Horse carriage

A pair of horses pulled a carriage filled with happy revelers around downtown Bradford during Old Fashioned Christmas in 2017.

Bradford will step back in time and celebrate “Old Fashioned Christmas” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in its downtown historic business district.

The day of events kicks off with “Brunch with Santa” at Beefeater’s from 9 to 11 a.m. Families can enjoy a buffet-style brunch while Santa visits each table. A free movie showing of “The Polar Express” at the Main Street Movie House will begin at 11:30 a.m. The horse-drawn carriage rides are back by popular demand and will be boarding at The Main Street Mercantile from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dancers of Studio B Dance Academy’s “Queen B” Dance Troup will have three performances at St. Bernard’s Gymnasium at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.

Additional events include “Storyland” with Mrs. Claus at On The Side Books on Kennedy Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and community caroling performed by the “Christmas from the Heart” cast on Main Street from noon to 2 p.m.

This year, gift wrapping is available at the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce office, hosted by Open Arms Church. Popcorn will be available at the horse carriage boarding area, and hot chocolate is available at the Chamber of Commerce office. Santa will also make appearances at the Movie House following the movie and at the Main Street Mercantile. The carriage rides are sponsored by Hennard Construction and ERA Team VP Real Estate. Old Fashioned Christmas is held in conjunction with the Dickens Christmas Market at Marilyn Horne Hall.

In addition to these special events, downtown businesses will be offering holiday specials and sales for the day.

“This year, we really wanted to emphasize and encourage community involvement. The event is full of family fun and great shopping opportunities,” said Main Street Manager Anita Dolan.

“We are very excited about Old Fashioned Christmas. The event is the perfect opportunity for everyone to enjoy Bradford’s beautiful historic character while doing some Christmas shopping,” she added.