ALTON — Alton Main Street invites the public to 3rd Thursdays, a shopping event in Downtown Alton where retailers stay open late and offer specials and refreshments.
Park once and ride the free shuttle from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 compliments of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Participants can pick up a passport at any of the 18 businesses, which they will get stamped along the way. Guests who visit every shop on the passport will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a $75 universal gift certificate to spend at any participating store.
This month’s theme is Come Happy, Come Hungry, Come Ugly and features an ugly sweater contest during the event. Wear your ugliest sweater and have your photo taken at Party on Broadway to enter, and the public will judge via online vote to determine the winner of a $25 gift certificate.
The event will include a scavenger hunt — a photo album will be placed on the event’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AltonThirdThursdays) showing items donated by various shop owners; if you can find the item somewhere in the 18 shops, it’s yours to keep for free.
Residents are encouraged to mark their calendars for the next 3rd Thursday on Jan. 21, an eagle-themed event titled Soar on Broadway. For information, visit www.DowntownAlton.com.