Businesses in downtown Paducah are gearing up for the holiday season, and there will be festivities this Saturday for those who want to shop small this holiday season. Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been recognized as Small Business Saturday, a way for people to support local small businesses and find vacation deals from local vendors.
Paducah has over 65 local shops and restaurants, 13 of which opened this year. Shoppers and families heading to downtown Paducah on Saturday will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the holiday spirit with some of the activities the city has planned.
Dickens of a Christmas
Char Diesel, owner of John’s PASS Carriage Service, said there was nothing that epitomized the Christmas spirit like Charles Dickens and his story, “A Christmas Carol”.
After the event was partially rainy in 2019 and did not take place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Diesel is excited to work with local groups and businesses to bring Dickens of a Christmas back to Paducah and share her love of the Victorian era fairy tale and Christmas with the community.
The event will include free downtown carriage rides sponsored by Independence Bank, Maju Tree Farms and Davis Drugs. Diesel has partnered with the town of Paducah to bring Santa Claus on Diesel’s horse-drawn sleigh for kids and families to meet and take photos with the gazebo on the corner of Broadway and Second Street.
Children and families will also have the chance to see Santa Claus on his sleigh and take photos with him at the lookout at the corner of Broadway and Second Street, which is sponsored by the city. Families can also meet on Cinderella’s carriage with Disney characters from the movie “Frozen”. There will also be Christmas carolers dressed in Victorian clothing singing holiday tunes, and Diesel has said that Dr. Seuss’ Grinch and Cindy-Lou will be making appearances downtown and in a few stores.
“I have been traveling for over 25 years organizing Christmas events. I specialize in Victorian Christmas. When I came to Paducah there was no Christmas event, ”Diesel said.
Diesel said she spoke with Paducah Main Street manager Melinda Winchester in 2014 about what she saw other cities do for Christmas, and shared her Christmas enthusiasm with Winchester.
“And I said to him, ‘we have to have a Christmas event here in this city.’ And that’s when we whipped up a Christmas Dickens, ”Diesel said.
Diesel said Doe’s Eat Place, Over / Under Sports Bar and Broussard’s Cajun Cuisine will provide lunch for the volunteers who will work with the Dickens of a Christmas program.
local for holidays
To coincide with holiday deals and discounts at several downtown stores and restaurants, Paducah Main Street and other local businesses are also holding events on Saturdays to entice people to shop downtown. . These events are in addition to the Dickensian themed events taking place at the Carriage Corner.
The Yeiser Art Center will be offering free s’mores for those who want a sweet treat while taking a break from shopping. There will also be live music for buyers to listen to as they walk around.
The Jolly Trolley will provide free transportation for shoppers and families.
For parents who want less stressful downtown shopping, River Discovery Center hosts a camp for children ages 5 and older from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Children will do crafts, have lunch and play games at the Discovery Center while parents and guardians are free to go shopping downtown.
Camp spots are $ 30 per child for non-members and $ 20 per child for River Discovery Center members who are crew level or above. Reservations must be made by Friday and can be made on the River Discovery Center website or by phone.