Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities. Ticket prices vary. 7PM Friday; 1PM & 5PM Saturday. The Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N Eutaw St., Baltimore. http://www.france-merrickpac.com/index.php/calendar


​Cirque Nutcracker. The awe-inspiring talents of Troupe Vertigo come to the concert hall as acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen and high-flying aerialists join the BSO for this spectacular holiday-themed show. Ticket prices vary. Three showtimes: 8PM Friday, 3PM Saturday & Sunday. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. http://bsomusic.org/calendar/events/2018-2019-events/cirque-nutcracker/


​12th Annual Lamp Post Lighting Ceremony. Bring the children and join the excitement of the 12th Annual Lamp Post Lighting Ceremony to kick off the 2018 O'Donnell Square Holiday Celebration. Stroll O’Donnell Square while taking in the Festive Sights and Sounds brought to you by the local businesses. Vote on your favorite best decorated Lamp Post and Store Fronts while sipping delicious FREE Hot Chocolate! More cheer will be available through Irish Coffee, Special Egg Nog, beer, wine and much more! Caroling, live festive music, and awesome raffle prizes. plus Santa Claus will make his annual debut following the Lighting of the Lamps at 6:15PM, followed by photos with he and Mrs. Claus. FREE. 5PM-9:30PM. O'Donnell Square Park, 2917 Odonnell St., Baltimore. https://www.facebook.com/events/558423301271867/

Sixth Annual Affordable Art Sale. Art can be a personalized, if expensive holiday gift. Maryland Art Place may be your answer today. The event will feature the work of Baltimore and surrounding area artists at a price point of $500 or less. Purchase work at any point throughout the evening and take it home that night! Enjoy an open wine and beer bar (tickets required), browse a range of works for sale and chat with the artists themselves, along with collectors and others. $25. 7PM-10PM. Maryland Art Place, 218 W Saratoga St., Baltimore. https://www.mt.cm/under-500-2


Holiday Heap. More than 50 vendors in the Charm City Craft Mafia give customers offers and many handmade goods they can’t refuse. All of your holiday shopping needs will be covered! Early Bird tickets available for an extra hour and first dibs, plus each Early Bird will enjoy a swag bag packed full of goodies and discounts from vendors and local businesses! Only 150 Early Bird tickets will be sold. FREE; $25 early bird ticket. 10AM-5PM.; 9AM for early bird ticket holders. 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore. http://www.charmcitycraftmafia.com/holiday-heap/

Old Goucher Design Open House + Post Typography Print Sale. The firm behind some of the city’s best concert posters, album covers and other art is partnering with the cafe Larder, art bookstore Co_Lab Books and coffeehouse Sophomore Coffee for a shopping crawl through Old Goucher. Each Old Goucher business will feature special holiday offerings, including art prints, design books, ceramics, seasonal gifts, and food and drinks. FREE. 11AM-4PM. Post Typography, 2219 St Paul St., Baltimore. https://www.facebook.com/events/250517005645274/

A Murray Little Christmas with Murray Hill & Friends. ​NYC’s beloved comedian and larger-than-life personality Murray Hill (aka Mr. Showbiz) gives the much-needed gift of holiday cheer to Baltimore with his legendary Yuletide holiday show, A Murray Little Christmas. If there is anyone to get you in the holiday spirit, it's Murray and his fun-loving pals. Everyone is invited as Murray throws one of his infamous holiday cocktail parties, live on stage. The show will be a cozy, chestnut-warming, homey affair featuring an evening of hilarious and wacky skits with burlesque, a sleigh full of cheesy holiday songs, plenty of nuts, fruits and tree trimming. A Murray Little Christmas is a cocktail-style variety show packed with silver bells and holiday hi-balls. It’s the liveliest Christmas cocktail party of the season and everyone is guaranteed to have a gay old time! $25, $22 members (+ $3 at the door). 7PM & 10PM. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. http://creativealliance.org/events/2018/murray-little-christmas-murray-hill-friends


Greater Goods Market: Holiday Edition feat. City Seeds. Grab a bite and shop from more than 70 local vendors, all while helping City Seeds, a group offering culinary and hospitality training to help people land jobs. Grab some lunch at R. House and swing into the garage for a day of great local shopping. FREE. 11AM-4PM. R. House, 301 W 29th St., Baltimore. https://www.facebook.com/events/2494385460588327/

