Photo Tour

Miracle on 34th Street

Kitschy? Maybe. Spirited? Definitely.

Each year, the 700 block of 34th Street in Hampden lights up with holiday decorations, one-of-a-kind sculptures, and more lights than you could imagine. The tradition started in 1947 by a couple, Bob Hosier and Darlene Hughes, who both loved decorating their homes for Christmas. As the decorations grew, the street attracted more attention until it became a can’t-miss holiday attraction. Thousands of visitors are drawn to the Miracle on 34th Street between Thanksgiving and early January each year.

Here Comes Santa Claus

If you’re lucky, you might spot Santa Claus himself enjoying the display. He’s often available to take photos with children.

House of Themes

Some houses choose themes to carry out, such as “made in Baltimore TV,” Disney, or Baltimore symbols. And some stick with the traditional – count how many snowmen, Santa Clauses or angels you spot!

Iconic Decorations

A crowd favorite each year is the hubcap tree, which started with only a few hubcaps wired together into a three-foot tree. Now it has grown into a six-foot tree with additions added by artist Jim Pollock, who also creates the bicycle wheel snowmen you may see.

Walk, Don’t Drive

Every night the streets are crowded with hundreds of people, so taking a stroll down the block is the best way to enjoy the displays while meeting residents of Baltimore who are just as unique as their decorations.

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