Homewood is getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year again, starting with its Holiday Open House festivities downtown on Nov. 7 beginning at 5 p.m.
Merchants on 18th Street will stay open late during this event, offering drinks, appetizers and a fun environment for people to do their holiday shopping. To get shoppers in the holiday spirit, local musicians will play sounds of the season.
Those who come out to the event also will have a chance to take a ride on the Homewood for the Holidays Trolley or grab a photo with Santa.
This is one of the Homewood Chamber of Commerce’s most anticipated events and draws thousands of people to the Homewood community each year, the chamber said in a press release. In addition to kicking off the holiday season, the event also encourages members of the community to support local businesses.
Also, part of the Homewood for the Holidays campaign is the ninth annual Lighting of the Star, which will be held Dec. 5 at the top of the 18th Street hill in downtown Homewood. Homewood Mayor Scott McBrayer will light the star at 6:30 p.m. This also marks the official start of the Homewood Christmas Parade. Float registration information is available at homewoodparks.com.
Santa will light the Christmas Tree in front of City Hall after the parade finishes and then be available for photos.
— Ingrid Schnader