DADE CITY — Dade City’s Country Christmas Stroll began with rain showers, but some still braved the elements to participate in the 29th annual event showcasing the various shops around the historic Main Street.
This is the first stroll organized by the Dade City Merchants’ Association since the Downtown Dade City Main Street organization closed its doors in March.
Graham Music Studios Showstoppers and Blackwood Studios dancers performed around the historic Pasco County Courthouse while strollers visited shops and vendors, took wagon rides and kids played in bounce houses and visited Santa Claus in Agnes Lamb Park.
“I think things went well considering the fact that it was the first time we had taken the event,” said Margaret Angell, president of the merchants’ association. “I think the weather played a huge role in preventing us from having a better attendance.”
Angell has high hopes for next year’s event, but she is not content with just boosting attendance.
“Knowing what we know, we will be able to re-imagine the whole event and take it to the next level,” she said.