Sandra Thorn

Sandra Thorn

Winston community spirit

Winston celebrates Christmas with a parade and tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 7. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and is followed by a tree lighting at Civic Wayside Park (behind City Hall near Grocery Outlet) at 6 p.m. The Winston Chamber will serve free hot cider, hot chocolate, and cookies. Bring the kids to visit Santa and receive a goodie bag. Tour Winston’s Business District to view local businesses lighting up for the holidays to compete in our annual Holiday Decorating Contest for Businesses, sponsored by Winston’s DC Co-op.

The Winston Community Center Christmas will be held Dec. 19, 6 to 8 p.m at the Winston Community Center at 440 SE Grape Avenue. This free event features Santa and all of his characters, games, food, magicians, music, face painters, door prizes, and Bingo in the Senior Center. The Winston Community Center is located at 440 SE Grape Avenue

Winston’s Wildlife Safari hosts educational events and animal encounters throughout the year and special Christmas events in December. Check their events calendar at wildlifesafari.net.

First Citizens banquet set

Winston’s 42nd Annual First Citizens Banquet and Awards Program will be held on Monday, Feb. 25, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Winston Community Center. Planning is underway for this highly anticipated event that honors volunteers and community leaders for the work they do in the community. Past winners have volunteered at the local food bank, helped at the Senior Center, organized community events, raised funds for parks upgrades, and more. Winston’s volunteers have helped create many of Winston’s iconic programs and features, including the Winston Community Center, the statue of the famous cheetah, Khayam, and the Safari-themed playground at Civic Wayside Park. The First Citizens Banquet honors these hardworking individuals who make a different for our town.

Changes coming in 2020

The Winston Area Chamber of Commerce recently voted to end its tourism contract with the City of Winston. The Chamber Board decided to devote more time to provide community support and promotion.

The contract will end at the end of this year. The Chamber will no longer manage the Winston Visitors Information Center, and that responsibility and other tourism activities will reside with the City.

With the end of those responsibilities, the Chamber is looking forward to spending more time on its core membership activities and community events, such as the First Citizens Banquet, Trader Days, the holiday decorating contest for businesses, and more.

Sandra Thorn is the executive director of the Winston Area Chamber of Commerce.

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