As the traditional Christmas parade winds through Harlem on Saturday, many of the city's businesses will show off their wares during the inaugural Christmas in the Heart of Downtown Harlem.
City officials asked downtown businesses to hold sidewalk sales or holiday open houses from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., said Kathy Ham, head of the city's newly formed Industry, Trade and Tourism Department.
"We wanted to keep it local," Ham said. "It should be a pretty good size."
Officials said they hope people in town for other events on that day will visit the downtown business, City Manager Jean Dove said.
"We are looking forward to it," Dove said. "It is definitely going to be annual event."
The parade will wind through the streets at about 2 p.m. The holiday event also features all-day entertainment, including local children's choirs, pony and children's rides. A breakfast with Santa Claus and a pecan recipe contest are other events planned for the day.
Breakfast with Santa will be at BG's Deli and Fine Catering at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., and reservations are required.
Anyone with a great pecan recipe to enter into the contest should have the dish to the table beside the police station, 180 N. Louisville St., by 12:30 p.m.
Judging begins at 3 p.m. The contest is free to enter, but recipes must be typed on an index card, Ham said.
Dishes will be judged on flavor, appearance and overall appeal. First through third places will be awarded in entree and dessert categories, and an overall winner will be selected.
"The cooking contest is going to be real unique," said Dove, who is one of the judges.
For more information on any events of Christmas in the Heart of Downtown Harlem or to make reservations for breakfast with Santa, call Ham at 556-0401.
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