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CANTON, OH (November 12, 2009) - The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce's 19th annual installment of Light Up Downtown is your ticket to 16 city blocks alive with attractions, entertainment, refreshments and goody bags for the kids on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. And for the first time ever, Santa's very first Children's Elf is heading to downtown Canton for a magical, musical holiday jamboree and ELFstravaganza on the main stage at 6 p.m. [gallery link="file" columns="4"] This year's Light Up will feature Christopher Pop-In-Kins, every child's favorite elf, in a very special musical main stage show that will light up the skies and light up your spirits with community musical acts, fantastic fireworks and a ho, ho, ho-liday visit from the man in red. You're in for a night of surprises and fun for all ages! Best of all, this festive festival is FREE! Christopher Pop-In-Kins will make his Light Up Downtown debut on the main stage with the help of more than 100 local performers, performing holiday favorites such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, and many more. The event pre-show, sponsored by Mix 94.1, will run from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by the main stage show. You can look forward to carriage rides, singing and local dance troupe performances, children's crafts and activities and more. The downtown center city is transformed into a winter wonderland for the occasion, and our local businesses will provide activities and refreshments as you take in all the holiday delights our community has to offer. During the event, the Canton City Fire Department will distribute hats and mittens to local area children in need. If you would like to donate new children's hats and mittens, please bring them to one of our donation boxes, located at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and other downtown Canton locations, between now and the Light Up Event. Visit LightUpDowntown.com for a list of all donation locations. Light Up Downtown will run until 8:30 p.m. and will be held snow, rain or shine. There will be plenty of free parking, both on-street and in the Timken High School and Stark County District Library parking lots, as well as parking in various decks and lots throughout downtown for a minimal charge. This year's Light Up event is chaired for the second year by Kayleigh Kriss, on-air personality for Mix 94.1, with co-chair Char Lautzenheiser, museum director of the Canton Classic Car Museum and a wonderful committee of dedicated volunteers. Our event sponsors include: Key Bank, AEP Ohio, along with Aultman Health Foundation, Downtown Special Improvement District, Mix 94.1 and WHBC AM, The Repository, PPI Graphics and The City of Canton. Visit LightUpDowntown.com for a full schedule of events, free coloring pages for the kids and the more about Christopher Pop-In-Kins. For those looking to double the dose of downtown holiday hoopla, the Dec. 4 First Friday Snow Much to Do Downtown will continue the holiday festivities downtown. Visit CantonFirstFriday.com for First Friday details.
About Christopher Pop-In-KinsTM and Imaginatives® Christopher Pop-In-Kins, written and published in 1985 by Flora Johnson of Atwater, Ohio, is the award winning story of Santa's "very first Children's Elf." Imaginatives is the creative team behind Christopher Pop-In-Kins. Located in Alliance, Ohio, Imaginatives specializes in the development, marketing and distribution of children's books and toys. For more information, visit Christopher Pop-In-Kins online at www.ChristopherPopInKins.com.
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