The Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce recently released its holiday calendar of events, and both children and adults should mark their calendars to prepare for the busy holiday season before Santa arrives.
-Nov. 11 is the annual Merchant’s Open House, which features businesses throughout the community opening doors from 1-5 p.m. for holiday sales, with new items on display.
-Nov. 15 is when the Shop Sallisaw campaign begins. Shoppers may win cash prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000 by shopping at participating chamber member locations and receiving a ticket for purchases. Keep those tickets! They must be presented at the drawing on Dec. 8.
-Nov. 15 is the annual Christmas lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on the lawn at Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library in downtown Sallisaw. This is in keeping with the tradition of lighting all the Christmas lights throughout the city. Santa will meet with children in the gazebo and hear their Christmas wishes.
-Nov. 17 is Evviva! which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Cherokee Casino in Roland. This fundraiser for the chamber includes fun, food, fellowship and an auction.
-Nov. 19 Christmas parade entry forms will be available at the chamber office. The 2018 theme is “Make a Joyful Noise!” Storefront decorating forms will also be ready. Trophies will be given to three businesses in three districts in Sallisaw. No special theme is required for storefront decorating; the chamber encourages participants to use their imaginations. For information or entry forms, contact the chamber office at 918-775-2558.
-Nov. 22 is Thanksgiving Day!
-Dec. 5 is when those Christmas Parade entry forms are due by 5 p.m. at the chamber office. Every entry must submit an entry form, whether floats or walkers or vehicles.
-Dec. 6 is when the Christmas train rolls into town. The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express will make a stop in Sallisaw from 4 to 8 p.m. at West Port Arthur Place.
-Dec. 7 is when the Storefront Decorating Contest entries are due at the chamber office. Judging will be on Dec. 10.
-Dec. 8 is the Shop Sallisaw Giveaway at noon on the library lawn. Participants must be present to win and have their tickets in hand.
-Dec. 8 is the annual Christmas parade, with the theme, “Make a Joyful Noise!” Lineup is at 5:30 p.m. on Choctaw Street, and the parade begins at 6 p.m. Float entries will be divided into three categories: Business, School and School Organizations, and Churches and Nonprofits.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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