For many years, the holiday season has kicked off with shopping, lights and a parade. The tradition continues Saturday.
The annual Christmas Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. From 1 - 3 p.m., Santa Claus will be at the Bazaar and available for photos. People are encouraged to bring their cameras and phones to take pictures before he heads over to the parade.
Deby Lannen, Main Street manager, has hosted the event for the last nine years, and said it has always been a great event for holiday shopping.
"We'll have a little bit of everything you want for everybody on your list," she said. "It's hard sometimes to get really good gifts for people, and this is an opportunity to get something that is unique that you can't find everywhere."
Lannen said this year, the space inside is smaller, so there will be more vendors outside in the parking lot. Currently, there are 16 vendors reserved for inside City Hall and 15 for outside, but she is still accepting booth applications.
In previous years, there have been about 40 vendors and Lannen expects as many this year.
"We're excited about it. The weather is supposed to be good so the people outside will have be able to have a great time," she said.
Booths range from people selling books to Christmas cookies to hand-crafted jewelry. There will also be vendors with decorations and items that can be used as gifts.
The Taylor Middle School cheerleaders will be at the Bazaar selling Christmas t-shirts to help raise money for their trip to Florida to compete in nationals.
"This will be a good opportunity to come over here and do some shopping, and then head into the downtown area and finish up before the parade," Lannen said.
Other holiday events:
Start your holiday shopping early with the downtown Wine Swirl. The event will be held Friday, Nov. 30 throughout downtown Taylor. Tickets are $40 and include a gift bag, wine glass and other goodies. The wine swirl begins at 5 p.m. Check-in is at Mezoozah’s.
At 1 p.m., the Historic Homes Tour will begin. The bi-annual event is sponsored by the Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society. The tour will also run on Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and available at many downtown shops and the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce.
The Dan Moody Museum continues its holiday tradition with the annual Victorian Christmas celebration. Catch a glimpse of Taylor’s holiday history in exhibits and children’s games. The event is 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Children in grades K-4 are invited to exercise their artistic expressions at the free Ornament Workshop from 1-3 p.m.
Parade of Lights
The capstone to the day is Taylor’s annual Parade of Lights at 7 p.m. The parade runs along Main Street from about Twelfth to Third and will include marching bands, colorful floats from all over the area, interesting and unique cars, fire trucks from area fire departments, kids of all shapes and sizes and, in the final float, Santa Claus.