November is all about bringing people together. From Thanksgiving to Small Business Saturday, families will come together in the home while communities will come together to support their local businesses. No matter what you’re celebrating this month, find a way to bring your loved ones together with an event or outing on Main Street.
Head of the Hooch
Saturday, November 5 – Sunday, November 6, 2016
The second largest regatta in the country, Chattanooga’s Head of the Hooch takes place each November on the Chattahoochee River. The regatta has been held since 1982 and typically features more than 2,000 boats. Head of the Hooch draws rowers from around the country to Chattanooga, allowing them to enjoy a fall weekend in Tennessee. The Chattanooga Sports & Events Committee estimated in 2015 that the regatta had an economic impact on the city of more than $5 million. More information about this year’s event is available from Downtown Chattanooga.
Natalie Troha’s Pride of Kenosha
Friday, November 11, 2016
Named for one of the community’s most beloved volunteers, the Pride of Kenosha is a gourmet food and wine tasting fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha. Although the event raises money for a youth organization, it’s open only to those guests who are 21 years or older, as it features adult beverages and other samples from locally owned restaurants and businesses. Now in its 22nd year, the Pride of Kenosha will also feature a raffle and music. More information is available from Downtown Kenosha.
Downtown Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 25, 2016
Paso Robles, California
This year marks the 30th annual Downtown Lighting Ceremony for the community of Paso Robles. Christmas decorations and lights will be unveiled by Mrs. Claus, as the winter holiday season officially begins downtown. The event also features caroling, live music, hot chocolate and more. More information is available from Paso Robles Downtown.
Celebration of Lights and Song
Saturday, November 26, 2016
New London, Connecticut
New London Main Street will celebrate Small Business Saturday with a Christmas tree lighting, a visit from Santa Claus and a free holiday concert. The event provides a fun and entertaining way for locals to kick off the holiday shopping season, right in the heart of New London’s small businesses. More information is available from New London Main Street.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Seward’s annual Christmas Festival is a daylong event that takes over an entire downtown street. This family-friendly celebration will feature holiday favorites like caroling and an ugly sweater contest, plus story time with Santa at a local bookstore. Seward will also light its courthouse Christmas tree, as a parade winds through the newly lighted streets. More information is available from the Seward County Chamber & Development Partnership.
The start of the holiday season presents a big opportunity for local businesses. Show them your support by shopping small on Small Business Saturday and attending a local event on Main Street. After all, nothing brings a community together like hot chocolate and Santa Claus.
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