A Very Canton Christmas prep

Anglea Rathbone, owner of A La CupCakes, decorates a tree in her shop window with cupcake themed ornaments, with special assistance from a little elf, Waylon Newhouse. Canton merchants are sprucing up for the first-ever A Very Canton Christmas.

Canton storeowners are inviting shoppers downtown for A Very Canton Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 7, celebrating the new shops that have recently opened in Papertown.

The shopping event will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7, said organizer and Middle Path Nutrition & Wellness Owner Ellen Selm.

“It’s a coordinated event with most of us downtown here,” Selm said. “We want to show people they probably could do all their Christmas shopping right here without having to leave town.”

Shops in Canton will offer refreshments, host local vendors in their stores for additional variety, and bring Santa Claus to town — among other events happening throughout the day, Selm said.

A craft fair will sell locally made goods at the Canton Armory from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7, and Santa Claus will be at Southern Porch from 6 to 8 p.m., with a hot chocolate bar and cookie decorating station set up for the kids.

A scavenger hunt featuring 13 of Canton’s businesses will be offered for shoppers to complete, with participants being entered for a chance to win a gift basket filled with items contributed by the storeowners, Selm said.

“Get out and meet your neighbors,” Selm said. “Meet local craftspeople — see what’s going on here.”

A Very Canton Christmas comes amid the recent repopulation of Canton’s downtown scene, and is a way to celebrate the holiday season while also showcasing all the new businesses that have opened, Selm said.

“I opened in January, and it was still largely a ghost town — at least down here at my end of town,” Selm said. “Now we’ve got a pretty much unbroken stretch of shops you can stroll in downtown Canton. That’s as of this year, it was like one after another places opening.”

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