This time of year is generally filled with shopping and stress. There is pressure to make sure everyone is happy on Christmas morning. It is rare that we actually take the time to step away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a day with our families.
City Councilwoman Shelley Betz, along with a few amazing volunteers, have brought a much loved tradition to Morgan. The last few years Commercial Street gets a Christmastime face lift the first week in December to prepare for the Ol’ Time Christmas on Commercial Street celebration. It is Morgan City’s way of saying “thank you” to its residents.
The entire city council has been incredibly supportive of this undertaking. Without the council’s support and hard work, events like this would not be possible.
Committee member Krista Johansen said, “I love these community events because it brings us all together for a fun time. Whether you are a lifetime resident, transplant, young or old, we all get to come together to celebrate this town which we love and our relationships with each other.”
It takes months of preparation to pull off an event of this magnitude. Volunteers are a key part of Christmas on Commercial Street. This year’s committee has worked hard to assure the success of this event.
Last year, the first annual electric light parade traveled down Trojan Boulevard to Commercial Street, followed by a fireworks display. This year, they have decided to continue this tradition. If you would like to participate, entry forms can be picked up at Ridley’s. Becky Shaw, who triumphantly pulled off our last minute 4th of July parade without a hitch, is heading up this parade of lights. Last year’s entrants assure that the floats are not as hard as they look.
Mayor Jim Egbert would like to encourage everyone to come out and participate. All light parade entries will be judged and there will be a first place award of $300, a second place award of $200 and a third place award of $100.
Councilwoman Shelly Betz said, “This is a great chance to earn some extra holiday cash, so put some lights on your bike, your kids, your hubby, the dog, whatever you have.”
The parade will take place Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Because of safety concerns, there will be nothing thrown from the floats.
After the fireworks are over, the Morgan Valley Chamber Orchestra will be holding their free Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. in the Morgan High School auditorium.
At 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7, Santa will arrive with the Morgan fire department to kick-off the afternoon activities. This year’s activities will include free kids games and free face painting. Tiny tots can also climb aboard the Christmas train free of charge. Santa will visit with each child and while they are waiting in line, they can write letters to Santa and visit with Mrs. Claus.
Free hot chocolate will be provided by Morgan Grace Fellowship. Ace Hardware is providing free popcorn and Deb’s will also be open for business. Taggart’s will be on hand selling their tempting treats.
The “elf on the shelf” tradition will be continued throughout the day to encourage residents to browse the local shops, old and new.
The gingerbread contest is an amazing display of local talent. This event will include a professional and family category. Cash prizes will be given for the professional category. First place $300, second place $200 and third place will be $100. The family category winners will take home a family movie package for first prize, a family bowling package for second prize and a family fun night package for third place. There will also be a Mayor’s Choice prize of $50 and a people’s choice prize of $100. So please make sure to take time to vote for your favorite entry.
Last year the arrival of the Grinch brought many smiles, so the crowd favorite will make an appearance once again as well as Morgan Elementary fourth-grade singers and a performance from Heidi Farmer’s Marcoto choir.
The evening will wind down with the raffle, announcement of contest winners, sing along, ringing of the bells and, of course, the lighting of the tree. Be sure to bring your unwrapped toys and canned goods to be entered into the raffle.