London kicks off holidays with Old Fashioned Christmas

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(Posted Nov. 29, 2022)

By Dedra Cordle, Staff Writer/Photographer

London’s main thoroughfare was transformed into a magical winter wonderland–albeit with rain and wind–when the 1811 Downtown District hosted Old Fashioned Christmas on Nov. 27. Smiles and merriment were found in abundance as people shopped, made holiday crafts, chased after Santa Claus and his reindeer, and listened to carolers.

Breanna, Madelynn, and Anthony Annotto catch up with Mr. Claus who made an appearance at London’s Old Fashioned Christmas.
Actors dressed in period costume greet visitors: (from left) Christina Sintz, Lydia Lee, Stacy Lee, Tim Lee, Susie Ryan, Mike Ryan, Max Lee, Braden Lee and Josh Lee.
Horseshoe Farm Carriage Service provided horse-drawn carriage rides up and down Main Street.
Great Grandpa Elf gives a jaunty wave.
Leon’tay Scott, 2, listens intently as James Sintz reads holiday classics such as “Pete the Cat” and “Five More Sleeps ‘til Christmas” to children during Storybook Time at Littles Haircut Factory.
Jason Ellis, 9, shows his delight as face painter Amy Likens hands him a mirror to see his transformation into Santa Claus.
Music Men & Jen, a barbershop quartet, provided musical entertainment at the event: (from left) Jen Vilardi, Steve Lind, Paul Oswalt and Craig Chadwell.
Buddy the Elf says “hello” to the motorists traveling through downtown London.
Instrumentalists Bethany Maltinsky and Gustavo Carpinteyro perform at the London State Theater.
One of Santa’s reindeer takes a snack break. Some of these sleigh-pullers hung out during Old Fashioned Christmas, thanks to Pine Acres Reindeer Farm.

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