It’s Christmas all down Main Street in East Aurora, NY, and although the streets can be a little slushier than the summertime, this might be our town’s biggest show! Store windows are boasting snowflakes, colorful poinsettias, and nutcrackers standing sentry.
Our own toy soldier is up greeting customers at the toyshop, and Santa hats are already atop most dolls and teddy bears throughout the shop. Dad even got the trains running along their tracks near the ceiling, with small puffs of smoke lingering in spots and engines chugging and bells ringing, just audible above the festive holiday music.
The town’s quirky five and dime is packing them in for their signature wacky gifts, such as bacon bandaids, pickle-flavored mints, and gnomes dressed up as biker babes—and the poster for the Carolcade—with its annual Guiness-record attempt--is in the window.
The historic theater is showing holiday films and selling their gourmet popcorn. And shoppers are gathering armfuls of gifts like pottery, décor, and clothing from the small, family-owned shops that line the faux brick street. And swinging around the corner to pick out a great book.
Of course, there are also a few of my favorite restaurants and cafes, great places to stop in for a hearty sandwich or a great cup of tea. Or cocoa. (Mmmm, cocoa.)
East Aurora, of course, is a real town and worth a visit. (See more!)
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Enjoy your shopping trip to East Aurora!