(Media release from City of Summerville Main Street):

Journey into the past as our turn-of-the-century downtown ushers you into the spirit of Christmas long ago. The public is invited to stroll Downtown Summerville and be entertained by performers, carolers, and musicians. Shop, dine, enjoy children’s activities and welcome the holiday season in while participating in the Victorian Christmas Holiday Stop N Shop for a chance to win $500 cash!

The East Washington streetscape will be transformed into a magical street vendor market with over 23 craft and food vendors. While roaming up and down the streets, the public is encouraged to dress in Victorian-era style and dress for fun. Street Market hours will be 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Victorian era characters will be positioned around downtown participating businesses for photo opportunities, stories and fun throughout each day. Kathy Berry will be at Sugarville Sweets from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. chatting with event goers on the “Life of A Baker During the Victorian era”.

Mildred Cordle and Rita Butler will be demonstrating crocheting beside the County Registrars Office on Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. A highlight for children will be free kid’s stories and activities at the Open Air Pavilion on East Washington Street sponsored by Friends of The Chattooga Library from 11AM – 1PM on Saturday.

The Market At DIRT will be hosting a drop in Victorian Tea Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Market At Dirt will be accepting Gingerbread House Contest entries December 1-2. Judging and People’s Choice Judging of the Gingerbread House Contest will be on Saturday, with winners announced at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Three Penny Treasures will be having a Countdown to Christmas Sale with outside vendors and a special Open House both days of the event. Other participating businesses may offer special sales during the weekend.

A variety of musical performances is lined up for the weekend of fun. Street Carolers may even be found out and about in Downtown. Nashville recording artist Jaycee Lynne will be a featured performer for both days. Other highlight performances will include The Horizon Hand Bell Choir at 11:00 a.m. at the county courthouse Christmas tree on Saturday and the Trion Kindergarten and First Grade Class musical performance on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

How Does The Holiday Stop ‘N Shop Work?

Event participants will pick up a locations map/passport with participating businesses. The maps/passports may be picked up at participating downtown Summerville businesses Saturday and Sunday. To join the fun, event goers will simply visit all of the participating businesses to complete the passport map during the business hours during the Stop ‘N Shop event. There is no purchase necessary to participate. Upon entering the participating business, all event participants will have the sales clerk/cashier to stamp their passport map. Upon completion of the passport map, event participants will turn in the passport to Three Penny Treasures, located at 79 West Washington Street.

Grand Prize Drawing for $500

All completed passports should be turned in by 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 4 to be entered for the Grand Prize Drawing of $500, sponsored by Summerville Main Street to be held at 3:45p.m. on the courthouse steps. Event participants do not need to be present to win. Summerville Main Street is encouraging the public to support local Summerville small businesses by shopping during and following this event.

Participating businesses include Jefferson’s, Los Maguey, Hayden Taylor Design, The Computer Shop, Sugarville Sweets, Merle Norman/Ga Ga’s Boutique, DIRT, The Market At DIRT /DIRT Pour, D&S Mercantile, Three Penny Treasures, Myers Vintage & Local, The Furniture Shoppe, Vintage Vibes, and Cedar + Rose Boutique.

In the event of inclement weather, and changes or updates can be found on the City of Summerville Georgia Facebook Page and Victorian Christmas Facebook Event Page.