Santa rolls in for the Christmas Festival in Downtown Paris on Saturday, December 9, and he’s bringing a sleigh load of friends. “The Downtown Christmas Festival” runs from 3:00 till 5:00 p.m. around the Court Square and features live animals, trackless train rides, crafts, stories and tasty treats, as well as a visit from the jolly old elf.
“I’ll roll in with Mrs. Claus, my elves, and Rudolph,” said Santa, “but that’s just the beginning of the fun.”
“Stores will be open for shopping while my pals from R.E.A.L. Hope have games for children, Youth Villages will have a Christmas golf game, and my 4 H Friends will make a unique hand print Santa and yarn Christmas trees, as well as snowmen and reindeer Christmas ornaments, explained Claus. Leslie Sensing’s “reindeer goats” also will be on hand around Santa’s house to visit with the children.”
There will be a trackless train ride. For those who need a break from the chilly weather, one of Santa’s favorite fellows, Monroe Robbins, will be reading Christmas stories inside The Wimberley Agency at 124 W. Washington Street as well as serving free hot chocolate from 3 to 5. The Inman Youth Orchestra will also be performing during the Festival.
The Christmas Sketch Crawl will be led by Ann Stapp from 3 pm to 4 pm and will begin at the front steps of the Court House. Bring your sketch pad, chair, artistic eye, and have fun drawing with the assistance of Henry County Artists.
Other tasty treats around the square that evening include s’mores courtesy of the Paris Fire Department according to Kathy Ray, Executive Director of the Downtown Paris Association, and sponsor of the holiday event. The Festival will be followed by DPA’s 11th Annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade at 5:00 p.m.
For more information on the Downtown Christmas Festival or the Downtown Paris Association contact Kathy Ray at 731-653-7274 or visit www.VisitDowntownParis.com.