10 Reasons to Love Maryland During the Holidays

10 Reasons to Love Maryland During the Holidays
1) National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014
The National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Thursday, December 4th at 5:30pm at the White House Ellipse. The event will showcase celebrity entertainers, a military band, and a message from President Obama. Events at the National Tree will continue to take place throughout the holiday season.

2 ) A Monumental Occasion- Lighting of the Washington Monument

Join the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks at the annual lighting of the Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Place at the 600 block of North Charles Street. The event will take place on Thursday, December 4th at 5:30pm and will feature music, refreshments, and a spectacular fireworks show.

3) Ugly Sweater Run
Rummage up the Ugliest Sweaters you can find and celebrate the Holidays by participating in a not-to-be-missed 5K.  Join hundreds of runners and walkers at the National Harbor on December 6th from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  The Ugly Sweater Run benefits Save The Children, a child advocacy nonprofit that gives children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm in the US and around the world.

4) Kris Kringle Procession in Frederick
Kris Kringle arrives in Maryland early this year!  Stop by downtown Frederick, Maryland on Friday, December 12th at 6:30pm. Enjoy the holiday parade beginning at the corner of South Carroll and West Patrick Streets and ending in Baker Park with the lighting of the City Tree.

5) Annapolis Parade of Lights

On Saturday, December 13th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm The Eastport Yacht Club of Annapolis hosts the magical Parade of Lights along the Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek. Boats are illuminated with thousands of colored lights and paraded down the Harbor for all to see.

6) Howard County Chamber of Commerce Poinsettia Tree
While shopping for gifts at the Columbia Mall, enjoy seasonal decorations including the Howard County Chamber of Commerce’s Poinsettia Tree. Located on the main level outside on Lord & Taylor, this 20 foot tall structure holds more than 685 potted poinsettia plants in the shape of a tree. The poinsettia tree will be on display from now until the New Year. 

7) Gaylord National Resort’s ICE! Featuring Frosty the Snowman
The D.C. region’s must-see holiday attraction ICE! is back with a fantastic new theme – Frosty the Snowman!  Beginning November 14th, bring the whole family to Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center for an exciting wintry walk-through of this classic holiday story, made from over two million pounds of ice!
8) B&O Railroad Holiday Festival of Trains

The Ellicott City Station of B&O Railroad will be hosting the Holiday Festival of Trains from November 28th, 2014 to January 25th, 2015, Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Visit Santa, play with the interactive multi-level 360-degree LEGO layout, and enjoy toy trains and model railroads.
9) Miracle on 34th Street- Houses in Hampden decorated

Take a walk down 34th street in Hampden, hon, for a beautiful display of brightly decorated Baltimore homes. The Miracle on 34th Street is a 67-year-old Baltimore tradition where residents of 34th street decorate their homes for the Holiday season. The street will officially present their displays on November 29th for their Grand Lighting event and will stay decorated until the New Year.

10) Baltimore New Year’s Eve Spectacular
Cap off the Holiday Season and ring in the New Year on Wednesday, December 31st at 9pm for Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular. Join your friends and family for live music and an outstanding display of fireworks to celebrate the New Year.

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