Borough residents had better watch out.
Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday in a new holiday event to welcome visitors to downtown Carlisle.
“We are going to give attendees the opportunity to visit many of the downtown restaurants, stores, businesses and churches that make the downtown a great place and people will be able to see all the great things Carlisle has to offer,” said Glenn White, executive director of the Downtown Carlisle Association, the event’s host.
The association has planned a slew of free activities to accompany the visit from the North Pole’s most famous resident.
Entenmann’s in Carlisle has agreed to provide doughnuts with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Comfort Suites while Revelation Photography will snap pictures of those wishing to be photographed with Santa at the Old Courthouse from noon to 4 p.m.
Also, from 1 to 2 p.m., storytelling with Mrs. Claus is planned at the Whistlestop Bookshop and carriage rides will be available to residents from 4 to 6 p.m.
A tree-lighting ceremony is planned at 5 p.m. at the Old Courthouse Building and revelers also are encouraged to attend the Carlisle Theatre for a 7:30 p.m. performance by the so-called Jukebox Kings — The Drifters and The Marcels.
“We are encouraging our guests to visit many of the area businesses and there will be a storefront decorating contest,” White said.
Event participants include: Lili’s Place, The Artists Market of Pomfret, The Urban Cottage, Pat Craig Studios, So-Hi Books, Camellia’s Sin Tea Room & Gifts, Marjorie’s Gems, K. Marie & Co. and The Pomfret Group.
Holiday Passports will be available at several locations downtown where attendees can have it stamped when they visit the local shops.
Once completed, the passport can be turned into any participating shop by 4:30 p.m. which would allow for inclusion in a “Shopping Shots” drawing where 10 people will win gift certificates.
Also, through Saturday, The Yarn Garden will be collecting thermal hats, blankets, gloves and other products that will be sent to those in need as a result of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island, N.Y.
“Downtown should really be beautiful for this,” White said. “Santa will be making his first appearance and it’s going to be a very special event.”