Shopping spree, decor contest go on!
Christmas Stroll cancelled
over COVID concerns
This is no way to start the Holiday Season, but some things just can't be avoided ... this year's Christmas Stroll in downtown Whitefish has been cancelled due to concerns about public health and safety as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Whitefish and beyond.
After consulting with officials from the City of Whitefish and the Flathead City/County Health Department -- and with local business owners -- it quickly became clear that bringing thousands of people to Whitefish for an evening of eating, shopping and celebrating the holidays simply can't be done safely with the Coronavirus still in our midst.
"It's been a difficult year for many of our most popular community events and traditions," said Chamber Director Kevin Gartland, "and it's been painful to watch. But until we can get the upper hand on the virus, bringing the community together en masse -- and possibly exposing hundreds to COVID-19 in a single night -- simply isn't a risk we can take."
Annual 'Shopping Spree' expanded to two weeks
Chamber staff are working to salvage what they can of our Christmas Stroll traditions ... especially those that help drive business to our local merchants, retailers, restaurants and bars. One such program is what we're calling the "Christmas Tree Shopping Spree." It's an expansion of the popular Raffle Drawings we hold at the Stroll each year, with folks earning one raffle ticket for every $20 they spend at Whitefish businesses on the day of the Stroll.
This year, we'll award raffle tickets for purchases made in Whitefish from Thanksgiving Day through Dec. 11, qualifying for a chance to win one of a dozen Christmas Trees decorated with gifts, prizes, gift cards and certificates ... all of which will be "raffled off" the week of Dec. 7-11.
Tree-trimming 'sponsors' needed now!
To make the program work, we need a dozen local businesses to sponsor (and host) one of our Shopping Spree Christmas Trees ... and to decorate it with gift cards, prizes and certificates from your business and others that you recruit to help "trim the tree." We'll promote your tree (and your business) on our posters, social media posts and newspaper advertising, and will come to your business to do a Facebook Live event and pull the name of your tree's winner live online!
If you're interested in sponsoring a tree, email Chamber Office Manager Debbie Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org
, and she'll fill you in on all the details!
Annual Window Decorating Contest is also a 'go'
Plans are also under way to host the annual Christmas Stroll Window Decorating Contest, which recognizes local business owners who literally go "all out" dressing-up their storefronts for the Holiday Season.
Judging will take place the week of Dec. 7, with the winners announced on Friday, Dec. 11 ... once again on Facebook Live! So if you're getting into the spirit and want to be part of the fun, email email@example.com
and we'll point the judges in your direction!