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Thursday, 08 November 2012 15:22

Downtown Business Association getting set to light up tree

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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Swift Current’s Downtown Business Association is gearing up for the annual tree lighting festivities to take place at Market Square in Swift Current Nov. 29.

President of the DBA, Garry Koebel, is hard at work finishing up the event planning with the rest of the committee.
“Most of the decisions are made by our committee of about four or five people, and we are really working with a shoestring budget for this event,” he explained. “We are currently soliciting other downtown businesses to assist with the promotion of the lighting.”
This year’s event will follow the same format as previous years, with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus kicking off the night at 7 p.m. The lighting will also feature a bonfire with toasted marshmallows, horse-drawn sleigh rides, hot chocolate, and carolers.
“Downtown businesses are also encouraged to be open late, so it’s a good time to come down and check things out, and maybe get started on your Christmas shopping,” Koebel added. “No matter what the weather is, we’ll be there. Hopefully we’ll have some snow then, to really have a festive atmosphere.”
Koebel hopes residents will try to do their Christmas shopping locally, so downtown businesses can continue to support other community events and charities. He added businesses in the area are not just providing a service or a product, but are also contributing a substantial amount back into the community.
“The relationship between retailers and consumers goes a lot deeper than it might seem, and I think people are starting to realize that,” Koebel explained. “The more consumers can support retailers, the more money can be reciprocated back to the community.”
The tree lightning has been a tradition within Swift Current for years, signalling the beginning of the holiday season. With plenty of charities represented at the event, it’s a great way for the community to come together and celebrate, while getting into the Christmas spirit.
“We always have people asking when it is, because people really look forward to this event every year,” Koebel said. “It’s a great launch to the season for retailers, and is such a fantastic tradition for the community as a whole. It’s a perfect way for Swift Current’s downtown businesses to give back with an event that will bolster young and old.”

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