Businesses in Uptown Marysville will usher in the holiday season with the traditional Christmas Walk on Monday, Nov. 26.
According to Amanda Morris, Marysville's event promotional coordinator, the intersection at Fifth and Main streets will be blocked off for complimentary carriage rides from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
"They have a new addition where they will have live reindeer set up at Fifth-Third Bank right there on Fifth Street," Morris said.
Students from In Step Dance Center and Patty Beery's Dance Studio will perform during the Christmas Walk.
The main attraction is the community Christmas tree, which is a joint effort among the Union County Chamber of Commerce, the city of Marysville and Union County Services. The lighting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in front of the courthouse on the Fifth Street side.
"It's a living tree there in the ground at the courthouse," Morris said. "We've got more than 4,000 lights and we'll light it that night at 6:30 p.m."
Most Uptown businesses will be open and shoppers have a chance to win a $150 gift certificate by playing Uptown Bingo.
Santa Claus will be available for pictures and stilt walkers and carolers will entertain the crowd.
"The Methodist Church is going to set up a booth or table to give hot chocolate and I'm sure a lot of those businesses will have cookies," Morris said.
Lambert Jewelers hosts a live nativity scene.
Morris believes a couple of thousand people may make an appearance at the Uptown event this year, depending on the weather.
The event is put on by the Uptown Historic Business District.
"It's the businesses' way to give back to the community for supporting them throughout the year," she said. "It's a holiday tradition that started years ago."
The Saturday after Thanksgiving is "Shop Local" nationwide but the Christmas Walk is a reminder to Marysville residents of the businesses right in their own neighborhood, she said.
"It's a great way to get the season started and start that holiday cheer. Get familiarized with the businesses that some people may forget. There are some really neat local shops in the uptown area," Morris said.