Holden kicked off the holiday season last Saturday with the day-long Customer Appreciation and Shop Small Saturday events.
Activities ran all day and culminated with the Holiday Lighted Parade and the Magic Tree of Hope Lighting, which both took place after dark before a good crowd.
Winners of the pet contest were – first place, Link, owned by Megan Reed; and second place went to Ares, owned by Scott Smithson.
The Chamber of Commerce also held a holiday lighting/decorating contest in conjunction with the other events.
First place went to the Talley family on Market St.; second, Sonja Page on W. 2nd St.; and third, went to HTS on E. 2nd St.
The Snowball Drop at the downtown park was well attended, with 40 children anxious to get some of the “snowballs” and redeem them for prizes at area businesses.
West Central Electric brought their bucket truck and used an electric leaf blower that was altered to “shoot” the snowballs into the park for the kids to collect.
Children also took advantage of the opportunity to write letters to Santa at the Hallar Building, courtesy of the Holden Post Office.
The horse-drawn trolley was busy all evening and shoppers stopped their pursuits to travel to Heimans Farm & Home to see the Live Nativity Scene.
The VFW Auxillary ladies were busy handing out hot beverages and Christmas cookies.
The most well-attended events of the day were the lighted parade, which began at city hall and made its way down 2nd St., and the Magic Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony.
Winners of the parade were – first place, Heimans; second, F&C Bank; and third, Josh Nichols.
The day’s events were sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.
Organizers were pleased with the turnout, considering we’re in the midst of an ongoing pandemic.
Remember to shop locally this holiday season and support our hometown merchants.