Baltimore is full of traditions from Orioles baseball, trips down ne oshun all summer, Berger cookies and Natty Boh to name a few. When the holidays come around the biggest tradition is the Miracle on 34th Street display in Hampden. In it’s 69th year this tradition won’t be going away anytime soon. Bob Hosier is the “guy who started it all”, back with his humble beginnings when he was a teenager and lived in Northeast Baltimore. He placed a string of lights on a tree in the family yard and the rest was history. Darlene Hughes’s family also decorated her home on 34th street so it only seemed fitting that these two would meet, get married (over 25 Years) and start the tradition that is now referred to as the “Miracle on 34th Street”.
Guests have come from all over the world to see the massive display, you need to see Miracle in 34th Street in person to have the true experience. Be sure to sign the guest book on Bob and Darlene’s porch as they love to see where everyone has visited from each season. The street has been nationally recognized by Nightline, The Travel Channel, the Maryland Lottery, and Home and Garden to name a few. Personally I love the Natty Boh house, but it’s hard to pick a favorite.
There is absolutely no admission to see the vast display, you can drive through or walk. I prefer to walk because you can see all of the decorations up close and get some great family photos. The lights are on now through Jan 1st from dusk to 11:00 p.m.
So where is this magical place? 34th Street is located in the lovely Hampden section of Baltimore City. For those using a map system you can enter the physical address, 720 West 34th Street Baltimore, MD 21211
A few notes, since this a neighborhood there is no reserved or handicap parking. There is a pay lot on Keswick Road East of 34th Street that you can use if no street parking is available.
Head to Baltimore to see the lights! They really are a sight to see.