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A Christmas in Leonardtown

Photo by: Ron Bailey Photo Productions

Let Leonardtown help get you in the holiday spirit with A Christmas in Leonardtown Virtual Holiday Programming. Enjoy festive holiday performances, a Holiday Shopping Showcase & Craft Fair, Storytime with Santa & Mrs. Claus, a Virtual Annual Tree Lighting, and much more.

We are happy to announce that we are planning live holiday events this year including Christmas on the Square and the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Please visit our Featured Events Page for information about our other exciting holiday events including: Santa & Mrs. Claus on the Square and Tuesday and Saturday Meet-and-Greets with Santa
For more information, please call 301-475-9791 or email

Featured Content:

View the "A Christmas in Leonardtown" Virtual EventHoliday Baking with Mrs. Claus Holiday Shopping Showcase Buying Guide / The Amazing Grace Holiday Video from Robbie Boothe, Donovan Farrell and Friends




Holiday Baking with Mrs. Claus

Mrs. Claus has shared her favorite Holiday Cookie recipes that she bakes year round for Santa & the Elves at the North Pole. She's sure you and your family will love them as much as they do.


Ginger Cookies



Melt 3 sticks margarine.




  • 1/2 cup molasses

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2 eggs


Beat well.


Sift together and add to the above mixture:


  • 4 cups flour                                     

  • 1 tsp.  ginger

  • 4 tsp. baking soda                          

  • 1 tsp. cloves

  • 2 tsp. cinnamon


Refrigerate the dough for several hours.  Then make the dough into small balls, roll in sugar.  Bake at 350 degrees until firm or brown - about 8 to 10 minutes.  This recipe makes approximately 5 dozen cookies!


Soft Sugar Cookies


  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup sugar (additional for rolling)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.

  3. Cream the butter and sugars together in a large mixing bowl on medium speed until light in color and fluffy.

  4. Add the egg and mix until well combined.

  5. Add the vanilla extract and mix until combined.

  6. Add the dry ingredients and mix until the dough is well combined.

  7. Create 1-1/2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough. Gently roll into a ball, then roll each ball in the additional sugar to coat. Set the balls on the baking sheet.

  8. Bake the cookies for 7-8 minutes. Remove just before the edges begin to turn golden. Don’t over bake. The cookies will fall some as they cool.

  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 4-5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Chip Cookies



  • 3/4 cup butter flavored Crisco                                              

  • 1-1/4 C firmly packed light brown sugar

  • 2 tbsp milk                                                             

  • 1 tbsp vanilla                                                               

  • 1 egg

  • 1-3/4 cups flour                                                           

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 3/4 tsp baking soda                                                    

  • 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 1 C pecan pieces (optional) IF you do not use nuts, use 1-1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips



  1.  Heat your oven to 375 degrees.

  2.  Combine butter flavored crisco, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in a large bowl.

  3. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.

  4. Beat egg into creamed mixture.

  5. Combine flour, salt and baking soda and mix into creamed mixture until just blended.

  6. Stir in chocolate chips and pecan pieces.

  7. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls (about 2 measuring tbs) of dough 3 inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet.

  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies (cookies will appear moist - DO NOT OVERBAKE) or 11 to 13 minutes for crisp cookies.

  9. Cool cookies on a baking sheet for 2 minutes.  Remove to foil on countertop.

This cookie recipe makes about 2-1/2 dozen cookies!

Cranberry-Walnut Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

  • ½ tsp. each of baking powder and baking soda

  • ¼ tsp. salt

  • ½ cup margarine or butter

  • ½ cup sugar

  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed

  • 1 large eff

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

  • ½ cup dried cranberries


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.  

  2. Have cookies sheets ready. 

  3. Mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 

  4. Put butter, sugars, egg and vanilla into a large bowl.  Beat with electric mixer until creamy.  With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture.  

  5. Beat just until blended.  

  6. Beat in oats, cranberries and nuts. 

  7. Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into balls.

  8. Place two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  

  9. Bake 10-12 minutes until cookies are light golden brown.  

  10. Cool on cookie sheet 1 minute before removing to wire rack to cool completely.  

This Recipe was shared with me by my good friend, Beth S., and it's become a favorite for Santa and the Elves (and me too)! -Mrs. Claus



Thank you to everyone who joined us for the A Christmas in Leonardtown (Virtual Event). It was a wonderful day of festive holiday programming. Thank you to everyone who participated in the event and all those who helped make it possible. If you missed the live stream show, you can view it here.


A Christmas in Leonardtown was produced by Brandy Blackstone for the Commissioners of Leonardtown, Ron Bailey of Ron Baily Photo Productions and Ed Delmoro of Winson Media.

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Buying Guide

Holiday Shopping Showcase Challenge Buying Guide

If you loved the great gift ideas that our Holiday Shopping Helpers, Dawn, Kiera, Libby, Dell and Curtis, found in the Holiday Shopping Showcase Challenge, we've included info about where to find the gifts in Leonardtown below. If you missed the shopping challenges, you can view them at the following links: View Part 1 Here and View Part 2 Here.

Libby found the following great gifts on her search:

Libby's Gift for a Military Veteran: A Shadow Box at August May Designs at Shepherd's Old Field Market

Libby's Gift for a Caregiver: A gift card for a massage at Wharfside Wellness Massage Therapy

Libby's Tasty Treat: McKay's Family Markets Cookies (the Cookie Walk has ended, but you can still find delicious tasty treats at McKay's):


Dawn discovered the following great gift ideas:

Dawn's Gift for Him: A gift box and a antique-style shaving set at 
The Craft Guild Shop of St. Mary's

Dawn's Gift for an Art Lover: A  one-of-a-kind clock at North End Gallery

Dawn's Tasty Treat: A bottle of Black Forrest Waltz Wine from Port of Leonardtown Winery

Dell found the following great gifts on his search:

Dell's Gift for Her: A handmade necklace at New View Fiberworks

Dell's Gift for Someone Who Loves to Cook: Flavored olive oils from Greece from Quality Street Kitchen & Catering

Dell's Tasty Treat: A coffee & dessert or a charcuterie gift basket from Antoinette's Garden or a Moscow Mule Gift Set from Quality Street Kitchen & Catering

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Keira discovered the following great gifts on her search:

Kiera's Gift for Someone Who Loves to Create: The surprise gift package from Crazy for Ewe

Kiera's Pick for a Gift of an Experience: A Gift certificate for a class at Board & Brush Creative Studio

Kiera's Tasty Treat: A box of chocolates from the Chocolate Bar at Heritage Chocolates

Curtis found the following great gifts on his search:

Curtis' Gift for Pets: A doggie stocking at Canine Capes & Cuddles at Shepherd's Old Field Market.

Curtis' Gift for Kids: A playset at Mable's Orchard or a little girl's rain jacket at Style by Dawn. Both at Shepherd's Old Field Market.

Curtis' Tasty Treat: A cake at Antoinette's Garden or a dessert tray at The Front Porch.


Additional Gifts to Consider:



Amazing Grace

Here is the 2020 Holiday Music Video from Robbie Boothe, Donovan Farrell, Phillip Michael Parsons, Donald Quade, Tara Rae, Wes Ryce,  LaKeisha Smith, Brandi Sydnor, and Catrina Vitez! In the video, these talented local performers sing Amazing Grace. It's such a beautiful rendition of this amazing song. You'll also recognize some great Leonardtown Landmarks featured in the video. You can view the video here.

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