‘A Downtown Christmas’ returns to Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District hosted its eighth annual Christmas event on Saturday.

“A Downtown Christmas” was held on Main Street between Second and Fourth Streets.

Officials say several family-oriented activities were organized including free photos with Santa, visits with Comet the Reindeer, “reindeer” pony rides from Lil’ Rexings’ Pony Express, holiday craft stations, a snow machine, costume characters, giant inflatable photo points, a ‘walk-in snow globe,’ and a 30-foot high Ferris Wheel on the 300 block of Main Street.

Specialty vendors selling roasted nuts (free samples will be available while supplies last), baked goods, children’s educational toys, clothing, craft-made musical instruments, and more were set up in the Pop Up at Stratman’s at 401 Main Street.

EID President Josh Armstrong says after last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic, this year’s event was a huge success.

“We are so pleased with today’s turnout,” Armstrong said. “So many families coming down and enjoying downtown Evansville. We first started this eight years ago and it was very, very small, very different. It has grown every year. We’re very proud that this is a free event. We love being able for people to bring their kids down here, spend time with Santa without a cost.”

People also got the chance to mail their children’s letters to Santa in Santa’s Mailbox at the corner of 3rd & Main.

The letters must be placed in the box by December 15 with a name and return address to receive a response from Santa Claus before Christmas.

Shops and restaurants along Main Street and throughout the downtown area were open for business.

The EID had a tent at 318 Main Street to sell downtown Evansville merchandise, including commemorative holiday t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Next Friday, the Santa Stroll will take place downtown from 5-7 p.m.

This is a free event and treats for kids will be provided.

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Jill Lyman

Jill has been with 14 News since 2005. She has worked as a video journalist, producer, assignment manager, and digital manager.