‘Shop Small Saturday,’ ‘Clinton Christmas Stroll’ set for Nov. 26

Santa and Mrs. Claus during the Clinton Christmas Stroll, 2021.
Two events will be taking place in downtown Clinton on Saturday, Nov. 26: “Shop Small Saturday,” designed to boost small businesses on the busiest holiday shopping weekend of the year, and “A Clinton Christmas Stroll,” which takes place in the evening hours.

The Shop Small Saturday event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on that Saturday, with downtown businesses open and ready for Christmas shopping as an alternative to the big box stores and their Black Friday promotions.

Then from 5 to 9 p.m., Historic Downtown Clinton presents A Clinton Christmas Stroll along Market Street, held in conjunction with the ceremonial first lighting of Clinton’s Christmas tree for the holiday season. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos with the kids as they read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in front of the downtown gazebo in the Maude Brown Park at Market Street and Freddie Fagan Way.

“You’ve never experienced a Christmas walking tour until you’ve experienced this one,” the Historic Downtown Clinton organization said in a release. “Join us as the city of Clinton lights the Christmas tree and we kick off the holiday season.

“Churches and music groups will provide the sounds of Christmas up and down our Historic District, and we’ll have seasonal drinks for kids and adults alike.”

There also will be Christmas ornaments for sale with proceeds benefiting Historic Downtown Clinton, the group said.

Also featured will be food trucks, a live nativity scene, and a silent auction to benefit the Education Foundation.

The live nativity scene will be held in the Hoskins Park on Market Street, featuring live animals, caroling, cookies and cider, and kids’ crafts.

“We are so excited to have the Education Foundation involved with this event as well,” the group said. “Each board member has put together a basket that will be available as silent auction items. These baskets make great gifts as you’re shopping for Christmas, and all funds go to the Education Foundation.

Historic Downtown Clinton will also have sweatshirts and brand new Clinton Christmas ornaments for sale at the gazebo.

For more information about A Clinton Christmas Stroll, contact Historic Downtown Clinton Program Director Katherine Birkbeck at 865-293-6367.