(Paris, TN) Santa, Rudolph and the elves roll into downtown Paris on the big, red fire engine Friday morning at 10:00 am, the day after Thanksgiving kicking off North Pole Family Fun Day, an annual event sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA). With more than a dozen free activities for busy little hands, the fun lasts from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in West Tennessee’s festive downtown shopping hub.
“I can’t wait to see all of the good little boys and girls in Henry County,” said Santa in an exclusive satellite interview from the North Pole. “Rudolph, the elves and I love our gingerbread house on the Court Square. We’ll be visiting with the youngsters each Saturday and Sunday throughout the holiday season and the Henry County High School Band Boosters will be on hand to take photos. I am also bringing Mrs. Claus with me this year!”
“There’s plenty to do after children visit with me, including four, free craft tables with “make and take” holiday goodies hosted by the 4-H Club and located outside stores throughout downtown. Kiddos can also enjoy face painting inside Commercial Bank and Trust from 10 am until noon. Every half hour (10:30, 11:00, 11:30; 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30), members of the HCHS Speech Team will read The Polar Express at the beautifully decorated Old Depot on Fentress Street, now Vicky Muzzall’s Tax Service. “Miss Vicky even gives away free train whistles to all of the youngsters,” said Santa. If you are hungry for a snack, FirstBank downtown will be serving popcorn with fun photo opportunities from 10 to 2.
“There’s trackless train rides for adults and children, a petting zoo, and other games on the courthouse lawn, all courtesy of the Downtown Paris Association,” said Santa. “Don’t forget to register to win a toy stuffed Christmas stocking at the Peddler booth.”
The jolly old elf invites everyone to check out the schedule for Downtown Unwrapped, a series of exciting holiday events at www.VisitDowntownParis.com. Brochures are available from many downtown merchants.
The Downtown Paris Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote prosperous business activity and community involvement while encouraging preservation of the downtown area. For more information, log on www.VisitDowntownParis.com.