Uptown businesses are already getting ready for the holiday rush. Stores around town are already decorated with Christmas trees, fake snow, lights and candy canes.
There are just five weeks until the holiday, and there is something happening almost every day on the way.
Here’s a look at everything going on in uptown Shelby this holiday season.
Santa’s Mailbox: Get your wish lists to Santa before it’s too late. Saint Nick has set up a post box outside of Antique Market of Shelby, – Nov 18 – Dec 24 outside of the Antique Market of Shelby, 107 W. Warren St. Letters can be dropped off through Christmas Eve.
Carriage Rides: Take a trip through uptown from the back of a horse-drawn carriage. This year will see two carriages take to the streets. The white carriage promises a “fairy tale ride” through town, with room for up to six adults and two small children inside. The black carriage has three bench seats for group rides through town. Reservations for carriage rides can be made online at uptownshelby.com or by calling 704-484-3100. Rides start on Nov. 26 and will run every Friday through Dec. 17.
Christmas tree lighting: At 7 p.m. on Nov. 26, Shelby Mayor Stan Anthony and his merry band will usher in the holiday season with some live music on the court square. At the end of the show the city will flip the switch on its Christmas tree.
Small Business Saturday: The day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year for most retail chains. The day after that is all about small business. Uptown businesses will be open and many will have special deals to encourage holiday shoppers to buy local.
Holiday farmer’s market: The Dec. 4 Foothills Farmer’s Market will feature additional food and craft vendors. The market is open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Christmas Parade: An annual tradition returns to uptown 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Registration for the parade remains open until Dec. 1 at https://dragonflymarketing.cc/parade/.
In addition to big events, uptown businesses will be participating in a holiday decorations contest. Participating businesses will have their displays in their windows.
Uptown will also have opportunities for photos with many popular holiday characters. Cardboard cutouts of Buddy the Elf, Olaf, and Bumble will be rotating through businesses this year. Folks who enjoy walking uptown after work might also want to keep an eye out for Santa Claus on the sidewalks.
Dustin George can be reached at 704-669-3337 or [email protected]