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Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for kids to tell them what they want for Christmas and take pictures as well.

If you enjoyed Christmas in July you will want to attend the traditional seasonal Christmas Walk, Thursday around downtown’s historic district on the island. An annual event that has been held for more than 30 years and is enjoyed just as much by the merchants and restaurateurs who all participate in the Christmas holiday spirit.

Santa has agreed to take some time out from his workshop to meet old and new friends. Make sure the children get to meet him as he will be waiting for them in front of DanaTyler at 223 West Venice Ave. between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Families can enjoy the decorations, and parents will want to snap a photograph of their kids with Santa.

Decorated shops downtown always extend their daily hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for this event. As you shop, you will encounter music and treats on the avenues of Miami, Venice, and Tampa.

Once your shopping is done make an evening of this special day by dining in one of the many restaurants. A romantic candlelight dinner may be the perfect end to successful gift buying. A quick slice of pizza will warm, or maybe a round of ice cream sundaes would be more to your taste. Whichever you choose, you will have that warm feeling of knowing you’ve gotten an early start on those presents.

As the city begins its recovery from reconstruction everyone will realize how fortunate they are to have a venue as charming as downtown Venice. Come and enjoy this one day and evening at Venice’s Christmas Walk and give your gift of support for the local businesses.

For more information on the walk, visit them on Facebook at facebook. com/venicemainstreet/ or their website at www.visitvenicefl.org.

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