December 21, 2014

Baltimore Holiday Traditions

Baltimore’s holiday traditions are as unique as the city itself. As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, and finish up with Chanukah, I thought I’d share some of our traditions with you.

Biggest and most well-known is the Miracle on 34th Street, where the whole block decorates!imageimage

We hang lights from the newly restored Washington Monument, and then shoot fireworks from it!image

Each neighbourhood decorates with as many lights as possible!image

There is even a Chanukah House here. It’s one half of a duplex. Can you imagine living in the other half?image

And they light a giant menorah downtown. The candles are actually old street-lights.image

The Lighted Boat Parade is always fun, and being on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, almost every waterfront community hosts a parade.image

The Mayor’s Christmas Parade takes place about a block from my house.image

One of the city’s fire stations builds an annual Christmas train garden. image

What are the traditions where you live? Anything special?


  1. love the lights! can't get over how every house participates. i couldn't move in bc the pressure would be too much.

    local tradition is to whinge a bit and get drunk.

    1. There was just an article in the Wall Street Journal about that - buying a house on a street like this!
      The realtor is an old friend of mine.

  2. How did you like the protestors shouting above the music during the monument lighting?

    1. Actually, I was in London, so missed everything, so can't really comment.

  3. merry christmas + happy new year

  4. Happy Christmas and a Peaceful Yuletide to you and yours, from your blogfriend in NY! My favorite holiday traditions include "Christmas in Connecticut", "Holiday Inn", "A Christmas Carol", "It's a Wonderful Life", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", "A Charlie Brown Christmas"... you can tell I'm all about the classic movies!


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