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November 27, 2018

GumDrop Square opens Friday night in Old Town

File Photo/Cassandra Brown
GumDrop Square, which opens for the season Friday night, features Santa’s Secret Shop, where children may buy inexpensive gifts.
Over the next three weekends, thousands will flock to Warrenton’s annual Christmas activities in Old Town.

The popular GumDrop Square shop will open Friday night, Nov. 30, after the Warrenton Christmas Parade.

Hosted by Experience Old Town Warrenton, GumDrop Square features photos with St. Nick and opportunities for children to shop for small gifts at Santa’s Secret Workshop in the John Barton Payne Building on weekends through Dec. 21.

The shop will operate:

• 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21, with Main Street closed to vehicles.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8 and 15.

• 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16.

New this year, Old Town will feature a beer and wine garden between Fourth and Fifth streets and food trucks on Friday nights.

“It was very popular for our First Friday events,” EOTW Executive Director Charity Furness said of the beer garden’s addition to Christmas activities.

“We are going to have music playing on the streets and even hope to have a movie playing,” Ms. Furness said. “Every Friday night, we will be lining the streets with a handmade holiday market.”

Fridays also will feature merchant events such as wine tastings and craft demonstrations. Mrs. Claus will read holiday stories to children in the VonCanon General Store at 92 Main St.

First Baptist Church will offer “Parents’ Night Out” activities for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on Fridays in December.

Photos with Santa will be free at GumDrop Square, but donations are accepted. Gifts at Santa’s Secret Shop will cost $2 each.

These roads will be closed on Fridays:

• Main Street between Ashby and Fifth streets.

• Hotel and Court streets.

• Culpeper Street between Lee and Main.

Those who would like to volunteer at the event should contact Ms. Furness at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Last year more than 3,000 people visited Santa over three weekends before Christmas.

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