The Big Three

December 06, 2007

HOLIDAY

LIGHT UP THE SEASON

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the 36th annual lighting of Baltimore's Washington Monument. Food, crafts vendors and festive holiday activities will precede the lighting starting at 5:30 p.m. today in Mount Vernon's West Park. Live entertainment from local performers begins at 6 p.m.

For the main attraction, Mayor Sheila Dixon and a celebrity guest will light the 1,200 lights strung on the Washington Monument shortly before 7 p.m., followed by a fireworks display and holiday music. The Washington Monument will remain lit throughout the holiday season.

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Events run 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. today at Mount Vernon Place, 600 block of N. Charles St. Free. Call 410-244-1030 or go to godowntownbaltimore .com.

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[DANA KINKER]

ATTRACTIONS

DOLLAR DAYS

This weekend, check out a variety of Baltimore attractions at a steep discount thanks to the annual Dollar Days event. On Saturday and Sunday, such venues as the National Aquarium, the Phoenix Shot Tower, the Maryland Science Center and the National Museum of Dentistry will admit visitors for $1 or less. Others participating in the event are the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the Baltimore Public Works Museum, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture and the Top of the World Observation Level.

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Dollar Days are Saturday and Sunday. For a complete list of participating venues, including addresses and phone numbers, go to godowntownbaltimore.com.

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[SARAH KICKLER KELBER]

EXHIBIT

TOYING AROUND

Don't miss Nipper's Toyland, a new permanent showcase of toys from the past 200 years at the Maryland Historical Society. The exhibit, which will be open tonight about the same time as the lighting of the Washington Monument, will help to kick off the holiday season. It will feature portraits, photographs of Maryland children with toys and hundreds of toys.

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The exhibit opens tonight at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. After tonight's opening, hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Admission is $3, free for children younger than 12. Also, admission is free on the first Thursday of every month. Call 410-685-3750 or go to www.mdhs.org.

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[ANDREA GROSSMAN]

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