Time to take a Christmas driving tour

By David Keyes

Almost like it was planned, Mother Nature this year gave everyone enough time to put up outdoor Christmas decorations and then turned this portion of the planet into one big frozen snow globe.
The Outlook was so inspired by all of the Christmas lights popping up during the past few weeks in and around Laurel, we invited people to send us addresses of homes and businesses you thought lit up the season.
We even sent a photographer out to capture some of the decorations. Evan is still thawing out from that assignment after shooting photos at 20 locations Tuesday night. The best photos will run in this paper as well as on Laureloutlook.com and our Laurel Outlook Facebook page.
The response has been great and since it is too cold to really to anything outside, I would like to use some of this space to maybe give you an excuse to go on a Christmas driving tour.
Nothing compares to bright Christmas lights chasing back the darkness of December evenings. The fact this area embraces decorating for Christmas like it does, shows a true spirit of community. The lights, with the natural flocking of snow, beautifies our homes and yards but also lifts the spirits of those who see what you have done.
Please enjoy the driving tour we have mapped out.
We also would like your help to add more addresses to our list. If you see a house or business that isn’t on the tour, all you have to do is go to the Laurel Outlook Facebook page or Laureloutlook.com.
I am including some of the addresses on our map below. I will do the same next week with any additional addresses.
It is our sincere hope that you make the most of this holiday season and enjoy peace and happiness where you can find it. My personal hope for you is that Christmas can be a time to reflect on family, family traditions and the important things in life.
We hope you enjoy this excuse to get in a vehicle and check out Christmas decorations with friends and loved ones. Stay warm. Be safe. Enjoy.

All the best!
David Keyes is publisher of The Laurel Outlook.

Outlook Christmas driving tour, Week 1
• Heidi’s Coffee Cabin
• Beartooth Drive
• West Maryland Lane
• Corner of Colorado & E 4th St.
• Corner of E 1st St. and Washington
• Chamber of Commerce
• 607 9th Ave.
• 1129 9th Ave
• 900 block of 12th St.
• 12th St. Circle
• 1200 Block Beartooth Drive
• 312 13th St.
• 1007 9th Ave.
• 902 W Maryland
• 210 6th Ave.
• 307 6th Ave.
• 801 8th Ave.
• 907 8th Ave.
• 911 8th Ave.
• 1114 8th Ave.
• 819 W 12th St.
• 941 W 12th St.
• 1130 9th Ave.
• 1128 9th Ave.
• 1127 10th Ave.
• 1030 10th Ave.
• 902 W Maryland Lane
• 1219 W Beartooth Drive.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961


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