Christmas Open House Set Nov. 9 Downtown

Winnfield’s popular Christmas Open House will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, from 5 until 9 p.m.

The event described as “loosely organized by the Chamber of Commerce” allows merchants downtown and across the city to participate at any level they wish and shoppers to enjoy the benefits.  Many stores will serve refreshments while shoppers may look for special sales, discounts, giveaways and door prizes as they move from store to store. 

If shopping works up an appetite, there will be food trucks serving on the Post Office plaza.

Music might also be heard that the other end of Main Street where Spencer Brunson is scheduled to be performing at the museum.  Independent vendors will be offering a selection of goods and wares at the Louisiana Political Museum.  Director Shonna Moss says even more vendors who don’t have their own storefronts are invited to join in at no cost.  The number to call is 628-5928.

The origin of this downtown shopping tradition can be traced back at least 25 years.  Before that time, various businesses picked different days to put on various pre-Christmas events.  One store, the Flower Box, made special efforts to decorate for their Christmas Open House at the same time each year.  Then one year, other businesses agreed that a consolidated effort would attract a larger customer base.  The second Thursday in November was agreed as that date and has been observed since.