Hometown Holiday Kick-off returns with Shop Local contest

Cordova’s newly lit, live Christmas tree shines for the first time during the Cordova Chamber’s annual Hometown Holiday Kick-off and Tree Lighting outside the Cordova Center. (Nov. 30, 2018) Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

Considered the official beginning of the holiday season in Cordova, the Chamber’s annual Hometown Holiday Kick-off is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6 with an expanded array of outdoor and indoor activities at the Cordova Center. It’s also the first night of Moonlight Madness, a festive Chamber program that encourages Cordovans to support local businesses and Shop Cordova First this holiday season.

Get in the holiday spirit at Cordova Chamber of Commerce’s Hometown Holiday Kick-off on Friday, Dec. 6 starting at 5 p.m. in front of the Cordova Center on Main Street. Lovers of local holiday tradition will be happy to hear that the event will still feature a big and beautifully decorated tree, carols lead by CHS music students, hot beverages and cookies donated by AC Value Center, and a Santa parade by Cordova Volunteer Fire Department featuring an appearance by the big guy himself. New this year, as part of the evening’s indoor festivities in the Cordova Center, the chamber will be offering an ornament-painting activity for kids and adults to raise funds in support of the event. Food vendors will also join the tree lighting festivities at the Cordova Center from 5-9 p.m. that evening as an extension of the city of Cordova Park and Rec Department’s annual Holiday Bazaar which will start at 6 p.m. just one block away at Mt. Eccles Elementary School and continue the following day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Moonlight Madness is scheduled for Fridays — Dec. 6, 13 and 20 — this year with local businesses offering sales, treats and festive activities from 6-9 p.m. each night, a fun way to give Cordovans more opportunity to do their holiday shopping in town. Don’t forget to pick up your Shop Cordova First Passports and collect stamps for each retail purchase you make at a local Cordova business or with a Cordova artisan. Passports are due back to the Chamber by Jan. 1 for the prize drawing. Every $20 worth of local spending recorded in Passport equates to one entry to win an awesome prize donated by local businesses. Shop Cordova First Passports will be distributed for free by the Cordova Chamber of Commerce at the Holiday Kick-off on Dec. 6, the Bidarki Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 6 and 7, the Saturday Market on Dec. 21, and will be available for pickup at the chamber office. To compete in the Main Street lamp post decorating contest, reserve a pole with Lynn Steen at Steen’s Gifts during open hours before Dec. 6.

As always, these events are completely free to the community, supported by local businesses and volunteers, and brought to you by Cordova Chamber of Commerce. Major supporters include Cordova Electric Cooperative, City of Cordova, Cordova High School Music Department, Cordova Volunteer Fire Department and AC Value Center. For a full list of sponsors, visit the Chamber’s website. If you would like to donate to support the event or volunteer, email programs@cordovachamber.com or call 907-424-7260. The latest details for the event are available online at cordovachamber.com/holiday-kickoff.