December 20, 2013

Friday Favorites-Christmastime in Baltimore Edition! 12/20/2013

Well the past few weeks have been a whirlwind, and I CANNOT believe that Christmas is next week. I've been so busy with work, shopping, gift wrapping, and attending parties.  Luckily, I made plenty of time to do my favorite holiday activities around Baltimore during this time of year. Here are some of my favorite Baltimore holiday tradition and events from this year!

Five Favorite Baltimore Holiday Traditions

Favorite light show: 
Baltimore's Washington Monument Lighting

The lighting of the Washington Monument in Baltimore (which came before the D.C. one in case you were wondering) is one of the biggest holiday events of the season and happens to take place right around the corner from me. There are lots of vendors selling food and drinks along with choirs and an appearance from the mayor. It all ends with the lighting of the monument and a firework  and light show set to holiday music!

Favorite holiday run: 
Celtic Solstice 5 miler
This race is my last race of the year and continues to sell out due to the awesome premiums, hot wine and soup after the race, and lore of the time it was run during a blizzard! It also starts with bagpipers and has lots of runners we're their holiday gear! You can read my recap from this year's race here!

Favorite Christmas lights display: 
Miracle on 34th Street in Hampden


The tiny 34th Street in Hampden is famous for having amazing holiday lights and decorations on all the houses on the block. It's an annual holiday must-see for city-dwellers and beyond! 

Favorite New Attraction: 
Christmas Village in Baltimore
This was the first year this German-style Christmas Village popped up in the Inner Harbor, and it made for a lovely afternoon.  While I was a little disappointed in the size and variety of vendors, it was nice to look at some beautiful ornaments and enjoy a hot German wine called gluhwine.  I'm all for more holiday events popping up around the city!

Favorite Christmas decoration: 
Christmas trees and stockings
I know this is pretty generic, but I really love the look of Christmas trees everywhere. Even in the hospital I work at there is a big, beautiful (and professionally decorated!) Christmas tree in the lobby. Some of the streets in the city have big snowflake and holly lights strung from the light poles. Something about holiday decorations in businesses, houses and apartments, and along the streets makes me smile. 

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What is your favorite holiday event or tradition? 


  1. all of these christmas things make me happy :)

  2. This all looks so fun! Our family has very few traditions EXCEPT for Christmas. Austrian food-filled Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning it's stockings then breakfast (orange-cranberry loaf) then gifts and wTching Muppet Family Christmas.

    1. That's awesome-food filled holidays are the best! I LOVED Muppets Christmas as a child!

  3. I love this time of year. My favorite city during the holidays in Chicago!

    1. Ah that's great-I hope to visit Chicago in 2014!

  4. I love running at night over here in Grand Rapids we have a crazy light show at the ball park that has a trail running through it! So much fun to run around with all the lights twinkling, helps make you forget how freezing it is!

    1. Oh wow that sounds like an awesome experience for running and anything that makes you forget you're freezing is awesome in my book!

  5. This was a cute idea for a post :) Love it!