We are creating a new attraction down Centennial Street with the cooperation of businesses between Lakeshore Drive and the train tracks. Our hope is that this initiative will drive more traffic to the area this season and further remind people to shop local.
This initiative is spearheaded through the Winter Village Committee and will be free for any business on this stretch of Centennial Street if they register to be a part of the Passport to Christmas Program and/or Planter Parade, otherwise it will cost $25.
The Committee will supply basic pre-assembled wooden snowmen for participating businesses to get creative and personalize their snowman in any way they see fit!
We look forward to seeing the public make a point to take a stroll and stop in at these businesses this season...and for them to let us know which are their favorites!.
Any Centennial Street business interested can contact our committee member in charge of this initiative, Kjeryn Dakin (Bukwildz). Psst...she recently received the 2019 Young Entrepreneur Award, so if you chat with her, be sure to congratulate her!
Kjeryn can be reached by email at: email@example.com
The initial goal of the Winter Village was to light up the pier - but the goal of our Chair Doug McGill, President of Blackstone Developments, is for the lights from Sylvan Lake to be seen from space, and we're not too sure he's joking!
Last year the Winter Village Committee organized an exclusive sneak peek event for sponsors and VIPs. It allowed us to say thank you in a more personal way and allowed sponsors, their families and their teams to share enjoy the Winter Village light-up apart from the crowds. We're going to do that again and event plans are well underway.
Other plans include lighting more of the pier, illuminating the outdoor skating rink, a memorable public light up, some 'not so silent nights' of Christmas caroling, more bonfires, a Centennial Street Snowman Parade, and more site programming. Christmas at the Winter Village will be front and center in December, but the show will go on for January and February.
Every cent of the funds raised helps light up the lake, bring the community together and attract people to Sylvan Lake in the colder months.
All sponsors will be recognized on the sponsor board from December - March at the site and will be invited to attend a very private, super top secret light-up event with music, beverages, and lots of seasonal cheer.
To partner with us for the 2019 Winter Village through sponsorship, PLEASE USE THIS LINK which includes a payment portal. If you have questions or wish to speak with a volunteer email the Chamber and a member of our volunteer team will be in touch.
Thank you, in advance, for helping us bring some winter magic to Sylvan Lake this year. It takes a village!
What is the Passport to Christmas Program?
This is a program that promotes shopping local. For every 10 dollars spent by the public at a participating business, they get a "stamp" in their passport. When a passport is full they are entered into a draw for a Westjet Gift Card or the cash equivalent. This type of program runs in many small communities successfully, and it will be the second year that we run it in Sylvan Lake.
How much does it cost for a business to participate?
It costs just $25 to register. This helps us cover the cost of printing and goes towards the prize for the winner. All businesses in Sylvan Lake are welcome to participate.
When does the program start and end?
This year, the Passport to Christmas Program will run from November 25th to January 5th with the prize draw taking place that week after all of the completed passports are returned.
What types of purchases qualify?
Any purchase qualifies. This program is about local spending, and not neccessarily about the purchase of a gift for the holiday. The public can get stamps dining out, getting gift cards, oil changes, getting a coffee, spa services and more. They just need to do it at one of the participating businesses.
If my business participates, what is our responsibility?
Registered businesses would hand out passports and make their staff aware of the program. You would let participants drop off their completed passport - and either make them available for pick up by a volunteer or better yet, drop them off at the Chamber office.
How do I register my business?
The registration deadline is November 15th. You can use this secure link to register your business and make your payment.
Book your Christmas Planter for the Planter Parade!
What is the Christmas Planter Parade?
Christmas at the Winter Village, for those of you not in the know, features whimsical Christmas Planters created by businesses, teams, non-profit groups and families. It adds to the glow and magic of the season for all who stroll through to take in these creations. It's a great opportunity to connect with the community. The public does vote for their favorite planters at local businesses in the area, just for fun.
How many planters are at the site?
We have approximately 44 planters that will line the pier, while some are already spoken for, there are still several planters available.
How much does it cost to book a planter?
What does it include?
We provide a giant planter, the soil, small pine tree and lighting around the base of the planter and a sign with your family or organization name or logo on it.
What do we supply when we book a planter?
You supply the decorations and lighting for your planter design - but please note that you will need to use solar or battery operated lights for the tree as we do not supply power. You are also responsible for removing your decorations.
How do I book and what is the deadline to book?
The deadline to book a planter is November 20th. You can book on line using this secure link where you can provide details and payment.
How is the money from planter bookings used?
Funds raised cover the cost of the materials we provide, and any excess funds all go to the Winter Village Fund. The Winter Village is funded entirely by donations and costs approximately $30,000 to create each year. The goal of the Winter Village is to attract locals and visitors downtown in the colder months which we believe is good for business and our local economy.
Thank you for your interest and support. It takes a village!
This will be the third year for the Sylvan Lake Winter Village, and their are some ambitious plans to expand the lighting display and to light up the outdoor ice rink. The committee has high hopes to have more community programming happen at the site and to engage the business community to host bonfires.
The drive for sponsorship is now underway and is a key element that needs to be in place to keep the Winter Village alive. This lighting spectical is funded entirely by sponsorship and grants, and is organized by volunteers.
Anyone looking to get involved either thru sponsorship or volunteering to bring the Winter Village to life is welcome to contact the Chamber, because we need all the help we can get!
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