• Maria Buckingham

Christmas can still be magic in 2020!

It's been a crazy year and if you are anything like me you are struggling with how to still make the holiday's feel special and magical yet also keep yourself and your family safe.I have put together a list of some way's you still enjoy the Holiday's in Charm City this year.

A great place to start is in your neighborhood. If your childhood was anything like mine you would all load up in the car and go drive around looking for Christmas lights! This is such a great tradition and it's the perfect year to bring it back!

If you want more of a walking tour Miracle on 34th street is still going strong. If you decide to go make sure you wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart. I would suggest going early and parking right before sunset. Walk over to the magical street and see it as it lights up for the evening. If you are not from the area its a city block in Baltimore that has been decorating for over 70 years.

Another way to see Christmas Lights is Lights on the Bay at Sandy point state park. Load up the car for $20 you can drive through this magical Christmas wonderland. Symphony of Lights is another great drive through in Columbia.

If you are looking for something more upscale head to the Four Season's Hotel for their outdoor winter village complete with skating rink. All entry is timed to maintain social distance and you can even rent a fire for the evening.

If you would like to enjoy an adult beverage while you gaze at lights check out the light display at Guinness Open Gate Brewery. You can grab a bite to eat, A pint and then finish with a holiday light walk through. Reservation are highly encouraged if you plan on eating.

If you feel up for a drive north the Hersey's Christmas Candylane is a must see! They have everything from drive through light installations to real live reindeer and the park is full of holiday magic. Some events like the holiday show at the music box theater are not happening this year but there is still plenty of magic to be had!

If you have never done it, this is the year chop down a Christmas tree. We always did this when I was a kid. It was always cold,wet, like a 4 hour drive (not really)and it would take hours to find the perfect tree. All that being said it's a tradition I absolutely love! Google Christmas Tree Farms and see what's close to you. Make sure to check the reviews. Don't forget the saw.

Bake Up something magical. Every year I say I'm going to make Holiday treats but every year there are just to many events to attend. This year Take the time to try a new recipe and make a gingerbread house.

Netflix and cocktail. If you are like me you are really missing the glam of the holiday season. Since we can't party like we are used to I have been getting all glamed up to watch Christmas specials like Mariah Carey's special on Netflix. I make myself a festive cocktail and settle into the couch in my sparkly dress. This is also a great date idea.

I hope that gives you some ideas of ways to celebrate this year.

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