Friday, November 23 may be Black Friday to the rest of the country, but in Langdon, it marks the kick-off of the Christmas season as Langdon lights up for the season. The Langdon Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) helps kick off the festivities with the Parade of Lights followed by the Tree Lighting Ceremony that Santa himself considers a must-attend. The final lighting of the evening will be the night sky as the Langdon Fire Department treats the community to a fireworks display.
By Melissa Anderson
The Parade of Lights will feature area businesses, organizations, and really anybody who wants to join in on the fun. The American Legion will lead the line-up for the event which begins at United Lutheran Church parking lot at 5:30 p.m. No prior registration is required to enter a float or group. The magic of Christmas lights will then parade down Highway 5 towards the main street of Langdon at 6 p.m.
The Tree Lighting Ceremony begins immediately following the parade. Boyd Block will feature a live tree standing over 10 feet tall as the community Christmas tree. This year the tree is donated by the Langdon Research Extension Center and is decorated and put up by a group of volunteers. Santa plans to view the tree and greet those in attendance. The fireworks will close out the night and set the festive spirit alight.
“The lights and the stand were purchased from funds raised by the community,” Barb Mehlhoff said. “Thankfully, the decorations have lasted for five years, and it’s amazing how the community supports this small town tradition.”
Christmas Cash Giveaway begins Friday, November 23, making every #shoplangdon, #shoplocal purchase at participating LACC businesses even more rewarding. The prizes are $500 for the first two Saturdays, December 1 and 8, of the giveaway with the grand prize of $1,000 on the final day of the giveaway, Saturday, December 15. This year the hub for the giveaway will be At The Hop.
“The hub changes every year just to spread it around and give chamber businesses exposure. There are some considerations like being open on Saturday and having enough space for a crowd,” Mehlhoff explained.
If you haven’t gotten serious about your #shoplangdon #shoplocal Christmas shopping after Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 24 then Deals After Dark held on Thursday, November 29 is just for you. The event, which began only a few years ago, has quickly become a must-shop night as some of Langdon’s favorite businesses including Langdon Floral, Langdon Drug, Langdon Hardware, Perfect Blend, Sew On & Sew North, Bottle Barn, Glitz & Glam, and Junque Decor extend their hours till 8 p.m. Businesses participating in this year’s Deals After Dark will have specials that are worth braving the cold for not to mention the chance to win great prizes. Make a purchase at any of the stops to get an entry to win one of three $100 (Langdon Bucks) prizes!
Saturday, December 1 is another day you will want to stick around Langdon for as the Winter Wonderland Brunch is held at the Langdon Research Center. With tables decorated for the festive season by 11 area businesses, the brunch will open its doors at 9:30 a.m. with serving starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Choice Financial Bank, and Langdon City Hall. Get your tickets now as they will sell faster than the snow will melt.
“Every year we have a gift basket and silent auction and donate the proceeds to a non-profit. This year we will be giving it to the Langdon Fire Department,” Mehlhoff shared.
The baskets can be viewed at Choice Financial from November 19-23, Farmers and Merchants bank from November 26-30 and final bidding will be held at the brunch. Brunch-goers will also receive 10 Christmas cash tickets for the giveaway occurring at 11:50 a.m. that day.
Langdon will also have plenty of shopping to offer on December 1 as Quality Specialty Products & Printing hosts Langdon’s Holiday Craft & Vendor showcase at their old location across from Roxy Theater. With a great variety of vendors and crafters present, not to mention local fundraisers, this will be a must-stop and shop for that Christmas list. Not only can shoppers get some great gifts but there will also be a craft class by Rebecca Feist, food and drinks from Brewed Creations Coffee House, a fashion show from Glitz & Glam and rousing rounds of BINGO with a portion of the proceeds going to the ROXY Theater. To finish the day, Brewed Creations will be serving supper starting at 4:30 p.m. using the Hampden Cafe recipe for Potato Dumplings, Ham & Sauerkraut.
The Boyd Block Committee will be having a fry bread taco fundraiser on Thursday, December 6. The event will take place at the Eagles starting at 5 p.m.
The Kid’s Shopping Spree will not be occurring this year, but the littlest residents of Langdon will still have their own special event as the Roxy Theater hosts a free Christmas movie with a visit from Santa after the show on Saturday, December 15 with the showtime being 1:00 p.m.
“With all these events, it shows just how many people it takes to put things together. This makes our community a stronger, more vibrant community by partnering together,” Mehlhoff said. “The LACC is constantly growing and would like to welcome the newest members, Marcotte Builders and Custom Grain Cleaning, to the organization.”