With Christmas a little over a month away, I am beginning to get in the Christmas spirit. As we all get into the holiday spirit, I encourage you to join us for the many festive celebrations taking place this holiday season.
Last year’s annual “Christmas in the City” event once again received rave reviews where over 400 guests enjoyed the event’s activities. We are excited about this year’s event as it will be the fifth annual Christmas in the City on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. We encourage you to join us in downtown Clinton for the tree lighting celebration at 5:30 p.m., followed by a wide variety of events including museum tours, carriage and hay rides, gingerbread decorating, live entertainment, and much more. We look forward to another great event with an evening full of festive activities and we encourage you to come to the Courthouse Square to search for a great Christmas gift for someone special. What a great way to Christmas shop while also contributing to our local businesses by “buying local first.”
I just want to encourage the community to shop local this holiday season and to remind you of the importance of supporting our local businesses. The Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29, is Small Business Saturday. I encourage each of you to stop in to local businesses and first off, thank them for their support of the community and their dedication to our local economy. Secondly, I encourage you to support them and shop local.
I think Santa is planning to make another appearance at this year’s Christmas in Clinton parade! Join Santa and his reindeer on Dec. 12 for the Christmas in Clinton parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Clinton. The Christmas in Clinton Parade is truly a staple to our County seat and we look forward to another great family fun tradition. If you are interested in being a part of the parade, visit our website at www.clintonsampsonchamber.org to view the application or give us a call at 592-6177. Please submit your parade applications by Nov. 27 in order to be on Santa’s list.
Lastly, the Chamber’s Coat Closet will continue throughout the month of November. Drop off your new or gently used coats at one of the 35 drop off sites located throughout Sampson County. We encourage you to give the gift of warmth this winter.
As always, thank you again to each of the volunteers and committed business and community leaders that have come together to ensure these festive events are a part of Sampson County. It is because of the partnerships and strong attendance that these events are able to continue and grow. We look forward to another festival holiday season.
Laura Deans is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.