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Outdoor events at this weekend's Downtown Holiday event in Hastings cancelled because of the cold

Update: On Friday afternoon, organizers of the Downtown Holiday event in Hastings decided to cancel all the outdoor activities because of the forecasted cold temperatures. The event will continue Dec. 14, Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 as scheduled.

This December, get ready to enjoy the holiday season right here in Hastings. The Hastings Downtown Business Association is holding its Downtown Hastings Holiday Event Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 22.

This is the second year the downtown businesses have come together to host the celebration. It started last year with a single day event featuring reindeer sleigh rides and pictures with Santa.

The idea is to encourage people to visit the variety of items and services available downtown.

So this year, the DBA and other sponsors decided to run the event over five days. Each day has a set of events scheduled; there are also window decorating contests for the businesses to show off their holiday spirit, a downtown tree decorating contest and treats.

Here is the schedule:

• Saturday, Dec. 7 – Horse drawn wagon rides, noon to 4 p.m.; Pawn Stars, noon to 3 p.m.; Antique Road Show, noon to 3 p.m.; pictures with Santa at The Legion, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; caroling by Black Dirt Theater; Christmas tree raffle at Tenacious K’s.

• Saturday, Dec. 14 – Horse drawn wagon rides, noon to 4 p.m.; breakfast with Santa at 2nd Street Depot, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Christmas tree raffle (drawing at 3 p.m.); in-store specials.

• Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21 and 22 – Grinch weekend; pictures with the Grinch at R.J.’s Tavern, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; lunch with the Grinch, at the Busted Nut (Saturday) or at R.J.’s Tavern (Sunday), 12:30 p.m.; restaurants serving Roast Beast and Whoville drinks; steampunk at Gracie and Me, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, look for the Hastings Downtown Business Association page on Facebook.