Main Street is a magical place this time of year. With the holiday season in full swing and the new year right around the corner, Main Street traditions feel a little more special than usual. Maybe that’s because your holiday budget goes back into the community when you spend it at small and local businesses along Main Street. (Then again, maybe it’s just the hot cocoa.) Keep reading to find out where you can get hot cocoa and jump-start the local economy this month.
Festive Flavors of Federal Hill
December 5, 2017
The 22nd annual Festive Flavors tour will showcase this Baltimore neighborhood’s local tastes. Participants will visit seven local businesses throughout the evening, enjoying food, drinks and sweets along the way. The holiday tradition is a fun opportunity to mingle with neighbors during this festive time of the year. Learn more from Historic Federal Hill.
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 7, 2017
The Bristol Christmas Parade is a winter tradition more than three decades in the making. This year marks the 35th annual parade, which will feature festive floats and, of course, Santa Claus. Best of all, all local businesses and organizations are invited to participate. For a small registration fee, any business or organization can add a float or vehicle to the procession. For details, check out Believe in Bristol.
Winter Artisan & Farmers’ Market
December 9, 2017
Lake Mills, Wisconsin
The annual Winter Artisan & Farmers’ Market in Lake Mills is a local mecca for holiday shoppers and hosts. Browse the market to find local crafts, produce and more, all while listening to live holiday music. Before you prep your holiday feasts and wrap your final gifts, check out the local goods from the Winter Artisan & Farmers’ Market. More information is available from the Lake Mills Main Street Program.
Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along
December 14-17, 2017
Park City, Utah
If you’re near Park City this winter, sing along to holiday classics and get into the festive spirit with local talent. Local performers of all ages will take the stage in this annual family-friendly tradition, which occurs at the Egyptian Theater right on Main Street. Learn more from the Historic Park City Alliance.
Midnight in the Square
December 31, 2017
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Known as the Mushroom Capital of the World, Kennett Square will ring in 2018 with a uniquely local celebration. The community will raise its giant lighted mushroom 100 feet above downtown, dropping it at midnight to mark the new year. The event will also feature a laser light show, live music and local catering. More details are available on the Midnight in the Square website.
When it comes to downtown fun, many Main Streets seem to have saved the best for last. Finish out your year with a festive and local-friendly holiday season. Thanks to the power of local businesses, the parades you watch and the hot cocoa you sip will all go further when you enjoy them on Main Street.