Grab your jingle bells and break out the egg nog. Christmas arrives in Baltimore City on Thursday, kicking off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the Washington Monument.

Kai Jackson was there for the festivities.

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A spectacular fireworks show lit up the night sky in Mount Vernon as Baltimore continued it’s holiday tradition of lighting the Washitngton Monument.

Residents couldn’t be happier.

“I think it’s great that everyone in Baltimore gets together. It’s a great time. It begins the holiday season for all of us. I’m very excited,” said one resident.

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That excitement was in the eyes and on the faces of those keeping their heads to the sky.

“It was awesome,” said one little girl. “It was good.”

“I felt like [the fireworks] were going to kill me,” said a little boy with a giggle. “When it was coming down, I thought the sparks would kill me.”

It was a record-breaking ceremony, as 16,00 energy efficient bolts were hanging from the monument, which was linked by a high tech fireworks show that also featured green laser lights .

“The fireworks were great, Elmo had a special song for Baltimore,” said one spectator. “That’s a pretty good night in my book.”

When asked what did he see Thursday night, little Nigel said “Fireworks.” He also said they were “Awesome!”

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Great word to describe the event. The Downtown Partnership, which put on the lighting, is promoting Dollar or Less days where this weekend you can get into select museums downtown for a dollar or less. Not a bad deal.