BALTIMORE (WJZ) — With the big shopping weekend behind us, Baltimore is pulling out its holiday lights. Now Charm City’s getting national recognition for some of the best displays anywhere.

Kai Jackson shows us what all the fuss is about.

Baltimoreans already knew their city was a great destination for the holidays. Thanks to a travel article, now the rest of the world knows it, too.

There’s good reason to be in Baltimore for the holidays. The city is charming locals and visitors alike with an amazing display of lights.

“The lights are gorgeous. It’s my first time ever seeing it and I have to come back,” said Lori Ardates.

In fact, an article posted on’s travel site says Baltimore is a must-see location right now. It lists the city as the #10 travel destination for the holidays and points to a variety of brilliant lights displays as the reason.

“It’s a big deal but it’s also accurate. We are one of the best places for holiday lights,” said Tom Noonan, Visit Baltimore’s CEO.

“I think that’s wonderful. It’s nice to have notoriety and know that all the hard work we put into doing this is finally showing up,” said Rob Spriggs, Hampden.

With all of the lights, the Miracle on 34th Street is both a source of amazement and pride for Baltimoreans and one of the reasons it’s been named a top 10 holiday destination.

There’s the classic Santa House at Harborplace that children love, a new $400,000 laser light show at Power Plant Live and the ever-popular and nationally recognized light display, the Miracle on 34th Street in Hampden. It was prominently mentioned in the article.

“They’re pretty and I like Santa,” said 6-year-old Kristina Wallace. “He’s in the sleigh.”

New York City came in first for holiday travel destinations.

Comments (3)
  1. Media Deception says:

    You have got to be kidding. This article is a blatant abuse of media, and an attempt to lure holiday shoppers to an area that is known for violence, drug use, and racial intolerance.

    Sure, Tom Noonan is just doing his job as CEO of “Visit Baltimore” , but to deliberately attract families to an area that poses a significant threat to their safety is not only poor judgement, but fuel for a lawsuit.

    I can think of much better uses for $400,000 in Baltimore City, than a new lazer light show. Greater police protection, and a crack-down on their gang violence and “out of control” drug problem would be a sane person’s first choice.

    I am not looking to attack this city, or its residents, rather, I simply think that it would serve the best interests of potential tourists/shoppers to mention the recent visitor that was stabbed to death with a broken beer bottle, while attending a Baltimore City sponsored function.

    When weighing the merits of increased revenue, against possibly saving the lives of families and children; It seems to be the obvious choice to clean up the crime, before inviting additional guests.

  2. Can't Fix Stupid says:

    Media Deception and moleman, I couldn’t have said it better myself. I will not go into Baltimore City for any reason.

  3. Julia says:

    wow,one reason to visit Baltimore and a million reasons to stay away!

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