Community prepares for Friday’s Christmas festivities

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer

Window displays are coming alive, Santa is stopping by, and streets are filling with lights.

It’s not magic, but it is a little Christmas festivity whipped up by Portales MainStreet and the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber’s annual Christmas Lighted Parade and the crowning of Little Miss Merry Christmas, plus live window displays, refreshments and extended hours at downtown businesses are scheduled for Friday night.

Not only that, Santa Claus is set to pose for pictures for about an hour at Valley Furniture after the parade. Photos are $5 each.

Nicole Wilkening said parade attendees could go to businesses before the parade to warm up, get something to eat and meet business owners.

“So it’s a good way to increase the knowledge of what is downtown on the square,” she said. “It’s just an interesting thing to look at, something to do before the parade.”

Live window displays include a live Nativity scene at Consigning Women, a snowball fight at the Weight Loss Center and a Western Christmas at Bar G Western and Casual Wear.

As for the parade, chamber manager Mandi Park said there were 30 entries Tuesday and she expected a few more. The entry deadline is Friday.

In addition, Park said Master Works is providing a stage and music from local school choirs on the square during and after the parade. The new Little Miss Merry Christmas is to be crowned at the end of the parade.

“It’s a good community event,” Park said of the evening.