Christmas kicks off tonight in Duncan

Julia Corbett admires the goose with five golden rings during last year
Julia Corbett admires the goose with five golden rings during last year's Christmas Kickoff event in downtown Duncan.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

It must be Christmas time because the Duncan Christmas Kickoff is here.

The kickoff, hosted by Duncan Business Improvement Area Society, marks the beginning of holiday festivities and Christmas shopping.

“I think it really brings the community together and it really kicks off the Christmas spirit for a lot of people. The downtown is just so beautiful.L ights are everywhere and it’s a great atmosphere,” said Amber Hiscock, officer manager of Duncan BIA and one of the key organizers.

The kickoff, which takes place tonight, has become a long-standing tradition in Duncan and builds a strong sense of community. Not much has changed since last year but why mess with a good thing?

“We still have Santa who comes and starts off the event on the roof of city hall. He lights the Christmas Tree and comes down the fire truck onto his chair. Kids can line up and tell him what they want for Christmas,” Hiscock said.

“I think it’s a really important event because we always celebrate these holidays with family but it’s also important to celebrate these holidays with the community.”

As any child will tell you, presents is a big part of Christmas and part of the kickoff is to showcase the local merchants. The Duncan BIA hopes that people will decide to shop locally for their presents and give the gift of prosperity to small businesses.

“We have a lot of great stuff that you would find at the mall, that is right here in Duncan. So the kickoff is drawing people to our local business community which supports our charities,” Hiscock said.

Hot chocolate, chestnuts roasting and lots of shopping — Hiscock says that after three months of planning there is something for everyone.

“It is definitely an event for all ages, there is a lot of entertainment for the kids but there are contests at the same time, so there are tons of things for adults too,” Hiscock said. “There’s just so much and so it’s enjoyable for everyone.”

The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m.

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