While this week will provide a chance to give thanks, next week Marysville will kick off the holiday season with its annual Christmas Walk celebration in the Historic Uptown district.

While this week will provide a chance to give thanks, next week Marysville will kick off the holiday season with its annual Christmas Walk celebration in the Historic Uptown district.

Christmas Walk organizer Kim Hott said that residents look forward to the holiday celebration each year.

"I think the Christmas Walk is one of the most special events we do all year long," Hott said. "It's a way for the uptown to give back to the community."

This year's Christmas Walk will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 in the center of uptown Marysville. The evening will include several holiday-themed aspects for residents to enjoy, Hott said, and many uptown businesses will keep later hours that night to give visitors a chance to get in some early Christmas shopping.

"This year's event will include free horse-drawn carriage rides through town, and there will also be a live nativity scene set up," Hott said. "There will also be a Santa house that's brought uptown, where kids can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus and tell him what they want for Christmas. The fire department is providing Freddie the Robot, and several of the dance studios in uptown will be putting on performances that night."

A tree lighting ceremony in front of city hall will kick off the evening's festivities, starting at 5 p.m., Hott added.

"We will also be having a shop bingo, which encourages all the individuals to go into each shop, and they'll be entered into a drawing each for a gift certificate," she said. "There's not a list of the participating businesses right now, but it's really the majority of the businesses; I can't think of one that doesn't stay open."

Hott said that the four-block area of uptown will be closed off to traffic; visitors may park on outer streets and walk to the uptown.

The event was organized for the past several years by the Uptown Renewal Team, Hott said. Before that, the Christmas Walk "sort of died on the vine," she said, when it's annual night was changed from the Monday after Thanksgiving to that Sunday. Hott and a number of other interested merchants and volunteers then decided to get it going again, she said.

This year's Christmas Walk will take place rain or shine, she added. "It's a wonderful night, almost magical like the nostalgic Christmases we all remember," she said.