By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 7, 2018
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Friday afternoon, local shops were getting ready for one of the biggest shopping days of the year in downtown Thomasville.
They're expecting a big crowd for their last First Friday Sip and Stroll of the year.
During last December's event, downtown saw around 5,000 people in one night.
"First Friday last December was big in every sense of the word. It had a huge economic impact on downtown. We had lots of holiday shopping," said Sarah Baggett, with the City of Thomasville.
Downtown streets are adorned in Christmas decoration and holiday cheer.
Local shops are inviting people into their hometown for all their holiday shopping needs.
"The downtown is decorated in just a lovely way and we have those carriage rides everyone loves," said Cadence Kidwell, owner of the Fuzzy Goat.
Kidwell started as a frequent shopper driving from Tallahassee, before deciding to move to Thomasville to open her own shop downtown.
Switching roles, she now loves spending the holidays helping visitors shop local to find the perfect gift.
The City says they've already seen up to a 75% increase in people booking hotels this weekend for the event.
Thomasville's largest annual event, Victorian Christmas, is next week.
Every hotel in the area is already booked to max capacity.