WAYNE – The annual ‘Night of Lights’ Christmas festivities in Laurel has kicked off. Usually businesses would be open late serving hot chocolate and cookies. In 2020, the Laurel Chamber Community Club was forced to adjust its typical plans.
Rachel Steffen is co-president of the club. This will be her second year working alongside the chamber. There is a contest for best holiday decorations. Steffen explains the details of the contest.
“There’s two categories. We’re doing best decorated business, and then the second one is the best decorated house, so the community can go around and judge,” she stated.
People can snag a ballot from the city’s office. Then, completed ballots should be dropped into Santa’s Mailbox next to the Christmas tree downtown. This is also where letters to Santa are placed on December 3.
Memorial ornaments have been a staple in this yearly celebration, and it will continue in 2020. Steffen elaborates on this elegant tradition.
“People would purchase ornaments, the girls scouts would actually create those ornaments,” she said, “and you can put a memory, or like a name of a loved one on that ornament, and then they would hang them in the tree downtown.”
Ornaments are five dollars and can be purchased at Missa Sue’s in Laurel.
Steffen talked about the perks of a business with Laurel Chamber membership this December.
“Another thing we are doing for chamber members is advertisements, so any specials that they might have going on this week or throughout the month of December,” Steffen declared. “We just want to promote those.”
Promotions for special deals this month will come in the form of videos. The Laurel Chamber Community Club Facebook page is the place to find those advertisements.
Until December 14, the chamber will be setting out an elf in a different location each week. The person that finds the elf should take it to chamber’s office. The winner of each week will receive $20 worth of chamber bucks. Chamber bucks are useful at any Laurel Chamber member business.
The Laurel Chamber will be running a punch card promotion through December 15. All businesses in Laurel can punch a card. The cards can be picked up at any Laurel Chamber business. Those businesses include Ace, Corner Mart, Gary’s Foodtown, Main Street Apothecary, and Missa Sue’s.
A completed punch card can be turned into any of the previously mentioned businesses. All filled out cards will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Farmer’s National donated gift bags and Floral Footprints offered up a holiday wreath. Most of the other prizes include chamber bucks or local gift certificates. This allows business to be done small and locally, which is crucial in 2020. The drawing for prizes will take place on December 16 at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live.
For more information, visit the Laurel Chamber Community Club’s Facebook page or call the economic development office at 402-256-9614. Necessary information for local businesses can be found in emails from the chamber.