OXFORD >> Last Friday night was a little chilly, but it was substantially more comfortable than Dec. 5, when a cold and slimy rain came down on southern Chester County and Oxford officials decided to postpone the Christmas festivities for a week.

Third Street closed early in the evening, and when it did, many local non-profit organizations arrived with tables along the sidewalks selling trinkets and refreshments.

As the 6 p.m. hour of the tree lighting grew near, the crowd grew and many gathered at the corner for carol singing and the throwing of the switch that activities hundreds of lights contributed by Herr Foods on the boughs.

Most of the Oxford merchants opened their doors, as they do for First Friday events, and some even put out refreshments, while others offered special sales.

The Oxford Arts Alliance, which has led the way in the revitalization of the borough’s cultural life, held an artisan’s sale with items that had been painted, knitted or sewn by their members.

Another popular event was hayrides on carriages drawn by two teams of mules.

But what attracted many children to the evening’s festivities was the visit from Santa Claus. Warmly ensconced in a store, St. Nick sat and listened to wishes and posed for pictures with youngsters.

In addition to the December marking of the Christmas season, Oxford holds first Friday evening events every month, during which stores remain open for late shopping.

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