Here’s the high level view of Hood River Holidays

28 Oct

Polar ExpressThe leaves are still flying, but thoughts among downtown business leaders have turned toward the holidays — Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hannukah and New Year’s.

The Downtown Business Council has begun planning for the annual Hood River Holidays celebration, and hopes to expand the energy throughout the community. Many of the activities will be sited downtown, but all Chamber members in Hood River are encouraged to take part.

What does that mean? It means decorating your storefront in holiday lights and garlands. A storefront judging will award prizes to the two best-dressed businesses.

It means planning activities designed to boost holiday spirits, and attract shoppers into your stores. If you’ve got something planned, tell the Chamber about it at 386-8860 and they will spread the word.

How? Well, organizers are working with the Hood River News to design a special pullout section (with advertising) that will list all the major holiday events from Nov. 28 through Dec. 25. Extra copies of the section will be made available to businesses to distribute to visitors during the holidays. Call Rhen Adamson at 386-1234 to get rates.

Helping local shoppers get a jump-start on holiday shopping, Hood River merchants will roll out the deals and discounts during their annual Downtown Open House the weekend of Nov. 21-22.

As is custom, the annual Holiday Parade will take place on Friday, Dec. 4.  After the parade concludes, the Mayor and other dignitaries will kick off Hood River Holidays with the lighting of the giant Christmas tree at Overlook Park. If you’re reading this and want to enter the parade, call 386-8860.

Among other events, the Polar Express excursion trains operated by the Mt. Hood Railroad figures to provide a major visitor boost to downtown from Nov. 13 through Dec. 23.

Spread the word — the city of Hood River has generously offered to waive parking fees (and fines) during the holiday period from Dec. 4 through Saturday, Dec. 26. Remember, parking meters and enforcement resume on Monday, Dec. 28.

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