Meet Kathy Murphy, Queen of the Victorian Christmas

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

On Thursday, the two day Victorian Christmas event will kickoff in downtown Thomasville.

It's a tradition that's gone on for two and a half decades and one woman has had a front row seat since the celebration began.

For the past 24 years, Kathy Murphy has been fitting shoes for generations of men and women in Thomasville. She's a native of Thomasville and has become a fixture of the downtown economy.

It was also 24 years ago, 1986, when the Victorian Christmas took over downtown Thomasville. Kathy is also a fixture of the holidays--and hasn't missed a Victorian Christmas since it began.

"I think people expect to see me here. I've been a part of it from the very beginning. I love it, love seeing people come in," said Kathy Murphy.

Kathy says she's seen people come in all the way from Australia to take part in the spirit of Christmas. She remembers when it first started with a horse and buggy prancing down Broad Street. My how things have changed since then.

"Over the years, we've had to change because of the crowds. You can't believe this many people are in Thomasville."

On Thursday and Friday, Carolers will sing traditional favorites while colorful characters will capture your imagination with street theater. There will be a museum, carriage rides, a winter wonderland..and of course, Kathy Murphy.

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