By Alex Gladu
When the weather outside is frightful, it can be tempting to stay inside and get cozy by a fire – but staying inside all month long means missing out on holiday fun around town. From parades and tree lighting ceremonies to pub-crawls and News Year’s Eve parties, Main Street will be bustling with locals and visitors throughout December. Join the fun in your community or attend one of these events downtown to make the most of what’s left in 2015.
Downtown Lima Holiday Festival
Saturday, December 5, 2015
An annual tradition in northwestern Ohio, the Downtown Lima Holiday Festival begins bright and early with a breakfast with Santa. Activities will continue through the early afternoon at participating businesses on Main Street. The festival, presented by Downtown Lima Inc., is an opportunity to take care of some holiday shopping at local businesses and to create holiday memories with loved ones. Find out more information at www.visitdowntownlima.com.
Colorado Gives Day
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Just one week after Giving Tuesday, the state of Colorado will celebrate a charitable holiday of its own. Colorado Gives Day encourages residents throughout the state to donate to their favorite local nonprofits through ColoradoGives.org, a year-round, online giving website featuring more than 1,800 Colorado nonprofits. Colorado Gives Day is sponsored by the Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado’s largest locally owned bank. Since 2010, its inaugural year, Colorado Gives Day has raised more than $83 million for nonprofits throughout the state. Find out more information or donate online at www.coloradogives.org.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
The annual Living Windows event in downtown Burlington brings local storefronts to life with lights, carolers and holiday cheer. The event, organized by the Downtown Burlington Partnership, will take place in the evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., with activities to include story readings, crafts, gingerbread houses and horse-drawn carriage rides. Many downtown businesses will offer complimentary food and beverages. Find out more information at www.greaterburlington.com.
SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Santa Monica, California
Now in its seventh year, the SANTA Monica Pub Crawl features three different routes through downtown Santa Monica for participants to follow and stop at participating businesses. It’s an opportunity to try a local brew, spread holiday cheer and support a good cause – the event raises money for the Westside Food Bank. The pub crawl is presented by Buy Local Santa Monica, and tickets are $12 in advance. Find out more information at www.buylocalsantamonica.com.
Last Night on the Town
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Virginia Beach, Virginia
The local fun doesn’t end with the Christmas season. Last Night on the Town brings live music, fireworks, a laser light show and Virginia Beach’s own ball drop to downtown on New Year’s Eve. An annual event, this year’s festivities will include a show by Smash Mouth. Last Night on the Town brings people to Virginia Beach’s Town Center, where there are plenty of local shops and restaurants to enjoy throughout the night. Find out more information at www.lastnightonthetown.com.
When Main Street lights up for the holidays this year, head downtown to experience the local fun. Whether it’s holiday-themed or not, you’ll make lasting memories with loved ones and find new ways to support your community. To find local fun in your neighborhood, stop by a small business to ask about any upcoming events or connect with your local Main Street organization.
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