Celebrating the Holidays, Towson-Style

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and right outside the doors of Hampton Plaza Apartments, there’s plenty to do to celebrate. Towson comes alive during the holiday season, with opportunities to shop, dine and embrace the season in every way. Whether you’re 2 or 102, there’s fun to be had in Towson this month.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up in Towson during the holiday season:

Baltimore County Tree Lighting

The tree-lighting is a fun family event; it starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. It features musical and dance performances, hot chocolate and cookies and the arrival of Santa on a fire truck. Plus, of course, the main event: when the tree starts to glow.

See the Lights & Sights
Downtown Towson is a beautiful, bustling place during the holidays. This year, it will glow especially bright on Friday, December 6, when the tree in Olympic Park at Towson Circle is lit.

The magic doesn’t end with the lighting of the tree, either. Head back to downtown Towson on Friday, December 13 for Fire & Ice, a fun family night and window decorating contest for downtown businesses. Windows will be adorned with excellent decorations and there will be fire pits for the congregation. Plus, while you window shop (and regular shop) you can enjoy free hot chocolate and s’mores and might even run into a holiday personality or two.

Shop, Shop, Shop
Starting on Black Friday – November 29 – and lasting all month long, shops in downtown Towson, Dulaney Plaza and at the Towson Town Center will offer holiday season promotions and sales.

Procrastinator’s Shopping Night
Towson Chamber of Commerce Thursday, December 11, downtown Towson shops will offer specials for “Procrastinator’s Shopping Night.” The two-hour event starts at 5 p.m. After you shop, visit The Greene Turtle for free gift-wrapping (and dinner and a drink or two) and to support their annual Tips for Tots night, during which all tips earned go toward buying gifts for Toys for Tots.

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Toast the Season
On Saturday, December 7, Towson Town Center welcomes local artisans for its fourth annual Local Makers Event, featuring all kinds of handmade goodies created by people from the area. The market takes place at Level 3 in the mall’s rotunda and lasts from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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Ugly Sweater Happy Hour
On Thursdays in December – the 5th, 12th and 19th – don your ugliest, most festive sweater and head to happy hour in downtown Towson. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each evening, local bars and restaurants will offer drink and food specials to people wearing their tackiest holiday gear.

Visiting the Big Guys
Who’s your favorite holiday season personality? Buddy the Elf? The Grinch? The Snow Queen? Santa Claus himself? No matter who you choose, there’s an opportunity for a meet-and-greet in Towson this season.

Santa Claus

Santa has already made himself at home on Level 1 of the Towson Town Center. He’s there for photos through Christmas. If pictures of your pet with Santa are on your list, head to the mall on Mondays between November 19 and December 16. Each Monday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Santa will be available for fun pet pics.

Buddy the Elf and Grinch
Buddy the Elf and Grinch fans can meet their idols at Charles Village Pub on Saturday, December 7. Both characters will be there for a family-friendly breakfast; the event is from 9 a.m. to noon.

Pictures with Santa

Santa will be on hand at The Point in Towson from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The first hour will be reserved for pet pics; after that, it’s time for kids to visit with Mr. Claus. The event benefits toys for Tots.

Breakfast with the Queen

Also at The Point: on Saturday, December 14 from 9 a.m. to noon, the restaurant will host the Snow Queen for breakfast, picture and craft event.

Breakfast with Santa

And for breakfast with Santa himself, head to Nacho Mama’s on December 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include a breakfast buffet, a picture with Santa, a picture frame craft and a holiday cocktail for the adults. No word (yet) if Santa prefers his margaritas with or without salt…or in a hubcap.

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Keep an eye on the space at 215 Washington Ave. A new café – Hannah’s – is just about to open. The café will be open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays and will serve breakfast and lunch dishes like avocado toast, bagels, sandwiches and salads. 

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Farmers Market Winds Down

This month is your last chance to hit the Towson Farmers’ Market until next year. The market, which takes place on Allegheny Avenue every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., lasts through November 18 – the Thursday before Thanksgiving. It typically returns in early June.

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Library Story Time

The Towson branch of the Baltimore Public Library has a strong story time schedule this month, including a special surprise: a Pizza and Taco story time on Saturday, Nov. 20. The event starts at 10:30 and is geared towards preschoolers.

Thanksgiving Eve

The night before Thanksgiving – Nov. 24 this year – is always one of the biggest and best in Towson. Local spots have plans in the works to make it extra fun this year.

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Barley’s Backyard Uptown

At Barley’s Backyard Uptown, the heaters will be on upstairs on the deck and happy hour will be in effect from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

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C&R Pub

At C&R Pub, Sophomore will perform at 9 p.m. the night before Thanksgiving.

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CVP

CVP’s crowd will be entertained by Sydney Smith and Nate Finn starting at 6 p.m. 

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The Point

The Point is throwing a Throwback Thanksgiving Eve party with food and drink specials and ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s tunes from DJ Al.

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The Recher

If a live music show is more your speed, The Recher has you covered with a 20th year anniversary show from Baltimore’s own The Bridge. 

Thanksgiving Day

Barley’s and CVP both open at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, welcoming all Turkey Bowl-goers for pregame festivities.

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Barley’s

Speaking of Barley’s and Thanksgiving, the restaurant is also bringing back last year’s take home or delivered Thanksgiving feast options, including baked turkey or ham, sausage lasagna, and family-sized side dishes.

Weekend Plans

The weekend starting Friday Nov. 19 is shaping up to be a great one around Towson, with music from iconic bands and a big brunch party.

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The Recher

It starts Friday night, when ‘90s stars The Samples perform at The Recher.

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The Point

Saturday morning, The Point is hosting a “Basic B**** Brunch” starting at 10 a.m. That means pumpkin spice cocktails, “basic” brunch bites, bottomless brunch cocktails and more. 

New social recommendations and restrictions put in place to minimize the impact of coronavirus and “flatten the curve” of the disease have changed life as we know it – both inside the walls of Hampton Plaza and all over the world. We’re all taking life one day at a time right now – and we’re all in this together. 

Social distancing is strange but it’s also an opportunity to explore new interests and hobbies. Whether you’re a parent with an apartment full of young, active children, a retiree living on your own, or anyone in between, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied during this time. In addition to the usual suspects – watching movies, reading books, cleaning out your pantry, trying to teach your child 4th grade math – we’ve compiled some fun ways to pass the time while you are home:

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C&R Pub

Later in the day, local fave Chris Diller will take over the mic at C&R Pub

Black Friday Brunch

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The Point

Instead of braving the stores on Black Friday, head to The Point for a fun day-after-Thanksgiving brunch. The event starts at 11 a.m. and includes bottomless drink specials and more. 

Santa!

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and Towson Town Center is ready for it.

Santa makes his debut on November 26 – the day after Thanksgiving – and will be available for pictures through Christmas Eve. The mall is also hosting special pet nights with Santa, Monday evenings from November 29 through December 20.

Planning Ahead for the Holidays

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Christmas Tree Lighting

Mark your calendar now for December holiday events, including the Baltimore County Christmas tree lighting – with special appearances from Santa, the Grinch and Olaf. The lighting takes place in Olympic Park, on Alleghany Ave., on Friday, Dec. 3. 

Several local spots already have Breakfast with Santa plans in the works, as well – so now is the time to buy tickets and make reservations. CVP’s breakfast is on Dec. 4 and Barley’s Backyard Uptown’s breakfast is Dec. 12.

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