If you're in the market for bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens as part of your holiday shopping list, then the Aiken Downtown Development Association's 2012 A Holly Day might be the ideal place to find that perfect gift. A total of 22 businesses will be participating on Saturday, said Carla Cloud, ADDA executive director.


A variety of businesses will be offering specials, discounts and coupons, in store promotions, activities and entertainment as part of the festivities. Several of the stores will have refreshments for peckish shoppers who are looking for a sudden burst of energy.


Among those entertaining at A Holly Day include the St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church's organist, and the Midland Valley High School Show Choir from noon to 12:30 p.m., Cloud said.


But, if that's not enough, direct from the North Pole to Chris' Camera Center, jolly old St. Nick will be making an appearance and will be available for photographs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Shoppers who come out and support the participating businesses, and are observed carrying bags by an army of discreetly-placed Santa's helpers, may receive a special surprise.


“We wanted to show our appreciation for how important the shoppers are, and a couple of years ago, we decided to have elves go around with little gifts as a way of saying thank you,” Cloud said.