8 Winter Wonderland Activities To Do In Baltimore

8 Winter Wonderland Activities To Do In Baltimore

The weather is starting to cool and if you're anything like me, you're excited for Winter time activities and festivities! Here are some fun ideas to knock out this Winter in Baltimore, Maryland!

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1. Miracle on 34th street

If you love the holidays, you'll love Miracle on 34th Street. The lights are like no other. Some of the lights are Maryland themed, others are makeshift decorations made out of things like hubcaps. It is so much fun to take pictures with your family and friends. It is a great experience to enjoy the holiday spirit that a street in Baltimore offers each year.

700 W 34th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

2. Pandora's Ice Rink at the Inner Harbor

The ice rink is opening on November 9th this year. $10 if you have your own skates and $14 if you need rentals, and then you are free to skate on the outdoor rink. It is so cool to skate around in the city. And if you are like me and cannot skate, its okay it is fun to watch others skate and enjoy the festivities around the area.

Top of the Amphitheater, Inner Harbor
Located between the Harborplace Pavilions
201 E Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202


3. The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower

http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2017/03/inside-baltimores-iconic-bromo-seltzer-tower/

The art tower is open on Saturday 11am-4pm. If you are looking for an indoor activity to stay warm, what better activity than to visit an art exhibit. The art tower switches out exhibits quite frequently, so you can go more than once during the winter months!

21 South Eutaw St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 874-3596

4. Harbor Point Ice Festival 

The next ice festival's date is still to be determined (last year it was held in mid-January). The ice festival has music, stilt walkers, hot chocolate, crafts and an ice carving competition.

5. The Mayor's Christmas Parade

This years Christmas Parade is the 46th annual parade. It is being held on Sunday, December 2, 2018. The parade route is 2.5 miles long and Santa Clause will be there!

6. The Festival of Trees

A three-day event (November 23-25, 2018) full of decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. There is also live entertainment, gift boutiques and Santa Clause!

Located at the Maryland State Fairgrounds

7. Get Hot Chocolate at the Charmery

The Charmery is a cafe located in Baltimore. They are known for their handcrafted ice cream and rich hot chocolate. They are the place to go in the hot and the cold!

801 W. 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

8. Attempt an Escape Room

If you are a competitor by heart you will probably love the Baltimore escape room! They have 4 different 6 player escape rooms. One of their escape rooms doesn't even have a winner yet!

31 Light Street, Suite 201

Baltimore, MD 21202

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Top 10 Winter Candles From Bath And Body Works

It's holiday candle season!
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I'm not quite sure where my obsession with the seasonal Bath and Body Works candles comes from, but it's alive and strong. My parents don't let me light candles in my room (mom and dad, if you're reading this... I'm begging) and the sorority I currently live in doesn't allow it either.

Despite this, every time winter comes around one of the first places I always go is BBW to check out their new line of winter candles. And I've done so for years. Because of my love for this product, I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert. Here, in my opinion, are the top 10 Bath and Body Works winter candles ranked.

10. Cinnamon & Clove Bud



The two scents combined is unique and fresh, but personally, I think cinnamon is overpowering. It also doesn't really give me that winter-esque feeling that I always look for in these candles.

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9. Fresh Balsam



There's no denying that pine is symbolic of winter. The scent isn't bad. It's just not the best.

Buy it on Amazon.


8. Twisted Peppermint



A lot of people love the smell of mint. I'm not one of them. However, this candle has hints of vanilla and musk, which makes up for the main scent.

Buy it on Amazon.


7. Winter



Just like its name, there's nothing unique about this candle. The scent of pine needles is nice and homey, but I wouldn't spend $25 on it.

Buy it on Amazon.


6. 'Tis the Season



This candle offers a really lovable blend of apple and sugar. However, if you don't like sweet smells, it isn't for you.

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5. Vanilla Bean Noel



A classic among classics. I can't resist a good vanilla scent, and I always look forward to the release of this one.

Buy it on Amazon.


