The Baltimore area enjoys all sorts of wonderful holiday traditions — the lights of Hampden, dancing Santas at the Meyerhoff, a Tuba Christmas at the Inner Harbor, Symphony of Lights in Columbia — but none is more welcome than the annual lighting of the city’s tallest marble Christmas tree. Comes complete with music, fireworks and all manner of opportunities to make merry. Mount Vernon Place, between Cathedral, St. Paul and Centre streets. Free. godowntownbaltimore.com.