Downtown Countdown to 2022

Come spend New Year’s Eve in Downtown Laurel for the Downtown Countdown to 2022 & let’s party like it’s 2022! 

Laurel Main Street and BancorpSouth Bank are proud to announce the return of Downtown Countdown after last year’s cancellation in caution of COVID-19. Witness the inaugural lighting of the 7 foot Rhinestone Pinecone suspended from the historic 1st National Bank at the corner of North Magnolia & Central Avenue, which is the Rock104 stage. This event is free to attend and family-friendly!

Countdown Kids: 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Sponsored by Shug’s Cookie Dough & Candy Bar, Countdown Kids will begin at 5 PM on North Magnolia Street. There will be jumps, games, music by DJ Peeches on the Rock104 stage, and face painting. Also, the first pinecone drop and fireworks show will be at 8 PM on the Rock104 stage!

Adults Celebrate: 8:00 PM – Midnight

We welcome all to come to Oak Street, North Magnolia Street, & Central Ave to celebrate, enjoy live music, food trucks, beer & celebratory toasting service, fireworks & midnight countdown lighting of the Loblolly Pinecone on the Rock104 Stage!

What else to expect this New Year’s Eve?

You can look forward to food trucks, beer and champagne services, live entertainment on the Rock104 Stage, and extended merchant and restaurant hours at the Downtown Countdown to 2022!

The live entertainment will be by DJ Peeches at 5:00-8:00 PM, Emerald Empire at 8:00 PM-Midnight, Sistaz with Soul at Midnight. Also, at 7:00-8:00 PM, Elegant Evenings will be hosting a fashion show in front of their shop!

Check out this map to help you navigate Downtown on New Year’s Eve!

 

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Along with a huge shoutout to all of our sponsors, we would like to give a special thanks to BancorpSouth for being a platinum sponsor of this event! We are grateful to these sponsors for making this event possible and better than ever this year, and hope to see you at Downtown Countdown to 2022!!

3…2…1…Happy New Year!!

Magic of Christmas Downtown

Come experience the Magic of Christmas in downtown Laurel for family fun, Christmas cheer, and late-night shopping!

Experience Christmas Magic

Magic of Downtown for 2021 will take place on Friday, December 17th from 5 – 9 PM in Downtown Laurel! This is a merchant-led event, so take advantage of late-night shopping and special sales!  Hopefully, you can wrap up those last-minute gifts thanks to a downtown shop and you can experience Christmas cheer while you shop! The stores and restaurants throughout downtown will be doing specials and holiday activities during this time!

Check Out What’s Happening:

Allies on Magnolia– Enter their giveaway for a $50 gift card at checkout and enjoy refreshments!

Be Amazing Paper Company– Get up to two gifts wrapped for FREE in exchange for a donation to The Remnant/ Dwell. Donations up to $500 will be matched! Also, enjoy their free hot chocolate bar while you donate.

HAND+made– They have huge specials happening for everyone tonight. From 5-9 PM, all DIY kits (in-store only) will be 50% off and they will be serving $1 hot apple cider!

Laurel Jones County Library– So many things are happening at the library at this event! Meet Elsa, Anna, and Olaf, storytimes, crafts, a Downtown Laurel merchant basket raffle, and sales!

LollyBells Children’s Boutique and Gifts – Buy $100 in gift cards and get $20 free! They will also hold a gift card drawing and 15% off the store!

Office Products Center & Gifts– Go visit from 5-8 PM for 20% off all Christmas decor (excludes Old World Ornaments)!

Shug’s Cookie Dough & Candy Bar– Snag $5 gingerbread cookie decorating kits that are perfect for the kiddos (and Santa)!

Southern Antiques– Stop by and get a free Southern Antiques jingle bell necklace, while supplies last!

Sullivan & Sons Co.– Feel festive with a hot chocolate ice cream float or mulling cider! Also, they will have a $10 tea towel sale. Don’t forget to register to win a $50 gift card with purchase.

The Bookstore in the Window– BOGO on all used books & all Christmas items will be 50% off!

The Laurel Leaf– Come view the live nativity scene!

