Holiday In Fells Point

Olde Tyme Christmas of shopping and entertainment is in its third year

November 30, 2006|By Sam Sessa | Sam Sessa,Sun Reporter

With the holiday season under way, Fells Point throws its annual Olde Tyme Christmas celebration this weekend.

Now in its third year, the Olde Tyme Christmas starts at 5 p.m. tomorrow when neighborhood shops and galleries stay open late with sales and refreshments.

"It's definitely becoming a regular tradition down here," said Jeremy Fennema, president of the Fells Point Development Corp.

The event continues at 9 a.m. Saturday, when Santa arrives on a tugboat, escorted by fireboats, which docks at the Broadway Pier.

Santa first appeared on the tugboat at last year's event, which was a big crowd-pleaser, Fennema said.

"It was a huge hit with everybody that came downtown," Fennema said. "We were excited to be able to do that this year."

From there, Santa heads to nearby True Restaurant, 888 S. Broadway, where breakfast is served for $5.

At 10:15 a.m., magician and puppeteer Mr. Horn will perform the Punch and Judy Puppet Show upstairs from True at the Admiral Fell Inn. St. Nick will be available for pictures and there will be live performances from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Broadway Square. Patrons can sip hot cider or coffee on Broadway Square and tour the Robert Long House, 812 S. Ann St., by candlelight at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Olympic figure skater Kimmie Meissner will light the Great Tree at 5 p.m. on Broadway Square, and the Kenwood High School Choir will sing Christmas carols. Mr. Horn will perform an encore of the Punch and Judy Puppet Show at 5:30 p.m. on the Broadway Pier at Thames Street. The Salvation Army Band also will perform at that time.

Both the annual Parade of Lighted Boats and the Twilight Madness shopping specials start at 6 p.m.

"A lot of people don't realize how many different kinds of retail stores and how much really neat shopping you can do in Fells Point," Fennema said. "Everything from toys to housewares to furniture to clothing to art - you can pretty much find anything you're looking for in Fells Point."

Then, on Dec. 9, the Olde Tyme Christmas celebrations continue with gingerbread house-making from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fells Point Visitor Center, 1732 Thames St. The Strolling Dickens Carolers will perform from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Comptroller William Donald Schaefer will read A Visit From Saint Nicholas at 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Hotel, 1710 Thames St.

Fells Point Olde Tyme Christmas events start at 5 p.m. tomorrow at neighborhood stores and continues at 9 a.m. Saturday. There will also be events starting at 10 a.m. Dec. 9. For more information, call 410-837-9305 or go to fellspointdevelopment.com.

sam.sessa@baltsun.com

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