Two City departments will combine forces in December to provide a day of fun, family-friendly entertainment in the downtown area.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 7, the Main Street program will offer the annual Downtown Christmas Fair, which will include a play area filled with snow, a train ride, food and craft vendors, games, entertainment and more.
On the same day, the Parks and Leisure Department will hold Winter in the Park from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Rather Park, located at University Avenue and 13th Street. The event will include arts and crafts, children’s activities, winter treats and of course, letters to Santa.
Ariel Traub with the Main Street program said there would be many entertainment options at the fair, and admission is completely free. The only ticketed features will be the snow area and the train ride, and a ticket for both will cost $1.
Winter in the Park, which is also free, will have moon bounces for children, a face painter, arts and crafts, an ice cream cone decorating contest and an opportunity to write a letter to Santa.
Natalie Reid with the Parks and Leisure Department pointed out one special event at Winter in the Park will be at the end of the event, when the city will take handprints from all of the young participants, make a wreath, and hang it in City Hall for the rest of the season.