Wednesday, 23 November 2016 08:00

Nanton Lights the Way later this month in preparation for Christmas

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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Nanton residents are hosting Christmas themed events Nov. 25-27 when Nanton Lights the Way and Distinctly Nanton Market take place.


“Planning is coming along well, with details coming in as venues and times are confirmed. Details will be on the Nanton Lights the Way 2016 Facebook page and Nanton Lights the Way 25-27 November 2017 Facebook event,” says Pam Woodall, president of the Nanton Chamber of Commerce.
This year, there will be a home business market at Tom Hornecker Curling Lounge on Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will offer various vendors, crafters and businesses.
Woodall says this will complement the long-standing Distinctly Nanton Market, which features southern Alberta artisans and artists.
The Nanton Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Nanton offer a new contest. Its aimed at encouraging people to spend some of their holiday money in town with “iShop Nanton,” which gives customers the chance to win an iPad Air two, with ballots available with purchases in participating businesses.
The weekend festivities always provide a way to get people in the Christmas spirit and showcase what Nanton has to offer.
“I love seeing people discover Nanton for the first time. The charm bracelet scavenger hunt is always a favourite event and it’s so fun seeing the look on people’s faces when they realize that they can end up with a great charm bracelet for such a small monetary investment and end up learning about 18 different businesses during the event,” explains Woodall.
“There is such surprise at the different types of services available here that people aren’t expecting. The quality and variety of the artisans featured at the Distinctly Nanton Market is also amazing to experience.”
If the weather stays mild, there should be a large number of people making the drive to Nanton and walking around for the weekend. During years where the weather has been cold and snowy, there hasn’t been as much of an attendance as people don’t want to travel in bad weather.
Woodall says every year they have more people discover their great town during the busy weekend and this year should be no different.
She says last year’s event was the best. The weather was great with just enough winter in it to get people in the holiday mood, but not bad enough to make it hard to get to Nanton.
“This three-day event is a great way to let local and regional residents into the great secret that is Nanton’s business and service offering," adds Woodall. "Small-town businesses have much more to offer than people may be aware, including unique products not found in big-city mall shops or chain stores, as well as small-town service, friendliness, seasonal treats during this special weekend and always plenty of free all-day parking.”
Those interested in attending this Christmas event weekend can look forward to festive shops being open from 10 a.m. until 9 a.m. on the Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, it's from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will also be Christmas deals and special treats for the shoppers.
The charm bracelet scavenger hunt starts Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. where people purchase a bracelet and have to go to specific downtown shops to collect each charm.
Participating businesses will be taking part in the iShop Nanton iPad giveaway contest.
The Distinctly Nanton Market will take place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Nanton Community Centre. People can also enjoy the Nanton home business market from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. that same day.
Like always, Mrs. Claus will visit businesses and the market starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The annual Christmas Tea will also take place at Nanton Christ Church Anglican.
Adults can drop their children off at the Kid’s Craft Corner while they shop. Children can colour and do Christmas activities with volunteers.
The Main Street Candy Store will be open from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on the Saturday.
People can enjoy free public skating and shiny at the Tom Hornecker Rec Centre with times to be announced.
As well, the famous Nanton Lights Home decorating contest judging starts at 6 p.m. on the Saturday.

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