Maryland holidays: 7 hidden treasures of the holiday season
There are hundreds of holiday events throughout Maryland this month, but here are a few lesser known attrations that we think are worth paying a visit to. Let us know of any other “hidden treasures” your family enjoys.
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Here are all of our holiday event roundups.
1. Miracle on 34th Street
34th Street, Baltimore
In its 65th year, this light display is put on by neighbors who live on the block of 34th street between Keswick Road and Chestnut Avenue in Hamden. Each resident on the block participates, decorating however they wish and favorites range from a hubcap Christmas tree, to a bike wheel snowman, to a giant red crab to a train that travels on a track from a front porch through the house. New this year, the Natty Bo man and the Utz girl in lights.
- Hours: Lights are on through Jan. 1 nightly, dusk to 11 p.m.
- Price: The event is free, but parking is on the street and at a premium on weekends.
2. United States Botanical Garden
Corner of Independence Ave. and First St. SW, Washington D.C.
Get into the holiday spirit at the U.S. Botanic Garden’s annual holiday exhibit, Season’s Greenings. The Conservatory is adorned with wreaths, garlands, living ornaments and filled with model trains, buildings made from plant materials and a vast collection of poinsettias. The famous Garden Railway in the East Gallery will feature model trains running through an imaginative Enchanted Forest, with fanciful fairy dwellings along the rail line, all created with plant materials. Enjoy blooming plants throughout the Conservatory and a living history of poinsettias. The West Gallery will house one of the largest indoor decorated trees in Washington, D.C., and the Garden Court will be home to a display of model landmark buildings from our Nation’s capital, all made from plant materials.
- Hours: Nov. 22 to Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Price: Free
3. Christmas Celebration
Evangel Cathedral, Upper Marlboro
Catch this Broadway-style musical production that includes a cast of over 200 live animals, a laser light show, special effects and more. It’s an event for the entire family. The show includes 10 scenes of Christmas going back to Biblical times, the Victorian era and then back to modern times.
13901 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro
- Hours: Dec. 8 & 15, noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 9 & 16, 5 p.m.
- Price: $65-$85