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Grand Illumination

Lighting the Holiday Season in Annapolis

The Sunday after Thanksgiving

The Downtown Annapolis Partnership joins the Annapolis Jaycees as they ring in the holiday season in downtown Annapolis.  The Grand Illumination and annual tree lighting take place near the Market House every year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

The celebration begins at 4:30 pm with dancing and carols by local school groups. 

The Annapolis Jaycees, the City of Annapolis and the Downtown Annapolis Partnership will host the Grand Illumination at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 28. The annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will include carolers, music, hot cocoa and crafts for the kids, plus candy canes and general merriment! This event is free and open to the public. Please note limited road closures of Cornhill Street and Fleet Street during the time of this event. Please pay attention to Annapolis Police traffic direction. During this event, Cornhill Street closures will begin at State Circle while Fleet Street closures will begin at East Street. 

Downtown Road Closures During Grand Illumination


At 6 p.m. (also on Nov. 28), across the street from the Grand Illumnation, Chabad of Anne Arundel County will light the Giant Menorah after their Menorah Car Parade from Housley Road. The public is encouraged to attend to celebrate the festival of lights on this first day of Chanukah.  To volunteer or for more information, visit www.Chabadaac.com/parade.

The Jaycees also accept donations of unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for their annual Angel Tree program, which helps local families in need during the holiday season.

This years Holiday Tree is sponsored by