Friday After 5 is presenting “Christmas in July,” a first-time theme for the downtown event. Featuring all the holiday decor and festivities, attendees can get their picture taken with Santa, purchase Christmas-themed snacks from food trucks, and have their first chance to try out the City’s outdoor ice skating rink.
Executive Director Francine Marseille said the idea to have a Christmas in July theme stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic when many families weren’t able to travel to see their loved ones during the holidays.
According to Marseille, the event will celebrate both Christmas and the ability to be together.
After being postponed due to the pandemic, the City will finally get to see “Energy on Ice” — the outdoor ice skating rink that will be located at McConnell Plaza — come to life. Costs will be $10 for skate rentals and ice access, while those who bring their own skates will be charged $8.
Marseille said Santa Claus will be making the rounds downtown in his “July outfit,” while elves and Owensboro Dance Theatre performers from the Nutcracker will dance and interact with children and families. Marseille said Buddy the Elf would be out and about as well.
The Daviess County Public Library will have a crafts table set up, featuring a number of Christmas-themed art projects for kids, while Lure Seafood and Grille will serve Christmas-themed drinks.
The Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront will be decorated for the holidays, and the “Elf” movie will be playing on the big screen at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Each band at FA5 will play at least one Christmas song per set.
Marseille said a large number of other downtown businesses will join in by decorating their buildings as well.
“Everyone is trying to get involved to bring a little cheer,” she said. “It might now become a Friday After 5 tradition. I think a lot of people are excited.”
In the event of bad weather, Marseille said people could keep up with changes being made through Friday After 5’s website or app. However, she said, the event would go on no matter the weather, even if it’s held indoors.