2nd Annual Polish Christmas Food Sale. A one-stop-shop for Pyzy (potato dumplings with meat inside), Pączki (donuts) and all sorts of Polish goodness. There will be two floors of treats, a prize wheel and gifts for the kids. FREE. 12PM-4PM. Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church, 208 S Broadway, Baltimore. https://www.facebook.com/events/703796406670028/


Moonlight Madness. Did someone say "Late Night Shopping Party?!?" Shop Small this holiday season and join Fells Point retailers into the wee hours for special promotions and treats. Local shops will offer special deals, trunk sales and other promotions during evening shopping. FREE. 4PM-11PM. Fells Point, Baltimore. https://www.facebook.com/events/274385856551498 

Last Stop Hops & Shop. For the way-too-busy and slackers out there, 20 vendors affiliated with the Charm City Craft Mafia will offer a chance for some last-minute shopping. Fulfill all your last-minute shopping needs while enjoying a relaxing evening of local food and beer!  FREE. 5PM-9PM. Peabody Heights Brewery, 401 E 30th St., Baltimore. https://www.facebook.com/events/695737627471916/

Winter Fire: A Solstice Yoga Celebration. ​Join YogaWorks and the American Visionary Art Museum as they celebrate the winter solstice. This celebration of the zenith of the longest night signals the hope-filled return of brighter and longer days. All abilities and skills welcome. Attendees are asked to bring their own yoga mats and are encouraged to wear their favorite colors of a sparkling winter night sky. After practice stay and enjoy delicious lite fare that will be provided! FREE, registration requested. 6PM. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. http://www.avam.org/news-and-events/events/winter-fire-solstice-yoga.shtml

Interactive Movie Night: Die Hard. Shout the lines, play games, imbibe Bruce drink specials, and win stuff! Creative Alliance is making your favorite Xmas action movie into an interactive movie night! A limited number of game packs will be available at the door for $5. Packs include everything you need to play the Die Hard Movie Game... which they made up. Come Early to get your pack, grab a seat, and mingle with your hosts before the show! $12, $9 members (+ $3 at the door). 7PM, showtime 8PM. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. http://creativealliance.org/events/2018/die-hard-interactive-movie-night


SHEN YUN: Experience a Divine Culture. Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms — classical Chinese dance — along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom. Ticket prices vary. 7:30PM Friday; 2PM & 7:30PM Saturday; 1PM Sunday. The Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N Eutaw St., Baltimore.  http://www.france-merrickpac.com/index.php/calendar


Gospel Christmas with CeCe Winans. Renowned gospel singer and twelve-time Grammy® Award-winner CeCe Winans joins the BSO and the Morgan State University Choir in a rousing Gospel Christmas program of holiday favorites. Ticket prices vary. 8PM. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. http://bsomusic.org/calendar/events/2018-2019-events/gospel-christmas-with-cece-winans/

Baltimore Plays - Soul Christmas. Hang all the mistletoe and get to know some of Baltimore’s best independent artists better. Baltimore Plays returns with Marc Avon Evans & Soul Centered, Jamaal “Black Root” Collier, Karin Dominique Evans, Kyana Graham and Chuck the Madd Ox. They’ll be caroling through the night on a journey through 5 decades of soulful holiday classics. $18, $15 members (+$3 at the door). 8PM. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. http://creativealliance.org/events/2018/baltimore-plays-soul-christmas


MUSE: A Pop-up Art Gallery and Marketplace. Blue Canary Agency will host a 2 day event known as The Pop Up Art Gallery- Muse & Marketplace at the House of Diamondz. This transformative event will highlight the emerging beauty and voice of Baltimore. The weekend will begin Saturday with a red-carpet style, ticketed event featuring a functional Art Gallery experience. Guests will enjoy food tastings and live painting as well as local music. Ticket pricing will include a complimentary glass of wine and access to the gallery. Sunday is the FREE Marketplace and Community Give back event! Shop local vendors with an assortment of products including apparel, books, food and More! $15 Saturday Art Gallery; FREE Sunday Marketplace. 7PM-11PM Saturday; 12PM-5PM Sunday. House of Diamondz, 1048 Brantley Ave., Baltimore. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/muse-a-pop-up-gallery-and-marketplace-tickets-47064696775



