Hampden’s 34th Street Christmas display may be getting featured on Japanese TV, but much of the rest of the news concerning Baltimore’s most famous tacky lights display has been a real downer.
Hampden 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.
Well, it’s almost Christmas, but it’s a rather balmy one so far. Whether or not you’d rather have everything covered in snow, there’s no denying that this kind of weather certainly does get one outside more often than when it’s bitter cold. And that’s good news for anyone who could use a quiet walk after one-too-many open houses, or a morning constitutional to walk off some of that Christmas goose. And if you haven’t strolled the block of 34th Street between Chestnut Ave and Keswick yet this year, there’s no better time to put on those Bermuda shorts and flip-flops and go have a look at the legendary lights. And thanks to this summer’s opening of The Charmery, you can do it with either a decadent hot chocolate, or an ice cream cone in hand.
In case you missed New Year’s Eve on 34th Street this year — in case you’ve possibly never attended the loud, crowded and festive disco-ball-dropping ceremony — here’s a quick photo tour. Above, beloved Hampden resident Bob Hosier, 56, who’s been strapping on a big-boy diaper, a monster pacifier and bonnet, and parading his block to mark the moment of each New Year’s arrival, since 1988.
Well, at least according to some European design website we hadn’t heard about until this morning. Who cares, we’ll take it!