Carriage Rides Attract Large Crowds to Downtown Lynchburg

Lynchburg, VA - Every Saturday before Christmas, Lynchburg puts on Holiday Traditions at the Community Market.

It's an effort to bring people downtown to shop and eat all while getting in the Christmas spirit.

The Grinch and Max the dog were out meeting people and giving out treats. Vendors at the Mistletoe Market sold wreaths and Christmas treats. And inside, there were holiday foods and great presents. Kids could also get their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

But big or small, most came out for one special thing: The carriage rides.

The horse-drawn carriages took people around downtown. Hundreds of families and friends waited in line to get a ride and meet the horses.

"We just decided to get to downtown Lynchburg and get in the Christmas spirit and take Ally on a horse ride today," said Tate Gallagher, who was out with his baby and wife.

The carriage rides are free and a great reason to come out.

"The market is always an attraction, but I think the carriage rides are a special part of it at this time of year," said Randy Nelson.

"I like the carriage ride because we got to look at stuff at downtown, and I just thought it was really fun," said Sarah Lynn.

Stephanie Keener from Lynch's Landing helped organize the rides. She says the goal is to get people to eat and shop here for the holidays.

"You don't need to go anywhere else to shopjust come on down to see us, and we'll take care of you," she said.

Holiday Traditions will definitely help you get in that Christmas spirit.

Carriage rides at the community market will be running Saturday Dec. 8 & 16 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Two carriages will leave from the community market.

The Grinch will be in downtown Lynchburg Dec. 8 & 15 as well, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

To see more holiday events going on, check out Lynch's Landing's website.

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