Hampden Village Merchants Association will hold its first annual Holiday Decorating Contest this holiday season. At least 17 local merchants are participating in the storefront competition.    
HVMA Vice President, Missi Kibelbek says, “Since this is the first contest, we are keeping the rules fairly loose. There isn’t a theme, though eventually the contest might evolve to have one.”
HVMA has scheduled the contest to coincide with the monthly event, First Friday’s in Hampden and the annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade, during which awards will be visible in store windows.
The schedule:
November 27, 2011 – Decorations complete
November 28, 2011 – Judging by HVMA
December 2, 2011 – Awards
December 4, 2011 – Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade
The Hampden Village Merchants Association works to keep the Greater Hampden area’s (including businesses in Medfield, Woodberry, Remington, and Roland Park) community of mostly independent and locally owned shops, restaurants and businesses safe, unique and beautiful. To make Hampden shopping as convenient and accessible as possible, Baltimore City’s first Shuttlebug bus regularly services the area.
Other HVMA-sponsored holiday events:

– Saturday, Dec. 3: The 4th Annual Ms. Santa Pub Crawl
– Friday, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 – Every Friday until Christmas merchants will be opened until 8 p.m., with refreshments, special sales, events and more.
– Saturday Dec. 10, 17, & Sunday December 11, 18 (1 to 6 p.m.) – Santa comes to the Avenue. Santa will be walking 36th St. to greet shoppers and pose for pictures.
Hampden Village Merchants Association- hampdenmerchants.com
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