Holiday Pops Concert. ​Broadway musical director Andy Einhorn leads the BSO and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in festive favorites from A Christmas Carol, Frozen and The Sound of Music. Featuring the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas and an audience sing-along. The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall becomes a winter wonderland with pre-concert performances, holiday cookies and ornaments for sale. Ticket prices vary. Two showtimes: 3PM & 8PM. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. http://bsomusic.org/calendar/events/2018-2019-events/holiday-pops/

Charm City Klezmer Holiday Dance Party. Sure, Hanukkah might be over by Dec 22nd, but it takes a good long while to burn off all those latkes and jelly doughnuts. Creative Alliance and Charm City Klezmer are here to put you through the aerobic paces with their annual Holiday Klezmer dance party. Learn and participate in traditional Yiddish dances while Baltimore’s best klezmer band keeps you moving! Husband-and-wife team of Judith Geller and Michael Raitzyk, along with their astonishingly musical children, have warmly hosted this event for many, many years, performing not-so-traditional klezmer music with roots in Jewish Eastern European culture. $18, $15 members (+$3 at the door). 8PM. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. http://creativealliance.org/events/2018/charm-city-klezmer-holiday-dance-party


Kwanzaa Celebration 2018. Celebrate this African American holiday with African dance, storytelling with puppets, drumming performances, workshops, lectures, craft activities and a fashion show celebrating the principle Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH) or Collective Economics. $5. 12PM-4PM. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. https://lewismuseum.org/event/kwanzaa-celebration-2018/


Noontime New Year. ​Out with the old, in with the new! Celebrate the wonderful memories, fun and adventures of 2018, and the magical new things to come in 2019, at this New Year’s celebration for kids. Revelers small and tall are invited to join in festive celebrations to ring in 2019 at noon. FREE with museum admission. 10AM-5PM. Port Discovery, 35 Market Pl., Baltimore. https://www.portdiscovery.org/visit/calendar/event/3206/noontime-new-year-0

​New Years Gala at Cunninghams. Celebrate the New Years Eve Cunningham's style. They are going farm chic for New Year's featuring a standing buffet filled with farm to table delicacies, an open bar, a dynamic DJ playing all of your favorite hits to ring in 2019, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. After Midnight, continue the party as we open the doors to everyone for after hours. Tickets must be purchased online in advance; ticket sales end 12-28-18. $85. 7PM. Cunningham's Cafe, 1 Olympic Place, Towson. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-gala-at-cunninghams-tickets-52686674261

NYE Soul Train ‘69. Baltimore's Finest Funk & Soul DJs, Landis Expandis (Skintight) and Rob Macy (Save Your Soul at Lithuanian Hall) return to Creative Alliance to host another epic party to ring in your 2019 with some serious “Love, Peace and Soul.” This year, they welcome Baltimore’s most righteous R&B and funk band, The Jonathan Gilmore Experience, who will make it their duty to move your booty. This throwback throw-down will ring in the New Year with two sets of killer covers by The Jonathan Gilmore Experience. Pop your top with a complementary midnight toast, then dance into the night with The Isley Brothers, James Brown, The Supremes and everything in between. $35, $30 members, $220 VIP -reserved table for four with complimentary bottle of bubbly (+$5 At the door). 8PM-3AM. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. http://creativealliance.org/events/2018/nye-soul-train-%E2%80%9869

NYE Live 2019. ​Ring in 2019 in style with live music, great DJ performances, laser shows, dancing and of course, a huge midnight celebration featuring the Times Square Ball Drop on two 20' LED screens, confetti and a balloon drop! Tickets to the event include exclusive access to 10 bars and nightclubs, all-inclusive gourmet buffets and drink package, party favors, and champagne toasts. Ticket prices vary. 9PM (8PM doors). Power Plant Live! 34 Market Pl., Baltimore. https://www.powerplantlive.com/entertainment/event/6022​

Baltimore's New Year's Eve Spectacular. Ring in the New Year with friends and family, live music by area bands and a grand fireworks display over the Inner Harbor. Live Music begins at 9pm at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. At midnight, colorful fireworks light up the sky above the Harbor. FREE. 9PM-12:30AM. Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore. https://www.promotionandarts.org/events-festivals/new-years-eve-spectacular

