Santa comes to town for City Sidewalks in downtown Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 13, 2013) – Preparations for the second annual City Sidewalks celebration are underway in downtown Indianapolis.

For two days, the area will become a winter wonderland, complete with Santa Claus, shopping, music, family activities and more.

The event, dubbed “City Sidewalks,” will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Mother Nature plans to leave her mark on the seasonal event as well.

“That softly falling snow, which adds to the ambiance of an outdoor winter festival,” said Bob Schultz, vice president of Indianapolis Downtown Inc.  “We’re thrilled to welcome that snow.  We’re prepared to remove it, if it gets too much, but we’re going to be down here.”

City Sidewalks will offer local and seasonal food and drink like roasted nuts, popcorn and other offerings from Georgia Street restaurants.  Visitors can also enjoy a nice, warm mulled cider, hot chocolate or traditional spiced wine available at Saint John Catholic Church.

“New this year is also a Christmas tree decorating challenge with the Colts and the Pacers and the Ice and a number of downtown businesses and leaders, the City of Indianapolis, Mayor Ballard, Larry Bird,” Schultz said.  “They’ll all be participating down here on Georgia Street!”

Local artisans will also make their wares available, including everything from jewelry to candy, baskets, hot sauces and wine.

Music will include classical holiday and jazz holiday performances.  Plus, Santa Claus will greet all the good little girls and boys outside the Omni Severin Downtown Hotel.

The event is free, open to the public and sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.  For more about City Sidewalks, visit this website.

Anyone wishing to help feed hungry Hoosiers can bring non-perishable food items to donate as part of the Pack the Pantries effort by FOX59, Gleaners, Midwest Food Bank and the Mayor’s Front Porch Alliance.