The Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Program are fully immersed in holiday planning.
Like always the Chamber will have late night shopping Thursdays in December, and you can’t forget about Cowtown Christmas.
This year, however, the Chamber is adding some extra events in December to keep the festivities going, according to Chamber of Commerce President Blaine Filthaut.
“We are hoping to give everything a bit of format,” he said.
Holiday events planned by the Chamber include Cowtown Christmas on Dec. 8, which will also kick off the late night shopping in town.
There will also be something to look forward to the following two Thursdays, Dec. 15 and 22, to coincide with late night shopping.
“We hope having something going on downtown will give the people more incentive to come, and the shops more incentive to actually be open.”
Cowtown Christmas will follow the same format as it has in years past.
Events are still in the planning stages, though Filthaut can confirm there will be carollers, different foods to sample and a craft session with the children.
There will also be horse-drawn sleigh rides again this year.
“This is actually the 10th year we’ve had sleigh rides around town,” Filthaut said.
And of course the night wouldn’t be complete without a visit from the big guy himself, Santa Claus.
To keep the spirit alive, Dec. 15 will be the Night of Lights.
“What we are trying to do is give the shops a banner to work under to draw people in.”
The decorating contest winners for both businesses and homes will be announced on Dec. 15 to work under the Night of Lights banner.
“We still want to see homes and businesses decorated for Cowtown to give everything a festive air.”
Cypress Credit Union has also moved the pictures with Santa Claus to Dec. 15 to work with the event.
Filthaut is also working on getting street hockey games going that night, as well as a few more activities.
The final Thursday before Christmas will be devoted to last-minute shopping and getting missed stocking stuffers.
“We really want to stress how unique Maple Creek is.”
Each of these three weeks the Chamber of Commerce will once again have draws for Cowtown Cash, where one person will win $200 in Cowtown Bucks to spend in Maple Creek.
“Cowtown Christmas is just one of those wonderful small town festivals you can’t get anywhere else,” said Filthaut.