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December 01, 2005|By LORI SEARS

HOLIDAY

NIGHT LIGHTS

It's quite literally a monumental night. Tonight, after the sun goes down, the lights are coming up at the lighting of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon. A Monumental Occasion kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with live performances by the Handel Choir, Baltimore City College Choir, Sounds of Downtown and other local singers, strolling entertainment, a holiday village of vendors offering food as well as holiday crafts and knickknacks. Then at 6:25 p.m., the lighting ceremony begins with Mayor Martin O'Malley and director John Waters flipping the switch to light the monument. Afterward, there will be a fireworks show choreographed to music.

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A Monumental Occasion begins at 5:30 p.m. today at Mount Vernon Place, 600 block of N. Charles St., with pre-event festivities, then the lighting ceremony at 6:25 p.m. Free. Call 410-244-1030 or visit godowntownbaltimore.com.

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[LORI SEARS]

PARADE

MARCHING ORDERS

Catch the Mayor's Christmas Parade as it travels down Falls Road on Sunday. The 33rd annual parade will have more than 120 groups and individuals, including the Baltimore City Fire Department, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, Baltimore's Marching Ravens, local TV and radio personalities, Mayor Martin O'Malley and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. More than 15 bands, including the Mummers String Band of Philadelphia, the Yankee Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps and local high school marching bands, will take part in the 2.5-mile procession. And this year, there will be two grand marshals -- Bob Turk of WJZ-TV and state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer.

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The parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at Poly / Western High Schools, Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane, then travels south on Falls Road to 36th Street, where it continues east to Chestnut Avenue and ends at 37th Street. Call 410-366-0726 or visit mayorschristmas parade.com.

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[LORI SEARS]

ART

'WASSAIL AT THE WALTERS'

Welcome the holidays this evening at the Walters Art Museum. Visitors are invited to the "Wassail at the Walters" program for free cookies and wassail (hot cider), live entertainment from the Canticle Singers of Baltimore, free admission all evening, docent-led tours of the exhibits and hands-on art activities.

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The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Free. Call 410-547-9000.

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[LORI SEARS]

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