Release Date: November 17, 2016
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving historic downtown Paducah will be bustling with holiday shoppers and Christmas cheer. On November 26, enjoy the Dickens of a Christmas Small Business Saturday event organized by Paducah Main Street, a division of the Paducah Planning Department. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., downtown Paducah will be transformed into a Dickens atmosphere with free Victorian carriage rides, dancers, carolers, and characters in costume.
Downtown Development Specialist/Paducah Main Street Director Melinda Winchester says, “Our Small Business Saturday event is a chance to spend the day with family and friends while supporting your local businesses. This event keeps dollars in the community and creates a thriving downtown. Local small businesses look forward to helping customers find perfect holiday gifts.”
Winchester adds, “This is our third year of hosting Dickens of a Christmas and the community reaction to participate has been outstanding. I believe it will be bigger than last year. It’s a perfect way to wrap up your Thanksgiving holiday and kick off Christmas shopping. Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Princesses will parade down Broadway in the carriage to the gazebo promptly at 10 a.m.”
Other activities on the 26th include a free gift wrapping station and free hot chocolate, wassail, and coffee. There will be roasted nuts and s'mores at the fire pit near the gazebo. Holiday craft stations for kids will be at three locations hosted by MAKE Paducah, McCracken County Public Library, and the Art Guild of Paducah. McMurry & Livingston will host Christmas story-time from 1 until 3 p.m. at 201 Broadway. Four of the Disney Princesses, Cinderella, Snow White, Belle and Rapunzel, will be at the Market House Theatre to meet and greet. Plus, The Grinch Who Stole Dickens will be creating havoc in downtown. Later, the Grinch will be in his sleigh for pictures at 333 Broadway. Elsa and Olaf from the movie Frozen will be at Farmer’s Daughter Soap Company located at 104 Broadway.
Sponsors for this year’s event are Paducah Bank and Paducah Economic Development. Partners include Paducah Tilghman High School, Paducah Middle School, Graves County High School, local scouting troops, Daughters of the American Revolution, Paducah Youth Symphony and the Children’s Choir, and many talented local vocalists.
Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.