BRISTOL BOROUGH >> It’s beginning to look a lot like … well … Christmas …in July. sNOw kidding!

Bristol Borough First Friday will bring the atmosphere of Christmas to Mill and Radcliffe streets on Friday, July 5, but with much warmer temperatures.

Now who first dreamed up such a cheery, potentially cheesy, midsummer celebration?

Well, as it turns out, it started in the south. Christmas in July started 86 years ago on July 24 and 25, 1933 at a girls camp called Keystone Camp in Brevard, N.C., per the request of the very interesting, whimsical, dreaming, creative camp co-founder Fannie Webb Holt.

Their first Christmas in July fete included carolers, a Christmas tree, Santa Claus, presents, and fake snow made of cotton.

Pack your bags; we’re headed back in time – and to camp.

Shea Wendowski Cialella, the BBBA Administrative Coordinator and Event Coordinator for First Fridays, confirmed that this Themed First Friday event is ‘Christmas in July’ this Friday July 5 heralding summer’s first Noel.

‘Philly Sports Fans’ will be the theme on August 2.

These family-friendly First Friday community gathering events are held RAIN OR SHINE. [*No theme for September but LOTS of action is guaranteed.]

Join neighbors and meet new friends!

The pedestrian-friendly First Friday events by the Bristol Borough Business Association is a 2019 Everything Bucks: Outdoor Event/ Family Event/ Summer Event & Business or Chamber Event Finalist on The Happening List, the most popular people’s choice competition in Bucks County.

This is the 5th season of the award-winning, fun-filled, family-oriented First Friday street and wharf area festival with music and activities sponsored by the BBBA and co-sponsored by Penn Community Bank and Farmers Insurance, Steve Mooney Agency.

#BristolBoro1stFridays… ‘Christmas in July’ will host a myriad of FREE street fair activities at this family-friendly celebration from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. Mill Street food vendors will sell a variety of festival street foods and the most delicious, fresh, quality local produce, including fruits and tomatoes and corn and vegetables. Bring home some to can, freeze, make jam, salsa or pickles.

There is always an array of shopping and food opportunities along the streets of historic Bristol Borough.

Bristol Riverside Theatre presents “Sprinkles the Elf” story-telling and caroling mini-shows at 5:30, 6:15 and 7 p.m. right on Radcliffe Street. “Buddy the Elf” has promised to come along, as well.

Steve Wolbach, an expert balloon twister/ artist/ sculptor will creatively shape balloons into unique designs and characters and craft them into animals, hats, flowers, and more. “Fun With Balloons” professionally brings the magic [Steve got his start as a magician!] and he is a balloon sculpting machine who just naturally makes people smile with wonder and amazement!

p.s. don’t give anyone named Elsa your balloon…. she will “Let It Go”!

Dreaming of a WHITE Christmas?

Photos are always a great keepsake! Step into the magical world of a snow globe for a fabulous photo opportunity. Take your picture in a human sized “Snow Globe” at the Mill Street Crossing and check out the “Snow Machine” by the Bristol Wharf at the waterfront in Bristol Lion’s Park. Grab a SNOWBALL while you are there.

There's a fun event right around every corner in Bristol Borough.

And there will be fabulous Face Painting! Owner/ artist Lorean Murphy, proprietor of Open Center Yoga & The Crafted Arts Boutique, 100 and 102 Wood Street, will be there with her colors to give the little ones a “Creative Face”.

Kids love having their faces painted! They love to be involved in creative play and imagination.

Children just love F-U-N!

Tell Santa your “Christmas in July” wishes! Write a letter to Santa and post it in Trainpops’ original Santa Claus Post Office. Santa will stop in and make a visit at Trainpops from 5 to 8 p.m. at 400 Mill Street and has even agreed to get his picture taken. While you are there, get head starts on your Christmas shopping in the gift side in their ‘Mill Street Hobbies & Gifts at Trainpops’. Surprise that hard-to-buy-for person in your life and choose from a selection of festive holiday mugs and ornaments, especially plentiful for all the early shoppers. Really, it’s never too early.

And hey, there will be lollipops at Trainpops! Look for their Lollipop Tree decorated with gourmet lollipops for only $1 each.

