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.

Towson Town Local Makers

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.


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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February Fun in Downtown Towson

The air might be chilly but downtown Towson is hot this month. From football deals to Valentine’s celebrations, there’s plenty for residents of Hampton Plaza Apartments to enjoy, right downtown.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up around Towson:

Super Bowl Specials

The Super Bowl is late this year – Sunday, Feb. 13 – and while the Ravens are, sadly, not contenders, the matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and LA Rams should be a good one.

Spots all over Towson will be showing the game on multiple screens – and offering fun deals while you watch.



CVP has tons of deals available during the game, from $9.99 32-ounce orange crushes to $9.99 crab pretzels. The restaurant is offering carryout deals, too, if you’d rather watch from the comfort of your apartment. 


World of Beer

At World of Beer, enjoy $6 appetizers, including loaded tots and burger or chicken sliders, and $4 White Claws, Michelob Ultras or Bud Lights during the game. 

Towson Valentine's Day


The Point

Before Valentine’s Day…comes Galentine’s Day. On Saturday, Feb. 12, The Point in Towson will celebrate the day for the ladies with a fun drag brunch, hosted by Robyn Ya’Men. 


Papi’s Tacos

Papi’s Tacos has a fun taco date package available between Friday, Feb. 11 and (Taco) Tuesday, Feb. 15. The deal, which is available to order online, includes tacos (served in a heart-shaped container), salsa, guacamole, rice and beans, chile toreado, margaritas, dessert (tres leches cake or churros) and conversation hearts. It’s available for two or four people. 




Whole Foods

The brand new Whole Foods has a bunch of Valentine’s Day deals, including a double dozen bunch of roses for just $19.99 for Amazon Prime members. The flower deal is available from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15 (so even if you’re a day late, you can still take advantage of it). 


THB Bagelry & Deli

Does your loved one love bagels? From now through Feb. 14, THB Bagelry & Deli is offering free shipping on a Valentine’s merch combo: a travel mug and bagel long-sleeve t-shirt. Plus, THB’s sweet cinnamon bagels are back for the season – they just might be better than Valentine’s chocolate.

New Menus

Local spots are busy updating their menus for the season.


Barley’s Backyard Uptown

Barley’s Backyard Uptown has a few new items on the menu, including spaghetti and meatballs with a side Caesar salad, which looks perfect for cold February days and nights. 


The Point

Check out The Point in Towson’s hoisin turkey smash burger, plus other items from the updated February menu. 

Live Music Downtown


The Recher

On Saturday, Feb. 19, the rock band Kix will perform at The Recher for the first time ever. Local rockers Last Kiss Goodnight will open.

Now is the time to grab tickets for some of the venue’s big upcoming shows, too, including Carbon Leaf on Friday, March 18, Cowboy Mouth on Saturday, March 19, and Better Off Dead on Friday, April 1.


C&R Pub

At C&R Pub, acoustic musician Tony Lardieri will play on Friday, Feb. 18, starting at 9 p.m., and on Saturday, March 5, the Carlos Cubas Band will perform. 

Nacho Mama’s

On Saturday evenings, Nacho Mama’s hosts live music – usually more than one act – from happy hour through 11 p.m. 



Perennial continues to host happy hour music every single day – both weekdays and weekends – from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 


Sam Cochran will perform at The Point in Towson on Friday, Feb. 11.

Towson Celebrates the Year of the Tiger

Several local spots are participating in the Towson Chamber’s “Year of the Tiger” extended Lunar New Year celebration (which is also a nod to the Towson Tiger). , including Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro, Coffee Talk Café and Towson Best.

Coffee Talk Café

At Coffee Talk Café, from now through Feb. 15, check out the Year of the Tiger sandwich and at Towson Best Chinese & Sushi, you’ll receive 10% off all menu items from now through Feb. 15.

Paradise Spa

Plus, from now through Feb. 15, Paradise Spa is offering a 10% discount on expenditures of $30 and more and a gift card deal – buy two 60-minute gift cards and get a 30-minute gift card free. 


Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro

Year of the Tiger events and deals will continue throughout the year – mark you calendar now for March cultural events at Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro.

Dine & Delight at the Mall

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Towson Town Center’s Dine & Delight promotion, offering a $20 reward when you spend $50 or more at mall restaurants, is going strong, now through the end of February. 

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