Abbeville Christmas Stroll – 2012

Abbeville Christmas Stroll, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
5:30 – 8:00 pm
The Christmas Stroll is an event created to increase pedestrian traffic in the Main Street district.  It began with a partnership between the Downtown Business Association and the Main Street program. It is now organized by the Main Street Promotion Committee who solicits sponsors and encourages businesses to participate.    It is held the first Thursday in December from 5:30pm till 8:00pm (December 6, 2012).  Shoppers stroll under the twinkling white lights that illuminate the buildings and the trees as they visit the shops and businesses and later dine in one of our excellent restaurants.
The uniqueness of this event is that each participating merchant pays a fee for an advertising campaign. Each merchant’s fee  not only covers the cost of advertising  and promoting the event  but it also enrolls the participant as a validation stop on the Stroll route.  Along with their payment, we ask that the  provide entertainment and refreshment. Musical entertainment this year will feature Ike Funderburk and Dennis Faulk, the Bayou Chorus Blend, the Randall Family Band and, of course, Santa Claus.
Each attendee is given a Stroll card and the goal is to get them into each business by having the card validated.  After the stroller has completed the route and their card has been validated, their stroll card is then placed in a box which qualifies them for a chance to win the gift basket give away at the end of the evening. This is an annual event and we have had 20 to 26 participants each year.
This retail activity showcases their products and services.  The event is used to attract visitor and shoppers to an old fashioned family holiday event.
The Stroll really kicks off the holiday season in Abbeville and puts everyone in the holiday spirit. The bonus is that the cash register does ring up sales for the weeks that follow.

Validation Spots:

Annie K’s Unique Boutique

Bank of Abbeville

Bayou Air Conditioning

Belaire Traditions & Treasures

Cajun Maritime, LLC

City of Abbeville

Gulf Coast Bank

Phil’s Boys & Girls Wear

Piazza Office Supply

Salon 106

Sam Guarino Blacksmith Shop Museum

True You

The Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast

The Depot at Magdalen Place

Sponsors

Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick CPA’s

Kolder, Champagne, Slaven & Rainey LLC

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