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December 22, 2005|By LORI SEARS

HOLIDAY

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

So you need a little Christmas right this very minute? Then head straight to Hampden for its annual "Miracle on 34th Street" display. This year, as in years past, neighbors at nearly every rowhouse in the 700 block of 34th Street have festively decorated their homes (roofs, doors, windows, steps, patios) and their yards with lights, figurines, unusual objects, trains and more.

Some 10,000 lights line the street, with lights even strung from one side of 34th to the other, for a tunnel-of-light effect. Visitors -- by foot or by car -- can enjoy the sounds of continuous Christmas music, glimpses at the awe-inspiring displays, such as the Christmas tree made of hubcaps, the pink-flamingo-decorated house, the 6-foot-tall snow globes, the Christmas tree perched on a rooftop and much more.

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The "Miracle on 34th Street" display takes place at the 700 block of W. 34th St. in Hampden, now through Jan. 8. Hours are from dusk to 11 p.m. on weeknights, later on weekends and all night long on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Visit christmasstreet.com.

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[LORI SEARS]

HANUKKAH

JEWISH MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE

If you haven't visited the Jewish Museum of Maryland in awhile, now's a great time to stop by. The museum is offering its Winter Open House Family Programs Tuesday through Dec. 29. Folks can drop by, enjoy seeing the latest exhibits celebrating the Jewish experience in Maryland and take part in several interactive and fun programs.

On Tuesday, Eric Energy presents his educational show "Chanukah Science Spectacular," while on Wednesday, Katherine Lyons performs her fun show "Latkes, Latkes Everywhere," and on Dec. 29, Benjamin Corey Feinblum presents his magic and comedy show "The Miracles of Chanukah Magic." Each program also features an arts-and-crafts activity.

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The Winter Open House Family Programs take place from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Dec. 29 at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St. Performances begin at 2 p.m. Admission is $8; $3 for children; $16 maximum per family; free for JMM member families. Call 410-732-6400 or visit jhsm.org.

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[LORI SEARS]

MUSEUM

FESTIVAL OF TRAINS

Now through Dec. 30, the B&O Railroad Museum is presenting its annual Holiday Festival of Trains. Visitors can check out an array of toy and model trains and railroads, including an HO-model train layout in the C&O No. 725 passenger car and an outdoor G-scale layout.

Also, visiting train-modeling groups will appear at the museum and display their own layouts. Now through Dec. 30, the Mason Dixon Large Scale Railroad Society and the Baltimore Area NTRAK Club will appear with its trains. And Monday through Dec. 30, the National Capital Trackers will show its trains.

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The Holiday Festival of Trains takes place now through Dec. 30 at the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Museum is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission $14; $12 seniors; $8 ages 2-12. Call 410-752-2490 or visit borail.org.

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[LORI SEARS]

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