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By Echo Menges
The 2022 Knox County Christmas Extravaganza was held in Edina on Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2022.
This year’s festivities included a day long shopping event featuring local business and vendors throughout Edina and at the Knox County Community Center and an assortment of activities for children and families.
Several local businesses participated in the Treat Crawl featuring holiday sweets to entice local shoppers and the Knox County Chamber of Commerce Annual Soup Supper was held much earlier than usual and in conjunction with this year’s Gift Fair at the community center.
The biggest spectacle of the evening included Santa and his big visit to Edina arriving by firetruck and helping to light the Magic Tree before heading to the Knox County Courthouse to meet with local children and learn what they want for Christmas this year.
Members of the Knox County Promotional Council again offered a cookie decorating table for children to decorate soft sugar cookies with colorful icing after seeing Santa.
The courthouse courtyard hosted a walk through performance and living Nativity hosted by the Knox County Ministerial Alliance, which featured 14 stops showcasing the story of the birth of Jesus. The volunteer effort was organized by local playwright LeaAnn Hamlin.
This year’s vehicle light show had only one contestant, a side-by-side transformed into Rudolph pulling Santa’s sleigh, decorated by the Barnhill’s, and the Light Parade also featured only one entry, Mrs Claus on Santa’s Sleigh, entered by the Malletts.
“The weather is perfect for the event,” said Dr. Lisa Bosch, Knox County Chamber of Commerce President.
The Knox County Chamber of Commerce still has a number of holiday inspired offerings this year.
The Knox County Light Fight is going on through December 18 when the contest will be judged and the Chamber Bucks annual promotion will continue through Christmas.
The Chamber Bucks raffle is a free to enter drawing with entry buckets at participating Chamber businesses. Three winners will be awarded a $50 Chamber Bucks certificate and announced at the January Chamber meeting.
Chamber’s Small Business Thursday events have been featured on the second Thursday of the month January through November and will continue to be held every Thursday evening throughout the month of December.
Participating Chamber of Commerce businesses stay open late Thursday evenings to give local shoppers more time to Christmas shop while encouraging customers to shop locally.
The community center hosts a free-will donation meal during every Small Business Thursday.
This week, on December 8, the Moots Family Singers will be singing Christmas songs and the community center will serve lasagna and salad.
Look to the Knox County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for upcoming events through the month and beyond.