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Sisters Abby Paxton, 8, left, and Emily Paxton, 6, right, sit on Santa’s lap at the annual Utica Christmas Walk on Main.
Sisters Abby Paxton, 8, left, and Emily Paxton, 6, right, sit on Santa’s lap at the annual Utica Christmas Walk on Main. (Photo by Bethany Flanagan) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
December 12, 2013 11:50 am EST

 

UTICA — A small flurry of snowflakes fell in downtown Utica just as the eighth annual Christmas Walk on Main began. Area residents young and old bundled up to enjoy a stroll down Main Street. Lining the street were more than 35 area businesses, organizations and merchants handing out food, crafts and trinkets.

The Utica Merchants put on the Christmas Walk in hopes of bringing area residents together and spreading Christmas cheer. This year’s main organizers were Martha Wilson and Diane Benson.

“The theme for this years’ Christmas Walk was ‘What Christmas means to me.’ There is a theme every year,” explained Benson. “This is a way for the businesses to give back to the community. Hot drinks, cookies … everything for two hours.”

The Walk started with a small parade down Main with the Utica High School Marching Band, the Utica High School boys basketball team wearing Santa hats, Frosty the Snowman, and the CES Credit Union mascot Cooper, followed by the main man himself, Santa Claus, on a big, red fire truck.

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