Holiday season kicks off with Small Business Saturday
Henryetta is gearing up for a busy holiday season, with lots of events and shopping for the perfect present – starting Black Friday.
Merchants are getting their windows decorated for the Henryetta Chamber’s Window Decorating Contest the best display of the Christmas spirit and the most creative. You don’t have to be on Main Street to participate.
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded thanks to First Family Federal Credit Union.
The Henryetta Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with American Express’ Shop Small Saturday national campaign, is encouraging everyone to shop local and shop small and support those businesses during the holiday season, but throughout the year.
Shop Small Business Saturday is Nov.
25, and several events have been planned in the community.
A Small Business Showcase, presented by 2 Sassy Skirts and the Chamber, will be held inside the Briefcase, 313 W. Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Businesses featured will offer specials and discounts, and give shoppers an opportunity to walk away with some great deals from craft and home goods vendors.
Also that day, the Chamber of Commerce will have their Cookie Crawl and a Bingo sponsored by 2 Sassy Skirts. Attendees can obtain a list of stores that are participating, along with a cookie box and Bingo card. The drawing for the bingo winner will be at 2 p.m.
On December 2, ‘Christmas Traditions’ come to life with the Henryetta Hallmark Christmas and Parade in downtown. Those wishing to participate in the parade, please contact or stop by the Chamber office for a form.
The parade begins at 6 p.m., with the lineup on Main Street between 8th and 10th Street at 5:30 p.m.
A large turnout is anticipated, with lots of churches, civic groups or organizations, several school bands and others participating.
The second annual Henryetta Hallmark Christmas will be held Dec. 2., from 4-9 p.m. in downtown Henryetta in the park.
There will be a full day and afternoon of activities including:
• Henryetta First Baptist Church Youth Group will hold a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. The meal is free but donations are welcome, but not required.
• The Henryetta Lions and Rotary clubs are manning the hot cocoa and gingerbread house.
• First Baptist Church of Henryetta will be in charge of the Nativity this year.
At the Chamber of Commerce Pocket Park (the Roy Madden Park) Dec. 2, there will be two live reindeer from 8:3010:30 a.m. and attendees will be able to purchase a picture with the animals for $10.
The American Guardians Motorcycle Group is planning a Grinch “Whoville” area with games, activities and lots of fun stuff. They will also be collecting toys during the event that will be donated personally to Shriners Hospital for Children.
On Dec. 9, there will be a Christmas movie shown (pending city approval.) The movie is “The Polar Express” which will be shown inside the Civic Center. The event is from 12-4 p.m. and Santa plans to make a stop during the event. Several mementos will be given along with marshmallows, hot chocolate and snacks.