The Plaid Pecan Consignment Boutique– Score great deals with 50% off all Christmas inventory!

The Rusty Chandelier– Singalong with caroling after you get your picture made with Mrs. Claus!

The Social Club– Get your picture made with Santa Claus and tell him everything you are wishing for under the tree this year!

Two A Tee & Co.– Enjoy some refreshments & check out their special Christmas sales of the night!

 

Experience the Magic of Downtown Laurel on December 17th & be filled with Christmas joy and cheer!

 

Christmas Gift Guide for Shopping Small

Downtown on a dime! A shopping small Christmas gift guide for Downtown Laurel during Black Friday and Small Business Saturday is just what you need to help you get started!

This is the perfect gift guide for all price ranges and every person on your Christmas list this year!  Remember to stay local and shop at small businesses during the holiday season.

 

Gifts Under $25:

For the Guys:

Your Everyday Hot Sauce from Sullivan & Sons Co.

This is the perfect gift for the guy who likes to cook or grill!

Scotsman Mississippi Key Fob from the Laurel Mercantile

Do you love Hometown?  Snag this Scotsman key fob as a gift for the guy in your life!

Duke Cannon Duke Cannon Soap Leaf and Leather from Guild and Gentry

Check out Guild and Gentry for the best stocking stuffers like this Duke Cannon soap!

Southern Socks from the Laurel Mercantile

USA-made socks with a variety of designs make for the perfect Christmas gift!

 

For the Ladies:

Bling Circle Studs from It’s What A Girl Wants

Every girl needs a little bit of sparkle for Christmas!

Fashion Fall Gloves from Two A Tee & Co.

Stay warm and cozy this winter with these fashionable gloves!

Tickled Pink 8oz Candle from The Cotton Boll

Help a friend fill their home with wonderful smells from The Cotton Boll!

Capetown Puzzle – 1000 Piece from Be Amazing Paper Co.

Be Amazing Paper Co. has the perfect puzzle to relax with after the busy holiday season!

 

For the Kids:

Kids Collection – Be Silly Be Honest Sign from HAND + made

Add a bit of joy and decoration for the kiddos during the holidays!

The Lantern House by Erin Napier from the Laurel Mercantile

Step into a new world with the story of this home with the kids from the Laurel Mercantile!

Patchwork Owl from LollyBells Children’s Boutique and Gifts

Find a friend for the kids in this stuffed animal!

“Your Words Have Power” Short Sleeve Shirt from The Social Club

Spread kindness to everyone with The Social Club as a gift for the kids!

 

Gifts $25 and Up:

For the Guys:

Tech Tools Kit from The Cotton Boll

The perfect “do it all” gift for the handyman in your life!

Properly Tied Summit Duffle from Guild and Gentry

An essential travel bag for guys of all ages with genuine leather

 

For the Ladies:

Hampton Court Blanket from Allie’s on Magnolia

Cozy up next to a fire with the softest blanket to help keep you warm during the winter!

OnRunning Shoes from Bella Bella

Ladies, stay up to date with the hottest trends with OnRunning!

 

For the Kids:

Kid Thank You Notes Writing Kit from the Laurel Mercantile

Allow your kids to send thank you notes to friends and family during the holidays!

Ornament from Sullivan & Sons Co.

Happy holidays & small business shopping from Laurel Main Street!

 

Wine Down is Winding Down for 2021

October’s Wine Down Downtown Laurel Main Street Wine Tumbler.

The last Wine Down Downtown for the year is in Downtown Laurel, Mississippi, on Friday, November 12th, from 5-8 PM! Head Downtown as Wine Down is winding down for the year for a relaxing night of wine tasting.  

What’s happening in Laurel in November?

Wine Down Downtown is a wine tasting event hosted by Laurel Main Street during various months throughout the year. Tasting stations are located at the businesses in the walkable downtown area, and a vast range of wines will be available. Tastes of about 2 ounces are served to all guests who have their ticket, which is your wine tumbler purchased at check-in.

How do I purchase a ticket for Wine Down?

