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It’s the time of year when Frankfort Avenue rings in the holidays with the 21st Annual Olde Tyme Christmas on Saturday, December 3.  The festivities kickoff at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m.

“Saturday is shaping up to be a beautiful day to kick off the holiday season, with a sprint, a stroll, a walk with your dog or a visit with Santa,” says Councilman Bill Hollander (D-9).  “It’s a great way to support the important work of United Crescent Hill Ministries who help those in need at this time of year, while also supporting our local businesses.”

The day begins with the annual Santa Sprint & Stroll, a merry 5k Run or 1-Mile Walk presented by the Frankfort Avenue Business Association, to benefit the United Crescent Hill Ministries.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at Barret Traditional Middle School, 2561 Grinstead Drive.

The run and walk starts at 9:00 a.m. and travels a flat course on South Peterson Avenue, South Galt Avenue and Frankfort Avenue before ending back at the school, where refreshments will be served. Photos with Santa will begin at 8:30 a.m. Bring your camera.

The following streets will closed from 8:30 am – 10:30 am, with no parking from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.:

Street Closures from 8:30 am – 10:30 am

  • South Peterson Avenue from Frankfort Avenue to Grinstead Drive
  • Frankfort Avenue from Stilz Avenue to the railroad tracks
  • South Galt Avenue from Frankfort Avenue to Rowland Avenue

No Parking from 7:00 am – 11 am

  • Frankfort Avenue from Stilz Avenue to the Railroad Tracks
  • South Peterson Avenue from Frankfort Avenue to Grinstead Drive
  • South Galt Avenue from Frankfort Avenue to Rowland Avenue

At 11:00 a.m. dogs take over the Avenue with the annual Holiday Dog Walk.  Registration and a costume contest begin at 11:00 a.m. at 2005 Frankfort Avenue, in front of the locally owned Barkstown Road at Frankfur Avenue. The walk will start at Noon and will go to the Pet Wants on The Avenue, 1718 Frankfort Avenue, where Santa Paws will be waiting to take pictures with pets from Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Free trolleys run throughout the Avenue from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and free horse carriage rides are from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Carriages rides will be available at two pickup locations: parking lot of The Manhattan Project (behind Nancy’s Bagels) and at Walgreens (corner of Ewing and Frankfort). The Manhattan Project will be offering drink and food specials for those waiting for carriages. Many shops and restaurants all over The Avenue will have holiday specials and churches have craft and gift shows and bazaars.

In the early afternoon, the focus shifts to the Avenue in front of Margaret’s Consignments, 2700 Frankfort Avenue.  Councilman Hollander will present the Frankfort Avenue Business Association’s Golden Antler and Good Neighbor Awards at 2:00 p.m., recognizing the Avenue’s best-decorated shops and some outstanding area neighbors.

“Come out and join the fun, and Happy Holidays,” says Hollander.