Fun Fact: What Maryland Community Has a Light Display That Attracts Visitors From All Over the World?

This week, a fun fact from the archives!

Photo Credit: Lacy Kraszewski

On the 700 block of 34th Street (between Chestnut Avenue and Keswick Road) in Baltimore City’s Hampden neighborhood, residents of the three-story row homes celebrate the Christmas holiday every year with the “Miracle on 34th Street.” Homeowners on both sides of the street decorate their houses with thousands of lights and Christmas decorations, attracting visitors from all over the world.

From the Hampden MD Miracle on 34th Street website:

“I could live on a dead-end street in the desert and still do this.” says Bob Hosier the “guy who started this all.” It started 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 what everyone now refers to as the “Miracle on 34th Street”, which by the way happens to be Darlene’s favorite movie along with it is a Wonderful Life.

The street has been nationally recognized by Nightline, The Travel Channel, the Maryland Lottery, and Home and Garden and most recently the Today Show in 2022. Some of the favorites are the hub cap Christmas tree, bike rim snowmen, overhead trains, and the Big Red Lighted Crab.

Do you have a fun fact to share about your county? If so, please send it to Allison Valliant to be featured in MACo’s weekly Fun Fact on Conduit Street.

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