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While Inner Harbor remains the center of sightseeing and entertainment in Baltimore due to its scenic waterfront views, decorated shops, and spectacular museums, there is a lot to see and explore in Maryland's largest city beyond the waterfront area. Washington Monument and Hampden residential neighborhood definitely belong in Baltimore's holiday must-see list.
Downtown Monument Lighting (December 3, 2020)
Christmas holidays in Baltimore are officially kicked off with the Washington Monument Lighting during the first week of December. It's the oldest holiday tradition in the city, and one of the favorite ones. The Washington Monument is located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Place and Washington Place in the Mount Vernon-Belvedere area of Baltimore. The monument made of white marble was completed in 1829, becoming the first major monument to honor George Washington. The Monument Lighting usually features a few exhibits and events at Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, showcasing their work. There is also a holiday village, live music, and entertainment program. The lighting ceremony starts at 5 pm.
Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats (December 5, 2020)
One of Baltimore's favorite Christmas traditions, a spectacular parade of over 50 boats decorated with sparkling lights, can be observed in the Inner Harbor and Fells Point. Find a spot at the Inner Harbor Promenade, choose a waterfront restaurant, or book a cruise to see the beautiful parade from the water. The parade usually starts at 4:30 pm in Anchorage Marina and lasts until 8:30 pm.
Miracle on 34th Street (November–December)
Each holiday season, the 700 block of 34th Street in Hampden puts on fascinating holiday decorations. Unique sculptures and displays emit more shine and color than one can imagine. Some houses have the Disney theme, some stick to traditional Christmas characters, while others feature Baltimore symbols. This street in the lovely residential area Baltimore City has become an iconic Christmas destination, attracting visitors from all over Maryland. The display was started in 1947 by a local couple, Bob Hosier and Darlene Hughes. The decorations have become so abundant that the street has become famous and started attracting visitors. The light displays appear after Thanksgiving and stay through New Year.