Downtown Middletown businesses to ring in holidays with tree lighting

Tonight’s First Friday in downtown Middletown will include a Christmas tree lighting, an appearance from Santa Claus and a special shopping event at local businesses.

The Christmas tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. at Canal Park, located next to Gracie’s restaurant at 1131 Central Ave.

A Letters to Santa station and mailbox as well as carolers and flash mobs performed by elves will also be a part of tonight’s “Merry Middletown” event from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Visitors can also do their holiday shopping at downtown businesses during Merry Moonlight Shopping, which will offer a chance to save up to 40 percent at local businesses. Free gift wrapping will be offered for all purchases made tonight at local downtown businesses.

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Santa Claus will be available for photos at Shutter Girls Photography, 1118 Central Ave., until 7:30 p.m. The studio will also host photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 16 and Dec. 23.

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