Light Up night

RIDGWAY--The sleigh will be a big red fire engine from the Ridgway Fire Department, as usual, but a "MichElf" will hep keep social distance guidelines in place as Santa Claus pays his first visit to the area for "Light-Up night" on the Elk County Courthouse Lawn starting at 6 p.m. On Friday November 26.

Sponsored by the Ridgway Chamber of Commerce and with the Ridgway Fire Department's generous volunteers, this event draws crowds every year to downtown Ridgway on Black Friday to usher in the Christmas Holiday Season. The Awakenings Alliance Church will help ward off the cold with cups of Hot Chocolate, while individually wrapped cookies will be given to the crowd beginning at 5:30 p.m. for this annual event. When Santa arrives by Firetruck at 6 p.m., the line generally stretches around the Gazebo onto the Elk County Courthouse lawn and 1/2 way up Court Street. The event generally runs for about two hours.

Shop Small Saturday returns to Ridgway on Saturday, November 27, with an all-day event. First observed in the United States in 2010, Shop Small Saturday is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores. In contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

Activities for the day include: The Lions Club Christmas tree sale, Tractor Rides 11 - ? at the Chamber office on Main Street, a Ridgway Public Library book sale, St. Leos baked good, and a soup sale with Nancy Osgood is doing family photos (at St Leo's Social Hall). The Salvation Army is doing a bake sale and homemade soup sale, and their carollers will be lending some musical background. Jack Cleaver will also be hosting his holiday miniatures village again this year on Saturday.

This is all in addition to nearly every business in Ridgway having special sales all day, and the restaurants will be open and happy to serve customers who want a break from the shopping. Downtown Ridgway is the place to be this coming Saturday. Thankfully this year, the weather looks to be a little cool, so bundle up, come on out, and Shop Small!

The last event of Yuletide Week will be the Ridgway Annual Cheer Tour on December 3, beginning at 5 p.m. To keep this event safe and "Cheery," there will be moderate COVID-19 safety protocols in place. The shops and retailers that wish to participate have been incorporated into a map that will allow the participants to spread out along the downtown area of Ridgway. Several sites may also have (weather permitting) outdoor celebration areas.

So gather up your closest friends and family members and stop by the Welcome Center at 300 Main Street in Ridgway Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. or on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to purchase tickets. Come on out and support local businesses and events as we bid farewell to the year that never seems to end.

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