Charles Street NYE Party. Treat yourself to a great night out New Year’s Eve parties at Banditos, Wayward and 101 in Federal Hill. These are three different mega events and your ticket gives you access to all three! Baltimore nightlife staples Banditos, Wayward and the new hot spot 101 offer you the ultimate NYE tripleheader. Get the party started at the 3.5-hour premium open bar, and grab some complimentary light fare to keep you going well past midnight. Let loose on the dance floor as a live DJ spins open format Top 40, Hip-Hop, House, and Mash-Ups. As the stroke of midnight draws closer, the DJ will lead the energetic crowd in a live countdown to the New Year, topped off with a complimentary champagne toast and NYE party favors to enhance the holiday festivities. The graffiti-inspired Banditos displays Latin murals with an edge in a cozy yet contemporary bar. Wayward is a dress up bar serving up southern charm in a modern, charismatic setting. All in the trendy party scene of Federal Hill, this NYE party caters to Baltimore’s vivacious nightlife crowd. Ticket options vary; prices starting at $64. 9PM-1AM. Banditos & Wayward, 1117-1118 S Charles St., Baltimore. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lindypromos-banditos-wayward-charles-st-block-party-new-year-party-2019-tickets-47281302649

Venetian Masquerade Ball. ​This New Years Eve, make an unforgettable escape to Italy at the Sagamore Pendry's mesmerizing Venetian Masquerade Ball. Enjoy a night of opulence with mysterious comrades in sparkling disguise. The Pendry’s New Years Eve Ball is the epitome of Baltimore luxury. Dance across the Sagamore Ballroom’s polished floors to a live DJ spinning the hottest tracks from Top 40, hip hop, mash ups and more. This glittering soiree features a five hour premium open bar and plenty of hors d’oeuvres to go around, on the house. As the DJ counts the entire ballroom down to midnight together, you’ll raise a glass of complimentary champagne and toast to the New Year while looking out on the Patapsco River. If you're looking to make the evening even more momentous, pick up a VIP package for perks like reserved seating and bottle service. This Beaux Arts beauty promises to deliver a New Year’s masterpiece. Ticket options vary, prices starting at $99. 9PM-2AM. http://joonbug.com/baltimore/newyearseve/pendry-new-years-eve-party-in-baltimore


Clock Room Tours. Every Saturday at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. Visit the tower and take a tour of our clock room! $5. Tours start at 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, and 2:30PM. http://www.bromoseltzertower.com/events​​

Free Yoga. ​Every Saturday in the Ballroom at the Belvedere. Come experience the Conservancy's sponsored free Yoga. Bring your own mat and water bottle. Appropriate for all levels. Thanks to instructor Jude Asher for leading this group! FREE. 8:15AM-9:30AM. Belvedere & Co., 1 East Chase St., Baltimore. http://mvpconservancy.org/events/

Artsy Yoga with Ana Temple. Saturdays. Every Saturday, artist, healing practitioner, and yoga instructor Ana Temple Rodney will lead a yoga session in the gallery. $10, $8 members. 10AM-11AM. Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2017/art-yoga-w-ana-temple-rodney


Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar. ​April 8-December 23. For the 2018 season, the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar features new and returning farmers, concessionaires and bazaar vendors, and continues its “First Sunday” program, in which there is a special theme on the first Sunday of every month. "First Sundays" was started in 2017 to honor the 40th anniversary. Every Sunday. FREE. 7AM-12PM. Underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga Streets, Baltimore. http://promotionandarts.org/events-festivals/baltimore-farmers-market-bazaar


Made In Baltimore Pop-Up Shop. ​October 1 - February 24. Featuring exclusively Baltimore-based companies and the products they create, the Made in Baltimore Pop-up Shop is the longest retail shop to date.  The shop currently carries work from more than 60 artists and makers. Offerings range from clothing, accessories to personal care items, artisanal food, coffee and tea, and home furnishings. Each and every item in the store was designed and created within Baltimore City limits. Made In Baltimore strives to create accessible opportunities for Baltimoreans to shop locally, and support Baltimore based creative enterprise. Store hours are  12PM-7PM, Thursday through Sunday. https://madeinbaltimore.org/2018/10/19/made-in-baltimore-pop-up-shop-2018/

