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Weihnachtsfest is Dec. 14

2019 Weihnachtsfest BannerRussell Main Street, Inc. (RMSI) will continue Russell's Annual Christmas Celebration with Weihnachtsfest on Saturday, December 14 from 11 AM to 3 PM in downtown Russell.

Weihnachtsfest is an over 25 year tradition to downtown Russell. During Weihnachtsfest, the community is invited downtown to enjoy the famous Santa Giveaway, extended store hours, Retail Christmas Promotion, Festival of Green Cheer, carriage rides, Santa's Workshop, food vendors, craft vendors, vendors in the tent, a warming station with Christmas music, pictures with Santa, pictures with the Grinch, Christmas crafts, free movie at the Dream Theater, two Christmas stores and more to come.

"Weihnachtsfest is a way to get everyone downtown to support our local businesses, promote our downtown and build community pride," Krista Whitmer, RMSI Executive Director said.

The Retail Christmas Promotion is another tradition of downtown Russell. The promotion will begin on November 17. Punch cards can be found in participating businesses. Shop participating businesses and receive a punch for every $10 spent. After all punches are fulfilled the card can be entered into a drawing for $800 in Main Street Bucks. Locations to be determined.

The Santa Giveaway will take place on December 14 at 2:30 PM in the Dream Theater. The giveaway consists of a specially handcrafted Santa Claus by Loretta Miller and Dustin Poche. The Santa Claus will be on display at the Zeta Mu Craft Fair on November 17. Weihnachtsfest buttons will be sold until December 14 for the Santa Giveaway. The buttons can be purchased at the holiday fair, RMSI office or in participating business, to be announced.

Weihnachtsfest buttons can also be used during the carriage rides from Noon to 3 PM on December 14 for a free carriage ride. All other rides will be $2 per ride.

"One of the greatest gifts of Christmas is the gift of giving, RMSI offers this experience to children with Santa's Workshop," Whitmer said. Santa's Workshop will take place on December 14 at the Russell Public Library. The workshop is for children to shop for their loved ones. Discounted items will be available for purchase with free gift wrapping.

"The Main Street Christmas celebration offers so much to our community. Come downtown on the 14th and check out the food vendors, shop local, get pictures with Santa, take the family on a carriage ride and get into the Christmas spirit. Everyone is invited to this event," Whitmer said.

Weihnachtsfest Flyer

Weihnachtsfest Vendor Registration Form

Vendors can also register here: https://forms.gle/PTaYn8kBsSnJmxn58.

Oh Local Nights Flyer

Santa's Workshop Flyer

Festival of Green Cheer Flyer

(Information courtesy RMSI.)

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