As the song goes “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere I go.” Stores and home are decorated for the holiday with lights, wreaths and trees. Shoppers are filling the stores buying gifts for family and loved ones and children are getting excited for the arrival of Santa Claus. There is definitely a hustle and bustle in the air as families prepare for the holiday season. There are so many things to see and do to celebrate the holidays in the Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington DC area from outdoor activities such as lighting displays, boat parades and tree lighting ceremonies to indoor traditional Christmas shows such as “The Nutcracker” or “A Christmas Carol” and choir and orchestra concerts.
The Baltimore area has quite a few family events throughout the entire holiday season. The season kicked off on November 17, 2012 with the Power Plant Holiday Lights Spectacular at the Power Plant Live Entertainment Complex in the Inner Harbor. The light, laser, music and fireworks extravaganza goes off every weekend starting at 6pm, with multiple shows per evening. The Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats was held on December 1st. The parade of 50 illuminated boats travels from Fells Point Yacht Club through the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Every year for the past 65 years, 34th Street between Keswick Road and Chestnut Street in Hampden celebrates "Miracle on 34th Street" by decorating homes and businesses with a great light display. The holiday displays incorporate Baltimore trademarks and traditions. The display is free to the public and the homeowners and businesses do not take donations. Many local communities also have tree lighting ceremonies and concerts to celebrate the holidays. In Columbia, Maryland, do not miss the Symphony of Lights display at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Travel in your car through 75 animated and stationary holiday light displays. The money collected from the event goes to the Campus Development Plan for Howard County General Hospital. Baltimore tops off the holiday season with a huge New Year’s Celebration at the Inner Harbor with music, entertainment and fireworks to ring in the New Year.
Our nation’s capital, Washington DC, has many free events to enjoy the holiday season. December 6th was the 90th annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Eclipse in front of the White House. This year’s tree is once again has energy-efficient LED lighting. There are over 400 strands of LED lights and 120 star ornaments on the tree. There are entertainment events held near the tree throughout the holiday season. The National Zoo hosts Zoo Lights through December 31st. Walk through the zoo to see illuminated animal displays and special shows. The Botanical Gardens has their “Holiday Magic” program with train displays and poinsettias. In Northern Virginia, Alexandria hosts the annual Holiday Boat Parade on the Potomac River and Manassas has their annual Christmas Parade through their old town during the first weekend of December. There is so much to see and do during the holiday season. Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement of all of these traditions and even make some new traditions of your own! ezStorage wishes our customers, vendors, family and friends the best this holiday season.