By Conrad Dudderar
Downtown Yukon will soon be transformed into a festive yuletide wonderland.
“Christmas on Main” will be staged 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 in the 400 block of W Main. Yukon 66 Main Street presents the annual holiday festivities.
“This has become a classic downtown event for families and the community in general,” Yukon Main Street Director Vicki Davis said.
“It serves as a holiday open house for businesses in our historic area in the 400 block. We’re happy to have not just our (downtown) retailers but other businesses get involved by opening their doors, hosting booths and holding activities.”
This “family fun” Christmas festival will feature visits and keepsake photos with Santa and alpacas, letters to Jolly St. Nick, horse-drawn wagon rides, kids’ crafts, treats, refreshments, food trucks, and retail open houses.
“Many of our shops will be open late,” Davis reported. “We also have several local organizations and businesses that will host booths on the sidewalks.
“Our veterans will be back again with their hot cocoa and cookies. There also will be popcorn, hot cider and more available free of charge.”
Admission to Thursday’s Christmas on Main is free to the public. Donations will be accepted to help offset costs.
Event coordinator is longtime Yukon insurance agent and civic leader Cherie Logan, a member of the Yukon 66 Main Street board.
Yukon 66 Main Street’s mission is to revitalize and transform Yukon’s Main Street on historic Route 66.
In recent years, Yukon’s Christmas on Main downtown “block party” has helped with that mission.
“This is very popular with our community because they can come out and enjoy Christmas ‘under the lights’,” Davis added.
As a bonus, winners of a holiday display contest will be announced after judging that night.
Merchants all along Main Street – not just the 400 block – have again been encouraged to decorate their shops for this creative competition.
Not to be outdone, the City of Yukon this year installed two large Christmas ornament displays on downtown sidewalks.
“That has really added to the garland on the street poles, the lights across the road and the storefronts that are decorated,” Davis said.
As part of Christmas on Main, Yukon 66 Main Street officials have incorporated and continues to grow its “Lights on Main” campaign.
They encourage all downtown property owners to add more lights to their buildings along Main Street.
“We do a little better every year and hope to continue to grow that,” Davis said.
For more information on the Dec. 9th Christmas on Main, visit yukon66mainstreet.com or call the Yukon Main Street office at (405) 350-5999.