4. Flannel



I'm a fan of the more musky scents, which Flannel definitely encapsulates. It's extremely cozy and always makes me want to disappear under a bunch of blankets and read a good book.

Buy it on Amazon.


3. Hot Cocoa & Cream



Sweet scents are also a favorite of mine, but I know that doesn't go for everyone. If you're one of those people, know that Hot Cocoa & Cream isn't overwhelming and its chocolate goodness is irresistible. I always want a brownie after smelling this one.

Buy it on Amazon.


2. Marshmallow Fireside



Nothing gets me into the Christmas spirit like Marshmallow Fireside. It's warm, slightly musky and sweet, and if I were allowed to light candles it would definitely be one I'd have burning all winter.

Buy it on Amazon.


1. Mahogany Teakwood



This is a seasonal candle, but truthfully I think it can be used year-round. It's reminiscent of the iconic Abercrombie and Fitch scent we all loved in middle school, but better (maybe a little classier?). I'm obsessed.

Buy it on Amazon.


Feel free to test my judgment and try all of these out for yourself. If you get one you end up not liking, you can always give it to someone else as a present and claim you were being thoughtful. Stay cozy, and happy holidays!


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Saying 'Thank U, Next' To Winter

Seriously, warm weather can't get here soon enough.

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With spring break coming up in the next few days, all of us Midwesterners are surely dreaming of sunnier days. When the sun comes out, smiles come out with it! Here are 10 reasons I'm ready to say "Bye, Felicia" to the dreary winter months and "Hey Sisterrrr!!!" to spring and summer.

1. Layers on layers on layers

I am so tired of having to put on 15 billion layers just to go to class! I definitely took the days of walking to class in gym shorts and a t-shirt for granted.

2. Dry skin (Yuck!)

I feel like no matter how much I hydrate and moisturize, the second I step out into the cold, my skin cracks! I know sweating isn't much better, but at least I'm not itching dry patches all day long.

3. Hat hair for days

Do I disappoint my mom by not covering my ears when I go to class, or do I disappoint my hundreds of fans on the quad by wearing a hat over my wonderful hair? Just kidding! Disappointing my mom is not on the agenda, so hat hair it is!

4. Walking to class in the arctic tundra

High schoolers: trust me when I say, the walk from the parking lot to the building is nothing. Leaving my dorm to walk across the quad always makes me wonder: is the degree even worth it, dawg?

5. Pedicures are pointless

As much as I love buying myself new boots for the season, I firmly believe that life is better when I'm wearing flip flops. I mean, what's the point of paying money for pedicures if I'm just gonna hide them behind some boots?

6. Iced coffee, sans judgement

Do I still get iced coffee during the winter? You bet your mittens I do! But when warmer weather rolls around, I can get it without being looked at like a crazy person on the quad, and that makes it a whole lot better!

7. Frozen cars and angry drivers

First, having to defrost my car makes me angry. Then, having my car not start makes me angry. Then, slow drivers and icy roads make me angry! All in all, winter drivers are the worst. In summer, rollin' with the windows down, music blasting: that's bliss

8. Snow isn't magical anymore, it's just slush

In November, whenever it started to snow, we all got excited and ran to take pictures. Now, it's all slushy and dirty, and when there's snow in the forecast, this GIF is how I feel.

9. The whole campus, like, always has the flu??!?!

Especially living in the dorms, the tidal wave of sickness is inevitable. And as soon as one person gets over it, another one catches it! Wash yo hands, people!

10. The billions of bruises from the icy sidewalks

Yeah, we've all seen someone do this exact dance on the way to class, haven't we?

Winter, it's been fun, but I think it's time for you to go.

The beginning of winter taught me love, with the pretty snow and holiday cheer.

The middle of winter taught me patience, with the slushy streets and jam-packed traffic.

The end of winter taught me pain, with the agony of waiting for spring to arrive.

And now, if only spring could come, I could say, "I'm so amazing!"

Stay warm and stay healthy, Midwesterners. Warm weather approacheth, I can feel it!

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