It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to go downtown! This season, Main Street is making spirits bright with festive events that bring the community together. No matter how you choose to celebrate this time of year, you’ll find warmth and welcome from your community’s small businesses, chamber of commerce and Main Street group.
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market
November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park will transform into a seasonal bazaar every weekend this month for holiday shopping, gathering and celebrating. The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market will feature more than 40 local artisans, designers, crafters and confectionaries, each offering their unique, handmade items for sale as the perfect holiday gift or treat. When you go, be sure to keep an eye out for the authentic Herrnhut stars, made in Germany, lighting your way through the market. Learn more about the market from Made in Philadelphia.
The Big, Bright Light Show
November 19, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Visit downtown Rochester any night this month for a light display like no other. The Big, Bright Light Show lives up to its name by outfitting downtown Rochester’s storefronts with more than one million holiday lights. The display comes to life every evening from 5 p.m. until midnight, setting the perfect scene for holiday shopping and caroling. On Sunday, December 2, the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade will wind through downtown, adding to the ambience. More information is available from the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.
Shop Downtown Raleigh Experience
December 6–8, 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina
Cross holiday shopping off your list with this local-friendly event in downtown Raleigh. The Downtown Raleigh Alliance will create personal shopping experiences for shoppers this holiday season by leading participants on a tour of Raleigh’s local shops. Shoppers will visit a variety of retailers, ranging from wine markets and chocolatiers to bookstores and sporting goods stores. Register online in advance and learn more from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.
St. Johns Winter Beer Fest and Record Show
December 7–9, 2018
The eighth annual St. Johns Winter Beer Fest will feature more IPAs, winter ales, stouts and more from over 30 craft breweries. For the first time this year, the event will also feature include a Record Show, where local record stores can showcase their unique items. An ugly sweater contest rounds out this festive event, which benefits the St. Johns Center for Opportunity (SJCO). SJCO organizes a local farmers’ market, community clothing closet, storefront improvement grants and more for the Portland community. Learn more about this local event from SJCO’s Facebook event.
Reindeer Romp 5k and 2-Mile North Pole Stroll
December 15, 2018
Farmington, New Mexico
Stay active this season with a themed run through town. The Reindeer Romp and North Pole Stroll will feature a 5k race and a 2-mile event. Register online ahead of time to reserve your spot and your T-shirt. This event is kid-friendly and will feature winter carnival games, holiday music, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, snacks, Santa and more. Find details about the event and registration from the City of Farmington.