December downtown packed with family events in Laurel

December downtown packed with family events in Laurel

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Laurel Main Street. 

Warm your heart with Christmas joy at any number of downtown events this December in Laurel including the Christmas Tree Lighting, the Sertoma Christmas Parade, Kiwanis Pancake Day, and the Charlie Brown Christmas Jazz Concert.

The annual Tree Lighting, hosted by Laurel Main Street and sponsored by BancorpSouth, will kick off the holiday season at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 3. This evening of Christmas magic will lights the skies at Pinehurst Park, across from City Hall. Patrons will enjoy performances by local dancers, singers, instrumental ensembles and as well as extended hours at retail shops and the Laurel-Jones County Library.

On Saturday, December 5, the annual 33rd annual Sertoma Christmas parade, largest in the state of Mississippi, will wind through the streets of Laurel. Thousands of spectators will pack the sidewalks to see the Grand Marshall, Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts, and watch the parade. This year's theme is Christ, the Perfect Gift.

The Laurel Kiwanis Club invites parade patrons to enjoy a filling pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, December 5, where they will serve it up hot from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Guests may dine at either the YWCO or First Baptist Church, both located downtown. Tickets are $5 if purchased ahead of time or $6 at the door.

Rounding out the schedule is the annual Charlie Brown Christmas Jazz Concert, which will return to the Laurel Little Theatre for its seventh year on Friday, December 18 at 6:00 p.m. with proceeds benefiting Laurel Main Street. Tickets to the show are $15 for adults and $5 for children. They may be purchased before the show at Lee's Coffee and Tea and Southern Antiques or online at Tickets will also be available at the Laurel Little Theatre on Friday, December 18.

There really is something for everyone in downtown Laurel this holiday season!