The Night Before the Night Before returns downtown Dec. 23

Streets downtown Stettler will again be buzzing for The Night Before the Night Before on Dec. 23 to get those last-minute Christmas gifts and to enjoy a festive time with family and friends.

Waiting for shoppers – Fingers crossed for more cooperative weather

Streets downtown Stettler will again be buzzing for The Night Before the Night Before on Dec. 23 to get those last-minute Christmas gifts and to enjoy a festive time with family and friends.

“We’ve got something for the whole family,” said Andrea Hatch, president of Stettler Downtown Business Association which hosts the annual event.

“This is a key part of the festive season in Stettler and a way for businesses to thank their patrons and community for their support during the year.”

Many businesses not normally open in the evening will be open.

“We have many new features this year and we want to build on this event every year,” said Hatch.

Refreshments, hot dogs, hot chocolate, hot apple cider and coffee will be served at many businesses.

Children of all ages can enjoy a free showing of the popular movie The Polar Express at Jewel Theatre at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Everyone is urged to bring a donation for the food bank.

Free train rides on Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions are scheduled for 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m, and 4 p.m. for a fee of $5 for adults or a donation to the food bank.

Stamp your train ticket at three downtown businesses for a chance to win $500, two adult open-date train tickets or several other prizes provided by Stettler downtown businesses.

“That’s a great way to attract people to the train and to downtown,” said Hatch.

Reindeer are scheduled to arrive at 12:30 p.m., hayrides are scheduled from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Santa Claus will be downtown from 5 to 9 p.m. although the weather could affect these events and times.

Music on the streets will also be ringing downtown with the Gracenotes Choir at 7 p.m. and a group of carolers from Stettler Alliance Church.

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