By Shannon Johnson
The most wonderful time of the year is here, and Baker is welcoming it with the Country Christmas Countdown.
On Saturday, Nov. 23 festivities will start off at the McClain Park at 5:30 p.m. with the Lighting of the Holiday lights. Local businesses, organizations, and individuals are asked to adopt a tree to decorate before this day. If there is a certain tree you have your eye on, feel free to tie a ribbon to that tree with your name and it will be reserved for you to decorate. Along with the tree decorations, the city is also asking for volunteers to help decorate the park.
The lighting itself will be at 7 p.m., but in the meantime there will be plenty of Holiday Cheer to enjoy. This event will feature the music stylings of the Community Choir, games brought to you by 4-H, and hot dogs, chips, roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate, and coffee will be served courtesy of the Boy Scouts. Along with that there will be wagon rides to enjoy, a photo booth, and a drop box to drop off Santa letters. You may even see some of Santa’s little elves running around collecting Santa letters for him as well!
The Christmas Countdown does not end there. The Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture invites the community to enjoy the first late night opening of area businesses. Mark your calendars for Friday, Nov. 29 and to shop ‘til you drop downtown Baker. Stores will be open until 7 p.m. that evening. Saturday, Nov. 30 is the annual Small Business Saturday. This day is set aside to celebrate our wonderful local businesses that support our economy, and our community. Be sure to take time to shop local.
Wednesday, Dec. 11, is the night of all nights! Join the Baker businesses for the Christmas Stroll, stores open until 7 p.m., also Santa will be stopping by the Baker Fire Station from 4-6 p.m. With a can of food or small donation to the Food Bank, kids young and old can have their picture taken with Old Saint Nick. To top off the evening come on down to Thee Garage and put on the feed bag with your Friends of FMC Foundation. They will be serving chili and all fixings, buns and a drink for a free will offering.
Holidays can be a stressful time for families, so remember to take a little time to come out with your neighbors and Celebrate the Season. There is something for everyone. Don’t forget to register at participating Chamber of Commerce businesses for a chance to win Baker Bucks, from Friday, Nov. 29 until Saturday, Dec. 21. Be a Winner! Shop in Baker!