Celebrate Holly Days of Play in Leland

Join the Town of Leland in celebrating the holidays with family fun for everyone. December is packed full of events to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year, headlined by a bigger and brighter Leland in Lights than ever before.

Experience the magic of the holidays with the annual Leland in Lights display, a free festive walking tour through Founders Park, located at 113 Town Hall Drive. The Grand Illumination on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. will feature special guest Santa Claus flipping the switch to light up the park. Stop by Santa's Workshop that evening to tell him your wish list or take a train ride on our very own Leland Express through the lights. Leland in Lights starts every evening at dusk through Jan. 10. Check the Town of Leland website for more information including parking and dates the Leland Express train will be in service.

Also on Dec. 4, don't miss the popular Holiday Art Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, located at 1212 Magnolia Village Way. The event features unique handmade gifts and a performance by local musical duo Two Bucks.

“The Town is proud to offer so many programs and events during the holiday season to help make memories that will last a lifetime,” Mayor Brenda Bozeman said. “Our Leland in Lights Grand Illumination event and the complement of others offered this time of year provide a special backdrop for families to enjoy.”

The monthly running group is getting festive with Jingle Jogs on Dec. 1, Dec. 12, and Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in Founders Park. Don some holiday apparel, get creative with a costume, and don't forget safety lights and/or reflectors. All paces are welcome and runners must sign this waiver to participate.

The Leland Police and Fire/Rescue Departments are working to help families in need with Pack the Patrol Car on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leland Walmart, located at 1112 New Pointe Boulevard. Nonperishable food items and new unwrapped toys for children ages 12 and under will be collected and donated to Brunswick Family Assistance. Pack the Patrol Car will carry over into the Grand Illumination of Leland in Lights on Dec. 4, where donations will also be accepted.

Bring your dancing shoes to a spectacular holiday show by the Moonlighters Orchestra on Dec. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Leland Cultural Arts Center. The band will perform a great mixture of big band swing, Motown, beach music, Christmas songs, and more. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase online.

Finally, the Movies in the Park series wraps up with a special holiday showing of Elf on Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the movie in Founders Park surrounded by the magic of Leland in Lights.

More information about each of these events can be found on the Town of Leland website and the Town of Leland Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Facebook page.

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