"City Sidewalks" hopes to draw downtown crowd

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People are braving the cold to get into to the holiday spirit in downtown Indianapolis.

"City Sidewalks" is a free event packed with family-friendly activities.

Members of the Indianapolis Indians' staff were getting in the holiday spirit as they took part in a tree decorating contest.

"I think in cold weather, a lot of people are thinking of spring and what better way to celebrate the holidays than maybe think about baseball?" said Jennifer Schwab.

It's all part of the second annual City Sidewalks festival along Georgia Street

"We're trying to create an outdoor festival for people to enjoy. It will probably never be as big as the Kris Kringle Fest in Chicago, but that's kind of what were aiming towards," said Georgia Street Manager Melissa Thompson.

Friday afternoon, they were setting the stage for live music and firing up the grill for some hot, tasty foods, including chili and potato soup, served in bread bowls.

Nearly two dozen vendors also set up on Georgia Street to sell their crafts.

"It's the weekend, there'll be a lot of people and it's Christmas," said one of the vendors.

There is also free ice skating at Pan Am Plaza and a live nativity scene outside St. John's Catholic Church. While the sheep were prepared to weather a storm, others were a bit concerned about the forecast.

"Yes, snow is coming, so it could be difficult to navigate, but we're hoping it doesn't stop people from coming down," said Kerry Barnann, Bohlsen Group.

But the threat of bad weather wasn't about to stop the folks from the Indiana State Museum from going all out on their tree.

The festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday on Georgia Street downtown.

"City Sidewalks" website