As in years past, the Hillsboro Uptown Business Association (HUBA) is ushering in the Christmas season with a “Moonlight Madness” shopping event, December’s First Friday event, an ugly Christmas sweater 5K charity walk/run and, of course, the upcoming Hillsboro Christmas Parade.
According to a press release, HUBA’s first upcoming holiday event is the Moonlight Madness Shopping event taking place on Thanksgiving night from 5 p.m. to midnight. Select uptown shops will be open that evening for shoppers to kick off their Christmas shopping weekend. The shops will be offering specials, sales and treats for shoppers to take advantage of that evening.
Saturday, Nov. 26, is Shop Small Saturday, a nationwide event to encourage consumers to spend their money with locally-owned small businesses. Organizers say it’s “a huge push to ‘Keep It Local’ and cause a positive economic impact. So as people gather to enjoy the local events of Saturday, Nov. 26, HUBA encourages everyone to ‘Buy Local.’”
Then, on Dec. 2 is HUBA’s December’s First Friday event, “Uptown Christmas.” The horse-drawn wagon will be returning with the Christmas sing-a-longs. Santa Claus will stop back into the Santa’s Workshop at the Times Gazette community room. There will be a strolling group of carolers throughout uptown and, of course, many of the uptown shops will be open late for Christmas shopping & holiday treats.
There is a new event for HUBA this holiday season, an Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K charity run/walk. It starts at 10 a.m. the morning of Saturday, Dec. 10, the same day as the parade. The first 50 entries will receive an “Ugly” toboggan cap. Net proceeds of the run/walk will go to the Highland County Adopt-A-Family program. Participants are encouraged to wear their ugly Christmas attire.
The entry fee is $25. Registration forms can be picked up and returned at TwentyFour Exchange and Appearances Salon up to the day of the 5K.
Then, one of HUBA’s largest undertakings of the year takes place on Saturday, Dec. 10, the annual Hillsboro Christmas Parade. This year’s parade is a like last year’s parade, an evening illuminated parade, but starts an hour earlier, at 6 p.m., from the Highland County Fairgrounds with an expected arrival time of around 6:20 p.m. in the center of uptown Hillsboro.
The parade will follow the parade route as it has in the past years. This year’s parade theme is “A Dr. Seuss Christmas.” Any groups, businesses, church, organizations or families that would like to be in the parade can call 937-403-3715 for an application.
For more information about upcoming events, contact HUBA President Joe Mahan at 937-403-3715.