Craig Hart walked around downtown Parker Dec. 1 donning a long, black coat and a top hat, ringing a hand bell with one hand and greeting bystanders with a warm smile and hello. His bell echoed …
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Craig Hart walked around downtown Parker Dec. 1 donning a long, black coat and a top hat, ringing a hand bell with one hand and greeting bystanders with a warm smile and hello. His bell echoed throughout Mainstreet. Self-described as a mysterious creature, akin to a character from a Charles Dickens novel, Hart, 79, enjoys the togetherness the Christmas season brings.
The clopping of hoofbeats from a horse-drawn carriage circling the Historic District of Parker made the town feel, for a few hours, like it stepped back in time.
“I just want to get caught up in the spirit and the love of it all,” Hart said.
The first-ever Parker Christmas Market brought the old-fashioned feel of Christmas to Parker Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, featuring the carriage rides and carolers dressed in Victorian garb singing a cappella favorites.
The event, hosted by the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, invited local retailers to set up a market-style shopping experience in the Parker Historic District. Families sipped hot chocolate and cider as they perused the market and walked about downtown Parker or circled the town in a carriage.
“I think as you get older, just seeing people and getting close to people is really important," Hart said. "Especially nowadays, there's so much vindictiveness in the air, so this is like a break from that.”
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