Black Friday on Tuesday in downtown Escanaba

ESCANABA — Black Friday on Tuesday will once again help holiday shoppers get a head start on Christmas shopping. The event, sponsored by the Escanaba Downtown Partners in Business and Escanaba Downtown Development Authority, will begin at 3 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, providing visitors and residents alike the opportunity to shop before one of the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday.

According to Peggy O’Connell, president of the Escanaba Downtown Partners in Business, at least 30 downtown business will be showcasing specials including percentages off, gift certificate deals and much more.

O’Connell explained that attendees will be given a stamp sheet with the participating businesses listed, and when shoppers visit the stores, they will be given a stamp saying they were there. Once shoppers have visited 10 stores, they are eligible to be entered into a drawing for a shopping spree, sponsored by Delta County Credit Union, or a gift certificate, from Elmer’s County Market.

The shopping spree will be considered “downtown dollars,” explained O’Connell and can be used at any participating business involved with Christmas festivities in downtown Escanaba.

Along with the shopping deals, the Delta Area Transit Authority will be providing free shuttle rides the full length of Ludington Street, said O’Connell. Buses will run from 4 to 10 p.m.

O’Connell said the event is a great way to get more people in downtown Escanaba, while also supporting local shops.

“Get your friends and family together and come down,” said O’Connell.

Stamp sheets with a full list of participating businesses for Black Friday on Tuesday will be available in Monday’s edition of the Daily Press. A full list can also be found online on the Escanaba Downtown Partners in Business Facebook page.

Downtown visitors also have the chance to see Escanaba get into the Christmas spirit by viewing the town’s Christmas tree being lit.

Ed Legault, DDA director, said the tree will be placed at Center Court outside of the DDA building, located at 1025 Ludington St., and will be lit at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The garland that lines Ludington Street will be lit up at the same time as the tree, noted Legault, adding this adds an even more Christmas feel to the event.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided for guests inside of the DDA office, along with horse drawn carriage rides. Santa Claus is also set to make an appearance downtown.

“It’s a really fun family event,” said Leagult, adding he encourages everyone — especially people with grandkids or kids — to come on down to get a picture with Santa and enjoy the festivities.