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Chamber to kick off second annual Windows of Christmas, Gifts event

With the amount of success the Windows of Christmas and Windows of Gifts saw last year, New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Woletz decided to turn the contests into an annual event to bring more business to New Richmond area businesses.

“It was really exciting when we did it last year for the first time,” Woletz said. “Everyone was excited to have something new and something to look forward to. There was new foot traffic in the businesses that didn’t exist prior to that. So it was a really fun way to kick off the holiday season.”

Deadline to have the windows decorated for the Windows of Christmas contest is Monday, Dec. 2. Judging for the windows will be done by the Chamber Ambassadors and goes from Dec. 2 to 13. The ambassadors will cast their individual votes, and the total votes will be tallied to determine the winner in each of the three categories: most traditional, most unique and best display of holiday lights.

“The Windows of Christmas is fun and really inspires a lot of businesses to decorate more than they would normally have done,” Woletz said. “And the Windows of Gifts is an incentive to bring in shoppers from outside of the area to spend money here in New Richmond. While it is a shop-local campaign, it is a combination of the two events and is created to drive traffic to town to not only look at the creations in the windows that the businesses have come up with, but also to participate and potentially make purchases and register for the window gifts.”

There is no purchase necessary to win the Windows of Gifts contest, but all participants must be at least 21-years-old to enter. In each participating business, visitors may register to win the entire collection of prizes donated for the Windows of Gifts contest.. Participating businesses for the Windows of Gifts must provide a gift valued at $25 or greater, have it wrapped and have the name of the business labeled on the gift tag so each business receives proper credit for their donation. The promotion runs from Dec. 2-18

“Gift giving for the Window of Gifts and the Windows of Christmas is open to the entire New Richmond area business community,” Woletz said. “Everyone is encouraged to participate. All the business needs to do to participate is give the chamber a call.”

For more information, or to sign up for the Windows of Christmas or Windows of Gifts, call the chamber at 715-246-2900 or

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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