Holidays

Published on November 30th, 2020 | by TLV News

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Enjoy “Holly Jolly Holidays on the Square” in Oxford December 11–13

This holiday season, locals and visitors will have the opportunity to get in the spirit with ice skating in front of City Hall on the historic Oxford Square as part of “Holly Jolly Holidays on the Square” December 11-13, 2020, presented by  CSpire. Other attractions will include carriage rides around the Square, a live holiday-themed cake demonstration, hot  chocolate, and holiday-themed snacks and more.  

After a year of COVID related gloom, Visit Oxford hopes to spread some Christmas cheer with a COVID-friendly outdoor activity for locals and visitors alike. Executive Director Kinney Ferris said, “With all that 2020 has brought, we wanted to help create something fun for locals, as well as another reason for visitors to visit Oxford and dine in our  restaurants, shop in our retail, and stay in our hotels. We have had many conversations with vendors, the emergency  management team, city leadership, and amongst our staff on how to have a safe, fun activity to keep the spirit alive during this season.”  

Ice Skating 

A 40’x50’ ice skating rink will be installed on Friday, December 11, which will allow up to 40 people to skate safely at one time. Participants will be required to wear a mask and reservations for ice skating will be made online in 30-minute  increments at a cost of $5 per child, $10 per adult. The rental of ice skates is included in that fee. Hours for ice skating will be Friday: 4–8 pm; Saturday: 10 am–8 pm; Sunday: 1–5 pm. Socially distanced spacing will be required while preparing to skate or while viewing the skating.  

Carriage Rides 

On Saturday, December 12, carriage rides will be offered around the downtown Square between 3–7 pm, giving people the chance to ride during the day time, but also at night under the canopy of lights. Similar to ice skating, reservations will be made online and the cost will be $10 per family/group. Participants will be required to wear a mask  while in the carriage. Operators will sanitize the carriage between groups and sanitizer will be available to riders. Socially distanced spacing will also be required while waiting to ride.

Cake Demonstration 

Two-time Cake Wars winners, Sweet T’s Bakery will do a live demonstration of a holiday themed cake at the City Hall Plaza Saturday afternoon. He will start constructing the cake at 1:30 pm and viewers will be able to watch as he assembles another award-winning masterpiece!  

Vendors 

Several local vendors will also join in on the fun and have holiday-themed goodies for sale. Come enjoy a hot chocolate, or coffee, as well as a sweet or savory treat. “In our inaugural year of Holly Jolly Holidays, and in starting this event in the midst of a pandemic, we wanted to start small with hopes to grow and add more vendors and activities in coming years,” Ferris said.  

Sponsors 

CSpire is the presenting sponsor of Holly Jolly Holidays, Chick-Fil-A West Jackson Avenue, Oxford Square North/Mike Overstreet Properties and Magnolia Rental are all Mistletoe sponsors, and Cannon Motors of Mississippi and Chancellor’s House are Noel sponsors of the event.  

For more information on all holiday happenings, go to VisitOxfordMS.com/holidays.  

About Artificial Ice 

Artificial Ice Events, the nation’s largest synthetic ice rental company sets up and installs artificial ice surfaces that require no water or refrigeration. The plastic ice surfaces are built around a new technology that closely resembles the skating experience of real ice.

For media inquiries, contact Kinney Ferris at 662-232-2477 or kinney@visitoxfordms.com.

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