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The Holiday Guide

City Paper's 2005 Guide to Seasonal Events and Places.

Illustrations by Daniel Krall

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The Holiday Guide City Paper's 2005 Guide to Seasonal Events and Places.

Posted 11/16/2005

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Baltimore Thanksgiving Parade, 11 a.m. Nov. 19, Pratt Street, (877) 225-8466, Due to reindeer union disputes, the big guy in the red suit will hit Charm City escorted by vintage and modern Corvettes this year, guaranteeing squeals of delight from the kiddies and muscle-car lovers alike. The festivities begin on Eutaw and Pratt streets, move east down Pratt, and end at Pratt and Market Place.

Fells Point’s Miracle on Main Street, Dec. 3, Fells Point, (410) 675-8900, website, free. Head over to Fells Point for more than bar hopping and Brick Oven Pizza, namely this spirited afternoon filled with holiday performances, photo opportunities with Santa, a tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m., and the Parade of Lighted Boats at 6 p.m.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6 p.m. Nov. 28, Towson Court House Plaza, (410) 825-1144. Santa and the missus will arrive via horse-drawn carriage to spread some holiday cheer. The hot chocolate and cookies should ply you with enough sugar to belt out some carols with the crowd.

Kwanzaa Family Day Celebration, 2-5 p.m. Dec. 18, Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-6314, www.artbma.oeg, free. Honor the celebration of family, creativity, and community with art, dance, and music inspired by African-American culture.

Mayor’s Christmas Parade, 2 p.m. Dec. 4, Hampden and Medfield neighborhoods, website, Beginning at Poly/Western High Schools and crossing Cold Spring Lane, continuing south on Falls Road to 36th Street, turning east on 36th Street, turning north on Chestnut Avenue and ending at 37th Street. Stars the O’Malley family, 150 Harley riders, and a blinding display of Christmas activity.

A Monumental Occasion, 5-6:30 p.m., the Washington Monument, Mount Vernon Place, (410) 244-1030,, free. You’re sure to run into co-workers, friends, and ex-lovers at the 34th annual lighting of the Washington Monument, so be sure to wear your cutest cozy hat and spike your hot chocolate. And stop by the Walters Art Museum for wassail and cookies and free admission.

Vegetarian Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Vegetarian Resource Group, Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 366-8343,, $4, kids free. For those of you not interested in gorging yourself upon a feast of flesh, the Vegetarian Resource Group is holding a gathering for the turkey-free revelers of Thanksgiving. Bring a vegan dish—no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, or animal derivatives—to pass and your recipe on a 3x5 note card.

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