Grand Ave’s annual winter celebration stroll offers a full day of traditional holiday (and fairly kiddo-focused) activities, from visiting Santa to caroling to shopping—as well as one of our favorite winter pastimes: eating soup! Local restaurants face off in a soup battle, inviting attendees to sample the entrants and vote. Once you’ve supped, check out the two art fairs, take a trolly or firetruck ride, or slip into a store: most of the businesses have in-store activities and specials, from reading at Red Balloon to wooden spoon giveaways at Bank Cherokee, so you plot your route based on how much outdoor time you fancy. Saturday, December 1, 8:30 AM – 5 PM. Free. —Isabelle Wattenberg

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