The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday – and in downtown Paducah, it’s also the day for A Dickens of a Christmas. On November 25, Downtown will have a touch of Dickensian style and spirit. Shoppers can enjoy free Victorian carriage rides, dancers, carolers, and costumed characters, along with free coffee, wassail and s’mores at the fire pit near the gazebo.
The event will also feature an appearance from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, who will make a grand entrance down Broadway in the Victorian carriage. They will kick off the festivities in front of the gazebo at 10 am. Some of your children’s favorite characters will be there, too, including Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Cinderella, the Grinch and Whos from Whoville.
“Many stores and restaurants downtown will have specials,” said Paducah Main Street Director Melinda Winchester. “There will be new events this year in the Lower Town Arts District including a holiday market with artisan-made items at Ephemera Paducah and art vendors at the Smedley Yeiser. Paducah Beer Werks will host a Village Pub Tent featuring Beers of Christmas Past, and a beer cheese and potato soup.”
“This is our fourth year of hosting Dickens of a Christmas,” said Winchester. “It continues to grow with more events sponsored by our local businesses. Our businesses are full of holiday spirit and eager to spend this special day with our local residents and visitors.”
Farmer’s Daughter Soap Company will be hosting the charity Beyond Uganda and they will have products for sale as well as information about how you can support a child. The store will feature a Polar Express theme this year. Their bath bombs will have Jingle Bells inside them!
Inside a select few bath bombs, shoppers will find a Golden Ticket. These tickets are redeemable for gift certificates to other local downtown businesses. They will also have a table full of shampoo and shave soaps on sale (2 for $12).
MAKE Paducah will have special wooden ornaments just for this event which kiddos can paint for free! And, since it’s all about ornaments that day, it's buy 2, get one free for finished ornaments in the gift shop. To keep the creativity rolling, children get to MAKE an elf sheet to take home and create!
Troutt Old Time General Store will have local vendors joining them for the day. Come by for their meet and greet with Christy Boyd Strohkirch from Happy Acre Homestead, Dan Harrison from Righteous Roast, Chuck Collins from The Bee Barn, Stacie Palmer from Palmer Farms and Martin Troutt with Martin's Mantiques! They will have lots of tasty samples, specials and giveaways.
The Yeiser Art Center will have giveaways for the first few people who visit that day, as well as discounts in the gift shop for Shop Small Saturday. It's also free admission for the last day of Art Through the Lens exhibition.
For more information about Small Business Saturday and Dickens of a Christmas, click here.