Step back in time at Old Tyme Christmas

Slow down and soak up the Christmas spirit during Ladysmith's Old Tyme Christmas and Candlelight Walk Friday, Dec. 5.

This Friday, it’s a chance to slow down and soak up the Christmas spirit during the third annual Old Tyme Christmas and Candlelight Walk.

From 5-8 p.m., there will be many activities for the whole family inside and outside businesses in downtown Ladysmith.

Turn black the clock and experience the warmth and magic of a 1920s Christmas, with everything from roasted chestnuts and caroling to horse and carriage rides.

Learn how to make candle lanterns during a workshop at Antique Addict from 5-7 p.m. and then join the elf stretch and the Candlelight Walk, which leaves from Antique Addict at 7 p.m.

Take in the Live Nativity Scene near the chess board from 6-7 p.m.

You’ll be able to take horse and carriage rides from the library parking lot and enjoy the sounds of choirs caroling along the street.

Santa will be at the 49th Parallel parking lot from 5-8 p.m.

Warm up by the outdoor fires at the library parking lot and at Ladysmith and District Credit Union.

Throughout the evening, the trolley will be running to get you from one end of First Avenue to the other.

Volunteers from Oceanview Community Church will be offering child minding services upstairs at the Legion, and they have a lot of fun activities planned. There will be five craft tables, and the room will be decorated and music will be playing. Bill Young will be reading stories to the children at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

There will be many activities inside the downtown businesses, including crafts, games, story time, letters to Santa and more, and many businesses are offering treats and in-store specials.

Look for maps at downtown businesses to show you where all the activities are or search for Old Tyme Christmas and Candlelight Walk on Facebook.

Stores will be open for late-night shopping until 8 p.m. so that you can check all your gifts off your Christmas shopping list.

Find the elf on a shelf during a scavenger hunt in participating businesses while you stroll up and down First Avenue and our side streets, and you just might win a prize.

Following Old Tyme Christmas, the late-night shopping continues, with many downtown stores staying open until 8 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 19.