Hometown Holiday Kick-off returns with tree lighting and shop local contest

Decorated with Christmas lights and a wreath, a Cordova fire engine rests on Main Street during the Chamber's annual Hometown Holiday Kick-off and Tree Lighting on Friday, 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. 4. Nov. 27, Black Friday, is the first night of Moonlight Madness, a festive Chamber program that encourages Cordovans to support local businesses and Shop Cordova First with Cordova Cash this holiday season.

Get in the holiday spirit at Cordova Chamber of Commerce’s Hometown Holiday Kick-off starting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Lovers of local holiday tradition will be happy to hear that the event will still feature a big and beautifully decorated tree and carols led by Cordova High School music students at the Cordova Center. New this year, as part of a COVID-safe event, the tree lighting and carols will be livestreamed to be watched from the comfort of home. More livestream event information is to come.

Support local artisans and use your Cordova Cash gift cards at the City of Cordova Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Holiday Bazaar. To create a safer environment, the event will be open at the Cordova Center for a longer time frame from 5-9 p.m. on Fridays: Dec. 4, 11 and 18 and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays: Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Vendors will be appropriately distanced and there will be a limit of 40 patrons allowed in the facility at one time. Face coverings will be required. Many vendors will also be offering online and presale options. For more info, follow Bidarki Recreation Center on Facebook or Instagram or Cordova Chamber on Facebook or Instagram. Vendors may sign up at Bidarki during open registration Nov. 9-25. Contact bidarki@cityofcordova.net with questions.

Moonlight Madness is scheduled for Fridays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 this year with local businesses offering sales and festive activities from 6-9 p.m. each Friday night, a fun way to give Cordovans more opportunity to do their holiday shopping in town using your Cordova Cash. Don’t forget to pick up your Shop Cordova First Passports and collect stamps for each 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. 4, the Bidarki Holiday Bazaar and will be available for pick up at the Chamber office.

Help light up Main Street and promote your business at the same time! To spread holiday cheer this year we are asking the public to vote on the winners! Voting will take place online beginning Dec. 4 and going through Dec. 24. To compete in the pole decorating contest, contact Christi Banks via email at info@cordovachamber.com or phone at 907-424-7260. Registrations are due by Nov. 20 and decorations must be up by Dec. 1. 

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 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 info@cordovachamber.com or call 907-424-7260. The latest details for the event will be available online at cordovachamber.com/holiday-kickoff.