Extended hours will continue through the weekend, with events going on Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Non-retail businesses will be open to guests, as well, and many business owners will provide free food for customers. Dancer's Pointe on Lexington Avenue will be hosting a display of Sarah Laiair photography. The Chamber of Commerce will be set up downtown to sell Winchester themed Christmas tree ornaments, including representations of Holly Rood, the Leeds Center for the Arts and the old Ale-8-One factory.
For the second year, horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown also will be available. Rides are $5 and will begin and end at the Leeds Center on Main Street Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Clark County Early Learning Center will be in front of the Leeds selling baked goods and hot chocolate, as well.
"While you're waiting in line for the carriages, you can have a little snack," Thornbury said.
A new Winchester holiday tradition will begin at this year's Open House, making it possible for Winchester First to provide more Christmas lights downtown. For $5, a light bulb can be purchased in someone's honor. The lights will be turned on during the Christmas parade on Dec. 5 and a map will be published in The Winchester Sun to help locate specific lights.
"It's very cool for the holiday season," Thornbury said.
Snowmen cutouts will be decorated and displayed by 28 businesses beginning Thursday evening. The snowmen will be auctioned just prior to the Christmas parade.
"We spend a lot of time and energy advertising Open House because it's such a big deal," Thornbury said.
For more information on Winchester First or the Holiday Open House, contact Thornbury at 737-0923.
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