Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas on the Square

          Ring in the holiday season on Friday, November 29th from 5 - 9:00 PM with Leonardtown’s annual "Christmas on the Square" and "Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony" held on Washington Street in the Leonardtown Square. 
       Live entertainment starts at 5:00 pm. and includes holiday music, sleigh rides, horse & carriage rides, train rides, hay rides, fire truck rides, a petting zoo, live nativity, face painting, make-and-take crafts, festive decorations, food and much more!  Stop by Mrs. Claus’ tent for stories and crafts, but make sure you are in the Square promptly at 7:00 PM for Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree! 
            Stage performances include Bella School of Music, Piney Point Elementary School, Gracie’s Guys and Gals Dance Troupe, the Leonardtown Baptist Church Choir, and the Bootscooters!  Let the music put you in the holiday mood as you browse the downtown merchants and art galleries that will remain open for your Christmas shopping needs. 
Want to give back this holiday season?  Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots through Winegardner Automotive, or support local charity fundraisers and raffles.     Don’t miss the drawing for the Cedar Lane $10,000 Raffle Winner live on stage after Santa’s arrival.  Tickets are $100 each, with a maximum of 500 tickets being sold.  You can buy your ticket the night of the event, or beat the rush and call 301-475-8966 or e-mail Beverly Stickles at with your request and she will reserve a ticket for you.
            You'll also want to stop by the Winegardner Auto Showroom Christmas Festival sponsored by the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary.  See the decorated trees and wreaths, admire the electric train display, sign up for the silent auction, or buy a chance to win a wagon full of toys worth over $500!  There will also be face-painting and grab bags for the kids.
            This year many of the rides will board in front of Winegardner Automotive and travel around the Historical Part of Town, including Tudor Hall, The Old Jail Museum and the Historic Courthouse Building.  Enjoy time away from the crowds and travel into the past with beautifully decorated buildings, luminaries and Christmas carolers.  Groups interested in caroling should contact Maria Fleming at
            Several streets in the downtown Leonardtown Square area will be closed to thru traffic from 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM.  Spectators are encouraged to park at the College of Southern Maryland and take the free shuttle bus service to the Leonardtown Square, or park at Leonardtown Elementary School, St. Mary’s Ryken High School, or other designated lots around Town and enjoy the beautifully decorated walk into Town Square! 

            Christmas on the Square is sponsored by the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, the Leonardtown Business Association and the Commissioners of Leonardtown, with gratitude to their community financial partners:  Two Guys Auto Body, Winegardner Automotive, Quality Built Homes, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, PNC Bank, Burris’ Olde Towne Insurance, and the College of Southern Maryland.  For further information, visit or call 301-475-9791.  (Rain date:  The rain date will consist of the Annual Tree Lighting only on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM.)