Bringing holiday cheer to others is the best gift you can give this season. The warmth and happiness that can be communicated through a traditional or contemporary carol is unbelievable and truly priceless. Here are the top places to listen to or join in with carolers in the Baltimore area. Of course, if you find carolers lacking where you live, create your own group and go caroling in your neighborhood, spreading good tidings to all and wishing all a good night.
East Baltimore Christmas
Polish Home Club
512 S. Broadway
Baltimore, Md. 21231
Date: Dec. 23, 2013
Festive carolers singing, talented musicians playing and the whole community celebrating with traditional holiday songs, some of which are in Polish, is what East Baltimore Christmas is all about. Accordions, drums, brass and other instruments, plus the lively caroling, make this a Fells Point tradition that starts at the Polish Home Club on Broadway. Originally started by Frank Bittner to restore Polish heritage around the holidays, the carolers and musicians proceed down the roads while neighbors, street crowds and passersby join in the songs along the way. This event proves that no matter the language or culture, when people sing together, it brings everyone closer.
34th Street in Hampden
Baltimore, Md. 21211
Dates: Saturdays in December
The Miracle on 34th Street truly lives on in Baltimore as each year the residents decorate their houses with such an impressive lighting display that people from all across town come to visit. Typically on Saturdays in December from around 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., carolers will appear, gathering more voices from those on the streets as everyone is invited to join in. However, even outside of these dates/times, it would not be uncommon to hear or start singing carols just from the mass congregation of holiday spirit that can be found on this street. Santa and his helpers also are known for making surprise visits – a perfect combination of merriment to ring in the holiday season.
Living Nativity at The Shrine of St. Anthony
12290 Folly Quarter Road
Ellicott City, Md. 21042
Date: Dec. 14-15, 2013
On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Shrine of St. Anthony will be commemorating the birth of Jesus through a living nativity scene, prayer and singing Christmas carols outside at the Red Barn. This nativity is particularly special in that it is following the history and tradition of how St. Francis of Assisi re-created the Bethlehem event in Greccio, Italy back in 1223. There is no cost to participate, although offerings to the church will be accepted. Stick around with your friends and family until the end and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies afterwards. Note: This is an outdoor event so be sure to dress for the weather.
Annapolis Santa Pub Crawl
The Maryland Inn in Annapolis
16 Church Circle
Annapolis, Md. 21401
Dates: Now through Dec. 28, 2013
For adults looking for a night to enjoy the holidays with some caroling, in addition to a few festive cocktails and seasonal local brews, the Annapolis Santa Pub Crawl is the ticket. Deemed a “naughty” caroling trip, guests are encouraged to dress in costume to tour the streets and pubs of Annapolis. Songs will be selected from a Naughty Xmas Carol Songbook to be supplied by the event host. The pub crawl starts at The Maryland Inn with exact meeting details provided immediately upon purchasing tickets at the above website. Drinks are not included in the price of the night, but lots of entertainment — as well as opportunities to mingle — are.
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