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Christmas Stroll in Abbeville continues in cold weather

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Thursday came with cold and rainy weather, but that did not stop the Christmas Stroll tradition in Abbeville. 

Families bundled up and came out to support a tradition that the organizer said has been going on for 19 years.

"Well 19 years ago we decided that we needed to have a family oriented event, kind of like a old fashioned Christmas. Where people could come downtown, visit with friends, and view our historic downtown and get some shopping," Beckett said. 

Families were able to go around to different merchants who opened their doors specifically for this event. 

"There are 17 merchants that are involved, and we do three gift basket give-aways. So they need to go around to these merchants and get a stamp, and its kind of like a scavenger hunt. When they finish they come back to Magdalen Square and drop the card off and at the end of the night we do a drawing," Beckett said. 

Santa also made an appearance inside of City Hall so that people could take a break from the cold and go visit. 

Several kids at the event said they were excited to walk around "the circle", and see Santa on a school night. 

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