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Head downtown Saturday, Dec. 1 to enjoy the 12th Annual Winter Walk.

BY: Kori Sciandra | November 19, 2012

NORTH TONAWANDA/TONAWANDA - Patrons of downtown will soon be walking into a winter wonderland as they hit Webster Street. This year, the Downtown Merchants Association of North Tonawanda and the Swiftwater Association and Merchants from Tonawanda will host the 12th annual Downtown Winter Walk Saturday, Dec. 1.

The Twin Cities offer this unique event to residents each year in order to lend a hand to the local merchants so everyone can have a better holiday.

“The North Tonawanda Merchants initially started this as a way to help the merchants have better sales for Christmas,” said Kay Learned, Winter Walk chairperson. “They wanted it to be family friendly, and not just for the shopper in the family, so that’s why there is so many kid friendly events.”

This years festivities will kick off with a Friday night tree lighting at 7: p.m., with hot chocolate served at 6:30 p.m.

For those who love to shop, participating merchants will have a spot available for patrons to sign up to win a $150 shopping spree giveaway.

To continue with the tradition of hosting the Winter Walk on the first Saturday in December, a variety of events are in place to keep the day going.

Breakfast with Santa will be available at 9 and 10:30 a.m. at the YWCA, with the opportunity to take a picture with Santa anytime from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - providing you bring your own camera.

Hayrides and pony rides will be available throughout the day up and down Webster and Main Streets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a petting zoo will be available for children during the same time.

A band organ will be playing Christmas music on the Tonawanda side of the event; and the Riviera Theater will be showing “The Sound of Music” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Merchants will have their doors open for holiday shoppers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are many more activities to explore during the 12th Annual Winter Walk. Head downtown to enjoy the events, grab some hot chocolate and complete some holiday shopping.

“It’s developed over the years,” said Learned. “Each year the event gets a little bit bigger. More and more people come out.”

Participating shops will have refreshments for patrons as they travel about downtown.

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