Christmas Stroll file photo

Madigan Graber helps at customer at the Lemon Tree during the annual Christmas Stroll. Many participating stores offer specials during the event.

Christmas season is officially here, thanks to the snowy weather and the planning of the upcoming Christmas Stroll event that will take place on Washington’s Main Street on Nov. 22.

This is the eighth year for the event, which is sponsored by the Heartbeat of Washington, according to Daviess County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Samantha Bobbitt.

Several merchants downtown participate in the stroll, allowing for Washington residents to start their Christmas shopping early by buying locally. Most shops along the street have sales or specialty items for shoppers. For example, A Touch of Heaven will be having a special buy-one-get-one 50% off store-wide sale during Friday’s stroll.

The merchants will have their specials and giveaways set for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be other activities for participants to enjoy.

Many of the crowd-pleasing activities will be returning, including the low-cost carriage rides and plenty of free cocoa; however, this is the first year that the Elf on the Shelf hunt will not take place.

“Businesses just weren’t interested in it this year,” said Bobbitt.

A new addition to the stroll will include a visit from Angel the reindeer from Silly Safaris. Event-goers can visit Angel at the corner of Third and Main streets thanks to Daviess County Economic Development Corporation and TruScripts.

Bobbitt also added that there are spots available for Christmas carolers for the stroll. If interested, call the Chamber office at 254-5262.

Two weeks after the stroll, on Dec. 7, the Christmas Parade will take over downtown to keep the holiday spirit going. The theme for this year’s parade is Christmas to Remember, and there is still time to register by calling the mayor’s office at 254-5575.

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