Christmas in the City

Christmas in the City 

May Baker

The Thanksgiving holiday is nearly over and Christmas is just around the corner. As the holidays draw closer, we find ourselves stressed over what to buy or where to get the best deal. It can be so exhausting driving from town to town or store to store just to find that perfect gift, almost always half-afraid that someone else has picked out that same item, wading through crowds, waiting in ridiculously long lines. All these little things make it difficult to truly enjoy the holiday season. There ought to be a better way than the constant cacophony of advertising, consumer pressure and corporate entities clamoring for your money. Have you heard about Ark City’s Christmas in the City promotion? For the next month, join us in bringing the holiday season back home with the fun, family-friendly, holiday spirit of local shopping, contests and raffles, and carriage rides. Christmas in the City is a chance to bring our community together, help our local businesses and grow our town, so here are just a few reasons to shop locally:

Shopping local benefits your town more than you realize. Taxes paid to and by local businesses are more likely to be used for local programs, projects, and repairs, such as construction, schools, playgrounds, etc. Local business owners also are more likely to shop at other local businesses, as well as donate to local nonprofits. When spending locally, an average of 70% stays local, while spending at big corporations means only an average of 40% stays local. That means that for every $100 spent at small businesses in Ark City, $70 of it stays in Ark City! And during Christmas in the City, that $100 also represents 10 entries into our holiday raffle.

Another great reason to shop local is the crowds. Staying local and shopping at small businesses gives you fewer crowds to deal with and better customer service since the employees you’re dealing with genuinely care about your experience and satisfaction. And small businesses generally create in small batches or make homemade items, which means you don’t have to be concerned about anyone receiving the same thing twice. When things are created with love and care, every single item is unique!

Finally, Christmas in the City has lots of chances to win something so you don’t go over your Christmas budget again (Every year, right?!) The Santa Shops Local Raffle includes many local businesses. You receive a raffle ticket for every $10 you spend in any of the participating businesses and the prize is $200 in Chamber Bucks. The Selfie with an Elfie Contest is a social media contest where you can be entered to win $150 in Chamber Bucks for each selfie you submit! And on November 30, there is the Small Business Passport Contest, in which you receive a stamp at each participating business at which you make a purchase. After five stamps, you can enter to win a $500 prize in Chamber Bucks, sponsored by Community National Bank & Trust.

During Christmas in the City, there also are opportunities for pictures with Santa, old-fashioned carriage rides, holiday movies at the Burford Theatre, food trucks, storytime at the public library and the Santa Parade at 6 pm December 7