Despite Protest, 34th Street Christmas Lights to Flip On

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HampdenSouthHampden residents threatened to go dark because of mounting crime earlier in the fall. But now that the holidays are here, they aren’t taking Christmas lights away.

According to WBAL-TV, the famed 34th Street light display will be switched on Saturday (Nov. 29). That means all of the metal sculptures, animatronic reindeer and general holiday madness will return, as well.

A series of attacks left residents uneasy about hosting the display, but better communication with police means the lights will flip on. Organizers are still vigilant that robberies could occur, however.

“We’re still concerned,” Burke told WBAL-TV. “Everybody has so much fun coming down and we want to keep it that way. We don’t want them to be worried about if they’re going to get hurt coming down there.”

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