Abilene Downtown Association presents: City Sidewalks “A Silver Celebration
December 3, 2013 – 5 to 8 p.m.
If you love an old-fashioned Christmas, you will enjoy celebrating the 25th Annual City Sidewalks. I like to think of it as “Christmas is wrapped up and tied in a bow.”
The event is a hosted by the Abilene Downtown Association. Shops, museums, banks and restaurants open their doors for an evening of holiday cheer. Some businesses hand out free goodies ranging from hot chocolate to apples and candy canes to oranges. Be sure to stop by the ever-popular United Way popcorn machine. Restaurants are open early and late so you can enjoy a meal while in downtown.
Musical entertainment, provided by Abilene Independent School District, is scheduled before the parade. Community groups also performing the Abilene Community Band, Abilene Memory Men, Celebration Singers and the Wylie Jazz Band. Jay Lester, AISD Director of Fine Arts, commented, “City Sidewalks provides the students of Abilene ISD a wonderful performance opportunity and a chance to give back to our community. Groups are featured in spaces and venues that normally aren’t used for many public performances. From downtown parks, to the steps of the civic center, to various lobbies, ballrooms, and meeting spaces, this event provides a chance for students to see a historic and integral part of our beautiful city. The element that parents and supporters love is the festive atmosphere in the downtown area.”
What’s an event without a parade? KTXS Parade of Lights begins at 6:30 p.m. This year KTXS is expecting over 100 entries. The parade starts on Pine Street and circles over to Cypress Street and back to Pine.
As you walk through downtown look for which businesses won the Abilene Reporter News’ window decorating contest. Cash prizes are awarded for grand prize and first and second place. The prizes are then donated to the winner’s favorite charity.
Round out the evening with the Community Tree Lighting at 7:30 p.m. Mayor Norm Archibald lights the tree at the Abilene Civic Center and AISD provides musical entertainment.
One final reminder … don’t forget your shopping list. I always start my Christmas shopping during City Sidewalks. Downtown offers everything you need to have an old-fashioned Christmas. Personally I love books and antique cookie jars!
Abilene Downtown Association
City Sidewalks Chair