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Christmas Walk in Bellevue

For those of us who cannot make the trek up to New York City to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Northern Kentucky has the next best thing, in Bellevue.
While it’s not a parade in the traditional sense, the City of Bellevue has invited Northern Kentucky holiday shoppers to parade up and down their main urban corridor, Fairfield Ave., during its annual Christmas Walk, scheduled to begin Black Friday morning, to visit Bellevue’s many locally owned small businesses.
Participating shops all along the avenue will open their doors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.
“The Christmas Walk is an opportunity to introduce new to Bellevue’s small, independent merchants, as well as serve existing customers,” Assistant City Administrator Jody Robinson told The River City News“We have the added benefit of Small Business Saturday that helps carry the message of the significance of small businesses in creating a healthy community and great place.”
For Robinson, the Christmas Walk also offers a chance to provide Northern Kentucky holiday shoppers a stress free, community oriented shopping experience. “We’ve also bring sanity back into holiday shopping and reward our visitors,” she said.
Participating shops will provide snacks and refreshments to visitors, and with each location shoppers visit, they will be entered into a drawing for various prizes, including a grand prize of a diamond ring from Cleves and Lonnemann Jewelers, located smack in the heart of downtown Bellevue.
“The point is to incentivize people to visit multiple shops along the avenue throughout the day,” Robinson explained to Bellevue City Council earlier this month.
And, of course, no Christmas Walk would be complete without a visit from the Jolly Old Elf, himself. Holiday walkers will find Santa Claus, and the Mrs. as well, parading down Fairfield Ave. in a historic Bellevue fire engine, to arrive at Bella on the Avenue at 11 a.m.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus will then be seen strolling up and down the avenue, window­shopping for their own locally sourced gift ideas.
“We hope everyone will make the Christmas Walk their contemporary tradition,” Robinson said.
Participating shops:
Circle of Hope
Petri’s Flowers
The Olde Guest House Boutique
Avenue Brew
Splendid Things
Treasure Cellar
Le Sorrelle
Ball Embroidery
The Cozy Cottage
Bellevue Bistro
Witt’s End Candy Emporium
Generation Hill Winery
Bella on the Avenue
Cleves and Lonnemann Jewelers
Mrs. Teapots Tea Room
Healing Therapy Associates
Purple Monkey
Bellevue Animal Hospital
Farmhouse Primitives
The Bellevue Beadery: Down Memory Lane
Interior Visions
Twisted Sisters Café
Schneider’s Sweet Shop
Cincy Weddings by Maura/Maize Music
Twice as Nice Antiques and More               
Siam Orchid
Elusive Cow
501 Salon & Spa
Jo Ann’s Hairstyling
Virgil’s Café
Higgins Violins
Field of Vue Art
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Written by Pat LaFleur, RCN contributor

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