Downtown Vernon’s Christmas Light Up is set to put you in the holiday spirit.
The event, which is sponsored by MNP, runs Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
“Light Up is a community tradition, and we look forward to seeing the many families enjoying the activities and atmosphere of Light Up once again this year,” said Hailey Rilkoff, Downtown Vernon Associations events and promotions co-ordinator.
“It will also be a great night to cross items off your Christmas shopping list, as manydDowntown merchants will be open for shopping with great gift giving ideas” says Rilkoff.
The official lighting of the community Christmas tree takes place at 5:30 p.m. in front of Nature’s Fare in the 3400 block of 30th Avenue. Santa will officially arrive in downtown Vernon and help with the lighting of the tree.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the community Christmas tree light up again this year. Tolko has worked hard to find us the perfect tree and we can’t wait for the community to get to see it light up,” said Rilkoff.
This year, you’ll be able to browse through a mini Holiday Avenue Market, compete in a plasma car race at Vernon Teach and Learn, enjoy a nativity scene by Emmanuel Baptist Church and get your face painted by Kiki the Magical Christmas Elf to name just a few activities.
When you’re downtown for Light Up, you’ll also be able to taste free samples in the Hot Chocolate Challenge with many local businesses participating including; El Gusto, Triumph, Sprouted Fig, Bookland, Kindale, Vernon Public Art Gallery, A&W, Simply Baskets and Olive Us.
Free visits with Santa are always the highlight of the evening, and will be available in the 3400 block of 30th Avenue near Nature’s Fare.
“Kids can head out on a scavenger hunt to fill their gift bags after a visit with Santa,” said Rilkoff.
“And don’t forget your own camera to ensure you capture the moment.”
There will be other fun photo opportunities with some frozen characters from Dream Party Productions outside of Expressions of Time Bookstore in the 2900 Block and a selfie photo booth with Bannister Honda.
The DVA has arranged for free parking and transit to and from downtown to make Light Up accessible to residents.
To prepare for Light Up, 30th Avenue from 29th to 34th street will be closed from noon to 11 p.m. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.