Merry Mart information.
Cylburn Arboretum’s Holiday Tea at the Mansion: Experience the mansion’s elegant first floor, main hallway, grand staircase and stone porches all decked in wreaths, swags and greenery from the mansion’s grounds and decorated by the District IV Federated Garden Clubs. The traditional tea, provided by local favorite Carey Talucci Catering, will feature tea-time treats such as delicate sandwiches, quiche, petite scones, skewered fruit, tea breads, an assortment of bite-sized desserts, and, of course, seasonal teas. Grab distinctive garden and nature-themed gifts for children and adults in the holiday boutique and get in on a raffle for a topiary pig (decked in holiday finery!), a handmade wreath fashioned from Cylburn greens, a Pandora bracelet (with three beautiful beads) courtesy of Smyth Jewelers, handmade jewelry, theater tickets, and a crystal vase. Adding to the holiday spirit will be a seasonal serenade by The Gilman School’s Traveling Men, a 12-member a cappella group. When: Sunday, December 4, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Where: Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Avenue. Admission: $40 for CAA members, $45 for non-members, and $300 for table of eight. A limited number of tickets are available and reservations are required. Please call the Cylburn office at 410-367-2217 for more information.
Baltimore Humane Society Holiday Open House: This Sunday, Annual Pet Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus are not to be missed (kids can pose, too). The McDonogh Middle School Chorus will perform at 2 p.m., and following an afternoon Open House of tours and treats, visitors can take in a creative lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. “This has been a tough year for our animal community,” says Wendy Goldband, director of public relations, “with more homeless cats and dogs than we’ve ever seen before.” When: Sunday, December 4, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Where: 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown. Admission: Free with the exception of a small donation for your photos. Help the animals meet a better 2012…and have fun!