Christmas Cookie Tour #32 is coming!

Union Square’s annual holiday event returns Sunday December 10, 2017 –

Tickets on sale at 1401 Hollins St. from 11:30 AM on day of the tour…
Watch for the return of the Online Ticket Purchase Option in mid-November of 2017

Photo: Roger Miller

The 2017 Tour: You’re invited!

The Union Square neighborhood invites you to our 32nd annual Christmas Cookie Tour. The park and the homes will all be decorated to celebrate the season. We offer you a special afternoon to stroll through our National Register of Historic Places district, and through the many fine 19th century homes opened for your pleasure. If you are new to our tour, you may be surprised to find that while we are very consistent in our views of proper Victorian streetscape, we vary widely in our concepts of interior decor. Our homes run the gamut of style from country to contemporary, with eclectic coexistence as a common rule.

Photo: Roger Miller

You may also be surprised to find an extremely strong sense of community among our “family” of neighbors. We all know one another, and we work together – not only in rebuilding our homes, but also in rebuilding this fine neighborhood. This tour, which benefits historic preservation and local charitable efforts, is but one example of the spirit that makes Union Square a great place to live… and a great place to visit.

Please join us in celebrating the season with this wonderful event. Hundreds of families have already made the Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour part of their holiday tradition. As a result, many of them return each year to see the new additions and the ongoing progress throughout the community. As one visitor observed, “It’s just not Christmas until we come to Union Square for the tour. It really gets our family in the spirit!

Photo: Roger Miller

Cookie Tour News

Included in the tour: H. L. Mencken House


Chilly But Beautiful Weather, Many Visitors

Photo (left): Jennifer Swiech

In addition to the beautifully decorated park (including the renovated iconic pavilion), dozens of homes were open for visitors with plenty of cookies to munch on. The weather cooperated, so there were plenty of people enjoying the holiday warmth found in each open house. The landmark H. L. Mencken House (pictured above) is always a treat to see while walking by the park. The tour also showcases the unique architecture and character of this historic neighborhood, as well as its ongoing renaissance.

It’s interesting to return each year since some of the homes return and one can see the annual improvements. In addition, new homes are added each year as new residents move in, make renovations, and show the results of their efforts. It’s a real tribute to city living contrasted against the negative perceptions many may have about the urban experience. Many visitors are former residents of the area or had family connections with grandparents who used to live in this historic district. It’s also a pleasant surprise to see how many are first-time attendees – with several visiting from far outside the Baltimore Metro area.

Photo (left): Fran Rahl

The Cookie Tour is an annual must-see family-friendly afternoon event leading up to all the Christmas celebrations.


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