42nd Annual lighting of the Washington Monument. As Christmas approaches, it’s time to revive one of Baltimore’s most anticipated traditions: the annual lighting of the Washington Monument. Join the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Morgan State Choir for some Christmas-y entertainment. There will be food from 30 local community vendors to keep you warm. But, most importantly, bring your kids, because Santa will most certainly swing by. Dec. 5, 5:30-8 p.m., Washington Monument, 699 N. Charles St, free.
A Victorian Holiday. In honor of the conservatory’s 125th Anniversary, a Victorian-themed show throughout December shows a multitude of poinsettias. Dec. 7-29, Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore, 3100 Swann Drive, (410) 396-0008,baltimoreconservatory.org, $5 donation requested.
An Old-Fashioned Christmas. This family friendly event offers attendees the chance to make old-timey decorations, learn about Irish Christmas traditions, and help decorate the 1880s Feeley family home. Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Irish Railroad Workers Museum of Baltimore, 918 Lemmon St., (410) 377-4288,irishshrine.org, free.
Baltimore Chanukah Festival. The festival kicks off at Cheder Chabad in Park Heights with a Menorah Car Parade and ends at the Inner Harbor’s McKeldin Square with the Grand Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration. The night will include live music and refreshments. Open to all. Dec. 4, 6 p.m., Cheder Chabad, 5713 Park Heights Ave., (410) 585-1498, chabaddowntown.net, free.
Mayor’s 41st Annual Christmas Parade. Along the 2.5-mile route stretching through Medfield and Hampden, you’ll see floats, local TV and radio personalities, 100 Harleys, Mummers of Philadelphia, Miss Yuletide and Junior Miss Yuletide, and the Jolly Old Elf himself. Dec. 8, 1 p.m., route starts at Poly high school and ends at 37th Street and Chestnut Avenue, mayorschristmasparade.com.
Miracle on 34th Street. Join the residents of 34th Street in their celebration of the holidays with lights, decorations, and street celebration. Vendors and other event catering will be involved in the celebration. Through Jan. 1, dusk-11 p.m., 34th Street between Chestnut Avenue and Keswick Road, christmasstreet.com.
The Chanukah House. The Chanukah House reopens its door for a variety of upcoming holiday events, including a Menorah lighting and a discussion with Jewish war veterans. Through Dec. 4, the Chanukah House, 6721 Greenspring Ave., chanukahhouse.com/wordpress, free.