We are so ready for twinkling Christmas lights at every turn. Today, we’re bringing you this short road trip from Baltimore that begins at the famous Hampden lights and ends at Merriweather’s dazzling display. And in between, you can expect to see some of the best holiday lights near Baltimore. So hop in the car, turn up those Christmas tunes, and prepare for a bright night. Ready to get started? Let’s go!

Follow along with the Google Map and crank up the holiday tunes!

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What is Christmas in Baltimore like?

Baltimore is known as Charm City, and that nickname seems especially true during the holiday season when visitors and residents alike will enjoy countless festive displays, concerts, and events. After you've visited the destinations outlined on our holiday lights road trip in the article above, be sure to make time to experience the German Christmas Village. Each year, the Christmas Village returns to the Inner Harbor and transforms West Shore Park. The display typically takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Visitors will enjoy some Christmas shopping as well as delicious German delicacies. There will also be local choirs and bands to serenade you with all the holiday classics!

What are the best winter activities in Baltimore?

Many people think of Maryland as an ideal summer destination. It's located right on the water, offering refreshing ocean breezes and a healthy dose of sunshine. What fewer people realize, however, is that Maryland is also a great place to visit in the winter. For example, did you realize that you could go skiing in Maryland? Wisp Resort is a popular destination for all kinds of winter sports, and if you're not into snowboarding or skiing, you can try your hand at snow tubing or ice skating. In fact, they even offer an exhilarating mountain coaster! Some more winter destinations around Maryland to enjoy include Ocean City (which offers discounted hotel prices during the off-season!), Cascade Falls, and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.