Tonight from 5-8 pm, the Cedarburg Merchant Organization will kick off the holiday season with luminaries to light up Washington Avenue, and free carriage rides for visitors to take in the sights. Many of the businesses who participated in the CMO's #TCIF (Think Cedarburg It's Friday) campaign will be open until 8 or 9 pm every Friday from tonight through December 18th.
The event is in conjunction with the first of the Five Festive Friday Eves, which happen from 5-9 pm at the Cedar Creek Settlement, where the theme tonight is A Celtic Christmas. There will be music by local Irish singer, Derek Byrne, as well as Irish Dancing from students at the Beglan Academy of Irish Dance. Mary Ann Miller will play the harp from 6-8 pm, and Kapco is having their Kids 2 Kids Christmas Toy Drive. For each toy donation, participants will receive a Settlement Sack of Savings.
Several downtown merchants will have their own, in-store festivities this evening. Cedarburg Toy Co. is hosting local personality and children's book author, Rob Haswell, in the store for a book signing, and the Cedarburg Art Museum will host demonstrating Wisconsin artists, Michelle Savas Thompson, Pamela Ruschman, and Barb Wagner, and a make-and-take craft and scavenger hunt for kids.