One of Baltimore’s favorite holiday events is just days away! Have you made your plans for the 45th Annual Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting?

Bundle up and head to the holiday village in Mt. Vernon on Thursday, December 1st for live music, festive food, holiday cheer and — FIREWORKS! Entertainers include Morgan State Choir, All Mighty Senators, Bravenoise, Victoria Vox, Orchkids and (cool) favorite Baby Beats with Max & Root. The Hippodrome and Art with a Heart will be providing holiday crafts in the Kids Corner. Face painting, photobooth with Santa, 16,000 LED lights, and MORE. Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver Steve Smith Sr. and a family from Ronald McDonald House will be helping to count down to the lighting. The entire event will be mc’ed by the Mix 106.5 morning show. It’s the perfect way to kick-off the holiday season. 

Here are a few (cool) tips before you go:

WHEN: The event starts at 5 PM with entertainment beginning at 6 PM. The lighting occurs at approximately 7:45 PM and all of the merriment ends at 8. 

WHERE: Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon is the place. Because of road closures and the fireworks safety zone, the public is encouraged to enter Mt. Vernon’s West Park from Cathedral Street, not from the Charles Street area closest to the Monument itself. After 7pm, the only way to enter the event is on Cathedral Street. 

UM, PARKING: We 100% think Parking Panda is the way to go if you’re driving to the event. 

MOM, IT’S COLD! Need to warm up? Wander to The Walters Art Museum’s Monument Lighting Family Festival. It’s FREE! Enjoy seasonal performances, music, refreshments, and winter-inspired art activities. The Festival runs from 5 PM – 7:30 PM. 

STAY UP TO DATE: Downtown Partnership of Baltimore does an amazing job keeping everyone informed on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. 

HAVING FUN? Share the excitement! Post your images on social media and tag them #proudlybaltimore. (That’s the official Downtown Partnership of Baltimore hashtag.)

45th annual downtown partnership monument lighting

Thursday, December 1, 2016
5 PM – 8 PM
Washington Monument, Mt. Vernon
699 Washington Place
Baltimore, MD 21201

Photo courtesy of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Facebook Page