Union Staff Report
McKINLEYVILLE – Shoppers will have an opportunity to win prizes and get in the Christmas spirit during McKinleyville’s Holiday Open House on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. Participating businesses will have prizes that can be won in multiple drawings. Shoppers can stop at each business and could potentially win several gift baskets.
Shoppers are also encouraged to enter an ugly sweater contest, sponsored by the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce. Put on your ugliest sweater and visit McKinleyville retailers, who will judge your homely sweaters. The person who gets the most votes will win $100.
Shoppers are also asked to be the judges for the chamber’s Decorating Contest. More than 20 merchants have entered the contest and are displaying Christmas trees. Ballot boxes are located at each participating business.
In conjunction with the Holiday Open House, the McKinleyville Shopping Center will hold its annual Christmas Celebration, also from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4.
From 5 to 5:30 p.m., the Redwood Coast Children’s Chorus will perform on the front lawn near the community Christmas tree. Santa will arrive on a fire truck at 5:30 p.m. for the tree lighting. You can have your picture taken with Santa from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a camera. There will also be children’s activities, free treats, crafts and a Friends of the McKinleyville Library book sale.