Baltimore Holiday Attractions

Enjoy the festive holiday season in Charm City! Whether you're planning to visit friends and family and require a guestroom for restful sleep, or visiting the authentic German Christmas Village or the Inner Harbor Ice Skating Rink located directly across the street, there’s plenty to see and do in Baltimore during the holiday season!

Located on the picturesque waterfront, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court brings refinement, charm and laid-back style that stands-out among Baltimore hotels. Winner of both the AAA Four Diamond Award and TripAdvisor’s 2021 Certificate of Excellence, enjoy being at the center of it all at one of the top-rated hotels in Baltimore.

Book our popular “Park & Stay Package” which includes accommodates and free overnight self parking! With our central location, let your car rest and explore Baltimore’s favorite attractions by foot. Or for those who want more space, book “A Suite Deal” and upgrade and stay in our oversized luxurious suites with spectacular Harbor views with overnight parking, sparkling wine and dining credit to Formula Espresso.

Luxurious hotel amenities include:

  • Indoor swimming pool with lap lane, whirlpool and dry sauna
  • Racquetball courts
  • 24-hour Fitness Center with complimentary fitness center classes included
  • In-Room dining from 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM via to go orders from Formula Espressos
  • Library located off of the lobby
  • 24-hour Business Center
  • 12,000 + square feet of function and event space
  • Keurig coffee maker with K-Cups
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Fur vault and safe-deposit boxes
  • Guest laundry
  • Marble bathroom with illuminated vanity mirror
  • Pogessi soap and lotions from Tuscany, Italy
  • Dog friendly hotel
  • Massage Therapist available by appointment


Christmas Village

Christmas Village in Baltimore is a combination of an outdoor and indoor holiday market at West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. The event is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg.

From Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve 2021, vendors in wooden booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. You will also find great shopping opportunities with a large variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry as well as high-quality arts and crafts.

The outdoor area around the Walter Sondheim Fountain and along the Inner Harbor Promenade will bring the original Christmas Village charm with its traditional German style wooden huts to Baltimore. In addition a heated festival tent will create a Christmassy shopping atmosphere with more vendors, a food court and an event space.

The unique atmosphere with thousands of lights, the big Gluhwine Pyramid, the delicious smell of waffles, gingerbread, bratwurst and mulled wine gets you and your family into the perfect Christmas spirit.

Christmas Village Hours

In 2021 Christmas Village will be running from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, November 25th through December 24th. The Village will be open for a preview weekend on November 20th and November 21st!

Sundays - Thursdays: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fridays - Saturdays: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Days: November 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th; December 6, 7, 13, 14

The Inner Harbor Ice Skating Rink

The Inner Harbor Ice Skating Rink, located across the street from Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore is the ideal setting for holiday fun. Stop by Formula Espressos for a hot chocolate to go and take a 5 minute walk to the Ice Rink.

2021-2022 Pricing

  • Adults: $10
  • Seniors/Children/Military: $9
  • Skate Rental: $4 (hockey skates)
  • Season pass: $150 each for unlimited visits (with or without ice skate rental)

Ice Skating Rink Hours

Monday - Thursday: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Large groups are welcome to skate! Find out about group rates.

Please note: Children under 9 are required to be accompanied by an adult on the ice. Children 3 and under will not be able to skate. We do not have skating aides/walkers to help beginners. If a child is unable to skate by themselves, they must have a parent/guardian help them with the assistance of the side boards to stay upright. For everyone's safety, parents are not able to carry their child while on the ice.

50th Annual "Monument Lighting Celebration"

Join us in Mount Vernon Place for an epic 50th Anniversary Monument Lighting, presented by BGE. Food, fireworks, friends— we’re all gathering to celebrate one of Baltimore’s most iconic and exciting evenings. FREE and open to the public. Reservations not required. What started as a quiet gathering of neighbors a half century ago has evolved to become a longstanding Baltimore ritual and the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season. Now in its 50th year, the Annual Monument Lighting invites revelers to properly celebrate the season with food, live performances and a fireworks display. All are invited to bring their friends, neighbors and masks for this time-honored tradition. This event represents a transition with Downtown Partnership producing the Monument Lighting one last time before handing it over to the Mt. Vernon Place Conservancy. The Conservancy, which oversees the monument and the parks that surround it, will assume full responsibility for the event starting in 2022. Learn more here.
Thursday, December 2nd: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Mt Vernon Place

Candy Lane in Center Plaza

The holiday season is getting a whole lot sweeter with larger-than-life candy installations, lights, and seasonal entertainment. Take your family photos in front of 24-foot-tall ice cream cones, get lost in the candy forest, and walk the paths of Center Plaza to experience Downtown in a magical new way. FREE and open to the public. In its inaugural year, Candy Lane is a larger-than-life candy-themed experience with installations, thousands of lights and seasonal entertainment. Guests will be awed by 24-foot-tall ice cream cones and candy forests while strolling the paths of Center Plaza and experiencing Downtown in a sweet, new way. Selfies and family photos – including furry, four-legged family members – are encouraged. Learn more here.
November 20th - December 23rd | Center Plaza, 100 N Charles Street
Wednesday - Sunday: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Not So Silent Night

This 21+ holiday party is far from your average office party. Tickets include open bar, sugary treats, and a dance party in the middle of Candy Lane. Get your themed outfits ready—You know what to do, Baltimore! Learn more here.
December 16th: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM | At Candy Lane in Center Plaza