The 6th Annual Old Fashioned Christmas will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 1 in downtown Shelbyville, focusing on entertainment for family and children.
Schryll Bernson, the owner of Simply Yours boutique, started this event when she opened her boutique. She said it is a way to give back to the community and to get people downtown.
Over the years, the event has changed and grown.
"This year, this is the biggest that it's been. So I am very glad," Bernson said.
The schedule is as follows:
9 a.m.: Early birds can go to My Little Bird at 9 a.m., and the first 25 children will get a free personalized Christmas ornament.
10 a.m.: Elf will be playing for free at the Roxy.
11:30 a.m.: Attendees can bring their pet to Three Tails for a picture with them.
11:30 a.m.: Fishing for prizes at Craig's Sporting Goods will be offered.
11:30 to 2:30 p.m.: There will be wagon rides starting at the mini park.
11:45 a.m.: The SHS Choir will perform at Studio 1 Twenty 3.
11:45 a.m. Dance Life Studio will perform at the mini park, followed by games and refreshments at Flourishes Gallery.
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Studio 1 twenty 3 will have a kids' corner. Pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty will be available; there will be a selfie station; The Villas of Hollybrook will have a craft station set up; there will be a booth where children can make elf food; and story time is at 2 p.m.
Bernson said now that the studio is available to use, there will be a lot more room for the kids' corner.
The Villas of Hollybrook will have a station where children can paint a plate for the cookies they leave out for Santa.
"(There will be) a little station where you can make a little bag of elf food to take home and set out for the elves, because you know what? They get hungry too, right?" Bernson said.
There will be a cookie-making contest, as well.
Berson said all participants need to do is make cookies, if it is a three-dimensional cookie, just one, but if they are not, then at least three.
Take a picture with the cookie, so there is proof the participant made and decorated it, and post it on the Olde Fashioned Christmas Facebook page. The winner will receive a prize.
Berson said, "First of all, it's about getting in the spirit and kicking off the holiday season."
She said her children are grown up now, and she encourages people to start making memories when their children are young.
"You need to make those memories while they're young and cherish them," Bernson said.
She said the Olde Fashioned Christmas could not happen without the sponsors.
J&R Collision took care of the biggest expense, Bernson said, which is the wagon ride.
ACE Hardware is sponsoring Frosty the Snowman, and the Corps of Engineers is letting Bernson borrow their selfie station for the event.
"It's like everybody just came in and said 'hey, I want to be apart of this,'" Bernson said. "This is going to be the best Olde Fashioned Christmas that I've had so far."
She came up with the idea to have the Olde Fashioned Christmas by just researching, looking at other towns' festivals and seeing what people were doing.
"Come out and bring your family and support your downtown. Start making those memories with your children," Bernson said.
Kennedy Nolen can be reached by phone at 217-774-2161 ext. 1 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.