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A successful holiday in downtown Hastings

A group of four girls take a trip on the sleigh. From left to right are Jayden Reed, Gabrielle Wallace, Destinee Reed and Alanna Wallace.

Large crowds came to downtown Hastings on Saturday for the first "Downtown Holiday." Among the main attractions were free rides on a sleigh pulled by reindeer.

Merchants up and down the streets in downtown Hastings had sales and carolers walked through the streets singing carols.

A gingerbread decorating contest was held at one business and free gift wrapping was offered throughout downtown.

The Downtown Business Association organized and promoted the event.