Although constant rainfall spoiled some of the fun, there still was plenty of holi­day excitement to be had Saturday as the City of Elizabethtown hosted its annual downtown Christmas programming.

While the scheduled parade was canceled and the Christmas tree lighting was rescheduled for tonight at 6 p.m., all indoor activities remained on-schedule Saturday.

Holiday activities kicked off at 8 a.m. as The State Theater hosted a Breakfast with Santa event. During the breakfast, participants had the opportunity to take photos with Santa Claus, make crafts and enjoy pancakes and sausage. Photos were provided by TGR Photography and local Rotary Club members were on-hand as volunteers.

State Theater operations manager Beth Pyles said despite the heavy precipitation Saturday, attendance for the Breakfast with Santa event was exceptional. She said all but one of the photo sessions were sold out.

“People are so excited to be here,” she said. “The rain has not put a damper on our facility and our activity and hopefully everybody will enjoy the rest of the day. There’s a lot going on downtown.”

The State Theater also was the venue for screenings of the 2004 film “The Polar Express” at 1 and 7 p.m. Children attending the movies were invited to wear pajamas as they enjoyed the film and were given jingle bells as they left.

Mrs. Claus also was involved in the fun Saturday morning as The Wicked Eyed Woman hosted a Breakfast with Mrs. Claus event at 9 a.m. At noon, Santa Claus made his way over to Roxie’s Café for a Lunch with Santa event.

At the Brown-Pusey House, children could show off their craft-making skills as the historic venue hosted its annual Santa’s Workshop. Taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., attendees were provided with two craft kits, materials for a beeswax candle, crayons, coloring pages, snacks and a beverage.

Brown-Pusey House employee Stephanie Furlong said the workshop also was well-attended despite the rain.

“We’ve had a pretty good, steady crowd so far,” she said. “I think the Breakfast with Santa helped.”

Pyles said though Mother Nature wasn’t cooperative Saturday, plenty of holiday fun was had.

“Our goal is to have fun, family-oriented things for our community to do,” she said.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or

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