The holidays are here. Thanksgiving is around the corner. The Williams Christmas tree has arrived. The tree lighting ceremony and light parade takes place Nov. 30.
And then it's under a month until Christmas.
It seems like summer just came and went. An early snowstorm cut fall a little short.
The holiday season is about giving. Helping our neighbors out. And often it's about shopping for gifts.
We encourage shopping locally. It's a good thing to do. Local merchants struggle to make ends meet during the winter months. Buying locally keeps Williams dollars in Williams.
There is a wide variety of options for holiday shopping in town. Custom leather items, photographs, ceramics and other hand-made art, western attire and regional wines, to name just a few, are available.
Please take a moment to consider how you might be able to check a few gifts off your list without leaving town.
Another thing to consider during the holidays is helping the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce light up the town for the holidays.
The chamber sponsors a residential lighting contest. The contest runs from Dec. 1 to Jan. 4. Participating residents agree to install at least 500 lights and turn them on from 6 to 9 p.m. Interested residents must submit their applications by Nov. 26.
Why take part?
Participants will receive a $20 credit on their January electric bill. And it helps make Williams an attractive winter destination.
Chamber members will present awards to the winners at their Dec. 13 holiday mixer.