Event organizers say the Taber Winter Festival served two purposes – one is to reinvigorate community spirit and the other is to get people into local businesses.
The Winter Festival got its start as Midnight Madness, which brought people out and got them excited. It was a shop local event before they even thought to call it that.
Through the Passport to Christmas program, residents can print off a “passport” or pick one up at a participating retail location. By shopping at local businesses, they can earn stamps that will give them opportunities to win up to $1,000 in Taber Chamber Bucks, a local currency that can be used to make purchases at an array of Taber businesses.
Stores across Taber decked their halls in festive decorations in hopes of being named the Best Decorated Business. The winner, which was determined by a poll on the Chamber’s Facebook page, was Escape Salon and Spa.
All of the festival activities that took place were planned to ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines. While this, unfortunately, meant that some planned events had to be cancelled, there was still plenty for families to enjoy.
The public was able to take in some free bowling thanks to sponsorships from the Taber Bowling Centre, ATB Financial, and MNP. As well, The Taber Kinsmen Club offered free skating and Taber Home & Farm Centre ensured free swimming for the evening.
Friday’s festivities also included a tree lighting ceremony, free kids crafts to-go, hayrides, and photos with Santa.
If you missed out on the Winter Festival – make sure you check out VisitTaber.com and stay up to date on all the events happening around town.
The Taber Winter Lights Festival was made possible thanks to the following sponsorships seen below. A special thanks also goes out to the Town of Taber and the Taber and District Fire Department for all their hard work in making this event a success.