EDITOR'S NOTE: The following press release was posted without editing.
Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, Christmas Mouse and the elves will be rolling into downtown Paris at 10 a.m. Friday to kick off North Pole Family Fun Day, an annual event sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA).
With more than a dozen free activities for busy little hands, the fun will last until 2 p.m. around the court square, billed as West Tennessee’s festive downtown shopping hub.
“I can’t wait to see all of the good little boys and girls in Henry County,” Santa said in an exclusive satellite interview from the North Pole.
“Rudolph, the elves and I love our gingerbread house on the court square. We’ll be visiting with the youngsters each Saturday and Sunday throughout the holiday season. I am also bringing Mrs. Claus with me this year!
“There’s plenty to do after children visit with me, including free craft tables with ‘make and take’ holiday goodies like hand-print Santas, melted snowman ornaments, paper straw wreaths and jingle bell necklaces hosted by the 4H Club.
“Kiddos also can enjoy face-painting inside Commercial Bank and Trust from 10 am until noon. There’s trackless train rides for adults and children, a petting zoo and other games on the courthouse lawn, all courtesy of the Downtown Paris Association.
“New to the lawn is a photo opportunity with my sleigh for family photos as well as Frosty the Snowman! Bring your camera for pictures with the family that say Merry Christmas from Paris, Tennessee!” Santa said.
The jolly old elf invites everyone to check out the schedule for Downtown Unwrapped, a series of exciting holiday events at www.VisitDowntownParis.com.