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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Fifteenth Annual Fort Thomas Holiday Walk: ON AS SCHEDULED

City crews were readying the Christmas tree in preparation for the Holiday Walk this Sunday. FTM file. 


This Sunday December 4 marks the fifteenth annual Fort Thomas Holiday Walk.  This time-honored annual holiday tradition has grown from its humble roots into a community and business-wide celebration of the holiday season, beginning each year with the tree lighting at Inverness Square and flowing into a walk through the central business district where most of the storefronts and business owners have a holiday-themed display.  The tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:30 with story time, singers and dancers, and remarks by Mayor Haas.  Immediately following the lighting, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by horse-drawn carriage and then head to the fire station for picture opportunities.

The theme of this year’s walk is “Snowflakes and Mistletoe.”

If you begin your day at the tree lighting, which, hopefully, you will, you can then either walk to the center of town or hop on one of the Executive Shuttles which will have pickup and drop-off points all along the route.  From there, be sure to check out the many decorated businesses, some of which have special plans for the event.

For example, Schone Kitchen Design is raffling off two free Ultimate Air Shuttle flight tickets to Chicago; to enter the raffle, simply bring a ham to be donated to the Hosea House this holiday season (minimum 3 lb ham).  The Fort Thomas Education Foundation is selling Highlands Tervis Tumblers for $20. And all the businesses are participating in the annual passport contest where holiday walkers can get the Holiday Walk flyer stamped by each business they visit and once the passport has twelve stamps, can turn it in for a chance to win a prize package full of gift cards to local businesses (raffle to be held at 8 p.m., flyers due by 7:45 at the City Building). This is an advertisement. 

Linda Slone, one of the organizers, listed all of the following activities for the kids:
1) Holiday Train at the Clock Tower
2) Santa and Mrs. Claus Pictures at the Firehouse
3) Live Nativity at First Presbyterian Church
4) Free horse and wagon rides from the City Building to First Presbyterian Church

Slone went on to say, “This is always a great time in the City!  Please join us this Sunday evening at 5:00 at Inverness!  Please look for more information on Facebook at our new City of Fort Thomas page.”

Come out and support the local Fort Thomas businesses, get in the holiday spirit, and wish your friends and neighbors a Happy Holiday!

1 comment:

  1. Not real happy about all the no parking signs. Most of us cant park in front of our homes.