Christmas cash out there for local shoppers

The annual Christmas Stroll is just about upon us and as an incentive to shop locally, the Conrad area Chamber of Commerce and local businesses are offering Chamber Christmas Tree Cash (CCTC).

It’s going to work like this: the CofC will provide each participating Chamber business member with CCTC to hand out to their customers.

These dollars will be collected as people spend money at the local businesses, and brought to the Tree Auction to use to bid on a tree and other auction items.

The CofC will be purchasing gift certificates from businesses participating in the Christmas Stroll to put on the Chamber tree.

The Week of Holiday Wonders starts on Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. with a bonfire at the swimming pool parking lot.

Come out and Warm up to Winter and have some popcorn, hot cocoa and join in the singing of carols.

Barbie Killion of the CofC says, “Throughout the week you will be welcomed with something special as you ‘stroll’ from business to business.

Santa will be in town on Friday to lead the Cardboard parade which has a new twist. The parade will start at the courthouse and go up Main Street to the old Fleet Building at 712 So. Main. If you would like to be in the parade, show up at the Pondera Center and join the fun.

An invocation will be delivered from the old Fleet building and the winner of the third grade essay will help Santa with the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree.

The Jolly Ole’ St. Nicholas will be at Stockman Bank taking Christmas wishes from children, the Orpheum will be showing Christmas in Wonderland, the library will be presenting their annual recital and businesses will be offering specials galore.

You can still stop in at the Home Café for chili and a cinnamon roll for a food donation to the local Food Pantry and the Lions Club will be cookin’ up their world famous hamburgers on the north side of the old Fleet building along with the Explore America kids.

Businesses participating in the CCTC include the Independent-Observer, the Branding Iron, Mike’s Muffler, Windrift Hill, Jathco, First American Title, Pet Paws, Courtesy Ford, H&R Realty, A Shear Happiness, Frontline Ag, City Center Espresso, Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods IGA, 4U Collision, Liberty Safes, The N’ Thing, Home Café, Pure Bliss Cycle, Country Charm Floral & Gifts, Motivation Fitness and Beyond, The Lobby, Hi-Line Massage, Moose Lodge, Framing Etc., Rocky Mountain Customs, Conrad Tire, Wells Fargo Bank, Headquarters, 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union, Gianarelli Law Office, House of Charles, Creative Addictions, Gustafson Law Offices, Closet Consignment, Village Drug, the Conrad Public Library, the Orpheum Theatre and the Conrad Building Center.

The most awaited activity of the evening will be the “Live Christmas Tree/Wreath auction. This year it will be held in the old Fleet Hardware building. There are 14 one of-a-kind-trees and 14 wreaths to go on the auction block for bidders to choose from. The bidding begins at 8 p.m.

This is going to be a week and an evening of holiday joy with something for everyone. We’ll see You out and about.

If you need more information, contact Killion at the CofC, 271-7791.

Editor's note: More details are lined up in the Chamber ad which is on page 7 of this week's Independent-Observer.