A pair of shopping events will fill downtown with Christmas spirit this weekend.

More than a dozen Main Street Corinth merchants will host their annual Christmas Open House and the third installment of the Gingerbread Market will showcase over 35 vendors.

Downtown store owners will open their doors to offer visitors early holiday shopping deals on Saturday and Sunday, according to Main Street Director Angela Avent.

“Due to the pandemic, our downtown merchants have really been hit hard this year,” said Avent. “They are hoping the holiday season will turn around the year and it will kickoff this weekend with the start of a great six weeks or so leading up to Christmas.”

Stores will welcome customers with refreshments, drawings, giveaways and special offers. New merchandise has also arrived for the holiday season at select stores and will be showcased for shoppers to preview and purchase.

Avent said the normal horse drawn carriage rides won’t return this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, but Jolly Old Saint Nicholas will be in town.

“While we won’t have a single location for Santa, he will be making his rounds around downtown shops on Sunday,” added Avent.

The Gingerbread Market is another holiday happening slated for Saturday and Sunday at Franklin Courtyard and The Olive Tree.

Market Manager Jamie Jones said the admission will benefit the Junior Auxiliary of Corinth Coat Drive. Admission is $1 to the market which will feature more than 35 vendors offering both handmade items and boutique goods.

“The market will be a drop off point for the JA Coat Drive, as well. We need donations of new coats to help children in need this year,” said Jones. “All sizes are needed from youth to adult plus sizes.”

The market will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and coat drive donations will be taken from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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