Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point’s second annual Christmas stroll, Santa Claus’ visit at the Elks Club and other festivities were finalized for Friday, Dec. 4, during a meeting of the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture board of directors Thursday, Nov. 5, and a meeting of chamber directors and several local organizations Wednesday, Nov. 11.
The Wolf Point Lions Club, Optimist Club and others were represented at the meeting.
The chamber will host Santa in the ballroom on the second floor of the Elks building on the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue South and pictures will be available by Nicole Huber Photography. Will’s Office World will print the pictures that will be available Saturday, Dec. 5, at Will’s on the corner of Main Street and Second Avenue South.
There is a possibility that another holiday favorite; Dr.
Seuss’ Grinch, will once again be walking around in the Elks Club, greeting the young and not so young and posing for pictures with admirers.
“Santa will hand out the candy canes and the Grinch will take them,” chamber president Jeff Presser said.
The Wolf Point Lions Club will dish out free chili and the Junior Optimist Club will provide hot chocolate on the gazebo in Sherman Park.
Music downtown, carolers and hayrides are likely. The large tree in Sherman Park will once again be lit up. Children from Southside Elementary School will give away popcorn in front of Bryan’s.
There was also a discussion about trying get a teepee lit up for Christmas.
“Hopefully, we can put up lights at the Elks,” said Aaron Kurokawa, who is heading up the Christmas festivities for the chamber.
The chamber is asking all downtown businesses to decorate windows and turn on Christmas lights at 5:30 p.m., so the public can stroll the downtown area, view the lights and holiday displays.
Chamber member Lester Warby suggested a donation of cans for the food pantry.
Sponsors are sought for utility pole lighting and decorations, and for stationary ground displays. People interested in sponsorships are asked to call the chamber office at 653-2012
Additional holiday plans include the fourth annual Festival of Trees drawing set for Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.
The trees will be displayed around the dance floor beginning Friday, Nov. 20.
The chamber event, called “Get Lit in Wolf Point” last year, and the Festival of Trees were held the first Friday in December and were a combined success.
The Festival of Trees was held in 2012 and 2013 in the former Bryan’s store location that is now the home of Gysler Furniture and Appliance.
The chamber event will not be called the second annual “Get Lit In Wolf Point Festival of Lights and Stroll” this year. It will be “Wolf Point Christmas Stroll.”
The 2014 chamber event broke a long tradition in Wolf Point, replacing the Festival of Lights Parade that was discontinued because of diminishing participation in recent years. The combined events, held on the same night, kicked off the 2014 holiday season in a new direction.