Shoppers in downtown Hamilton Saturday took advantage of free wagon rides, courtesy of the Hamilton Downtown Association.

The business group was promoting Small Business Saturday, which is a nationwide event to encourage local shopping. The Saturday specials in the stores followed the Friday night Community Christmas Tree lighting.

Hamilton downtown will next have a "Grinch-mas" evening Friday, December 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., where kids can meet the Grinch and downtown businesses will be accepting donations of toys and food for local families. Kids will be encouraged to "grow your heart 3 sizes" (just like the Grinch) by doing good deeds.