Greenery and Glitter moves downtown, opens free to public

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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013 12:00 am

The holidays are upon us and with them comes the Greenery and Glitter event like you’ve never seen before.

Moving from its traditional home tour, the Gretna Downtown Association has moved its Greenery and Glitter event into downtown Gretna, complete with a visit from Santa Claus, a holiday and craft boutique, live entertainment and plenty of hot chocolate all on Dec. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m.

“We’re definitely trying to draw people downtown,” GDA President Mike Fischer said.

Fischer said with the growth Gretna has seen in the last few years, it is important to promote — and enjoy — the historic part of the town, which has been around for more than 100 years.

“It definitely needs to stay a part of the community,” he said. “We want people to know this part of the town exists.”

In order to highlight downtown Gretna, Fischer said local businesses and municipal buildings will host events and activities. For instance, the Gretna Children’s Library will hold story times every hour with Mrs. Claus as well as allow parents to take pictures. Santa Claus will also make an appearance at Town & Country Floral.

Outside event goers can view the live nativity set to take place near the intersection of Angus Street and Mc Kenna Ave. as well as a petting zoo and Christmas carolers.

As the event will take place in December, Fischer said it may very well be cold, so the Greenery and Glitter event will have hot chocolate and cookies.

“Plenty of ways to stay warm,” he said.

Another big change in the event, Fischer said, is that it is free to the public. In the past, he said, the tour cost money to raise funds for the GDA. Now, however, it is simply to bring the community together to enjoy downtown.

For those who do want to get in some Christmas shopping, Fischer said there will be the holiday and craft boutique inside the basement of City Hall. A full list of vendors was not available as of press time, however, anyone interested in participating as a vendor can contact the GDA at gretnadowntown@gmail.com.

“We’re definitely giving priority to Gretna vendors,” he added.

Near the downtown area, the Gretna Singing Christmas Tree will perform at Gretna Middle School at 2 p.m. and there will be a Christmas Candelight Coffeehouse performance by Rich Confer at Gretna Baptist Church, with refreshments provided by the Beanery Coffehouse.

Fischer said he and the GDA are excited to reboot a holiday tradition in Gretna and look forward to expanding on it in the years to come.

“We definitely plan on growing it each year,” he said.

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