The Holiday Open House in Cherokee will be this Saturday and Sunday. This will be the kick-off of the Christmas Shopping Season.
There will be regular store business hours on Saturday and 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday, and Sunday store hours will then continue every Sunday through Christmas.
Stores will also be oipen every evening until 8 p.m., beginning on Monday, December 10.
There will be a grand lighting of the tree at City Hall on Thursday, November 29, with the ceremony to begin at 6 p.m. The Chamber is also working on lining up some Christmas Carolers for that night, and to add to the festivities, they also plan to invite everyone in town to wear their favorite "ugly sweater/Christmas sweater" that day.
Following the Tree Lighting, Cherokee's first "Cash Mob" will be held. For those unfamiliar with a Cash Mob, it is a spin- off of the "Flash Mob," which is when everyone is instructed (through social media) to meet at a certain time at a certain place and everyone then breaks into a dance.
A "Cash Mob" is organized so that everyone shows up to shop, rather than to dance. The tentative plan is this: After the Christmas tree at City Hall is lit, the name of a Chamber business which will be open until 8 p.m. that night will be drawn, and everyone will then go to that store with $10 in hand to shop.
Anyone who makes a purchase will also get to put their name in a drawing to win Cherokee Chamber Bucks.
This year's Lighted Christmas Parade in downtown Cherokee will be held on Thursday, December 6, starting at 6 p.m. New at the parade this year will be the selction of a local celebrity "Scrooge" to serve as the Grand Marshal of the parade. Four or five Chamber members will be candidates for this honor. The nominees will set out cans at their place of business to collect "votes" (that is money). The candidate who collects the most "votes" (money) will be this year's "Scrooge," and the money raised from the event will be donated to the food pantry.
Note : because Scrooge will lead the parade, Santa will be at the END of the parade this year,officially bringing Christmas in.
There are also tentative plans to celebrate 12 Hours of Christmas on Wednesday, December 12 (12/12/12), with many businesses being open that day from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. to give their customers 12 full hours to shop.
Finally, In case you were wondering, Santa is scheduled to be at the Sanford Museum on Thursdays (December 13 and 20) from 5 - 7 p.m., on Saturdays (December 15 and 22) from 2 - 4 p.m., and Sundays (December 16 and 23) from 2 - 4 p.m.