Several groups have organized and combined resources to promote events this holiday season. The groups include Dent County Tourism Tax Commission, City of Salem, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, KMW Ministries and the Salem Alliance for Historical Preservation.
“We wanted to be a one-stop place to pull a lot of the holiday events together,” said Sally Burbridge, City of Salem Economic Development Director.
“The tourism tax commission was onboard with funding for the marketing campaign, so we are hopefully able to pull people into Salem, especially to downtown,” said Burbridge.
• Trees and Trains, Miracle on Main Street is open now through Dec. 24 at Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center.
• A lighting contest has been organized by Salem Alliance for Historic Preservation. Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 19, businesses may register. Winners will be announced 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at an Old-Fashioned Downtown Christmas event.
• The Spring Creek Artisans will host its annual arts and crafts show, Christmas Fest, Dec. 6-7. From 5-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, attendees can shop for handmade, local products at Bonebrake Center of Nature and History.
• Saturday evening, Dec. 7, the Cowboy Christmas parade will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. The parade is organized by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact Tabatha Utley at 729-6900.
• A Country Christmas show 7 p.m. Dec. 14 featuring Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire and Elvis tributes will be held at the Old City Hall auditorium. The event will raise funds for the Salem Civic Theatre. Tickets are available by contacting KMW Ministries at (806) 598-2310.
• A night of Christmas spirit will fill the courthouse square Dec. 20 as an Old-Fashioned Downtown Christmas takes place from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Visit downtown for hot cocoa, cookies, caroling and lighting contest winners, organized by Salem Alliance for Historic Preservation.
• To round out the holiday events a sock hop will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Old City Hall Auditorium, organized by KMW Ministries.
After the 2019 season, some of the organizers will move forward with plans for a future event, learning from the successes and making changes after the inaugural year.
Events will be highlighted in upcoming issues of The Salem News, including in advertising prior to the events.