Virtual Holiday Happenings

  1. Best Holiday Recipes

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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

The contest will continue to run as it has in past years with the judging being done via photograph instead of in-person visits. An awards program will broadcast on Bowie TV and the City website.

Entry Form

Breakfast with Santa - December 12, 9 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa 2

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

A recipe for “Reindeer Pancakes” will be provided for participants to make at home. 

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 will read Twas The Night Before Christmas.

View a video message from Mrs. Claus

Tune into the Santa Breakfast broadcast on December 12 at 9 a.m.:

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

Holiday Tree Lighting - December 6, 7 p.m.

The annual Holiday Tree Lighting will be pre-recorded and will showcase the lighting of multiple trees and holiday sites throughout the City.  

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.

Deadline to enter is December 3.

Registration Form

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.

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

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  

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.