Christmas Village in Baltimore. November 17-December 24. Experience the magic of a German Christmas Market right here in Charm City! Coming to the Inner Harbor from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve in 2018, Christmas Village will feature 50 vendors selling authentic European food, ornaments and arts & crafts from all over the world, and magical performances. Check out the link for a list of special events to be held each weekend. FREE admission. 11AM-7PM Sunday -Thursday; 11AM-8PM Friday & Saturday; 11AM-5PM on Thanksgiving & Christmas Eve. West Shore Park, Inner Harbor, 501 Light St., Baltimore. http://www.baltimore-christmas.com/

A Longwood Christmas. November 22-January 6. This holiday season Longwood Gardens looks at the Christmas tree in a new light. Just an hour and a half drive from Baltimore, join Longwood Gardens as they celebrate the Tree Reimagined with festive firs suspended from above, towering tannenbaums created from books to birdhouses to stained glass, and more traditional favorites elevated with surprising new twists. Outdoors, gloriously illuminated trees lead you on an enchanting holiday journey through the Gardens. Stroll underneath floating orbs of light, watch as tree roots and branches take new illuminated life, and see the Main Fountain Garden as you’ve never seen it before. Warm up by welcoming fire pits, listen to carolers, and relish in the wonder of A Longwood Christmas. Buy timed tickets in advance. Ticket prices vary between peak and non-peak days. 9AM-10PM. Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, PA. https://longwoodgardens.org/

Ice Skating Atop the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. ​November 23-January 6. Locals and visitors alike are invited to put their skating skills to the test on the new skating rink atop the Four Seasons Hotel. For the remainder of the year, the hotel will transform its fifth floor Harbor Terrace into a 1,560 square foot synthetic ice skating rink boasting expansive views of both the harbor and city. The rink will be filled with holiday sights and sounds featuring hundreds of twinkling lights, festive holiday decorations and lively music. Visitors are also invited to warm up with holiday favorites, including house made cocoa, spiced apple cider, and fire roasted chestnuts. FREE for hotel guests; $25 adults; $15 children; $5 skate rental available. 4PM-8PM Thursdays & Fridays; 12PM-8PM Saturdays & Sundays. Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, 200 International Dr., Baltimore. https://www.fourseasons.com/baltimore/festive/

Miracle on 34th Street / Hampden Lights. November 24-January 1. Welcome to Hampden, Maryland and Miracle on 34th Street, now in its 72nd year! Come see the wonder of it all! The display prominently features Christmas trees of varying styles, trains, animated figures, Walt Disney cartoon characters, Hanukkah menorahs, artwork, and other various symbols of the holiday season, including a sea of Santas and Frosty the Snowmans. The lights will be on from around 6PM to 11PM every night except Dec 24th and Dec 31st when they stay on all night. FREE. 6PM-11PM. 34th St., between Chestnut Ave. and Keswick Rd. For GPS purposes enter 720 W. 34th St., Baltimore. https://www.christmasstreet.com

A Wonder in My Soul. ​November 29-December 23. In a Baltimore beauty shop, two longtime co-owners and best friends grapple with a major decision: remain as the anchor of their beloved neighborhood, or relocate under the pressures of gentrification and crime? In dialogue that resonates with everyday poetry, and underscored with music both profound and stirring, A Wonder in My Soul looks at the evolution of one family, the history of Baltimore, and a whole community. Content Advisory: This story of friendship and Baltimore neighborhoods is fitting for all audiences, in elementary school and beyond. Ticket prices and showtimes vary. Baltimore Center Stage, 700 N Calvert St., Baltimore. https://www.centerstage.org/plays-and-events/mainstage/a-wonder-in-my-soul

The Importance of Being Ernest. ​December 4-December 30. Oscar Wilde’s much-loved tour-de-farce receives an uproarious Resident Company revival with this landmark lampoon of Victorian norms—a jovial joyride of double lives, double entendres, and labyrinthine twists and turns. Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen and her friend Cecily both fall for a man named Ernest (of whom Lady Bracknell—played by company member Bruce Randolph Nelson—disapproves), but whether wit or wisdom will prevail is anybody’s guess! Courtships, class, and convention square off with handbags, puns, and perambulators in this deliciously quotable comedy—a madcap masterpiece about marriage, morality, and mistaken identity. Ticket prices and showtimes vary. Everyman Theatre, 315 W Fayette St., Baltimore. http://everymantheatre.org/importance-being-earnest