Jayne McPhearson will [wo]man her 483 Pond Street “Got Wine?” table that will be located in front of Annabella’s Italian Restaurant on 119 Radcliffe Street. She will be bringing a supply of “Holiday Spice” wine for the early Christmas shoppers. This comforting holiday drink tradition is perfect for winter holiday recipes, parties and desserts. Jayne’s prices are so reasonable, one can think of buying a bottle as a Christmas gift for everyone!

Spice & Co., 131 Mill Street presents Christmas décor GALORE! Co-owner, Michael J. Gorman confirms “we are always changing!” Spice & Co. is an exciting adventure, for there are so many different vintage and antique items, as well as distinctive, special Bristol Borough finds.

A single classic piece added to your décor can add character, romance or even a personal statement to your home. Unique items are a flat out conversation piece!

Karla E. Sloan’s premier antique vendor “Bristol Antiques Market”, 329 Mill Street will provide a special First Friday Tent Sale right in front of the shoppes, offering all Christmas related items at 50 percent off.

Venture inside! The market features artisans, makers, creators and curators exclusively selling one of a kind, antique, vintage, architectural salvage, up-cycled and handcrafted items in a price friendly, family welcome, comfortable, enjoyable and eye pleasing environment, brimming with coveted treasures.

Angelina’s Bake Shop, 312 Mill Street will be spreading the sugar & spice holiday cheer early with their fresh from the oven classic Christmas cookies. Rumor has it that Christmas cookies don't have calories, so enjoy a few there and then purchase a batch [or two!] of these ultimate treats to take home to savor and share. Cookies freeze well people! P.S. Try the RYE! They make delicious bread, too.

Table Treasures!

Stop at the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library table. Pick up a copy of their July calendar that is chock full of fun, creative, informational and learning events for ALL ages. Come explore, play, craft and learn at the Grundy full service library this summer! The library is located at 680 Radcliffe Street. INFO: 215-788-7891

Stop and chat with a member of the Garden Club of Bristol Borough.

Their Adams Hollow Community Garden provides common fertile ground for people of all ages to share their knowledge, passion and delicious homegrown vegetables and fruit. It’s PLANT parenthood at its very best! They’ll be happy to teach you to grow your own food and actually eat your garden.

Bucks County Genealogical Society will have a booth set up during #BristolBoro1stFridays offering free guidance to guests interested in starting their family history research, or help for those who have found themselves hitting brick walls while researching their BC ancestors.

Going on vacation?

You will be missed, but Carol [Vogenberg] Protack, a very knowledgeable Independent Beauty Consultant will mail your choice of Mary Kay cosmetic and skin care items right to your home! “I give Christmas in July specials. Previous limited edition products are half price. Nail polishes, eau de toilettes, mineral powder eye colors and cheek colors.”

Give her a shout at 302.737.9476 or cprotack@marykay.com

Shirt alert!

Look for the Shirt Shooter with local business and First Friday themed shirts tossed by a giant slingshot!

Don’t miss First Friday. It’s fun for everyone!

Bucks County Clerk of Courts, Mary K. Smithson is coming back to celebrate First Friday for this ‘Christmas in July’ event. “Attending my first “First Friday” event in June, I witnessed a community which engaged in many festivities. Pure entertainment and enjoyment. What a great evening!”

Bring your family, bring your friends, make some new friends and come join the fun, enjoy the community party atmosphere and soak up the beautiful sights. Everyone enjoys a good street festival.

Don't let a full lot turn you away. Free parking and shuttle bus service is provided every First Friday!

There’s a FREE bus shuttle to the festival from the Lenox Corporation parking lot at 1414 Radcliffe Street, right across from Cesare’s Italian Ristorante, running from 4:45 to 8:15 p.m.

Conveniently park a bit down the road and then enjoy the 3-minute, river view ride through historic Bristol Borough. Once again, these stellar travel accommodations are provided by the always hip yellow school bus, complete with a high-school déjà vu feeling.

Just a one-block jaunt and one will be inundated with the amazing festivities.

Corner of Market & Cedar Streets is the drop off/pick up location.

Welcome Friend!

Come for the history. Stay for the FUN!

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