If you’re awed by Christmas lights, be sure to check out these 7 displays around the Baltimore area this holiday season. We included spots that are within an hour drive of the city, so if you’re willing to drive, you can witness even more splendor. Check ’em out, and enjoy.

Are you familiar with Baltimore’s local holiday traditions? Do you have an annual go-to spot for Christmas lights around Baltimore? Let us know below and have a happy holiday 🙂

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Maryland’s Magical Holiday Merriment

What are Maryland’s unique holiday traditions?

Maryland has its own charming and amusing ways to celebrate the season. While most places in the nation have a Christmas ham, it’s not like you’ll get here, where they serve stuffed Christmas ham. Filled with savory stuffing, this is a local favorite. All along the shore you’ll find Christmas trees made up of crab traps. It’s an amusing and fun New England way of holiday decorating. In some towns, they make trees out of bushel baskets. Holiday meals aren’t just turkey and (stuffed) ham, they also enjoy sauerkraut as a side, and no Christmas dinner will be complete without local seafood, especially oysters.

What are the most festive Christmas towns in Maryland?

Maryland’s merriment is on full display as several towns celebrate the holidays with extra Christmas spirit. Berlin brings old-fashioned Christmas cheer and charm with horse-drawn carriages and loads of holiday events. The decorated brick buildings might make you feel like you’ve gone back in time. Cambridge not only boasts its bushel basket trees, but the Cambridge-Dorchester Christmas Parade is something you’ll want the whole family to see. St. Michael’s is another old-timey Christmas town that holds events during the entire season and is lovingly decorated.

What are the best Christmas markets in Maryland?

Experience Christmas German style at The German Christmas Market in Baltimore where tons of crafty gifts are available, many of them crafted by local artisans with care and detail. Plus, you can take part in traditional German dances and enjoy bratwurst, pretzels, and beer. It’s almost like another Oktoberfest. You may want to keep an eye out for Krampus, though! If you’d like even more holiday cheer, the Kris Kringle Christmas Market at the Charles County Fairgrounds is a local favorite. Walk through tunnels of light, tuck into a stuffed ham sandwich, and be amazed at the light displays and shop at over 160 vendor booths. Live music and fireworks make this something you’ll be sure to remember.