‘Night Before Night Before’ slated for Sunday in Stettler

While most downtown Stettler stores are regularly closed on Sunday, the Christmastime celebration

While most downtown Stettler stores are regularly closed on Sunday, the Christmastime celebration known as the “Night Before the Night Before” will go ahead this Sunday.

Organizers are banking on even greater enthusiasm.

“The number of businesses who are planning to host special activities and features is actually up from last year,” said Andrea Hatch, the president of the Stettler Downtown Business Association.

“A lot of businesses have recognized that this is a popular event — it’s a tradition.”

For about 20 years, the event for last-minute Christmas shopping has extended well into the evening on other days of the week, Hatch said.

“It’s part of what many local people have grown up with as young children, and then they start bringing their own children.”

This weekend, businesses will close at various times throughout the evening, she said.

During the day, many businesses plan to offer free refreshments and other goodies, while festivities will also include Santa Claus, free hay rides from 5 to 8 p.m., a free movie at Jewel Theatre, “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift,” at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., and free train rides on Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions at 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m., with a donation to the Stettler and District Food Bank.

“It’s about the people,” Hatch said.

Considering the calendar this year, she said many people believe they still have plenty of time for Christmas shopping, and Sunday’s event could draw larger crowds to downtown businesses.

Just Posted

Hundreds turn out to pay respects for Stettler homicide victim

Come and go reception held for James (Jim) Hulkovich

A Look Back – Stettler Independent Archive Files

1978 - Paragon Place, the 41-unit self contained seniors residence in Stettler officially opens

Stettler Trade Show hailed a success

Nearly 3,100 people took in the 38th annual event held over the weekend of April 13-15

WATCH: Central Albertan receives award for aiding RCMP officer in arrest

Lonnie Amundson, rugby player, tackled a fleeing suspect to help ailing officer

WATCH: ‘Battle of the Badges’ event raises money for Humboldt Broncos

Red Deerians get together at charity hockey tournament April 20th at Servus Arena

Producer, DJ Avicii found dead at 28

Swedish-born artist Tim Bergling, was found in Muscat, Oman

Trudeau ends 3-country tour with global reputation, alliances intact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finds footing on the world stage after China and India controversies

Leafs’ Matthews has top-selling jersey, edging Crosby, McDavid: NHL

Austin Matthews jersey sales top Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid

Victims grant may miss needy parents due to eligibility rules: report

Only 29 of 50 applicants between 2013 and 2017 received the grant across Canada, a federal report says

Three suspects charged with 38 crimes after Wetaskiwin carjacking

RCMP Rural Crime Reduction Project starts strong in Wetaskiwin

4-20: Pot activists continue their fight beyond legalization

Cannabis activists say there is still a lot to fight for beyond legalization

Comey memos: Trump talks of jailed journalists and ‘hookers’

A 15 page document written by former FBI Director James Comey about dealings with Trump is released to press

Most Read

Weekly delivery plus unlimited digital access for $50.40 for 52 issues (must live within 95 kilometers of Stettler) Unlimited Digital Access for one year for $50.40 Prefer to have us call you? Click here and we’ll get back to you within one business day.