I would visit downtown Belleville for a a German Christmas market. Visiting the Christmas marts in Germany was one of my favorite holiday traditions while we were stationed in Germany.
I can understand the concerns of the brick and mortar merchants. Why don't the downtown merchants display their seasonal items in front of their stores? I would love to be able to buy a seasonally flavored treat from Cupcakes Too, and a cup of spiced tea or flavored coffee while seeing what's available at Ben's to decorate my home. Or a sampling of colorful accessories to update my wardrobe just might bring me into one of the clothing stores. And the sport shop is where I found those electric hunting socks a few years ago, I wonder if they have something new?
I could probably spend a good deal of time getting reacquainted with the downtown business and that seems like a lovely time out.