Huntingdon’s Main Street Christmas has turned into a two-day celebration, according to The Dixie’s Executive Director Lori Nolen.
The celebration is generally a one-day event, but his year another day has been added.
It all starts on Friday and rolls over into Saturday.
“Let The Dixie and Huntingdon put you in the Christmas spirit,” said Nolen. “The Town of Huntingdon has really rallied in preparing for a two-night event that is building on our holiday offerings from previous years.”
She added that she is thankful that the downtown shops and businesses will be open and partnering to host various pop-up shops for the entire weekend and to all those that volunteer or support in some way to make it all happen.
The Jason Isbell event at The Dixie is sold out Friday night. Select shops and all pop-up shops will be open Friday night.
Fire pits with acoustic musicians will be around the square on Friday. Food trucks will have delicious offerings. The public safety building is opening the former council room for people to take their food inside to a warm place to sit and enjoy.
The Colonial Tea room will have a reservation only dinner Friday night.
An annual event in downtown Huntingdon, Main Street Christmas abounds with the quaint charm of hometown Christmases past. Live nativity, carolers, open shops, hot chocolate, Santa and official tree lighting where the community welcomes Christmas together.
“It is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit,” said Nolen.
Beginning at 2 p.m., this year’s Main Street Christmas will include:
Pictures with Santa by A. Wilson Photography, located in The Dixie. The Dixie gift shop will be open for those last-minute Christmas gifts, including tickets to Dixie performances.
Live Nativity with accompanying church choirs on the Courthouse lawn, 2 - 6 p.m.
ISTEA Train Rides, 2 – 4 p.m.
It’s A Wonderful Life, Court Theatre, 2 p.m. (free admission, presented by Carroll Bank & Trust).
The Nutcracker, The Court Theatre, Special Friday night performance and concessions, open to all, Saturday performances at 4:30 (ending in time for the parade) & 7:30 p.m., regular admission.
The Lighting of The Tree in front of City Hall on Main Street, including a small ceremony and Christmas carols with your neighbors, 5:15 p.m.
Holiday Characters on the Square with Buddy the Elf, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Bill Willoughby Memorial Christmas Parade, 6:30 p.m.
At the Colonial Tea Room visit with Mrs. Claus and help her make reindeer food, face paint, play in the snow, and write a letter to Santa while everyone enjoys one of Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Cookies and her hot chocolate with marshmallows from the North Pole. Mrs. Claus’ doorman will collect $5 from everyone to help Mrs. Claus with expenses since Santa Claus is spending all of their money on making toys for all the good boys and girls.
Local shops will be spreading holiday cheer with Christmas specials and giveaways throughout the day.
Pop up shops will be in various buildings around the Court Square and a map will be available during the event at these locations.
The Presbyterian Church will have fire pits and they will be selling fundraiser $1 smores. This will happen 2 - 6 p.m.
FirstBank will have vendors set up in lobby at the Main Branch on Main Street. Clark Street Baptist Church will have food and Christmas treats at the FirstBank Community Building.
The Bill Willoughby Memorial Christmas Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. The parade will start on West Main Street and progress to, and around, the south side of the court square and then onto East Main Street. The parade will conclude after turning onto 5th Avenue.
To register to enter the parade, and be eligible for prize money, call the Huntingdon Police Department at 731-986-5310. The deadline to enter the parade for the judging is Friday, December 7 at 3 p.m.