The evening of Friday, Nov. 24 will see Stettler and area residents once again gather downtown for one of the biggest civic events of the year: the Main Street Christmas tree light up.
Stettler Regional Board of Trade project manager Donna Morris said everything begins around suppertime as Stettler mayor Sean Nolls and the recently-announced citizens of the year will flip the switch and light up the Main Street Christmas tree. She said the light up will be done at 6 p.m. sharp, so don’t miss it.
Morris noted that right after the light up, Santa Claus himself will be at the Main Street tree from 6:15 to 7 p.m. to visit with local residents. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., he will be at Wells Furniture on Main Street.
The tree light up coincides with Moonlight Madness, the biggest shopping event of the year in Stettler and area. “It’s just our way of celebrating,” said Morris. “Instead of having Black Friday, we have Moonlight Madness.”
Many local retailers, Main Street and all over town, have extended “late night shopping” hours and specials all night long.
The ATCO Electric folks will continue their tradition of assisting with the tree light up while offering hot food downtown. Morris stated the ATCO folks usually have fare such as hot dogs, smokies and hot chocolate to keep everyone warm for Moonlight Madness.
According to the Town of Stettler, the downtown Christmas tree is a Town of Stettler initiative, with appreciative help from the great team at Heartland industries.
Following a number of offers from private residents each year, the tree is selected by town staff and removed at no cost to the donor.