UTICA — Christmas in July is coming to downtown Utica — a new event from Made In Utica to be held Friday, July 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Handshake.City container park in Bagg’s Square.
People can get a jump on holiday shopping with a marketplace occupied by local small shops; take their holiday pet or family photos and enjoy holiday music and games, according to the announcement by event
Food trucks and Woodland Beer will be on site for those wishing for a Friday night happy hour.
People can also check out or participate in the Polar Plunge, a dunk tank fundraiser put on by the Proctor High School Drama Club to bring in higher quality shows.
Along with Santa and members of the community, Derek Clark of Broadway Utica and Andrew Derminio of WIBX 950am will be going head to head to see who can raise the most money for the group.
Made In Utica will debut its Utica Trolley, a ten person pedal bus. It will offer free rides to Boilermaker runners and volunteers or anyone with Christmas attire.
“Boilermaker weekend has always been affectionately known as Christmas for runners. We wanted to throw an actual festive celebration to give all the visitors in town something fun to do,” said Handshake.City Co-Founder Katie Reilly.
Located under the bridge from Utica’s Union Station in Bagg’s Square, Handshake.City is a collaboration of green space, art gallery, urban marketplace and event venue. To learn more or get involved with Handshake.City, visitwww.handshake.city.