World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Miracle on 34th Street (Baltimore)

Article Id: WHEBN0020894434
Reproduction Date:

Title: Miracle on 34th Street (Baltimore)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Hampden, Baltimore, Numbered street, Miracle on 34th Street (disambiguation)
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Miracle on 34th Street (Baltimore)

In Baltimore, Maryland, Miracle on 34th Street is a display of holiday lights that takes place annually on the 700 block of 34th Street (between Chestnut Avenue and Keswick Road) in Baltimore's Hampden community. The display, which involves the residents of most of the houses on the block, started in 1947, and takes place between late November and early January, celebrating its 64th year this Christmas.[1] The location at the time of year becomes a major tourist attraction for visitors from all over the world, sometimes drawing more than 1000 visitors on a single evening.[2]

The display prominently features Christmas trees of varying styles, trains, animated figures, Walt Disney cartoon characters, Hanukkah menorahs, artwork, and other various symbols of the holiday season.[3]

Notable artists

Some of the residents are renowned for their various displays. These include:

  • Jim Pollock: Known for the hubcap Christmas trees, one of which is usually displayed prominently on his lawn, along with his snowmen made of bicycle wheels. He is sometimes the only resident who allows visitors inside his house to view his artwork.[4]
  • Elaine Doyle-Gillespie: Known for her theme of peace[5]

In popular culture


Neighborhood concerns

The event has drawn criticism from various city residents over the amount of traffic created by vehicles passing on the block, and parking shortages caused by visitors parking on nearby streets.[3] No extra police officers are used to monitor traffic.

Those on other nearby streets have also complained about noise caused by crowds from the event, and the noise and pollution caused by tour buses idling while parked on nearby streets while allowing busloads to walk along the block.[3]

Energy issues

Participants have been criticized for the high use of energy needed to operate electronic decorations. But the block's residents have continued the annual tradition every year since 1987, regardless of rises in energy costs that have occurred in recent years.[8][9] Some participants have reduced the amount of energy they use by utilizing LED lights, or displaying artwork that uses little or no electricity.

According to Baltimore Gas & Electric, the average energy cost per participating resident is less than $10 per month.

In some cases, neighbors have assisted those who have trouble affording energy costs by pulling extension cords into their houses.[3] This has created concerns about fire hazards.[10]

Local news stations have warned visitors that though people may stand on this block and claim to be collecting tips for the energy costs of the display, residents are willing to foot the bill themselves, and do not collect any donations for this purpose. However, vendors do legitimately sell refreshments at nearby corners, not for their own personal profit, but for the benefit of visitors.[11]



External links

  • Baltimore Sun photo gallery of Miracle on 34th Street
  • 700 block of West 34th Street in Baltimore on Google Street View (daytime view, not decorated, except for a wreath on one door)

Coordinates: 39°19′44″N 76°37′41″W / 39.3290°N 76.6280°W / 39.3290; -76.6280

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.