“City Sidewalks” turns downtown into a winter wonderland

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – If you haven’t gotten into the holiday spirit yet, there’s a fun opportunity that’s packing downtown this weekend.

The third annual “City Sidewalks” event kicks off Friday night along Georgia Street. Organizers say it should look like a winter wonderland by Friday evening.

Around 30 Christmas trees line the block, all are decorated by different businesses and non-profits.

“We have a lot of different types of ornaments on here from different organizations. Like I say, a lot of kids have helped out in that regard. It will be a pretty tree no matter what,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

“I think it’s awesome. Definitely the fact that it gets local businesses involved and brings everybody together for a better purpose for Christmas and stuff,” Aryn Coomes with Sun King Brewery said.

Nearby, at St. Johns Church, the Christkindl Village includes a canopy of lights and a live nativity scene.

Organizations will be decorating the trees, lining Georgia Street, Friday afternoon.

People attending the event are asked to vote for their favorite tree on Downtown Indy’s Facebook page.

Visitors also encouraged to make their way over to the ChristKindl Village which includes food, musical performances and kids activities.

“St. Johns has done an incredible job of building this ChristKindl Village. It’s something that a lot of people know about in Chicago, but you start seeing these huts and these local artisans and food and wine. So this event continues to build and it’s here this weekend,” said Bob Schultz, V.P. of Marketing for Downtown Indy.

“I think it’s things like this that help bring people down that otherwise wouldn’t come down for the bars or restaurants. Maybe they’ll come down with their families for the Christmas trees,” Andrew Crecelius, with local staffing company Vaco, said on Friday.

City Sidewalks runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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