Virtual Holiday Happenings

  1. Free screening of “Hocus Pocus” at The Belair Mansion on 10/29

    The next movie in our Movies around the City series is "Hocus Pocus". Enjoy this free showing on the grounds at Belair Mansion on 10/29. The movie will begin at dusk. Read on...
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Things may be different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get into the holiday spirit and have some fun. Read on for different ideas we have planned to explore Bowie and celebrate the holidays this year with family and friends.

  1. December Events
  2. November Events

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Holiday House Decorating Contest

See the list of winners below. Congratulations to everyone who competed this year!

Holiday House Decorating Winners-2020

House Decorating Contest Winners (pdf)

View the virtual Holiday House Decorating Awards video

Holiday Tree Lighting

The annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony was different this year in that the tree lights from around the city were prerecorded and the program featured performers from a previous year. It debuted on December 6 .  

You can watch the video any time on

Breakfast with Santa 

Breakfast with Santa 2

Since we can't host this annual event at the Senior Center this year, the 2020 Breakfast with Santa was totally virtual.

In the video you'll find a recipe for “Reindeer Pancakes”.

Mrs. Claus will demonstrate how to make a few holiday craft projects. (Instructions are also provided below) 

Craft supply packets can now be picked up from the front desk at City Hall.

Santa reads Twas The Night Before Christmas.

View broadcast video

View a video message from Mrs. Claus

Breakfast with Santa Crafts

We have come up with four simple holiday crafts that children can make. Links to the instructions are provided below. Mrs. Claus will also demonstrate how to do them during the broadcast. Be sure to pick up a holiday crafts packet at City Hall before then.

Snowman Christmas Countdown

Christmas Snowman Countdown

Door Hanger Christmas Door Hanger

Santa Searchers

Santa Searcher

How to make English Christmas Crackers

Santa Calling

Santa Calling_WebsiteParents may complete an online request for Santa or Mrs. Claus to call their child. Staff and community volunteers will coordinate the return calls during December. The registration deadline has passed. Calling took place on December 24.

Electronic “Letters to Santa” Mailbox

This program will provide an online opportunity for kids to send an on-line letter to Santa and get a response from the North Pole. This event is for Bowie residents only. The registration deadline has passed.

Gratitude Board 

Gratitude Board

With the current COVID-19 crisis still rocking our world, it is sometimes challenging to be so cut off from friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. Still-- there are many things to be thankful for and sometimes taking time to recognize what is good and to express gratitude can be just what is needed to get us through the day or warm our hearts. 

Let us know what you are grateful for! Send a brief message or photo that expresses your gratitude via email to Please limit  messages to no more than 15 words.  

Your message or photo will be posted on the City of Bowie website and some will be featured on our social media sites. The Gratitude Wall will run for the remainder of 2020.

We look forward to seeing your positive messages and photos on the Bowie Gratitude Wall.  If you have any questions, please contact Lori Cunningham at

Holiday Gratitude

Best Holiday Recipes

Share the spirit of the holidays! Are there recipes you make that are special to you or thanksgiving-spreadthat evoke warm memories of holidays past? 

Send us your favorite appetizer, side dish and dessert recipes. They will be included in the online Holidays in Bowie Cookbook. Clear photos of your creations will also be accepted. Email to  

To see the Holiday Cookbook, click here!

December Read Aloud

Various staff, committee and community members will showcase the community’s diversity by reading books celebrating Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa. The books will be included as part of the City’s Read Aloud program.

Book Title



Snow PumpkinCarole Lexa SchaeferKathy Corley, volunteer

The Thanksgiving StoryAlice DalglieshKathy Corley, volunteer

Seven Spools of Thread
Angela Shelf MedearisAlita Geri-Carter, volunteer
Bowie Education Committee
In an African village live seven brothers who make family life miserable with their constant fighting. When their father dies, he leaves an unusual will: by sundown, the brothers must make gold out of seven spools of thread. If they fail, they will be turned out as beggars.
Miriam ChaikinRabbi Steve Weisman,
Temple Solel
This story describes the history behind Hanukkah and the ways it is celebrated.
Jingle BugsDavid A. CarterKathy Corley, volunteer
Jingle Bugs, Jingle Bugs, Jingle all the way. Here's a merry pop-up book to share on Christmas Day.
The Christmas Tree RideMary NevilleKathy Corley, volunteer
Two children and their father go to Mr. Pennyman's tree farm to pick out a Christmas tree and end up making a new friend