The Norwood Chamber of Commerce presents one of its biggest events of the year: Noel Night happens on Friday, Dec. 15, from 5-9 p.m.
All in the Norwood and surrounding communities are encouraged to get out that evening for a Christmas-themed celebration in Norwood’s core district and to support local business. Chamber treasurer Cindy Romani has organized this year’s event, and she said she hopes all will consider participating.
“Norwood being such a tight-knit community, I know that everyone is fully supportive of the local businesses and wants to help them succeed,” she said. “Coming out and doing some shopping during Noel Night is a great opportunity to show that support.”
Stores, restaurants, salons and bakeries will stay open later for the event to encourage folks to shop locally. Many will offer shopping deals, like discounted pricing or have drawings and other giveaways.
“Stop into Total Image,” said owner Tanya Morlang. “We have a wide variety of holiday gifts, such as clothing, purses, health and beauty items — all at a special Noel night price.”
The night kicks off at 5 p.m. with Trailhead Church serving hot drinks for the public.
“We will be serving cider, coffee and cocoa, so parents and kids can come out of the cold,” said Britt Hoff.
Hoff and Lynn Haynes of HnH Sign will be also providing face painting for little ones. The evening is a family-friendly affair.
To further promote the holiday spirit, Santa Claus (Vince Egan) and Mrs. Claus (Katie Alexander) will meet children at 6 p.m. in the Pocket Park (the intersection of Grand Avenue and Lucerne Street) along with a few of their “elves.”
There, the town’s second annual Christmas tree lighting will take place. The town’s tree will be decorated with ornaments that were hand-made by students from Norwood School, and Andres Zumstein has been given the special honor of lighting this year’s tree.
“Having Santa and the tree lighting in the Pocket Park was a great success last year and brought synergy to the whole evening. I’m looking forward to that again this year,” said chamber board member Carrie Andrew.
The Town of Norwood will close Grand Avenue for car traffic from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for safety.
At 7 p.m., the annual Parade of Lights begins, and floats decorated with Christmas lights will make their way through town. Businesses, nonprofits and other groups at Norwood School are invited to participate by creating a holiday float, and horses may also enter.
This year Fern Falk has been selected to serve as this year’s grand marshal, and she will be honored by leading the parade procession.
Norwood’s town officials will judge the parade, and the Chamber of Commerce will award trophies. Norwood School’s cheerleaders are set to distribute candy and help make the evening merry.
Additionally, to encourage holiday décor in Norwood, the chamber will have a storefront decorating contest that night. The chamber will give a $100 prize to the business winner.
Chamber president John Dotson said he hopes all will come out for the holiday festivities.
“Noel Night is such an enjoyable time of the year. It’s just a lot of fun to enjoy the Christmas season together,” he said.