Eighth Annual Miracle on Main Streets Kicks Off

Program Encourages Citywide Neighborhood Holiday Shopping

Miracle on Main Streets, a citywide holiday event, kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at the new Peabody Heights Brewery in Waverly (401 E. 30th Street)  from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The kick-off will include a fashion show, live holiday music, food from local restaurants and Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke and Baltimore Main Streets Director, Donna Langley, on hand to speak and support local business.

Miracle on Main Streets encourages people in and around Baltimore to explore the city’s historic neighborhoods while doing their holiday shopping.  Why not “do it all without the mall?”
Stroll city streets, enjoy free holiday festivities, free parking and find the perfect gift at a unique shop in one of the Baltimore Main Streets communities -- Belair-Edison, Brooklyn, East Monument Street, Federal Hill, Fell’s Point, Hamilton-Lauraville, Highlandtown, Pennsylvania Avenue, Pigtown and Waverly. 

Special events and promotions take place throughout the month in each neighborhood.  Free activities and events include tree lightings, concerts, parades, Santa visits and more!  And….Free Parking!  Due to a partnership between the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), the Baltimore City Parking Authority and the City’s Department of Transportation, street meters will be bagged for free parking on all 10 Main Streets – the first four weekends in December. For a complete schedule of events and information, go to www.MiracleOnMainStreets.com.

“Baltimore’s Main Streets make holiday a shopping a fun-filled experience for the whole family,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.  “City residents and visitors can pick up unique gifts from independent stores while they skate with Santa, enjoy a free concert, help light a Christmas tree or stop into a neighborhood restaurant.”

“Taking part in Baltimore’s Miracle on Main Streets is a way for shoppers and visitors to enjoy an authentic holiday experience, while supporting the small businesses that make up the backbone of our city,” said City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young.

A program of the Baltimore Development Corporation, Baltimore Main Streets uses a model developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's National Main Street Center that has been implemented in over 1,800 communities.  For more information on Baltimore Main Streets, go to www.BaltimoreMainStreets.com.

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