The 32nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Lighting Ceremony in the City of Bowling Green is on pace to bring a renewed sense of the holiday spirit in to the city.
Holly Delgman, the local chamber’s president, the event is garnering a lot of excitement amongst Chamber of Commerce businesses and individuals within the community.
“I think we are all getting very excited about this,” Delgman said on Monday. “The more the planning committee talks about its plans for this event, the more excited I think other people are getting. It is really going to be exciting.”
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sarah Gigous agreed with Delgman’s sentiment.
“I’ve had several calls from people who are all asking for more information,” Gigous said. “They are definitely interested in what is going on with this year’s event.”
The event is slated for Friday, Nov. 18 and is going to be held in downtown Bowling Green. The start time for the event is also being pushed back to 5:30 p.m.
Santa will arrive from the North Pole between 5:45 and 6 p.m., depending on weather conditions. Santa and a few elves will be available throughout the evening to meet with children and those young-at-heart.
Delgman said the change of venue is adding to the excitement about this year’s event.
“I think that the different venue is helping add to the excitement because it is going to be a lot more festive,” Delgman said. The downtown area will be closed to motor vehicle traffic beginning at 4:30 p.m. Those attending the event are encouraged to park in any of the four city parking lots in and around downtown.
According to Chamber of Commerce officials, the local chamber is purchasing several hundred more lights for the Magic Tree and other decorations.
The chamber is also asking businesses to participate in the inaugural year of the Festival of Trees.
Delgman said the Festival of Trees is designed as a community beautification project where local businesses can decorate a Christmas tree(s) in their front window or lobby area.
The Chamber President said she was encouraging all local businesses to participate and to be included on this year’s commemorative map.
A commemorative map will be produced which highlights all the businesses that are participating in this year’s Festival of Trees. The map will include the hours of operation, the address, and if the business is offering any holiday specials.
In addition to holiday carols sung by local church and school choirs, there will also be a Holiday Wreath and Swag Silent and Live Auction.
With Santa Claus visiting with the children, Delgman said parents are encouraged to view the wreaths and swags that will be on display.
Local businesses, organizations, civic groups, or individuals are encouraged to make either a holiday wreath or swag. Every wreath and swag submitted for the silent auction will be judged by three-non Chamber of Commerce individuals.
The top five wreaths and three swags will be sold in a live auction, with the local Chamber of Commerce splitting the profits 50:50 with those who made the wreath or swag.
The deadline for submitting the wreath is Nov. 17 at noon. Wreaths and swags may be turned in at the Bowling Green Times office, located at 106 W. Main Street in Bowling Green.