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Tonight's activities downtown are the culmination of a day full of Christmas fun.

The day began with merchants offering some special incentives for shoppers to spend time downtown.

(Bonny Kemper, Downtown Association Executive Director)"We want people to know that the Downtown is alive and well."

Alive and well with the Christmas spirit, that is.

Downtown Minot is celebrating another year of holiday cheer with an Olde Fashioned Open House.

Businesses offered Black Friday sales and even something sweeter than the holiday deals.

(Bonny Kemper, Downtown Association Executive Director)All of the stores have wonderful specials going on and they have little extras to entice everyone. Hot chocolate, cider, homemade cookies."

The Christmas treats were a big hit with holiday shoppers.

Much like the garland and lights adorning store fronts, sidewalks, and the street.

(Janel Wunderlich, Gourmet Chef Food Demonstrator)"It's pretty festive. If you haven't been Downtown, it's decorated beautifully, they've done a really good job. It's really going to be fun. All of the stores are open and it's just going to be really fun."

But to truly ring in the holiday season a special visit was required from two familiar holiday faces.

(Bonny Kemper, Downtown Association Executive Director)"I think it's important for Minot to remember that downtown is the heart of the city. This is where we have wonderful events going on for the whole family from children to parents to grandparents."

(Janel Wunderlich, Gourmet Chef Food Demonstrator)"It's fun, it's festive. The more the merrier."

The more the merrier Christmas.

The day-long Christmas shopping event continues for a couple of more hours tonight with music, apple cider and treats, and Santa, all in downtown Minot.

And meteorologist Tom Schrader is here to take in the excitement downtown - how's the weather shaping up for the weekend?

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