Strolling carolers, pipes and drums, and a regimental band are just part of the free event taking place on Main Avenue and the side streets of the historic downtown district.
Many shopkeepers dress in period costume, there's a giant snow machine, a Victorian Craft Village, puppet shows, sleigh rides and Her Royal Highness Queen Victoria. We'll be open and giving away bread pudding (lots and lots of bread pudding) in the Alley behind the Globe. Last year there was a line around the block, and we parted with 22 pans of the warm sweet pudding in just under 90 minutes. This year we're making 32 pans, and hope it will last until at least 7:30. Most of the other shops also give away free treats or drinks.
Of course we'll have hot sandwiches, hot cocoa and coffee, and other snacks for sale. And Debbie Bond, Rick Asherson and the Creme Brulees will be playing blues outside the bakery from 6-8 pm.
Main Avenue closes to vehicular traffic at 4:45 pm. The event runs from 5-9. Did I mention it was free?