Chamber creates coupon book to encourage shopping local this holiday season

FILE PHOTO - Many different volunteers from local nonprofit groups and city staff bring Christmas cheer to Centennial Plaza every year. This year, the town Christmas tree will be lit at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.With Thanksgiving behind us, children all over town are anxious with excitement for Christmas. Signaling the beginning of the holiday season, the city of Sandy and some of Santa's other little helpers will light the town's community Christmas tree at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Centennial Plaza, 39295 Pioneer Blvd.

The event will run from 6-8 p.m., and throughout the evening the Sandy Transit trolley will run from the plaza through the Fir Drive neighborhood to view the Sandy Light Show, the Sandy High School choir will sing Christmas carols, the Boy Scouts of Troop No. 662 will hand out cocoa, cider and cookies and there's talk that old St. Nick may even make an appearance again this year, accompanied by his elves from Sandy Helping Hands. Sandy Helping Hands also will be collecting coats and winter clothing for its Operation Give Warmth while managing Santa's fan club and photos with Mr. Claus.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - City staff harvested and placed the town Christmas tree for the 2017 festivities on Nov. 15. The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce will hand out its new "25 Days of Christmas" coupon books. The books include deals to entice Sandyites to shop local this Christmas.

The tree, donated by resident Bill Knapp, is already standing in the plaza.

"(Knapp) has been really good to us," said city of Sandy Economic Development Manager Dave Snider. "A good time is usually had by all."

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