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December 5, 2013

Event to fill downtown Paris Dec. 7 with holiday music, activity

Visitors can revel in the spirit of the holiday season while visiting downtown Paris, Ill., during the community’s “Christmas in Paris” event Saturday.

Christmas lights, decorated storefronts and the Edgar County Courthouse window lights will welcome visitors. Elves will be present to help direct guests and answer questions.

Downtown businesses and vendors will offer unique Christmas gifts and treats for those visiting the square.

The day will kick off with breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10 a.m. at Main Street Cafe. The Mistletoe Marketplace will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Human Resources Center.

“A Christmas Story” will be the free feature attraction at the Paris Movie Theatre starting at 2 p.m.

Holiday music will be heard around the square starting at 3:30 p.m. and will include performances by the Brass Quintet with Crestwood, and St. Mary’s carolers strolling throughout the downtown area. Paris Cooperative High School will also perform from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on the Edgar County Courthouse lawn.

A stage on the north side of the square will feature more entertainment. Kicking off the stage performances will be a welcome video provided by Paris’ own and Country Music Awards New Artist of the Year nominee Brett Eldredge at 5:30 p.m. followed by a performance by Adrienne Haupt at 5:45, the En Pointe Studio at 6, Troy Stone at 6:15, the PCHS Pom squad and Mayo Cheer team at 6:30 and Erin Hutchison at 6:45.

Christmas in Paris also will offer a silly photo booth, magician, scavenger hunt, set to start at the Chamber of Commerce office at 6 p.m., and reindeer games on the courthouse lawn.

End the day with dinner with Santa from 7 to 9 p.m. at Joe’s Pizza.

The annual Altrusa Christmas Walk is planned in conjunction with Christmas in Paris. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. walk through eight decorated homes in the community. Proceeds will benefit the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Shank’s Paint and Glass, Lori’s Pin’s and Needles and Pearman Pharmacy or the day of the walk starting at 3 p.m. at the Edgar County Historical Society, 414 North Main St.

For more information, visit Facebook.com/christmasinparis2013.

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