Lighting the Holiday Season in Annapolis
the Sunday after Thanksgiving
The Downtown Annapolis Partnership joins the City of Annapolis 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 4:00 pm with dancing and carols by local groups. 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. Join Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Elfie as they arrive to light the Christmas Tree.
This year's tree decorations are designed by local artist Comacell Spitfire Brown Jr with the help of local kids from Box of Rain and the after-school program at Maryland Hall.
Downtown Road Closures During Grand Illumination:
Fleet Street, Cornhill Street, and Market Space
This year's Holiday Tree is sponsored by