November 11, 2011

Inner Harbor light show to debut for holiday season

The Greater Baltimore Committee’s proposal to bring a laser and light show to the Inner Harbor will take a step forward on Nov. 19 when the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s winter celebration kicks off.
The Waterfront Partnership’s “It’s a Waterfront Life” win­ter campaign will debut Nov. 19 with a parade, the arrival of Santa and the debut of a Power Plant laser, lights and music show in the harbor. Throughout December, the or­ganization will hold events and offer deals on parking and attractions.
The laser and light show will be held evenings throughout December, too. And its appearance for the winter season is the first step in having the GBC’s proposed bigger, ongoing water and light show at the Harbor, said Laurie Schwartz, executive director of the Waterfront Partnership.
“This is holiday-specific, then we have to go back out and raise money for a longer-term light show,” Schwartz said. The GBC in May proposed bringing a water and light show to the Inner Harbor reminiscent of ones at Disney World’s Epcot Center or Las Vegas’ Bellagio Resort and Casino.
GBC CEO Donald C. Fry said the water and light show would provide a “wow factor” to the Inner Harbor after dark. It would include a water show, lasers and projections on buildings like the National Aquarium and Power Plant, along with LED lights across the harbor that could be changed to show different colors.
During the Waterfront Partnership’s winter campaign, its light and lasers show will run nightly until Dec. 31, oc­curring at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Baltimore-based Image Engineering is cre­ating the light show.
“It’s going to be unlike anything Baltimore has seen before,” Schwartz said.
Along with Santa’s arrival and a holiday lantern parade on Nov. 19, the Waterfront Partnership will host other events through Dec. 31 at the harbor and elsewhere.
The Waterfront Partnership will also offer discounted park­ing at The Gallery Garage downtown and in Harbor East, where some parking will be free at select garages and $3 parking will be available on Caroline, Fleet and Eden streets.
For more information on events, deals and discounts the group is offering throughout the campaign, visit the “It’s a Waterfront Life” website at


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