Christmas Stroll to showcase redesigned 4th Street

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — Although downtown Fourth Street is in the final leg of its renovations, roadblocks will be moved this weekend for the annual Huntingburg Christmas Stroll.

“It will be a wonderful time,” stroll co-organizer Linda Gehlhausen said. “The weather is supposed to be amazing, a little on the chilly side. And that always makes for a fun day.”

The stroll was officially kicked off with Sunday evening’s tree lighting in Market Street Park. It will continue today though Sunday with various events, eats and festive fun. The Christmas Stroll is seen by many as that kickoff to the Dubois County holiday season.

New to this year’s festival is the addition of two food trucks — Ole Canoe Slider Co. of French Lick and the German Corner of Vevay — which will be stationed on Huntingburg City Hall’s parking lot Friday and Saturday.

“They will help out with supplying for the overflow of visitors, giving some food alternatives,” Gehlhausen said. “But we still want to patronize our downtown restaurants that will also be serving delicious meals.”

Another new activity is the outdoor movie on Saturday night, hosted by Destination Huntingburg. The movie “Elf” will be shown on a large outdoor screen at Market Street Park at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Fourth Street between Jackson and Geiger streets has been undergoing a redesign. The street between U.S. 231 and Jackson was finished in July. Fourth Street between U.S. 231 and Geiger Street has been closed since.

But the barriers have been removed so that vehicular traffic can use the road during the stroll. The sidewalks will continue to be open for pedestrians.

“It is looking so pretty,” Gehlhausen said of the new street design. “Please come down and look at the beautification that’s been done. It is wonderful, a great asset.”

Ambassadors will stroll along the street to help people find parking, to help carry packages and to give out information, Gehlhausen said. And to add to the festive mood, Santa will be around Saturday to spread holiday cheer and carolers will walk around singing Christmas favorites. Photo hot spots will also be located along the street, and people are encouraged to take photos with the large cutouts.

Stores will again participate in Window Wars, in which they decorate their windows and seek votes to win bragging rights. Visitors can vote for designs by placing monetary donations in a designated container at each business. The proceeds go to future beatification efforts, including purchasing decorations for next year’s stroll.

“Everyone is really into this,” Gehlhausen said. “We all want to get those bragging rights.”

There will also be free carriage rides through downtown from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; loading will be at the Huntingburg City Hall parking lot. And a cookie walk will be held at Teen Outback from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.


Huntingburg Christmas Stroll schedule

Today

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Merchants along Fourth Street open


Friday

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Merchants along Fourth Street open

5 p.m. “Sips & Bites on Friday Nite” at participating Fourth Street businesses


Saturday

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Merchants along Fourth Street open

Noon Carriage rides start at City Hall parking lot

1 p.m. Santa strolling on Fourth Street

6 p.m. Movie “Elf” at Market Street Park


Sunday

11 a.m. Cookie walk at Teen Outback

Noon Merchants along Fourth Street open until 5 p.m.; carriage rides start at City Hall parking lot




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