FREDERICKTOWN — The holiday spirit flowed through the streets of downtown Fredericktown as guests enjoyed the cold weather, riding the horse-drawn covered wagon, watching ice sculptures come to life, purchasing items at the charity auction, buying gifts at the craft show, and visiting shop to shop.
Ray and Pat Davis of Fredericktown appreciated the community event.
“It’s a really nice time,” said Pat. “We get to see a lot of people we don’t often get to see.”
The Davises were halfway through their tour of the downtown shops when they stopped into J&M Unique Craft Designs.
“Everything’s so reasonably priced,” said Pat, who was delighted by the collection of handcrafted items such as holiday ornaments, wreaths, and decorations both indoor and out.
Max and Jennifer Huffman, owners of J&M Unique Craft Designs, have participated in the walk for many years at the craft show, but this year they were able to open their own shop in time for the holiday festivities.
“We like to keep a variety of items,” said Max. “About 90 percent of our merchandise is handcrafted. ... We’ve had quite a few people out but as it gets closer to Christmas it always gets better.”
Max said his favorite part of the event is seeing all the people he hasn’t seen in awhile. “It’s a good time for friendship and fellowship and there’s a lot of things going on.”
“This is my first time to the Christmas Walk,” said Penny Cherryholmes of Fredericktown. “The atmosphere is wonderful, it puts you in the holiday spirit.”
Cherryholmes, who was browsing through handmade snowmen decorations, said she had already picked up some gifts.
“This is a really great experience,” she said.
The afternoon was a spectacle of joviality. At First-Knox National Bank children stood eagerly to have their pictures taken with Santa Claus. The Senior Citizens Building held a charity auction in support of Food for the Hungry. Santa’s Toy Shop was hosted by New Life Church. A Crafts Bazaar, which offered holiday gifts such as candles, jewelry, baskets, ornaments, vases and more, was held at the Presbyterian Church. The Masons served food as visitors listened to WNZR’s Christmas Karaoke.