Arkansas City Chamber invites businesses to participate in Christmas in the City

All businesses joining with Christmas in the City will receive a FREE ticket to the November 15th Noon Luncheon “Boosting Your Business with Social Media.”  Christmas in the City is a month long event to promote buying local and provide community festivities for the holidays in the Arkansas City Historic Downtown. The event kicks-off on Merry Monday, which will be Monday, November 20th from 4pm to 7:30pm.  Merry Monday will again include food trucks, located near Ben Givens Park, provided by local non-profits and civic groups.  Festivities included are: Community Tree lighting and the Downtown Business lighting, Food Venders from local non-profits and civic groups, a Service of Thanksgiving, Santa, carriage rides and holiday music from local artists.  

The Event provides Two Horse Drawn Carriages on Merry Monday, November 20th from 4pm to 7:30pm, as well as a Horse-drawn Carriage Ride on Saturdays November 25th & December 2nd from 11am to 3pm.  This year’s Carriage Rides will take guests on a little longer ride going from Ben Givens Park to Washington Street and back for only $2 or canned good per guest.  The canned goods and cash received will be donated to Angels in the Attic.  

Saturday, November 25th is Small Business Saturday.  The Chamber is looking to promote local small business’ holiday retail events.  Saturday, December 2nd will include a Santa Run and other fun activities.  The Annual SANTA RUN is a 2 mile run/walk that starts at 10am.  Prizes will be given at the end of the run and participants will receive a t-shirt and Cookies and Hot Cocoa. The movie “Elf” will be shown at the Ark City Public Library at 1pm and includes Cookies & Milk for the children as well as “Rudolf the Reindeer” movie following Story Time.  At 4pm The Burford Theatre will provide an Interactive showing of “Elf.”  More activities will be announced.

A Window Decorating Contest is being conducted amongst participating businesses and anyone may vote a penny a vote between Nov. 25th and Dec. 15th.  Funds collected for the WINDOW DECORATING contest will be given to the Ark City Blessing Boxes after the contest is completed.  The contest winner will be announced Monday, December 18th!  Voting is conducted at the participating businesses and a list of these businesses will be announced soon.  A “Selfie with an Elfie” contest using social media will also be available to any business who wishes to participate and gives customers a chance to win Chamber Bucks which may be spent at any Chamber Member.  Call the Chamber 442-0230 for details and to sign-up.