The streets of downtown Redwood Falls will be busy again this coming Friday (Nov. 16) when the annual Christmas by Candlelight event is held. Activities are being offered in the community from 4-8 p.m. that night.

According to Anne Johnson, Redwood Area Chamber and Tourism director, the community celebration is held as a way to help kick off the holiday shopping season.

For her, the focus is on shopping local.

“We need to shop local all year long,” said Johnson, adding, however, as the holiday season approaches the time is ideal to demonstrate support for those businesses in the community.

Johnson is encouraging shoppers who might not have been downtown for a while to come out and give the businesses in the community a chance. 

Johnson added, while the event is being held in the area of downtown Redwood Falls there are other businesses throughout the community that will be open as part of the event.

One of the highlights of Christmas by Candlelight is the Holiday Parade of Lights. The parade is being held for the fifth time this year, and Johnson said there has been an increase since the parade began in the number of people who participate.

“We are seeing steady growth in the number of units in the parade,” said Johnson, who adding she has already seen parade registrations higher than at this time one year ago. “The parade is really catching on in the community.”

This who are interested in being part of the parade are encouraged to contact the Chamber. Registrations are being accepted through the end of the day this Wednesday (Nov. 14). The parade participants will line up at the Redwood County government center and will travel along Washington and Second streets that night.

In addition to the parade some of the other events that night include:

• A visit from Santa Claus from 5-6:15 p.m. at the corner of Second and Washington streets. Santa will also make an appearance in the parade.

• An open house at the Backdoor Art Gallery at Scenic City Realty from 4-8 p.m.

• The Boy Scouts chili feed at Minnwest Bank in downtown Redwood Falls.

• An art show featuring students from Redwood Valley High School will be showcased at The Tables.

Johnson said this year hot chocolate and s’mores will be available for those who attend.

The Chamber is also raising funds through its shop local raffle, with the top prize a $1,000 shopping spree from Redwood area businesses. To learn more, contact the Chamber.

Johnson stressed while Christmas by Candlelight is being held before Thanksgiving the intent is not to overlook this important holiday, adding the celebration is a way to help get people in the mood for the holidays and to enjoy some time as a community.

All are invited to come and celebrate Christmas by Candlelight this coming Friday in downtown Redwood Falls.

Find more details online at www.redwoodfalls.org.