Merchants’ open house kicks off Christmas season

By Beth Sergent -

POINT PLEASANT — Christmas in Point Pleasant kicks off with an open house held by the Main Street Merchants this Saturday, Nov. 12 and next month will include the city’s annual Christmas parade and tree lighting.

The open house event is from 6-8 p.m. with several local businesses participating, offering items for sale and providing free snacks and door prizes. Merchants on Main Street have also decorated windows and storefronts to get shoppers in the Christmas spirit and to get downtown in the holiday spirit.

This will be a family-friendly evening where shoppers can find something for everyone on their Christmas list on Main Street.

“These local businesses are the heart of our community as they sponsor our youth sports teams, support our school groups and organizations and even our churches. So by buying local, you are boosting our economy while helping our entire community,” according to a statement from the Main Street Merchants.

The Main Street Merchants are also busy constructing light balls, similar to the ones displayed by the Gallipolis in Lights organization in Gallipolis City Park. These lights will be placed downtown along Main Street in the near future.

The merchants’ open house helps hick off the holiday season a little early in downtown Point Pleasant. The City of Point Pleasant has also set its Christmas parade and tree lighting for 6 p.m., Dec. 2 which will bring even more people to downtown. However, the date for the event will be moved to 6 p.m., Dec. 9 depending on the outcome of the upcoming playoffs involving the Point Pleasant High School football team due to the PPHS and PPJHS bands and choirs participating in the parade and tree lighting ceremony. The Point Pleasant Register will announce the permanent date as soon as possible.

Tentative plans for the city’s Christmas celebration were discussed on Thursday at a meeting with Mayor Brian Billings, Clerk Amber Tatterson, Street Commissioner Randy Hall and Marla Cottrill. Cottrill originally came up with the idea to bring back the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. This will be the third year for the tree lighting which takes place immediately after the parade and will include performances by the PPJ/SHS bands and choirs, as well as a few speakers before the actual lighting takes place at Gunn Park.

This year, the city is working on better sound and better crowd control, as the event as grown over the last couple of years and officials want to be sure everyone can see and hear what’s going on. The live tree will once again be donated by Crow Hussell Funeral Home.

More on this and the Krodel Christmas Light Show, in upcoming editions.

By Beth Sergent

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