MOUNT VERNON — Christmas was welcomed to downtown Mount Vernon Sunday afternoon as the Christmas Parade and Walk took place. Several restaurants, businesses and vendors were open and there were plenty of activities for children and families who were anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus.
Williams Flower Shop was open with holiday music playing overhead and patrons coming and going. Owner Lori Amstutz was excited with the events of the day.
“I love how the parade and the Christmas Walk are all in one day, especially since we have good weather. It’s a great day for us, we get a lot of people in,” said Amstutz.
Many businesses up and down South Main Street were open featuring holiday snacks, music and fun for the whole family. There was a Christmas Carousel, pony rides, a Christmas Train Ride going around Public Square, and of course, a visit with Santa.
The Children’s Secret Gift Shop was featured at 120 S. Main St. where children could use their “Santa Bucks” to purchase gifts for their loved ones. Matthew Milligan said he was going to use his “Santa Bucks” for his older brother and his dad. Christopher Hartman was selling items he made including bird feeders and Christmas decorations.
“This store is awesome because the little kids can buy presents for the family and themselves. There’s a lot of cool stuff here,” said Hartman.
Paragraphs Bookstore was open as well where patrons could check out the sales and munch on some sugary treats. Owner Lois Hanson was pleased to see such a big turnout.
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