‘Tis the season

Chamber of Commerce gets ready for holiday season with special events, promotions

Christmas in the City is returning this year to Webster City, though it may look a little different than previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Chamber officials said the events planned will still usher in the holiday season with fun and colorful activities.

Christmas in the City is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5 and activities get underway with a free holiday movie at the Webster Theater, according to Melissa Miller, Chamber membership director.

“We’ll be showing ‘Prancer,’ sponsored by the Iowa Central Community College,” she said. Tickets are limited and are available at the Chamber office.

Also during the afternoon, Webster City Boy Scouts will be selling pies and wreaths in the 600 block of Second Street from 2 to 5 p.m.

The tree lighting at Availa Bank Plaza will take place at 5:15 p.m.

“Area residents can watch the tree lighting from their car or they can get out and watch. But if they do get out their cars, we ask that they wear a mask and socially distance,” Miller said. “We are encouraging people to stay in their cars for that.”

Immediately following the ceremony, follow Santa and Mrs. Claus as they tour the downtown luminary display and lights from a fire truck.

Miller hinted that there may a few surprise guests making an appearance after the movie. And there will be some surprises for children to take home, as well.

With Christmas and gift giving season approaching, the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce is urging area residents to support their local businesses during upcoming holidays.

Miller said an easy way to support those businesses is to take part in the Chamber’s Gift Card Blitz.

“It’s way for people to support local businesses and still shop online,” Miller said. “If you’re going to shop online this holiday season, let’s do so to support our local businesses.”

The Chamber has set up an online store featuring gift cards and certificates from about 40 area retail and service firms. Shoppers can visit www.visitwebstercityiowa.com, and click on the snowglobe featured on the home page.That will take shoppers to a listing of all the items available. Merchandise includes gift cards for food and dining, for jewelry, flooring, home dÈcor, gift items, clothing, hair styling, health and beauty, automotive maintenance, movie passes and others.

All of the proceeds from the sale of the gift cards go directly back to the businesses, according to Miller.

The Gift Card Blitz store opens Monday, Nov. 23 and will close on Dec. 16th

“Our businesses need the support of the community now more than ever. The more money spent locally, the more money stays in our community,” Miller said.


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