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City releases additional downtown holiday celebration information

For the first time in two years, the City of Shelbyville will stage a downtown holiday celebration in conjunction with the completion of a three-year downtown redevelopment project.

Friday’s holiday celebration starts at 5 p.m. on the Public Square and includes several family-friendly options to entertain until the start of the Christmas Parade at 7 p.m.

The city’s street department will close off traffic access to the Public Square at 5 p.m.

Harrison Street will be closed from Franklin Street to Broadway and Washington Street will be closed from Pike to Tompkins Street.

Traffic flow will be returned to normal at approximately 9 p.m. Friday.

Parking will not be allowed in the city lot on East Washington Street so that an ice rink can be set up.

There also will be parking restrictions in place along Washington, Harrison and Tompkins streets. The downtown parking garage, located behind the Methodist Building, will be open and available for parking.

In conjunction with the holiday celebration, there will be a Mistletoe Market that will feature 28 artisans and vendors at two locations – outdoors on the Public Square and indoors at the renovated Blessing’s Opera House, originally opened in 1869, located on the second floor above Pudder’s restaurant.

The city’s activated alley on East Washington Street will have Bourbon & Brews set up while the downtown area will feature food trucks, carriage rides, a live nativity scene and reindeer.

Cookies and cocoa will be served at the former Chase Bank building on the southwest corner of the Public Square. At the conclusion of the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet with children inside the former bank now owned by the city.

The parade will start from the Porter Center north of the Public Square and travel to downtown and head west on West Washington Street toward City Hall.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will depart the parade at the Public Square to take part in the downtown holiday lighting ceremony.