Downtown ready for holidays

Downtown Vernon businesses extend hours for Christmas season

Downtown Vernon is ready for Christmas.

Starting Nov. 28, downtown businesses will be open Fridays until 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

“It really is a perfect time to get into small independently owned shops,” said Lara Konkin, with the Downtown Vernon Association.

“They work to bring customers unique one-of-a-kind gift ideas and the range of products and services available is truly amazing. We anticipate a very busy holiday season.”

There will be free parking Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and all day Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 28 to Dec. 28.

Bring the kids down to share their wish lists with Santa Friday nights.

Downtown’s Grand Giveaway, What’s in the Box’ has everyone curious.

“Downtown merchants have gone over and above this year with prize donations exceeding $20,000,” said Konkin.

“Several lucky shoppers will walk away with some remarkable holiday gifts.”

When asked about the prizes for What’s in the Box, Konkin wouldn’t be specific but she did mention that one winner will have to pack a bag.

Customers will be able to shop without plugging the meter starting Nov. 28 and running through until the end of December.

Downtown doors will also be open from noon to 4 p.m. for special Sunday holiday shopping.

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