Walking through the snow…or Amboy

Amboy Hometown Christmas Walk is Dec. 10

AMBOY – The weather forecasters don’t know yet if you’ll be walking through snow on Dec. 10.

But if you want to walk through Christmas cheer while snacking, drinking, shopping, and enjoying yourself, the Amboy Hometown Christmas Walk at 4-7 p.m., Dec. 10 is where your shoes should be.

“The whole point of the Christmas Walk, years ago, was for people to do their Christmas shopping in town,” said Meghan Schamberger, a Christmas Walk organizer. “A lot of the businesses put on specials and they’ll sell gift cards. Usually some of our businesses are closed at 4-5 p.m., but they’ll have extended hours during the Christmas Walk so you can go in and purchase things off of Christmas lists.

“In addition to that, they’re also offering cookies, cider, hot chocolate for the kids. Amboy Central School is having a craft and vendor show, Amanda Hintz Photography will be there, and they’ll have face painting.

“It’s a nice mix where adults can get their Christmas shopping done and there are a lot of kid friendly activities and events.”

Businesses, organizations, and groups involved in the walk are Amboy Central School, Amboy Depot Museum, Amboy Family Restaurant, Amboy Fire Department, Amboy Food and Liquor, Amboy Hometown Pharmacy, Becker Detailing, Depot Tap, Express Lane Shell, Inspired Home Décor & Gifts, Johnson Tractor, Kaleels, Long Branch, Main Flower Shop, Maria’s Pizza, On 3 Photography, Revolution Wellness, Sensient Flavors, St. Patrick Church, Starlight Dance Studio, Teen Turf, The First National Bank of Amboy, The Last Alarm, Thrifty On Main, Two Sisters, and Uncommon Reign.

Santa Claus will make an appearance downtown and trolleys will take visitors from downtown businesses to the businesses on the outskirts of town.

“From where we started to where we are now, just watching the community come together, especially during the holidays, it is huge for our community,” said Schamberger. “The Christmas Walk has grown so much. It is so much fun to see all the people out in town and to see all of the businesses with some hustle and bustle.

“In a small town, during the holidays, business slows down. This kind of brings people out and rejuvenates the town. It brings a sense of community back to town during a busy time of year.”

The walk is designed to bring everyone out to the town’s streets. Not only are there children activities, but there is an attraction for all.

“Our bars have activities as well. The kids can’t go in, but there is something for every age group during the Christmas Walk,” Schamberger said. “There are craft and vending shows for the older residents, activities for kids, for teenagers, and for middle aged parents. There is something for everyone, you don’t just have to have a child to come to the walk.”

The town will be decorated and lit up bright just like it has before for the holiday event.

What the Amboy Hometown Christmas Walk is now began six years ago, but people have made the Christmas trek for decades. And just like before, the magical day during the most magical time of the year, can’t happen without the entire community.

“Without the businesses and everything that they bring, in terms of putting on the little extra events, we wouldn’t have a Christmas Walk,” Schamberger said. “They’re a huge supporter of the walk and go above and beyond to always have little things for kids and extra events for all participants.

“We want to thank all of the participants. We have a lot of volunteers behind the scenes that help put on the Christmas Walk. The City of Amboy is a huge component. I thank all of the people that come together to make this a success every year.”