Light up this Christmas with new ideas

If you own a local business and have ideas about how to make this Christmas a special one for residents, members of the annual Mayerthorpe Lite Up have a job for you.

Members of the group met last Thursday to discuss ideas for this year’s event and to encourage new volunteers and local businesses to help out in making the Lite Up even brighter than last year.

Organizer of the Mayerthorpe Lite Up, Charlotte Arthur, said the group is looking for new businesses to get involved and are already excited to see that a new business has joined in.

“We’re just really wanting to focus on fun, fellowship and shopping,” she said.

“We are trying to get people to come downtown, even if you don’t shop, to get in the spirit and be happy.”

According to Arthur, the Lite Up is a night of many different Christmas specials including a parade, a big bon fire on Main Street and even a visit from one very special person.

“The stores have lots of specials and we usually have a concession,” she explained.

“We have Santa Claus from two different times in the day and evening (so) people can get a pic with Santa for a very reasonable price without having to travel to the city.”

Arthur also said the town can look forward to the delightful sound of Christmas music, playing for the whole month of December.

“You can hear it from the Mini Mart to the hotel,” she said.

A variety of other local businesses will also be participating in the event, Arthur said, so there is so much more for residents to look forward to.

“Uptown Auto does the greeting window (so) if you walk in with a loonie you can write a message on the window (and) the money goes to the food bank,” she said.

“The Treasury Bank (ATB) does a colouring contest (and) kids bring their posters to the night of the Lite Up.”

There will also be a business challenge where local businesses will be judged on how well the outside of their building has been decorated for the Christmas season.

Arthur explained the goal of this year’s Lite Up and how organizers hope to get as many people involved as possible.

“Our main idea and our main focus was to decorate the entrance into town,” she said.

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