Let the celebrations begin . . . Baker’s Countdown to Christmas events

   As the holiday season draws near, the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture presents a celebration of the hometown marketplace. The merry making begins on Black Friday, Nov. 27, as local merchants will extend their regular store hours until 7 p.m. for Christmas shopping.

By Sherry Vogel

   Saturday, Nov. 28, holiday shoppers are encouraged to shop in Baker for their gifts during “Small Business Saturday” in support of the local economy.

   This year the Fantasy Food Fair will delight many on Saturday night, Dec. 5, as local restauranteurs offer samples of savory appetizers starting at 7 p.m. The wine will flow throughout the evening as vendors from far and near share samples of their finest. A festive display of beautifully decorated Christmas trees will be the backdrop at this venue held at Thee Garage Showroom.

   The pinnacle of our hometown celebration is the ‘Baker Business Countdown to Christmas’ to be held Wednesday, Dec. 9. Local store keepers will be open until 7 p.m. to accommodate Christmas shoppers as they stroll the downtown area in search of the perfect gift. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. when Santa arrives at the new fire station to have his picture taken with area kiddies until 6 p.m. Santa’s elves will be collecting a can of food or a small donation to the Community Cupboard for the picture taken courtesy of the Baker Fire Department. Everyone will want to stroll into the warm and cozy Thee Garage Showroom between 4:30-7:00 p.m. for a delicious and hearty bowl of chili served with all the fixings. This chili supper is served by Friends of FMC Foundation for a free will donation. Also, conveniently located in Thee Garage from 4:30-7:00 p.m. will be Bohle Images Photography in conjunction with the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture offering, for the first time ever, “Expressions for Christmas” which will offer a 10×10 print for $20. Images will be delivered in time for Christmas. All profits will be donated to Christmas Wishes.

   Bundle up the family, bring your blankets and thermos of hot cocoa as you enjoy the grand finale of this day of celebration as it concludes with the annual Parade of Lights sponsored by the Fallon County Recreation Department which will begin at 7 p.m. The parade route will start from the north Fallon Medical Complex parking lot, cross Montana Avenue and turn right (east) on Railroad Avenue, turn right at the Corner Bar to continue down Main Street, cross the four-way stop go south and turn right towards the Post Office. At the Post Office, the parade will turn right (north) on First Street, then turn left (west) on Montana Avenue, returning to Fallon Medical Complex.

   All residents are encouraged to light up their homes with holiday cheer and festive ornaments as the annual Baker Chamber Christmas Light Decorating Contest will take place again this year. Homes will be judged after 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. First place will receive $50 in Baker Bucks, second place – $25 in Baker Bucks, and third place – $15 in Baker Bucks.