All the fun of Come Home for the Holidays begins Nov. 27

All the fun of Come Home for the Holidays begins Nov. 27
Scott Daniels

Eric Dietz, Daily Grind Cafe, front left; Marlena Allen, Twice Treasured; Karrie Miller, Art & Soul Gallery; Allison Mann, Be Unique Studios; and Kimberley Adams, OV Harvest; back, Tim Sidel, Around the Corner Frames & Tusc Arts Co-op Gallery; Rob McCulloch, Crete’ Clothing; Debbie Knisely, Alley Cats Marketplace; Pamela Engel, Twice Treasured; Todd Smith, MAD Bros. Games & Hobbies; and Gayle Ross, The Gift Market.


Merchants in downtown New Philadelphia are working to bring the best possible hometown Christmas to the area. The 2020 holiday promotion, Come Home for the Holidays, has participation from all around the historic downtown, and Runaway Elves beckon people to search for their chance to win prizes right up through the end of the year.

With a Black Friday kickoff, more than a dozen downtown merchants met at Daily Grind Cafe downtown recently to get final plans in place. “We have 18 participating businesses now, and that’s pretty big news,” Tim Sidel of Around the Corner Frames on South Broadway said.

“The fact that so many of the businesses downtown are working together to do this is a really big thing,” Todd Smith of MAD Bros. Games and Hobbies said.

"There has been nothing like this in recent memory, where we all participated as a group to make something big happen,” Eric Dietz of Daily Grind Cafe said.

The loosely connected group hopes to bring people downtown to shop for the holidays after a rather difficult retail year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Black Friday sees the beginning of Runaway Elves, when shoppers can begin looking for hidden elves in each of the many participating stores. Begin by picking up an Elf Passport at any participating store, then find the elf at each location and get a stamp. A full passport qualifies for a prize at the end of the year. Once a passport is filled with stamps, return it to the Tuscarawas County Welcome Center at 126 E. High Ave. by Dec. 30 for a chance to win.

Look for those elves right up through the Dec. 30 closing date. Shoppers are encouraged to snap a quick selfie with each elf they find and share via social media with the hashtag #npchristmas. Find elves at Alley Cats Marketplace, Antique Barnwood Creations, Around the Corner Frames & Gallery, Art & Soul Gallery, Be Unique Studios, Cinzia, China Wok, Crete’ Clothing, Daily Grind Cafe, Dayspring Christian Bookstore, The Gift Market, House of Stones, MAD Bros., OV Harvest, SoBoho, To Your Health Nutrition and Twice Treasured.

You might win one of 19 prizes, and winners will be notified via phone.

“It’s a safe way for people to shop local businesses and have more of a traditional Christmas experience,” Kimberley Adams of OV Harvest said. “And I think people have more awareness of the need to support local businesses this year. We’ve had a lot of calls from people who are turning to us for hands-on help from people they know rather than looking online. I think that will make a difference for the whole community this year.”

Allison Mann from Be Unique Studios said her store is offering specialized kits that families can take home and work on together.

A video featuring an introduction by Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Robinson can be found at the Downtown New Philadelphia Facebook page. The video includes Come Home for the Holidays participating merchants talking about what special treats and offers people can expect to find at each of the locations this year.

Learn more about the Runaway Elves at

No matter what you might be looking for this Christmas season, downtown New Philadelphia merchants are going out of their way to bring a unique shopping experience. All the fun of Come Home for the Holidays will begin Nov. 27.

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