The Greenwood Mall was filled with locals and an abundance of holiday spirit last Wednesday as students from Frank J Mitchell Elementary School hung handcrafted Christmas decorations on indoor trees and sang Christmas carols.
The annual event was not only effective in spreading some holiday cheer, it also helped to bring a little more business to the small community of Sparwood.
“It was great because we had tons of people in the mall,” District of Sparwood Business Development Liaison Jude Smith said. “It was good to help increase the traffic.”
He went on to say, “We see little informal events like that as a stepping stone towards more long term strategies and concepts that will get people into places like the mall.”
The Sparwood community worked together to make this possible, with Buds & Blooms owner Sherry Benko travelling down to the school a week prior to the event to help children with their handmade decorations, the Causeway Hotel providing hot chocolate for the eager carolers and Overwaitea donating cookies to the children.
Around 40 children helped make the mall light up with handcrafted decorations, and next year Sparwood plans to expand the event even further, Smith said.
“We hope to see it grow each year and increase more interest.”