Christmas in Cullman is Coming!
CULLMAN - It’s that time again – the one we look forward to all year.
The winter season, the spirited decorations, hot cocoa, pumpkin pie and that metaphorical snow. It’s the season of giving and sharing and receiving. The holidays are upon us.
And with that comes an occasion that local shop owners and citizens of Cullman love to mark on their calendars far in advance – Christmas in Cullman Open House.
The second weekend in November is scheduled for the open house annual event – Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10. There will be tons of activities scheduled all over town, with the goal being to “shop locally.”
“Christmas in Cullman is a retail shopping event started 28 years ago by the Chamber of Commerce retail committee,” Tourism Director for the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce Cecelia Smith said. “Its purpose was to give our retailers a jumpstart on the Christmas season and to encourage the community to think local when making purchases for the Christmas season.”
This year’s Christmas in Cullman has an added special touch via a beautiful logo facelift thanks to the very talented volunteer marketing team.
The newly designed logo evokes nostalgic thoughts with delicate blue snowflakes falling softly to the ground and a sturdy, historic house painted golden yellow and amber brown.
The snow globe styled emblem is sure to bring about reminiscent memories with its snowy lawn and warm tones. You can practically imagine a family curled up fireside, sipping on apple cider and warm hot chocolate, admiring presents under the fir tree.
Smith said this is the first year that Christmas in Cullman Open House has been led by a Christmas in Cullman Board of Directors. Although the 2013 Christmas in Cullman Open House is organized by a community volunteer board, the Chamber continues to support the event with the following activities offered on Nov. 9: free Christmas wrapping at the Chamber for any business that is a Chamber member; Buddy the Elf will be at the Chamber for pictures on this day; and the Chamber Retail Committee is sponsoring the Window Display Contest.
Cullman is panned as the best place in Alabama to raise kids. With family friendly events like Oktoberfest and Christmas in Cullman, this is proving to be a consistent truth. Christmas in Cullman will offer many activities for all ages over the open house weekend.
On Saturday, Nov. 9, Santa Claus will be at Weiss Cottage from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and a cookie decorating station will be in an area next to the cottage on that same day. Sleigh rides are available for $5.00 a person on Saturday and Sunday. Families are encouraged to drive around Cullman to view all of the beautiful window displays in many of the storefront windows.
1992-93 Chamber President Clark Branch, Jr. is said to have said it best back then:
"Christmas in Cullman Open House shows a commitment on the part of the merchants to provide citizens with better service and products. It brings in people from the surrounding area to share in the showcase. It gives the merchants an opportunity to show a large number of people just what they have to offer. The big thing it does is keep citizens shopping in Cullman and keeps the personal touch alive."
The Christmas in Cullman Board of Directors encourages all businesses in the Cullman area to participate in the event. There is no cost to the stores to participate, but they will want to register so they will be included on the Christmas in Cullman website and Facebook page.
The Christmas in Cullman Facebook page will advertise all events in Cullman from Nov. 9 until Christmas, so if anyone has anything they would like listed, they can email [email protected] or share on the Christmas in Cullman Facebook page.
Merchants and shoppers should visit the Facebook page and website, www.surveymonkey.com/s/MNYFJLW to register, and to find out more about sales and events throughout the holiday season.
If you should have any questions, please call 256-887-9250 or email [email protected]