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Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. to kick off annual Washington Monument lighting in Mount Vernon Thursday

Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. will flip the switch at the annual monument lighting this week. More details:

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. will kick off the 45th annual Washington Monument lighting in Mount Vernon this week, which will feature a host of food, vendors and activities.

The Baltimore holiday celebration, hosted by Downtown Partnership, will commence at 5 p.m. Thursday in the west and north sections of Mount Vernon Place, where a holiday village with more than 30 vendors will come alive. 

The west section will feature a kid’s corner, with art projects, face painting and pictures with Santa, while the north segment will host a beer tent and food trucks. 

Mix 106.5 will emcee the on-stage event, with performances by Morgan State University Choir, All Mighty Senators, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids, Baby Beats with Max & Root, Bravenoise, Victoria Vox, and The Kristen Toedtman Band.

Smith, along with a family chosen by Baltimore’s Ronald McDonald House Charities, will flip the switch around 7:45 p.m., illuminating more than 16,000 LED lights around the monument and kickstarting the fireworks finale.

If you go

The annual momnument lighting will take place from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday in Mount Vernon, centering around the intersection of Charles and Monument streets. Free. godowntownbaltimore.com.

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