One of Sheridan’s most beloved winter events is set for Nov. 28, as always, the day after Thanksgiving.
The Christmas Stroll was developed many years ago in an effort to bring Black Friday shoppers to downtown Sheridan. It is a community event to kick off the holiday shopping season.
Friends, family and neighbors gather downtown to take photographs with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy free rides on the trolley, a hay wagon and miniature train.
Hot drinks and food are also available on Grinnell Plaza, the centerpiece of Sheridan’s downtown.
Live music also typically highlights the annual event.
In conjunction with the Christmas Stroll, the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce organizes a “stroll button” design competition.
The contest opens in April and ends in May. Children in first through sixth grades submit their button design to the Chamber and are asked to base their design on the year’s theme.
This year’s Christmas Stroll theme is “Sugar Plum Stroll.”
The design is used on buttons distributed and sold throughout the holiday shopping season. If your number matches the number hanging in participating businesses you win a prize worth at least $50.
Registration slips are also available in businesses to enter your button number into weekly drawings for $100 in Chamber Bucks. All of the button numbers gathered from registration slips are then entered in a grand prize drawing on Dec. 31 for $1,000 Chamber Bucks.
This year’s Christmas Stroll button design winner will be announced toward the end of October.