Sweetwater will host its annual Small Town Christmas on Saturday Nov. 28, with minimal changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The event is held each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in conjunction with Small Business Saturday.
Throughout the day, Sweetwater businesses will be promoted as part of Small Business Saturday.
The actual Small Town Christmas event will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Sweetwater Depot.
“Vendors are welcome to set up early if they would like to do so,” said Sweetwater Assistant City Recorder Tonya Crush.
She noted some of the typical events that usually occur during the Small Town Christmas event may not take place.
“We typically do hay rides, the fire department has a fire pit for roasting marshmallows,” Crush noted. “I think it may have been scaled back this year due to COVID. We don’t have as many activities planned as what we would normally do, but we hope everything stays good between now and then so that we can go full blast with the event.”
Sweetwater Interim Mainstream Director and Accounting Clerk Hayley Isbill added to the list of currently planned events for this year.
“There will be pictures with Santa at the depot, there will be professional pianists playing holiday music from 6 p.m. to 8pm, a Christmas Critter Contest, carriage rides for $3, there will be a kids gift shop, and there will be vendors like always,” said Isbill.
The kids gift shop will be a location for children to shop for Christmas gifts for their family.
The Christmas Critter Contest will allow participants to dress up their pets for competition. Registration for the contest will be at 4:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 6 p.m.
“People bring their pets dressed up in their best holiday attire and it will be kind of like a little pageant,” Isbill noted. “There will be prizes for those who take 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place.”
The city will not be making any major changes to the event due to COVID.
“It is an outdoor event so we just ask that everybody social distance when socializing with people outside of their household,” she stated. “Be sure to wear a mask, carry hand sanitizer, and do whatever you can to protect yourself. Just try to abide by social distancing guidelines the best you can with people that aren’t with your group.”
Isbill believes the event will be “pretty much” the same as it has in previous years.
“When people come we just ask them to stay with people in their groups, but the event should be like it has been in previous years,” she said. “We hope people will enjoy the event and support our small businesses.”