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the check-in on Central Avenue, Front Street, or online via Eventbrite. Your ticket for tasting at Wine Down is a re-usable Laurel Main Street wine tumbler! The color of the wine tumbler changes for each month. You must be 21 to purchase/ID required to buy wine tumblers/tickets. When you come to Wine Down, you are buying a ticket and a Laurel souvenir all in one!

Eventbrite Pre-Event Ticket Purchase:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-down-downtown-tickets-167772673583 

The Classix, the featured band for the October event. DJ Peaches will be entertaining everyone at Wine Down in November at the Trustmark Art Park.

Not a wine drinker?  Shop and enjoy a good time!!

If you are not a wine drinker, there is still something for you at Wine Down! The businesses participating in Wine Down Downtown will be open for extended hours for this event from 5-8 PM. Enjoy some early Christmas shopping at Wine Down!  There may be some great deals going on during this event. You can also enjoy live music at the TrustMark Art Park during this time by DJ Peaches for free! The Art Park is an excellent space for you to sit back, relax, and if you have kids, this is a wonderful space for them to play! 

November 12th is the very last Wine Down of 2021, so you do not want to miss this event!! Let’s relax, enjoy a good time, and wind down for 2021 at Wine Down Downtown before the holidays begin.

Wine not come to the last Wine Down of 2021?? We will see you soon!

Know Before You Go: Loblolly Festival 2021

Loblolly lovers rejoice! Loblolly Festival is back, this Saturday from 9-4pm in Downtown Laurel. Get ready for the biggest event of the year. 

What’s Playing

Enjoy live music on two stages all day long. Bring a chair, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Loblolly Festival as long as you’d like.

The Loblolly Stage (Front Street)

9:00am-10:15am Free N’ Easy

10:45am-12:00 noon Jones & Pine

12:30pm-2:00pm Ryan Cooper

2:30pm-4:00pm Cary Hudson & The Piney Woods Players

The Knight Butcher Stage (Central Avenue) 

11:00am-2:00pm Free N’ Easy

Drink Up!

The Southern Beverage beer trailer will be located on Oak Street by Trustmark Art Park (and the Laurel Main Street tent) serving up brews for you to enjoy while you stroll around the festival. Be sure to bring cash or visit one of the ATMs Downtown, as cards will not be accepted at the trailer.

Many of our eateries also serve alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages for your convenience. Drink local!

What’s Cookin’

Over 20 food vendors will be on Oak Street featuring corn dogs, funnel cakes, barbecue, and more. Not to mention our delicious Downtown eateries…take your pick! (We recommend filling up on a little bit of everything.)

Fun for the Family

Loblolly Festival is an event for the whole family! Expect games, jumps, and activities for the littles of all ages.

The pumpkin patch at First United Methodist Church, the Heritage Arts Festival at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the viewing of the Art on Masonite contest at The YWCO are also great options for family fun.

Shop Small

While you’re Downtown, make sure to visit our Downtown businesses. This is a great opportunity to check out a shop you’ve never been in before! (Or your very favorite)

It’s important to still make your way down Central Avenue to support the stores and eateries affected by road closures and temporary construction. Not to mention, The Knight Butcher stage will be featuring live music from 11am-2pm.

Scarecrow Invasion

Our Downtown merchants will unveil their scarecrows on Saturday! Check out all their larger-than-life creations while you enjoy the festival. The winners of the competition will be announced on our social media pages on October 5th.

Helpful Tips

  • Furry friends are allowed to attend the festival, but be mindful of city leash laws and please pick up after your pets.
  • Loblolly Festival is free! 
  • Keep the City ‘Beautiful’! Make sure to discard pet waste, food, and garbage in trash receptacles.
  • When you’re sippin’ and strolling, make sure to follow the city’s open container laws, and stay in the leisure district.
  • Ample parking is available in outer lots. Don’t be afraid to get your steps in!
  • Grab a Loblolly Guide from the Laurel Main Street tent by Trustmark Art Park for a map and more information on the event.
  • Loblolly Festival is rain or shine! Don’t worry, we won’t cancel on you.


A special thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers who make this event happen! Loblolly Festival is presented by our signature sponsor, Howard Industries.