The making of “Miracle on 34th Street,” Hampden style

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The annual “Miracle on 34th Street” display draws thousands of visitors to Hampden to see the spectacular holiday lights of the 700 block of W. 34th Street. Look through images taken by Baltimore Sun photographer Kenneth K. Lam, who this year documented residents setting up their decorations ahead of the grand lighting on Nov. 30.

Owners flip the switch to turn on ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ display
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun
November 30, 2013

The brightest block in Hampden flickered into full holiday kitsch Saturday night, its tens of thousands of lights twinkling, its hub-cap Christmas tree gleaming and its Natty Boh-themed display drawing oohs and ahhs from revelers.

Santa arrived in a pickup truck.

In unison, the homeowners flipped the switches to illuminate a block that’s earned regional renown for its annual “Miracle on 34th Street” holiday celebration.

“The best place to be in the entire world is Hampden on the first night of lights,” said Lou Catelli, who wore red corduroy shorts to pedal an adult-size tricycle up and down the street.

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