24 Days of Season's Greetings!
Join us this holiday season by celebrating with any of these fun & festive activities
December 1- Time to Deck the Halls
If you haven't already decorated your home for the holidays, now is the time! Decorate your home or business and nominate yourself (or someone else) by calling or emailing the Department of Parks and Recreation by December 11th. Simply include the address in your nomination and our judges will visit each nominated location. Nominees must reside within the City of Laurel limits. Judging begins December 14 and winners will be announced on Facebook the following week.
December 2- Donate to LARS
Each holiday season, LARS serves over 200 Laurel families and seniors with holiday food and gifts. The Holiday Program is a feel-good way for groups, businesses, congregations, and individuals to come together to make a difference for local families in need. A perfect way to cause much-needed smiles on both the giving and receiving ends!
LARS is currently most in need of gift cards and loose gifts to distribute to families. Loose gifts can include new clothing, winter accessories, books, games, or toys for children (newborn to 18 years of age). Please do not include any used items. Loose gifts should be delivered unwrapped, but feel free to donate wrapping materials as well. Gift cards can be for places like local grocery stores, department stores, gas stations, etc.
Holiday Program donations should be delivered to LARS by 5 PM on Friday, December 11th.
For additional information, click the link below.
December 3 - 24 (Thursdays)- Online Cookie Recipe Swap
Each Thursday we will post our favorite cookie recipe to our Facebook Page. Join the fun and comment with your favorite recipes then try them out and post photos to share. Be sure to Like & Follow @LaurelParksRec on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
December 4- Donate to LPD Toys for Tots
Help bring the joy of the holidays to children in need. Each year the Laurel Police Department hosts their Toys for Tots bin in the lobby of the Barkman-Kaiser Public Safety Complex. Bring your unused toy in person or donate virtual by clicking here
December 5- Enjoy a Christmas-themed game night
Spend the holidays with the people that matter the most in the comfort of your own home. Check out these awesome ideas for a family game night.
December 6- Virtual Paint Night
Register for a virtual paint night and create stunning paintings with little experience. Register directly through YAYMAKER.com for each painting class you would like to complete. Make your paint night even simpler by purchasing a paint kit from the Department of Parks & Recreation that you can use for multiple paint classes! Supply kit costs $35.00 and includes: Brushes in various sizes, cup for water, paper plate, easel, paper towels, 2 canvas (16x20), acrylic paint (8 colors, 2 oz. each), and table/floor covering.
Click below for Virtual Paint Night details and how to register
December 7- Virtual Armory Illumination
Our annual Armory Illumination has gone VIRTUAL! Join the Mayor & City Council on Facebook live at 5:30 p.m. to kick-off the holiday season. The illumination will be broadcasted live on Facebook under:
City of Laurel- Government @laurelmaryland
With the help of a little holiday magic, Mayor Moe will illuminate the Laurel Armory Anderson & Murphy Community Center and our holiday light display will be available to view each night throughout the month of December at your own leisure. We kindly ask that you do not physically attend the Armory Illumination to help reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 and abide State & County social gathering restrictions.
December 8 - 22 (Tuesdays)- Hot Cocoa & Treat Tuesdays at the Laurel Armory
Join us every Tuesday from December 8th through 22nd to enjoy free hot cocoa and sweet treats at your leisure outside the Armory front doors. While you're there, don't forget to snap a few holiday photos with the family in front of our new outdoor light display. We kindly ask that you bring your own cup to reduce waste.
December 9- Paws & Claus
Dress your four-legged friend in their holiday outfit and come down to the Laurel Armory from 5:00-8:30 p.m. for a photo-op with Santa! Enjoy hot chocolate for you and a treat for your pet. Photo area and hot chocolate are outside. Masks are required and you may not come within 6 ft of Santa. To book an appointment, please call the Laurel Armory front desk at (301) 725-8088.
December 10- Hanukkah Dinner Recipe
Shalom & Happy Hanukkah! Hanukkah (also spelled “Chanukah”) is an eight-day winter “festival of lights,” which begins each year on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. In 2020, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 10 and continues through Friday, December 18. The first candle is lit on the Chanukah (menorah) on this date. Try a traditional Hanukkah recipe from a local Rabbi that you can enjoy with family. Be sure to check out our Department Facebook page for holiday recipes each Thursday through the month.
December 11- Community Christmas Tree Ornaments are due!
This year the Department of Parks & Recreation is challenging you to #ComeTogetherWhileStayingApart this holiday season. We are encouraging families to participate in our Community Christmas Tree event by creating an ornament that will be displayed on our City Christmas tree located at the Laurel Municipal Center. Decorate your ornament any way you would like and drop it off at either the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center or the Laurel Armory by Friday, December 11th to be accepted.
December 12- Spend time completing our Holiday Scavenger Hunt
Back by popular demand, the Department of Parks and Recreation challenges you to complete our Holiday Scavenger Hunt by Friday, December 18. Solve each clue and go to all 10 locations to discover each holiday item. Take a photo of each item and email all 10 photos to [email protected] to win a free one-time boating pass for the 2021 Season. Please include your name and address with your submissions. Limit one entry per family/address. Click the link below to download the Holiday Scavenger Hunt.
December 13- Santa's Waves & Wishes
Drive by for a wave to the jolly ole man in red and bring your holiday wish list. Drive through the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center Parking Lot from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 13 for a brief visit with Santa. Give him a smile and a wave and receive some sweet treats in return. We ask that you remain in your car. No one will be permitted to exit their vehicle or walk up to the facility.
December 14- Paws & Claus (Day 2)
Don't miss your last opportunity for a photo of your furry friend and Santa! Dress your four-legged friend in their holiday outfit and come down to the Laurel Armory from 5:00-8:30 p.m. for a photo-op with Santa! Enjoy hot chocolate for you and a treat for your pet. Photo area and hot chocolate are outside. Masks are required and you may not come within 6 ft of Santa. To book an appointment, please call the Laurel Armory front desk at (301) 725-8088.
December 16- Holiday Decoration Drive
Load up the car with the little ones and take a drive to see the local holiday decorations. Make it a trip and visit these places for the best holiday light displays around the state! Click here for a List of Holiday Light Displays
(Note: Some places may be affected by COVID-19).
December 18- Last day to complete the Holiday Scavenger Hunt
December 19- Last day to turn in your Letters to Santa
Hurry over to the Laurel Armory or Robert J. DiPietro Community Center to get your last-minute letters to Santa. We have a special mail box for you to drop off your letters just in time for Santa to receive them. Download a letter template here or create them on your own.
December 20- Virtual Gingerbread Contest
There's no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by spending time decorating a gingerbread house. Just don't eat all your icing before your house is complete! Send us a photo of your masterpiece to [email protected] by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 20 for a chance to win our Gingerbread House Contest. Photos will be shared on Facebook and winners will receive a free one-time boating pass for the 2021 Season.
December 21- Virtual Paint Night
Enjoy another paint night from the comfort of your own home. Register for a virtual paint night and create stunning paintings with little experience. Register directly through YAYMAKER.com for each painting class you would like to complete. Make your paint night even simpler by purchasing a paint kit from the Department of Parks & Recreation that you can use for multiple paint classes! Supply kit costs $35.00 and includes: Brushes in various sizes, cup for water, paper plate, easel, paper towels, 2 canvas (16x20), acrylic paint (8 colors, 2 oz. each), and table/floor covering.
Click below for Virtual Paint Night details and how to register
December 23- Watch your favorite holiday movie
Cozy up on the couch and watch a holiday classic from 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' to the new Grinch (2018)