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Christmas Village

Through Dec. 27

Germans were one of the most prominent immigrant groups during Baltimore’s infancy. “They were so numerous that four of the seven members of the town council were Germans,” The Sun’s Frederick N. Rasmussen wrote in 2010, “and the first official ‘town clock’ was in the steeple of the German Reformed Church, near today’s City Hall.” But it wasn’t until 2013 that the city got a proper German Christmas market, with wooden huts for craft vendors, schnitzel, Gluehwein, and, of course, beer. The village is back again this year, with more than 50 booths offering crafts, toys, jewelry, and ornaments, including a large room for German-made decorations by Käthe Wohlfahrt. Be sure to check the calendar for events such as German-American Weekend (Dec. 5-6) featuring performances and the first annual bratwurst eating competition. Even if you’re not of German descent, a nice mulled wine or German lager is the perfect way to warm up this holiday season. Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., West Shore Park, 501 Light St., baltimore-christmas.com, weekdays free, Dec. 5-6 $1, all other weekends $5, ages 3-18 $3, toddlers free. (Brandon Weigel)

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