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Christmas Light Displays in Baltimore and Beyond


For some people from faraway places, it comes as a shock that Baltimore is often listed amongst the top places to catch Christmas light displays. But those of us who live in Baltimore are well aware of how the city lights up around the holidays. From a parade of lighted boats to drive through Christmas spectacles, these displays of cheer keep Baltimore and the surrounding area bright throughout the holiday season.

1. Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland at Adventure Park USA

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Saturday, November 23 through Sunday, January 5, 2013; 6-9:30 p.m. daily
Now in its forth year, Adventure Park USA will host Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland, which features a mile of synchronized lights. More than 10,000 lights dance to the beat of favorite Christmas tunes.

Tickets: $20 per carload
Location: 11113 W Baldwin Rd., New Market
More Info: 301-865-6800

2. Miracle on 34th Street

Photo by Mike Unger

Friday, November 23, 2013 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Each year, one block of 34th Street in Hampden puts on a Christmas display like no other. Inflatable decorations spill out of porches, candy canes line the sidewalks, musical trains circle overhead, and thousands of bulbs light up the block. Don't miss some of the Baltimore trademarks, including a house decorated with a blinking Natty Boh and Utz Girl, as well as the "Hubcap Christmas Tree" by local artist Jim Pollock. 

Location: 34th Street between Keswick Road and Chestnut Street
View: Photos of the Miracle on 34th Street

3. Symphony of Lights

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Monday, November 25, 2013 through Sunday, January 5, 2014; 6-10 p.m. nightly
Each year, Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia pulls out all the bells and whistles and gets decked out in more than 75 animated and stationary holiday lights.

Tickets: $20 per car
Brokenland Pkwy. and Hickory Ridge Rd., Columbia
More Info: 410-740-7840

4. Winter Festival of Lights

Courtesy Winter Festival of Lights.

Friday, November 29, 2013 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014; 5-9:30 p.m. nightly
Enjoy a Christmas light spectacle from the comfort of your own car at this drive-through display in Watkins Regional Park. Now in its 27th year, this Christmas light display now features more than one million twinkling lights.

Tickets: $5 per car; fees waived on Christmas (Wednesday, December 25)
Location: 301 Watkins Park Dr./Route 192, Upper Marlboro
More Info: 301-445-4509

5. Sound of Light Christmas Show


Friday, November 29, 2013 through Friday, January 3, 2014; Sunday through Thursday, 5:30-10:30 p.m.
This holiday light show has approximately 75,000 LED lights synchronized to 14 popular Christmas tunes. Tune in to 94.5 FM and watch the 40-minute show from your car.

Tickets: Optional donations benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Foundation
Location: 8492 Tipton Dr., Laurel
More Info: 301-379-8324

6. A Monumental Occasion

Courtesy Winter Festival of Lights.

Thursday, December 5, 2013; 5:30-8 p.m.
Don't miss the 42nd annual lighting of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon. The flip is switched during an evening of choir performances and vibrant fireworks. Pre-event festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and the official lighting ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Local vendors will sell refreshments. If you miss the lighting, no worries: the monument will be lit up through the holiday season, and much of Charles Street also gets decked out in lights.

Tickets: free
Location: 600 block of North Charles St.
More Info: 410-752-8632


7. Power Plant Holiday Light Show Spectacular

Friday, December 6 through Tuesday, December 31, 2013; various times
The Inner Harbor will once again light up this holiday season when lights, lasers, and music take over the Power Plant Live! entertainment complex. Visit the website for specific dates and showtimes.

Location: 34 Market Place
More Info: 410-727-5483

8. Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats

Courtesy The Fells Point Yacht Club.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Fells Point and the Inner Harbor will glow when The Fells Point Yacht Club parades 50 boats festooned with holiday lights and other decorations through the water. The parade starts at 6 p.m. in Fells Point and is scheduled to make its way through the Inner Harbor by 6:30. Some of the best places to see the display are from Broadway Pier in Fells Point, the Inner Harbor Promenade, and from Tidepoint. Many waterfront hotels and restaurants also have excellent views.

Tickets: free
Location: Inner Harbor
More Info: 410-744-3338

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