Christmas Light Displays in Baltimore and Beyond

Light up the holidays with these glorious sights

If you're not from Baltimore, you might be surprised to learn that the city is often listed among 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, holiday displays keep the area bright throughout winter. With this list, get a heads up on the best displays to visit.

  • 01 of 05
    ••• Photo by Mike Unger

    Each year, one block of 34th Street in Hampden puts on a Christmas display like no other. At 720 W. 34th St., you'll find inflatable decorations spill out of porches, candy canes line the sidewalks, musical trains circle overhead, and thousands of bulbs light up the block.

    This is a wonderful display that the entire family can enjoy. And if you've seen the film "Miracle on 34th Street," it will be all the more memorable for you.

    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. 

    Tickets: free
    Location: 34th Street between Keswick Road and Chestnut Street

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    ••• Jeff Kubina, flickr

    Each year, Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia pulls out all the bells and whistles and gets decked out in more than 70 animated and stationary holiday lights. You'll ooh and ah at the glorious decorations, all the while bonding with the family and friends who accompany you to this marvelous sight. This is a wonderful outing for the whole family.

    Location: Brokenland Parkway and Hickory Ridge Road., Columbia
    For more information: 410-740-7666.

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    Winter Festival of Lights

    ••• Courtesy Winter Festival of Lights.

    Enjoy a Christmas light spectacle from the comfort of your own car at this drive-through display in Watkins Regional Park. If the weather is particularly brutal during the winter, you won't regret staying in the comfort of your own car rather than risking the frigid temperatures outdoors. To boot, this Christmas light display now features more than one million twinkling lights.

    If you're super busy during the holidays, as many people are, a drive-through display can save you some time as well. Just consider going at non-peak hours, as these displays attract tons of visitors, which can lead to a backlog of traffic and slow you down.

    Location: 301 Watkins Park Dr./Route 193, Upper Marlboro
    For more information: 301-699-2456.

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    ••• Courtesy Winter Festival of Lights.

    Don't miss the annual lighting of the Washington Monument in the 600 block of Cathedral St. at Mount Vernon Place. During the event, the flip is switched as an evening of choir performances and vibrant fireworks unfolds. That means you'll get music, fireworks and a light display. Can't beat that!

    Local vendors will also sell refreshments, and if you miss the lighting, no worries. The monument will be lit up through the holiday season, and much of the surrounding street also gets decked out in lights. So visit this display at your convenience.

    Tickets: free
    For more information: 410-244-1030 or

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    ••• Courtesy The Fells Point Yacht Club.

    Each year, the Fells Point Yacht Club at 512 S. Broadway parades 50 boats festooned with holiday lights and other decorations through the water at Fells Point and the Inner Harbor. 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