CLINTON — Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Clinton Shoppers’ Stroll and Holiday Parade weekend, with a new 5K run added to the list of festivities, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24.
The Jingle All The Way run will kick off at 8 a.m. Nov. 24 to start the celebrations for Small Business Saturday. Registration can be completed online in advance for the Jingle Jog, as well as during the Shoppers’ Stroll from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Clinton Chamber Information Tent and from 7-7:45 a.m. Nov. 24 at the Artisans’ Corner, as well as bib pick-up. Cost is $25 per runner.
But the traditional holiday shopping extravaganza will start at 10 a.m. Black Friday with special events and shopping at stores throughout the village. In addition so special offers and promotions, there will also be horse-drawn wagon rides for shoppers to get into the full holiday spirit.
Close to 5,000 visitors from throughout the Mohawk Valley are expected to join in the village’s festivities.
“The festivities offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of the malls and an opportunity to take part in a nostalgic event within the historic Village of Clinton,” said Clinton Chamber Executive Director Jackie Walters.
“Village businesses and community organizations offer complimentary food, drink, hospitality and music both Friday and Saturday. The area churches have bake sales, holiday crafts, food and pie sales, as well as holiday music.”
Some area non-profit and civic groups plan to set up different sidewalk activities during the event, like selling roasted chestnuts, hot pretzels, buttery popcorn, hot cider and more. In addition to the wagon rides, there will be holiday carolers performing throughout the village as well.
The official tree lighting in the Village Green will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 23. Preceding the tree lighting, there will be a reading of the traditional holiday poem, “T’was the Night Before Christmas,” by Clement Clarke Moore.
The annual Holiday Parade will follow at 7 p.m. that starts on College Street and continues around the Village Green to the firehouse, where children of all ages can visit with Santa and share their holiday wish lists.
Horse-drawn wagon rides will return on Nov. 24, as well as Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Village Green gazebo. To take the chill out, shoppers taking part in Small Business Saturday are invited to warm up by the fire pit and enjoy complimentary S’mores.