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CORBIN — The City of Corbin will be hosting its Christmas Open House in downtown Corbin on Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

“Christmas Open House is an opportunity for the community to come out and find really great Christmas gifts and things, and shop local within the community while there are specials that are going on,” said Aaron Sturgill, Corbin's downtown manager. “It’s also kind of a way to welcome in the Christmas and the holiday season into Corbin.”

On the day of the Open House, restaurants and merchants are encouraged to participate in the event by offering attendees deals and specials.

“It is at their discretion,” Sturgill said about vendors participating in the Open House. “I know Alley Stuff [Antiques and Eccentricities] is certainly doing some things, and 2nd and Main Moonbow Mercantile will be having some specials in there, but there’s not really a list. It’s just the people that want to participate, and they’re all encouraged to — especially anybody that’s open on that day, is encouraged to participate. I know You, Me, Coffee, and Tea, they’re debuting some of their new fall flavors that day, and they were talking about maybe having some specials, as well. Generally everybody is really good about participating and doing some great specials, whether it's a restaurant or a merchant.”

Just like last year, Sturgill says that 2nd and Main will also be hosting its Moonbow Christmas Fair during this year’s Open House.

Sturgill says that Christmas Open House hasn’t changed much since its inception and being organized by Maxine VonGruenigen.

“It’s kind of retained its regularity, I suppose, its tradition, which is great. It’s been a good addition to have in Corbin. Not much has changed, I know this year the introduction of the Grinch Village is something new and kind of exciting.”

This year’s Open House will see a Grinch Village created by Corbin’s Arts and Literary League. To be located in Nibroc Park, the village will allow attendees to enter the village and take pictures with the Grinch and other activities. The village is scheduled to open this Friday.

“It’s going to be really, really neat, I’ve actually seen some of the work they’ve done and it’s going to be set up in Nibroc Park including one of the standees that has the hole where you can pose in the hole, and have that be your face in the item there to take pictures.”

Similar to Open Houses in the past, this year’s event will see Santa’s house return to Nibroc Park with opportunities for children to have their picture taken with Santa Claus. Sturgill says Christmas carolers from the local school systems and a few local churches will also be singing in Nibroc Park during the event. Hot chocolate is being provided by the city’s tourism committee, while free treats are being provided by Cumberland Valley National Bank.

Sturgill says that Hillview Stables will also be present during the Open House offering train rides to children.

According to Sturgill, the city will also be receiving a 14-foot-tall Christmas tree. Unfortunately, the tree won’t arrive before this year’s Open House, but Sturgill says he hopes to have it involved in future years.

“Hopefully next year and the years following we’ll be able to have a lighting ceremony in conjunction with Open House, is my future hopes for that.”

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