Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Jolly Good Time in December in Downtown Decatur

Extended shopping hours, twinkling lights and 3rd Friday fun will have downtown Decatur filled with locals and visitors during the month of December in celebration of the holiday season. Shoppers can tackle their Christmas lists on Tuesday evenings while enjoying the sights and sounds that Christmas brings and 3rd Friday returns for the final time in 2014 offering its usual free family fun.

The Downtown Decatur and Merchants and Business Association has announced extended hours for many downtown businesses. “Shop till 7” will be held every Tuesday in December until Christmas. The extended hours one night a week will allow holiday shoppers extra time to complete their holiday shopping. Each week, the Downtown Decatur and Merchants and Business Association will post a list on its Facebook page of the stores participating.

Thousands of twinkling lights have Bank Street and Second Avenue shining brightly as shoppers search for one-of-a-kind gifts and other holiday treats. The Old State Bank will be lit up to match the Christmas tree located nearby.

On December 19th, everyone is invited to join downtown restaurants and merchants for a modified 3rd Friday. Restaurants will be ready to serve their delicious food and drinks, stores will offer extended hours and specials, and there will be classic cars parked on Second Avenue in the block from Lee Street to Moulton Street. Streets will be open in both the Bank Street area and Second Avenue area (with the exception of where the classic cars will be on display) to make dining and shopping convenient for visitors. Live music can also be found inside of some of the merchants and restaurants. The festivities get underway at 5 p.m.

Participating streets in 3rd Fridays include 2nd Avenue, Bank, Market, Moulton, Grant, and Johnston streets. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. 3rd Friday Downtown Decatur is organized by the members of the Downtown Decatur Merchants and Business Association.

The Downtown Merchants Association wishes to thank the City of Decatur Parks and Recreation Department for the tremendous support they provide to the event as an in-kind sponsor. Presenting sponsor is Budweiser. Diamond Sponsor is Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority. Gold Sponsors include Bank Independent, BP, Decatur/Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, Progress Bank, and Morgan County Commission. Silver Sponsors are Nucor Steel and 3M. Bronze Sponsors are Renasant Bank, Stovall-Marks Insurance, Beautiful Edge-A Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, and King Insurance Agency.

For more information, call Ashley Ashwander at 256.355.8993 or visit 3rd Friday’s Facebook page for the latest information.

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