Highlands Ramble

When you live in the city, you can't always just up and take off over the river and through the wood to Grandmother's house or whatever when the holidays are nigh. But you can get a facsimile of the pastoral — all while shopping 'til you drop, urban style — during Holiday in the Highlands, an early Christmas present from the merchants and restaurants of Highlands Square taking place today from 1 to 3 p.m. along the folksy commercial strip centered around 32nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard.

Featuring free hot chocolate, visits with Santa and wagon rides drawn by shaggy pony power for the kids, plus merchant open houses for all, it's just the kind of old-fashioned event that puts a smile on everyone's face. And couldn't we use a little more of that in the heart of the push-me-pull-you season? For details, log on to www.highlands-square.com.
Sun., Dec. 2, 1-3 p.m., 2007

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