It is almost Thanksgiving, and what does that mean … well, besides good food, good cheer, and good company? Thanksgiving Day ushers in a month-long cornucopia of outstanding photo opportunities in and around Baltimore. Photographers, stock up on aspirin now because your shutter finger will get quite sore capturing all the holiday cheer.

Personally, I can hardly wait for the brand new Christmas Village to open Thanksgiving Day in Baltimore. West Shore Park will recreate a traditional German Christmas market … complete with delicious Lebkuchen (gingerbread), bratwurst, dirndls and lederhosen, handcrafted Christmas collectibles direct from Germany’s famous Kaethe Wohlfahrt, Gluehwein (mulled wine), lots of colorful lights, and much more. We lived in Germany for almost 10 years and always enjoyed the Christkindlmarkt, so the inaugural Christmas Village here in Baltimore will feel like going home.

Baltimore features quite a number of other Christmas holiday events. Below are my favorites. Each is quite photogenic … and a lot of fun simply to watch and enjoy!

For the complete lineup of holiday events (there's even Pet Photos with Santa) in and around the Inner Harbor, visit It’s a Waterfront Life.

In the German Christmas spirit, let me be the first to wish you and yours ...  Froh Weihnachten!