9 December 2017
Christmas Village Market 2017 501 Light Street, Inner Harbor, Baltimore Running in its fifth year and being the biggest Holiday event in Baltimore, Christmas Village in Baltimore is becoming more and more an integral part of the Baltimorean's Holiday traditions! Christmas Village in Baltimore is an indoor and outdoor Holiday market event at the Inner Harbor of Baltimore which is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany. With West Shore Park as the venue being situated perfectly in the heart of Baltimore and major Holiday attractions just blocks away, the event with its +50 vendors and more than 150,000 visitors in 2016 offers a great opportunity for local musicians to show their talent at the main stage inside our huge heated festival tent.
On a snowy Saturday, December 9, 2017, Pillerkaar Estonian Folk Dancers of the Washington DC Metro Area and the Baltimore-Washington Eesti Segakoor (mixed choir) ushered in the holiday spirit with a joint performance at the 5th Annual Christmas Village in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Visitors to the German-style Christmas Market were delighted by a variety of dances, from the traditional "Külavalss" (Village Waltz) and "Reilender" (Reel Dance) to the more modern "Kungla Polka" (Kungla’s Polka) and "Kosjalugu" (A Courting Tale). The choir performed holiday classics "Oh, kuusepuu" (Oh Christmas Tree), "Jõuluvalgus" (The Light of Christmas), and"Aisakell" (Sleighbell) as well as Curly Strings' "Kauges Kulas" (In the Far Away Village). Highlighting this performance was a combined choir and dancers’ rendition of "Kanga kudumine" (Spinning Yarn) and "Tuljak" (Wedding Dance) as well as a special Christmas performance of "Õige ja vasemba" (Grand Right and Left) to the music of "Welcome Christmas" from the original "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" As an extra treat, Pillerkaar brought piparkoogid (ginger snaps) for the audience to sample a traditional Estonian baked item.