Christmas Season Begins in Downtown Gainesville

Christmas Season Begins in Downtown Gainesville

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Business After Hours is Main Street Gainesville’s — Eighth Annual Upstairs Downtown Tour & Holiday Open House. On Thursday, November 15, from 5:15 – 8:15pm, the Historic Downtown Gainesville Square will come alive with Christmas lights and festive decorations. Live music and delicious food from Downtown Gainesville’s best restaurants will highlight the event.

The Tour will focus on some of the great new restaurants and retailers that have opened or expanded in the last year.

The Tour will begin at the always exciting, always changing Main Street Market where registration will take place. Attendees can taste food samples from Sweet Magnolias Café and their new Cake Boutique as well as the Boiler Room. Entertainment will be provided by Connie Lane. Attendees can check out the many shops on the main level as well as the mezzanine level and the Boiler Room on the lower level. The Bradford Street side of the Square will host the Tour next at the new Nature’s Reflection shop at 113 Bradford Street where Brian Ulrick will entertain. Food samples from The Happy Pickle, next on the tour will be featured there as well as in their restaurant two doors down. Happy Pickle will feature entertainment by Chad Bowmar. Next on Bradford, the Tour will stop at the popular Café ‘n Crepes Restaurant where delicious samples of crepes and coffee will be served. Finally, the Washington Street side of the Square will host the Tour at two stops. The first stop will allow attendees to see the work taking place in the former Coffee Shop of Horrors to convert it into the new Inman Perk Coffee Shop due to open by Thanksgiving. The final stop will be upstairs at the newly expanded Peach Room above Home Sweet Georgia where food, coffee and dessert will be served while being entertained by King Daddy Polecats.

Delicious food along the tour – progressive dinner style – will be provided by Sweet Magnolias Café, The Boiler Room, The Happy Pickle, Café ‘n Crepes, Inman Perk and Home Sweet Georgia. Two drink tickets will be a part of the tour program redeemable at The Boiler Room, The Happy Pickle, Seabone’s Restaurant or Luna’s. Registration for a drawing for a fabulous prize package will be available along the tour route.

Most of the Downtown shops will be open in Holiday style with treats and specials for you to stop in and browse along the Tour. Like last year, Horse & Carriage rides will be available around the Square at no charge to magically transport you back in time! Santa will make his first appearance Downtown for this Holiday season along with his Santa Train ride for the kids chugging around the Square for only a dollar. Photo’s with Santa will be available on the ride if you desire.

It’s a magical time in Downtown Gainesville. Don’t miss it.

Chamber Members…Tour is free, Guests..$5.00

For more details or questions call 770-532-6206 or Main Street @ 770-297-1141.

This will be an evening to remember and a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season!