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Once Upon a Holiday – December First Friday
December 4, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
You don’t want to miss the December First Friday! It’s our annual celebration of holidays gone by. Our live window vignettes will entertain and engage, and our holiday carolers will be on hand to usher in the season, starting with the lighting of the Withers Park Tree.
Mayor Renner, surrounded by holiday carolers, will light the tree at 5:30 pm.
Plan an evening downtown – SHOP. DINE. ENJOY.
Complete Line up of live windows coming soon!!
MCLEAN COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY – 200 N. MAIN
Enjoy live music, a hands-on model train, and refreshments around the Rotunda Christmas tree (including adult eggnog!) from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Be sure to stop in for celebrity readings of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with Normal Mayor Chris Koos at 6 p.m. and Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner at 7 p.m., and for holiday shopping in the new Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center. This event is free and open to the public.
TWIN CITY HOME BREWING – 112 E. JEFFERSON
Stop in and welcome our newest downtown Bloomington Business! Wine making and home brewing supplies. Meet and greet. Ask questions. Gift selections.
RED RACCOON GAMES – 309 N. MAIN
Friday Night Magic, Warhammer 40K and Yu Gi Oh Weekly.
GREGOR GALLERY – 311 N. MAIN
Instagram/Facebook photo opportunities~ Stand next to a replica of Van Gogh “Starry Night” with paint brush in hand and pretend you are the famous painter.Or, be Mr and Mrs Santa Claus with your faces staring out of the poster board. Props provided. Photo taken on your cell phone or camera. Seasonal refreshment provided.
BECK’S FAMILY FLORIST 312 N. Main
EXCLUSIVE: Beck’s will be hosting a Book Signing for Author Bonnie Crosier, who is releasing her new book, “A Falling Star.” Light refreshment will be served.
MID CITY SALON AND SPA – 314 N. MAIN
We are so excited to be open on First Friday! The Salon is will be celebrating a White Christmas! We are all decked out, and will be offering product specials, and of course festive food and drink!
BEHIND THE GLASS 315 N. Main
Art in action! ( More details to follow)
COFFEE HOUND – 407 N. MAIN
Coffee Hound will be open and offering the following specials:
Sign up for the Coffee Hound newsletter and enter your name for a $100 gift card drawing. Drawing is January 2.
Retail coffee makes the perfect stocking stuffer; buy 2 save $2, buy 3 save $3
Coffee Subscriptions; 6 months of coffee preorder and mailed to your door. Get a free $5 gift card with subscription purchase.
Real Eggnog Latte,Candy Cane Latte, Peppermint Hot Cocoa
BILL’S KEY AND LOCK SHOP 402 N. Main
Showcasing their extensive collection of A.C. Gilbert’s Erector Sets in their display windows. An annual delight for kids of all ages.
MAIN GALLERY 404 – 404 N. MAIN
December First Friday we are featuring a shopable window of ceramic art by Jenny Clay and George Barreca. Our live vignette will be the beautiful sounds of the classical guitar played by Jeremy Verwys. We encourage everyone to be part of the vignette while they shop in the window!
BOBZBAY – 419 N. MAIN
Great gift ideas! Books, games, music, collectibles… check us out!
CHURCHILL’S FORMAL WEAR – 422 N. MAIN
Santa and Mrs.Claus’ First Date.
WILSON’S CYCLE SALES AND SERVICE- 424 N. MAIN
more details to follow!
CROSSROADS FAIR TRADE 428 N. Main
Fun holiday activities for kids!
* BONUS* – Holiday Open House Sunday Dec 6 from 1-4. All are welcome to celebrate the holiday season with us. We will have tons of treats and complimentary gift wrapping!
COMMON GROUND GROCERY 516 N. Main
We will be staying open til 8 and have refreshments, cookies including gluten free and vegan, and hot cocoa!
THREE SQUARE STUDIO 104 W. Monroe
Live portrait drawing in the window throughout the evening
ANGEL AMBROSE FINE ART STUDIO 101 W. MONROE, Ste. 201
Selling original, hand painted Gift Tiles: gifts for you or gifts for others; Artist Trading Cards, Greeting Cards, and other small gift ideas for Christmas and the holiday season.
JOANN GOETZINGER STUDIOS 101 W. MONROE, Ste. 210
Open to the public. Light refreshment. Art for sale.
INSIDE OUT ACCESSIBLE ART CO OP – 200 W. MONROE
Help us celebrate our Grand Opening! Join us at the Monroe Center, 200 W. Monroe, downtown Bloomington for free door prizes, extra special refreshments, tons of giftable and collectible art at a variety of price points, and a very special welcome to all our guests in our new location! Some of our artists will be unveiling new artist trading cards for your collection and unique gift giving needs.
The whole building will be hopping as our first floor neighbors join in the celebration and Santa greets our guests of all ages. A not to be missed evening!
MONROE CENTRE BUILDING – 200 W. MONROE
SANTA WILL BE HERE. COME SHARE YOUR HOLIDAY WISHES, AND GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN.
REFINE 309 – 200 W. MONROE
It’s Our First Christmas Downtown! Stop in and say hello!
VOGEL’S TAILOR SHOP – 103 W. MONROE
Jewelry by Willow Tree and Shawls by Savo. Please stop in and enjoy homemade pistachio cake!
MODKID – 109 W. MONROE
Moving Sale . Everything will be offered at 40-50% off retail prices. Also selling some furniture, store fixtures and old trade show booth decor items. All MODKID sewn samples (dresses, purses, bags, etc) will be sold at $20 each regardless of style or size.
J BOS HANDBAGS AND ACCESSORIES
KELLY’S BAKERY AND CAFE – 113 N.CENTER
It’s a “doggone good” Christmas ornament workshop, courtesy of Kitchen Table Creations. ! Kids can make make and decorate dog shaped ornaments. Artwork created by the kids will be offered for sale, with all proceeds going to benefit Wishbone Canine Rescue! And on Saturday, December 5, we kick off our 5th Annual Build Your Own Gingerbread House. Reservations only 5-630 and 7-830. $15/per house and everything is supplied for you, including clean up!
SPECS AROUND TOWN 317 N. Center
Twas the Night Before Christmas-Celebrity ‘sleepers’ in nightshirts and PJ’s in our window dreaming of Santa’s arrival on the night before Christmas.
EATON GALLERY 411 N.CENTER
“Steampunk Window Vignette” with the Shellito Family
Book Signings with Prose, Paintings, and Photos along the Mackinaw River and Illinois Prairie Herb Eaton’s “Princess and the Tadpole” illustrated fable.
Mary Jo Adam’s journal book “Natural Notations…A Year of Observation and Inspiration”Art for first time collectors-card sets for Hostess Gifts. Light refreshments.
BLOOMINGTON CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS – 600 N. EAST
We will be offering 30 minute tours starting in our main lobby and will also have a full concession stand available with beer, wine, soda, and snacks. The night will also be the opening for the Holiday Spectacular which starts at 7:30 pm and tickets can be purchased in the ticket office.
MCLEAN COUNTY ARTS CENTER – 601 N. EAST
Holiday Treasures Exhibition and Sale. Stop in and shop! Also, Animalia Exhibition in the Armstrong Gallery
RAMP ARTS – 300 E. GROVE
Art and Music with The Old Men Boys.