UTICA — The village of Utica will usher in the Christmas season with the 2010 Utica Bicentennial Christmas Walk on Wednesday. The annual Christmas Walk will take on a new twist this year as the village’s bicentennial will continue to be celebrated during the evening’s festivities.
At 5:30 p.m., Frosty the Snowman will be getting married at the downtown Christmas tree. Special bicentennial events will immediately follow at 5:45.
Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at 6 p.m. by firetruck. Youngsters will then have the opportunity to extend to him their Christmas list wishes. Free photos with Santa will be available courtesy of Mystic Snow Photography.
A total of 52 merchants will be participating in the event and will be out on Main Street with tables set up to promote their businesses. Visitors to the Christmas Walk can take part in a scavenger hunt and earn door prizes. Brochures will be passed out where visitors can have their brochure stamped when they visit the many participating businesses. The more stamps collected, the more door prizes a person can earn.
Numerous businesses will be providing refreshments. A giant 200th birthday cake will be on display, and slices of the cake will be given to all visitors to enjoy. For some holiday musical entertainment, area churches will have carolers strolling up and down Main Street singing Christmas carols, and the Utica High School concert choir will also be performing at 7 p.m. at the firehouse.
For more information on the Utica Bicentennial Christmas Walk, call 892-4480.