Holiday spirit to gleam at annual Christmas Stroll

Photos by Nic Antaya/The Herald
As they decorate Huntingburg's Fourth Street for the Christmas Stroll, Isabelle Flamion of Huntingburg, 12, tests out a yarn-covered bench while her mother, Sarah, fastens a strip of knitted and crocheted yarn to it on Saturday. Serendipity Fibers owner Melissa Ilgen of Huntingburg led community members in "yarn bombing" to decorate flower pots, benches and light posts with handmade fiber goods. "These really are made with a lot of love," Ilgen said. 

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HUNTINGBURG — Downtown Huntingburg will reflect a Victorian Christmas holiday this weekend.

The 33rd annual Huntingburg Christmas Stroll starts today and runs through Sunday, the first of three community holiday festivals to be held in Dubois County.

Along with shops along Fourth Street and the surrounding area welcoming visitors to their festively decorated stores, the streets will be filled with carolers, Christmas decor, and, of course, Santa Claus.

For the first time, the city’s official tree lighting will take place this evening in the new Market Street Park, at 6:45 p.m. The Huntingburg Library will have a storybook walk prior to the lighting; that will start at 6 p.m. Children will sing Christmas carols and hot cocoa will be provided.

Various businesses will have holiday treats and drinks from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday as part of the Sips & Bites event. On Saturday, visitors can catch a free carriage ride or visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Food vendors will be along Fourth Street, and holiday-themed backdrops will be on the street for visitors to take holiday photos.

Sunday activities include carriage rides and the Teen Outback’s annual cookie walk.

Businesses are also hoping that visitors favor their window decorations in the Window Wars contest. Viewers can vote for their favorite decorations by putting a penny in a designated container in the business; one penny equals one vote, and people can vote as many times as they want. The money raised will be used by the Huntingburg Merchants Association to help purchase new seasonal decorations.

Becky Newlin of Jasper, left, and Isabelle Flamion of Huntingburg, 12, wrap a strip of knitted yarn around a flower pot in Huntingburg on Saturday. Nic Antaya/The Herald

Stroll Schedule

Today

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Businesses open

6 to 6:45 p.m. Huntingburg Library Storybook Walk at Market Street Park

6:45 to 7 p.m. Official Tree Lighting at Market Street Park

 

Friday

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Businesses open

5 to 9 p.m. Sips & Bites on Friday Nite at participating businesses

 

Saturday

All Day Holiday Photo Hotspots and food vendors on Fourth Street

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Businesses open

Noon to 5 p.m. Carriage rides, pickup at City Hall’s parking lot, 508 E. Fourth St.

1 to 4 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus on Fourth Street

6 p.m. Free movie: “Polar Express” shown on Market Street Park’s terrace

 

Sunday

Noon to 5 p.m. Businesses open

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cookie Walk at Teen Outback, 507 N. Main St.

Noon to 5 p.m. Carriage rides, pickup at City Hall’s parking lot




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