More fun downtown

Thousands of people flooded downtown Vernon last Friday for the annual Christmas 'Light Up' but more fun is coming, according to the Downtown Vernon Association.

“The Light Up is Downtown Vernon’s big Christmas event,” said Dudley Coulter, the DVA's events and promotions coordinator. “The annual event had over 5,000 people in attendance.”

But Coulter said the DVA is "extending the holiday festivities into December.”

Future festivities include:

  • Shop Local Day on Dec. 2nd

Shop Local day is a downtown-wide customer appreciation event with exclusive deals and discounts offered at participating merchants that are only available that day. Check items off your Christmas list with the bonus of free downtown-wide parking. Over 40 shops and boutiques are participating.

  • The Hot Chocolate Challenge on Dec. 2nd

Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., pick up your free passport card from any of the eight participating businesses as well as the DVA tent located in front of the National Bank at 3100 30th Avenue.

"The community gets to judge, and the winner earns bragging rights," said Coulter. "This event is free but will be limited to 300 passports available on a first-come, first- served basis."

Return your filled-out passport to the DVA tent before 2pm to be part of the judging.

Downtown merchants will be hosting several free children’s activities including letters to Santa, visits with Santa, Christmas movies, ornament and gingerbread man decorating, and storytelling. For the adults, participate in the 2017 Christmas Scavenger Hunt which runs from Dec. 2 to Dec. 18 with four prize packages up for grabs.

Coulter also said every Friday night through until Dec. 22, there is 'Shop Late ‘Til 8' at over 25 retail locations.

Complete details can be found online.

The City of Vernon is offering free parking Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23.

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