If you take a drive around the historic district in the coming weeks, there’s one truth you won’t be able to miss – we love Christmas in Downtown Laurel!
From the incredible display at Mason Park to shining Christmas trees decorating each home on the Avenues and wreaths lining the streets of downtown and on to our favorite display of all, the official city Christmas tree in Pinehurst Park, we celebrate our favorite season like no one else!
But nothing says Christmas in Laurel more than the official lighting of that cherished tree, and we’d love to have you celebrate this special occasion with us.
The Lighting of the 2016 Downtown Laurel Christmas Tree
Thursday, December 1st | 5:30 PM Till
Sponsored by BancorpSouth, the City of Laurel and Laurel Main Street
Join us Thursday at 5:30 PM as we begin the festivities.
The official welcome will be delivered by Mallorie Rasberry, president of Laurel Main Street, and Mayor Johnny Magee will give a greeting. Soon after 6:00 the park will spring to life as Ray Palmer, President of BancorpSouth, lights our beloved Downtown Christmas Tree.
At various points in the evening, you’ll enjoy performances by the Highland Baptist Church Choir, Laurel Ballet Academy, Life Church Strings, St. John’s Episcopal Children’s Choir, Laurel High Singers, Maddox Elementary Choir, and Mason Elementary Handbell Choir.
Special refreshments will be on hand provided by BancorpSouth.
What to do after the lighting
After the tree is lit and the performances are completed, don’t miss the festivities at the Laurel-Jones County Library Open House beginning at 6:00. Bring the kids to meet Santa and to get some great holiday treats and hot cocoa. Children will have an opportunity to make a Christmas ornament and get their faces painted.
Grab a brown bag dinner of one of The Knight Butcher’s great burgers between 4-7pm. Enjoy dinner on the patio or take it over to the park for a picnic.
Southern Antiques, Patina’s, The Knight Butcher, Adam Trest Home, JParker, New Look, Seventh Style, The Loft, Lee’s, Sweet Something’s Bakery, Peddler’s Junktion, Office Products, Sweet Daddy’s Pop Shop, and Closet Candy will be extending their hours for the event so be sure to visit them to pick up some unique holiday gifts!
Join us Thursday at 5:30 at Pinehurst Park in Downtown Laurel to kick off the 2016 holiday season!