Old Town spring sees busy holiday shopping season

Old Town Spring is decked out for the holiday season and stores have seen throngs of people come to do their early Christmas shopping.

Alix Attaway, owner of UK’s Goodwood Market, 220 Gentry St., said the festive season had been busier than last year.

“It’s been the busiest year we’ve ever had,” Attaway said. “It’s been crazy.”

Attaway said customers were constant and many of them were shopping early for Christmas.

“Their Christmas shopping started in October, when they normally start in November,” she said.

Attaway said that’s because people hear about potential shipping issues on the news, making them nervous and prompting them to do their holiday shopping earlier.

“We’ve had an amazing year,” Attaway said. “I think it’s going to get even busier. It’s going to be crazy.

Ursula Sledge, who owns the German gift shop at 210b Gentry St. and sits on the Old Town Spring Board, said the holiday season has been busy for her, too, and for the area.

“Although last year was very busy too,” Sledge said. “People were so happy to go out and have fun.”

Old Town Spring is decorated for Christmas each year, with store owners bringing out Christmas decorations and lights, in keeping with the various events they are hosting for the holiday season.

Every weekend, kids can take pictures with Santa, Sledge said, and there’s a horse-drawn wagon offering free rides on Saturdays and Sundays. A balloon artist will be on the streets making balloon art for children. The weekends also include performances by choirs and dancers, from local schools or professionals.

Dec. 11 will feature a cookie walk, Sledge said, where people can buy cookies in Old Town Spring by the pound. And December 18 will feature a wassail walk, with visitors able to sample wassail from various stores.

“The small town here is just a slow pace,” Sledge said. “Almost like a Hallmark movie, except without the snow.”

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