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Hampden Christmas Lights


"Miracle on 34th Street" makes most people think of the Natalie Wood Christmas movie, but here in Baltimore we think lights. Lots of lights!

One block in Hampden puts on a Christmas light display that is surely visible from space. Neighbors in this block of rowhouses string Christmas lights across 34th Street. Inflatable snowglobes, musical trains and blinking angels adorn homes. A few even allow visitors to peek inside.

For 2007, the big switch flip is Saturday, Nov. 24, at 6:30 p.m. The lights stay up until January. Most nights they are lit from dusk to 11 p.m. But they shine all night Christmas Eve. This New Year's Eve look for a Time Square-style ball drop.

To see the lights (700 block of 34th St., between Keswick Rd. and Chestnut St.), park nearby and walk. The street is open to cars, but traffic (on 34th St. and leading up to it) moves extremely slowly. Plus pedestrians, dazed by the holiday lights, make navigating tricky.

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