There’s no doubt that Downtown Laurel is a special place, but it shines especially bright during the Christmas season. Whether you’re admiring the meticulously decorated store windows or taking a stroll under the majestic oaks of 5th Avenue, we invite you to breathe in the magic of the holidays. Laurel Main Street invites you to fill up, hang out, and kick back while you savor the joy of small-town Christmas.
Make Spirits Bright
Art Class at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art — Thursday, December 18th from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. — Grades K5-6th. Participants will make a variety of handmade Christmas tree ornaments and a Christmas art project. While you’re in the neighborhood, enjoy the charming preserved and restored homes lining Laurel’s brick-paved 5th Avenue.
Enjoy an integrated retail & DIY experience at HAND+made by Clairmont & Co. On Wednesday, December 12th and Saturday, December 22nd you’ll enjoy a special Mom + Me Craft & Story Time. Looking for a girl’s night out? Get your friends together for Corks + Crafts on December 14th.
Also on December 14th is Holiday Date Night at The Gift Shop at Oak Street Place. Have dinner or dessert at Lee’s Coffee and Tea, then shop for Christmas presents! Get 20% off at the Gift Shop with your purchase at Lee’s. Lee’s full menu is available, and we hear it’s board game night, too!
What Fun it is to Ride & Sing
The 2018 Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour is making a stop in the City Beautiful again this year! The illuminated vehicle has become a global advertising icon and symbol of holiday happiness since first gracing the TV airwaves nearly two decades ago. The real-life Coca-Cola Christmas Trucks spread holiday cheer throughout Mississippi during the month of December. Once the sun has set, you are invited to enjoy an incredible after-dark experience, as the truck lights up! The Coca-Cola Christmas Truck will be set up on the 400 block of Central Avenue on Thursday, December 20th from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Take pictures with the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck and Santa, and enjoy free giveaways and more!
Contact Sweet Somethings Bakery to book a carriage ride through downtown.
Oh Come, Let Us Adore Him
The First-Trinity Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir will present their annual Lessons & Carols service on Sunday, December 16th at 6:00 p.m. This year’s service will include choral works by Francois Poulenc, Leo Sowerby, Paul Manz, and Mack Wilberg. This is always a wonderful evening of sacred music and childcare is provided.
First Baptist Church of Laurel will present “The Glory of Christmas” with their Celebration Choir & Orchestra, along with a cast of students, children, shepherds, & wise men celebrate. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 16th at 6:00 p.m.
The Agape Church offers three opportunities to hear the message of Christmas in music. Saturday, December 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 23rd at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The cost is absolutely FREE but, due to limited space, you must reserve your seats.
Discover the Magic of Enchanting Downtown Laurel
On December 21nd, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. our downtown merchants will host a very special Christmas after-hours event.
HAND+made– Christmas story read every 30 min, refreshments provided, manger scene craft, & discounts in store
Laurel Mercantile & Scotsman General Store– Santa’s workshop
Lott Furniture & Laurel Leaf– Nativity in Maker’s Alley, refreshments provided
Shug’s Cookie Dough & Candy Bar– Gingerbread men cookie decorating kits available for $5
Allie’s on Magnolia– Hot chocolate bar, sales in store
Guild & Gentry– Refreshments provided, live music
Loblolly Boutique & Crescent Line Toys– Glamping in Trustmark Art Park
Adam Trest Home– Discounts in store
Southern Antiques– Photos w/Snoopy, DIY Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Patina’s– refreshments provided, sales in store
YWCO– Cookies w/ Mrs. Claus
Lee’s Coffee & Tea / Gift Shop at Oak Street Place– Live music featuring Harmonia
Sass & Class Boutique– Reindeer food
Peddlers Junktion– DIY vintage inspired stocking available for $5, door prizes, sales in store
New Look– Snowman ornament craft available for $6
Razme’s Party Supplies– Pictures w/Santa
Cosmic Deli– Special dessert: Christmas cookie cheesecake
Jack & Jill’s Consignment Boutique– OPEN
J Parker– OPEN
The Pearl Diner– OPEN
Sweet Somethings Bakery– OPEN
Pause Coffee & Espresso Bar– OPEN
Boutique on Central– OPEN
The Knight Butcher– OPEN
Bella Bella– OPEN
Fill Up, Hang Out, Kick Back
The Pearl Diner – home cooking that you don’t have to cook at home! Blue plate lunches are offered Tuesday – Friday beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Pearl Diner is located on the corner of Oak and Magnolia Streets in the former Burton’s Jewelry building.
The Knight Butcher – Lunch is served at Laurel’s only full-service butcher shop daily from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Be sure to check their Facebook page to see their daily lunch specials. Stop by Monday – Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to pick up gourmet meats, delicious homemade fudge, and The Knight Butcher’s famous jerky!
Lee’s Coffee & Tea – Lee’s is a downtown favorite with gourmet coffees, organic teas, soups, paninis, and more. Enjoy local art while you rest up from your adventures. Lee’s is open Monday – Thursday from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Sundays from NOON – 5:00 p.m.
Sweet Somethings Bakery – This family-owned bakery and ice cream shop on Central Avenue offers something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Stop by and get your sugar fix any time Monday – Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Shug’s Cookie Dough and Candy Bar – delectable treats to sit and savor or take them to-go are available at Shug’s! This gourmet cookie dough bar provides sweet treats for all tastes including traditional childhood favorite candies (Jelly Belly! Peach Rings! M&Ms!) to more refined and grown up treats (truffles galore!) all sold by the pound. Shug’s is open Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Mimmo’s Ristorante Pizzeria – Laurel’s newest restaurant is open for lunch and dinner! Enjoy traditional Italian food and wines as well as brick oven pizza. They’re open Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Loft – The Loft has become a downtown staple and serves dinner Tuesday – Saturday beginning at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy casual dining with indoor and outdoor seating. Perfect for groups, children, parties and more.
Slowboat Brewing Company – Slowboat Brewing Company is a brewer owned and family operated micro-brewery in historic downtown Laurel. Their primary focus is small batch artisan styles, including Farmhouse, Wild, Belgian style, Barrel-aged, experimental ales, and an ever-evolving portfolio of popular American craft beer styles. Stop in for samples, tours, trivia, live music and more! For hours and entertainment lineups, visit them on Facebook or Instagram!
Cafe La Fleur — Café La Fleur is up and running once again! Stop by to have some of your old favorites or try something new at this locally owned New Orleans style eatery.
More Ways to Make it Merry
Enjoy a day full of Christmas festivities at Landrum’s Country! The Christmas Candlelight Tour at Landrum’s Country on December 16th is sure to bring out the holiday cheer in all who attend.
We encourage you to enjoy all the locally owned stores and restaurants, make a memory, start a tradition, and most of all, make your holidays merry and bright!