City offers holiday shopping, events

Looking for somewhere to go after your Thanksgiving shopping?

Historic downtown Bowling Green will be holding a Holiday Open House Saturday to encourage residents to shop locally.

“We hope to increase business downtown for merchants and to put people in the holiday mood,” said Vicki Lee, director of Main Street BG.

In addition to special savings and extended hours at downtown stores, other holiday-related events will be held.

Musicians and carolers will be singing along Main Street throughout the day. Different holiday craft activity stations for parents and children will also be held at numerous downtown locations.

The Cla-Zel Theatre, 127 N. Main St., will feature visits with Santa, with free photos and carriage rides to the first 100 children. The theatre has been holding these popular events for a number of years.

“This is one of the primary Santa locations,” said Penny Parker, Cla-Zel Theatre manager. “We usually have a lot of little kids coming in to see Santa. And the horse and carriage rides are always a huge hit.”

During the open house, donations of non-perishable foods will be accepted. The donations will be sent to the BG Jaycees Christmas Elves Project and will benefit local families.

The open house is expected to be a success for both local businesses and residents.