The merchants of historic downtown Decatur are ready to spread holiday cheer and invites everyone to join in as the holiday spirit fills the air with its monthly 3rd Friday celebration. Along with festive holiday music, gift ideas, holiday decorating tips, and hot cider, the evening includes visits with the jolly old man himself. Set for Friday, November 18th, the block party officially kicks off at 5 p.m.
There will be plenty of live entertainment, and various snacks and refreshments will be offered throughout the evening at many of the establishments. Briley Sandlin will be performing outside at Downtown Dawgs, Barb Carbon and Arrie Bozman will entertain the dinner crowd at Simp McGhee’s, and special acoustic Christmas music will be offered outside of Bank Street Antiques.
Bring your holiday shopping list; many of the merchants will remain open until 8 p.m. providing a variety of gift ideas from stocking stuffers to that hard to buy for person. Store specials, giveaways, and discounts will be offered at selected retailers and restaurants including Albany Framing, Bank Street Antiques, Cottage House, Downtown Dawgs, Glee Interiors, Memi’s, Ruggiere…A Gallery, Sam Frank & Moore, Tallulah’s, The Paper Chase, and Trish Land. Local photographer Brandie Hatfield will be snapping complimentary pictures with Santa at Divas, Doodlebugs and Debutantes. Set up outside of The Paper Chase, RE/MAX Platinum Alabama will have “Operation Christmas Cards for Our Troops” where anyone can sign Christmas cards to be mailed to members of the Armed Forces. The Carnegie Visual Arts Center will offer a $5 admission to its Friday@5 featuring Cutting Edge: Paper Art by Michael Liv with a receipt from any downtown merchant.
Participating streets in 3rd Fridays include 2nd Avenue, Bank, Market, Moulton, Grant, and Johnston Streets. For more information, call Ashley Ashwander at 256.355.8993.