On Friday, the Main Street Association in Hamilton hosted their annual Music on Main. From B Street to Eaton Avenue, Main Street was the place to be. You could call it a shop-hop or a music fest, but Friday night was really a huge Hamilton party. Shops and businesses opened their doors and music filled the streets. In addition, food trucks and pop-up coffee and hot chocolate vendors were around every corner. And what holiday party would be complete without a visit from Old Saint Nick himself? With all of the new businesses on Main, we tried to visit as many shops as we could!

Pet Wants is one of the newest additions to the Main Street family. Without a doubt, their debut at Music on Main did not disappoint! Kyle LeMaster & The Honky-Tonk Heroes had the entire shop swaying while they shopped gourmet pet treats. As an added surprise, there were treats for people too! Yield Coffee Roasters had a pop-up counter where they served coffee and hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows.

On the other side of Main Street, Future Great Comics had rotating performers serenading shoppers as they entered the shop: Better Together Duo, Bubbleteakitty and Rogue.Lily. Inside, among the comics, art and collectibles, you were greeted by puppies! The Animal Adoption Foundation came with some adoption-ready dogs for the crowds to love on. There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than cuddling with those cuties!

The celebration continued throughout Main Street. Across the street at True West, Hamilton favorites Circle It and Off Black treated audiences to rocking performances. The scene at The Studio was just as hopping. While many people painted their own ceramic masterpieces, a DJ hosted dancing and karaoke in the back. From down the street, we heard the trumpet soloist at Main Look Salon trilling Holiday classics.

And, of course, Santa was close by as well! Main Street transformed a currently vacant building into a holiday wonderland. Inside, Santa was surrounded by beautifully decorated Christmas trees. He greeted children one by one and sent them off with candy canes.

Overall, it was a magical evening of music and family fun. If you weren’t able to experience Music on Main for yourself, TV Hamilton created a quick video of the festivities. This is an annual event, so you’ll want to make sure you mark your calendars for next year!