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!!

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

The 1920s was a decade of prosperity and dissipation, and of jazz bands, bootleggers, raccoon coats, bathtub gin, flappers, flagpole sitters, and marathon dancers, and in a few short weeks, the streets of downtown Laurel will be filled with revelers welcoming the “Roaring 20s” back to Laurel.

In the 1920s, Laurel was a city on the move. The Eastman-Gardiner Lumber Company was booming and Laurel was known as the Yellow Pine Capital of the World. The sawmills were shipping out one million board feet of lumber daily on rail car. People were moving to town for jobs at the newly formed Masonite Corporation and visitors and residents alike enjoyed going to the picture show at the newly constructed Arabian Theatre.

The inaugural Downtown Countdown is a free event held in the heart of Downtown Laurel. Beer and Champagne will be served, as well as food from food trucks. Some of your favorite downtown restaurants will also be open during the festivities: Lee’s Coffee & Tea, Slow Boat Brewing Co., and The Loft on Central.

VIP Area

The VIP tent will be in front of Mimmo’s Ristorante Pizzeria and will be open from 6:00 p.m. until the end of the event. Guests will enjoy exclusive live entertainment, seating, firework show viewing, refreshments by The Gables, a fully stocked cash bar, casino games, a cigar bar by Guild & Gentry, private restrooms, and premium parking. Our theme for the Downtown Countdown VIP area is “Roaring into the 20s,” so get creative and dress to impress! Click here to purchase VIP tickets for $100 each. Please note, the VIP area is for those 21 and up only.

On the Main Stage

Live entertainment is brought to you by our platinum sponsor, Howard Industries. Red & the Revelers is a collection of musicians from Mobile, AL and the Gulf Coast, and they’re sure to delight with their mixture of Americana and Deep South Soul. Emerald Empire from Birmingham, Alabama will follow with their high energy performances of the songs you know and love.

Be sure to stay until midnight when we lower our custom made 70 foot Pinecone and for a spectacular fireworks display! This dazzling display would not be possible without the creative team at Headrick Signs & Graphics and the generous sponsorship of Bancorp South.

For the Kids

The children’s area will be located on the 400 block of N. Magnolia Street and will feature music, games, activities, and face painting. At 8:00 p.m. there will be a kids countdown by Ben and Erin Napier of HGTV Home Town, a balloon drop, and a mini firework show. The appreciate the generous sponsorship of Shug’s Cookie Dough and Candy Bar, Crescent Line Toys and The Loblolly Boutique for the children’s activities.

Event Schedule

6:00 p.m.

Food Truck and Beer Service begins on Oak Street

Kids Area activities begin on the 400 block of North Magnolia Street

8:00 p.m.

Kids balloon drop and firework show

Red & the Revelers begin on the Main Stage

9:00 p.m.

Emerald Empire on the Main Stage

11:30-11:55 p.m.

Champagne Service

12:00 a.m.

Pinecone Drop

Firework Show

Midnight Performance