Holiday Cheer & Music for All Ears

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With the holiday season in full swing and downtown Baltimore draped in festive lights and decorations, there’s a fun vibe in the air in Charm City.

Celebrating the holiday season looks different this year, thanks to guidelines and regulations designed to keep city visitors safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn’t mean that all the fun is canceled. This month, there are plenty of opportunities to head downtown for fun celebrations, from Santa parties to seated and socially distant concerts.

Here’s a look at some of what’s coming up downtown this month:


On Saturday, Dec. 12, Power Plant Live! hosts its fourth annual SantaCon party. This year, of course, will look different than in the past, with limited reservations available and social distancing a top priority.

But it will still be a jolly holiday good time! The party includes drinks, Christmas movies on big screens, contests for the best outfit and best dancing Santa, a roaming photo booth, complimentary gifts, and more. While the event is outdoors, it will be in a covered, heated Winter Wonderland, so no need to worry about the cold.

Safe & Socially Distant Shows


Live music is back this month at Baltimore Soundstage – a terrific gift for any lover of good tunes.

Shows this month include the solo act John Kadlecik, who combines acoustic and electric sounds, on Thursday, Dec. 10, the funky ska/punk/reggae act Bumpin Uglies on both Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12, and local singer-songwriter Joey Harkum and his band on Friday, Dec. 18.

The shows will keep going all month long and into the new year, so keep an eye out for what’s coming up next.

Drag Brunch

On Saturday, Dec. 19, Power Plant Live! hosts back-to-back drag brunches presided over by local fave Brooklyn Heights. Guests can reserve tables for groups of 3, 4, 6, or 12, and tickets include a signature cocktail, drink specials, and tons of entertainment.

Seatings are at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – so you can decide just how early you want brunch to be.

Harborpark_Garage_LogoWhere to Park when Heading Downtown for this Holiday Season
Whether you’ll be decked out in red, with a big snowy beard, settling in for some tunes, or ready to brunch it up, your trip downtown this month will be easy if you plan ahead – including figuring out where to park.

Harbor Park Garage is a convenient bet for any downtown activity. Located at 55 Market Place, right next door to Power Plant Live! and Baltimore Soundstage, the garage is a quick and easy walk to a variety of downtown restaurants, bars, and attractions.

Harbor Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is accessible to I-83 and other major routes in and out of downtown Baltimore. The garage is clean, well-lit, and highly conscious of sanitation and guidelines related to keeping the space safe during COVID. Harbor Park is staffed by a friendly, knowledgeable crew who are happy to answer questions about where to go, what to do, and how to get there, or about the garage’s policies and approach to management during COVID.

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