WILLIAMSON – This Saturday, the city of Williamson will be hosting Small Business Saturday and the Mistletoe Market Festival beginning at 2 p.m.
Saturday, November 26th is a designated Shop Small Saturday through the American Express program designed to promote local community businesses. The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Williamson CVB, community volunteers and local businesses, artisans, and vendors are coming together to offer the Small Business Saturday – Mistletoe Market Festival.
Businesses will be open and offering special promotions and gift ideas for everyone on your Christmas list. Second Avenue will be the main area for vendors with activities happening in adjoining streets.
Chris Dotson with the Williamson CVB stated, “Our goal is to keep money inside of our local communities and invest back into our towns. When you shop local you are helping our towns grow. Why spend all of your money with strangers when we will have unique gift items available to give to friends and family this year? The day isn’t just about shopping though.”
Two scavenger hunts with prizes will take place during the festival. The Candy Cane scavenger hunt map for kids will be available at the Hatfield & McCoy Inn booth. Adults can register for their own scavenger hunt at Mrs. Claus’s gingerbread house by 3pm. All scavenger hunt maps must be turned back in by 6 p.m. and prizes will be awarded based on points earned.
At 4 p.m. Candy Cane Lane (Court Street) will be set up for children to come write a letter to Santa and do a craft. They will also be able to meet the snow Queen Else, Anna, and Olaf.
Santa will be greeting the children from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in front of Mrs. Claus’s gingerbread house (The Coal House). Free hot cocoa and cookies will be provided on Candy Cane Lane too. The event will have festive music to be enjoyed from local DJ Homer Mullins from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
At 4:30 p.m. the DJ will be playing “Jingle Bell Rock” and if you’ve watched the popular movie “Mean Girls” you may want to gather some friends and do the dance routine.
At 5, a ‘ Look Alike’ contest will take place and trophies will awarded! Dress as one of these Christmas movie characters for a chance to win a trophy : Clark Griswold & Cousin Eddie “ National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” , Elf “Elf”, Ralphie as the Pink Nightmare “A Christmas Story”, Kevin, Harry, and Marv “Home Alone”, Grinch and Cindy Lou Who “Grinch”, Charlie Brown “ A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
At 6:30 p.m. the festival will conclude with Santa lighting the community Christmas tree and a firework display.
The Christmas fireworks display will be shot from 1st avenue and visible to festival attendees in town. This will be a smaller scale fireworks display than the Halloween Fireworks to ensure the safety of the public but it will be beautiful! An information booth will be available during the festival to handle questions and provide details for the day. Dotson stated, “Details are still in process for the event. We are working right up to the last minute to ensure a fun time is had by all! We are ready to kick off Christmas in the Tug Valley!”
The Snowman Slide contest is happening now. Businesses may participate by coming up with a unique Snowman to display in front of their shops. Also, a window decorating contest is ongoing. Any business, church, group or family is welcome to create a large, wooden Christmas cards to display along 1st avenue.
Most information for these events can be found on Facebook under the Williamson CVB page and under the separate event pages. You may also contact Tonya Webb at 606-625-1628, Chris Dotson 304-785-6773 or Natalie Taylor 304-235-5240.