December 2, 2009

Watford kicks off Christmas season with activities for all

By Tina Foreman
Farmer Staff Writer

Christmas is a time of joy, filled with many fun festivities for all ages. But it’s no secret that Christmas really focuses around the kids, from holiday advertisements filled with toys to candy canes and Santa Claus. Christmas is an exciting time for kids, and the Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce isn’t going to let Christmas go by without area kids’ two favorite activities, Wake Up Santa and free holiday movies.
It all kicks off this weekend with Wake Up Santa at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Santa travels all night to get to Watford City, so when the kids arrive at the Watford City High School Commons Area to visit with him they usually find him snoring away. But that’s not a problem, because the kids of Watford City know that Santa likes to be woke up by hearing Christmas Carols. After waking up Santa, the kids will each have a chance to sit on his lap and tell him all about their Christmas wish list and get their picture taken.
After Wake Up Santa, the kids can give mom and dad a break while they get all of their holiday shopping done when they attend a holiday movie. Free movies are being offered for kids of all ages at 6 Shooters’ Showhall & Cafe at 1 p.m. Showing will be The Santa Claus on Dec. 5, Christmas Vacation on Dec. 12 and A Christmas Story on Dec. 19. Movies are free to all participants and concessions will be available to purchase.
Also for the kids, will be Christmas Story Time at Larsen Service Drug. Christmas stories will be read at 7 p.m. every night that the store is open late. Kids are invited to gather at the soda fountain for a story and hot chocolate.
If your kids have shopping to do, Kids Shopping Day on Dec. 15 is the time to get it done. All you have to do is give your kids money and a list of who they’re shopping for and the downtown store clerks will help them with the rest. Main Street stores will be open until 8 p.m. during Kids Shopping Day and every Tuesday and Thursday beginning Dec. 1.
While most kids are already in the Christmas spirit, it takes some adults a little longer to get there, and the Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce knows that there is no better way to get into the spirit of the holidays than by winning money. And this December, the Chamber has two ways for shoppers to win Watford City Bucks.
The first way is to win your share of $1,000 in the Chamber’s weekly $250 drawing. Each Chamber business has a drawing box so you can sign up throughout the week with the lucky winner being chosen every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
What’s even easier than signing up for a drawing? How about getting $20 just for saying ‘Merry Christmas.’ That’s all you have to do to win $20 in Chamber Bucks from the Watford City Christmas Elf.
“The Christmas Elf is a way for everyone in Watford City to get into the Christmas Spirit,” says Carolyn Levang, Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce member. “Every day beginning Dec. 1, someone in Watford City will be the Secret Christmas Elf, and the first person who says ‘Merry Christmas’ to the Elf wins $20. So don’t forget to tell everyone you know Merry Christmas.”
After a fun filled day on Saturday, you won’t want to miss the Mini Mall at the Good Shepherd Home on Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30. The Mini Mall is a great opportunity for residents of the Good Shepherd Home to get all of their holiday shopping done. Area merchants will have booths set up at the Good Shepherd Home so they can get all of their holiday shopping finished in one central location. Everyone is welcome to stop in and see what they can find.
If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping or you need a little boost to get you into the Christmas mood, Watford City is the place to make it happen.