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The Best Baltimore Events For This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday’s seasons and a month long of festivities. This is a time when family and friends come together to enjoy each other company, and strangers are connected  through the holiday spirit and the festivities going on around town. I’ve brought you a list of the things to do in Baltimore this holiday.

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1. Hampden Christmas Light

For 62 years the residents of Hampden have come together to give Baltimore a wonderful light show on 34th Street which so perfectly embodies the spirit of Christmas. The Grand Lighting is Saturday, November 27, 2011.

2. Symphony of Lights in Columbia

Drive through the Christmas light show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. The show displays more than 75 animated and stationary holiday lights, and all proceeds benefit the Campus Development Plan for Howard County General Hospital. There are a variety of activities and events in addition to the light show.

3. Valley View Farm

Valley View Farm is a garden center in Timonium that offers a unique shopping experience to its customers. During the holidays Valley Views transforms into a holiday wonderland, full of decorated trees, decoration, an outdoor light display, and a variety of fun activities.

4. Mayor’s Christmas Parade

The 39th Annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 2 p.m. in the Medfiled and Hampden neighborhoods. The parade was a great success last year with more than 25,0000 attendees and more than 150 parade units which included the Baltimore Marching Ravens.

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5. The Festival of Trees

The Kennedy Krieger Institute‘s Festival of Trees is a three days affair of Christmas festivities with fairyland forests, and gingerbread town displays, over 100 craft boutiques, and kid friendly activities and night entertainment. The festival begins Thanksgiving weekend.

6. Power Plant Holiday Light Show

Stop by Power Plant Live this holiday for the beautiful display of lights, lasers and great music.

7. Power Plant’s “Rock the dock” Family Holiday Bash

On Saturday, December 10, 2011 Power Plant will host a holiday bash with Live Christmas music, food, drinks and holiday inspired crafts and activities

8. Christmas Tree Lighting and Choral Performance in Little Italy

Stop by Little Italy on Friday, December 2, 2011 and have a good time with your family and friends while listening to great Christmas music.

9. The Avenue at White Marsh  Holiday Parade

This is one of the few holiday parades in Baltimore county. Enjoy the high school marching bands, street performers, mascots, dance troops and much more.

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