Visit with Santa and hop on a horse-drawn wagon during early holiday celebration this week

Scenes from last year's Yuletide Winter's Gathering in Tipp City. This year's event will be spread out over more days. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Scenes from last year's Yuletide Winter's Gathering in Tipp City. This year's event will be spread out over more days. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

One of the most popular holiday shopping kick-off events in the area is still on this winter — and is taking place this week.

This year, Tipp City’s Yuletide Winter’s Gathering, an annual celebration of all things holiday-related, is set to take place over the course of a week from Nov. 10-15. The event typically is scheduled over a weekend.

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From Tuesday, Nov. 10, through Friday, Nov. 13, and on Sunday, Nov. 15, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. The event takes place on Main Street in downtown Tipp City.

The annual Yuletide Winter’s Gathering celebration typically includes plenty of holiday shopping and food located at the shops, restaurants and pop-up boutiques in the downtown area. These holiday festivities also typically include photos with Santa Claus and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Scenes from last year's Yuletide Winter's Gathering in Tipp City. This year's event will be spread out over more days. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO. 
Scenes from last year's Yuletide Winter's Gathering in Tipp City. This year's event will be spread out over more days. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO. 

The Yuletide Winter’s Gathering gives visitors and locals alike a chance to get a jump start on their holiday shopping at all of the local establishments in downtown Tipp City. And this year, organizers at Browse Awhile Books and Living Simply Soap promise to deliver the same outcome, albeit with a few more social distancing restrictions.

For a better idea of the holiday shopping opportunities and deals in downtown Tipp City, visit the Yuletide Winter’s Gathering Facebook page or Downtown Tipp City Partnership’s website and Facebook page.

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Scenes from last year's Yuletide Winter's Gathering in Tipp City. This year's event will be spread out over more days. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED
Scenes from last year's Yuletide Winter's Gathering in Tipp City. This year's event will be spread out over more days. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Credit: DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Credit: DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

For one, children will still be able to visit with Santa Claus, though, this year, these visits will be socially distanced. For the safety of Santa, he will be placed behind a Plexiglas window and there will only be one group photo taken. Additionally, to be especially cautious, face masks are required, though they may be briefly taken off during the group photo.

Families will be staged outside of the building where Santa resides, and only one family will enter at a time to visit Santa. After visiting with Santa, families will exit through the back door. Santa will be stationed at the corner of First and Main Streets on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Along with plenty of holiday shopping opportunities and visits with Santa Claus, the Yuletide Winter’s Gathering will also be curating a magical holiday ambiance with horse-drawn wagon rides again this year on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15.

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Scenes from last year's Yuletide Winter's Gathering in Tipp City. This year's event will be spread out over more days. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Scenes from last year's Yuletide Winter's Gathering in Tipp City. This year's event will be spread out over more days. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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WANT TO GO?

What: 2020 Yuletide Winter’s Gathering

Where: Downtown Tipp City

When: Nov. 10 From Tuesday, Nov. 10, through Friday, Nov. 13, and on Sunday, Nov. 15, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14.

More info: Facebook.com/YuletideWintersGathering

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