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‘Small Business Saturday’ & more holiday events planned in valley

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By Taylor Davison / Valley Journal

POLSON — The Saturday after Thanksgiving will see local businesses open their doors for this year’s Small Business Saturday. 

A national movement to encourage support for local economies, Polson will participate this year with businesses downtown and the surrounding area open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. According to Polson Business Community Facebook page, residents spending $100 locally instead of online would generate over $3 million for the community. 

Polson’s Small Business Saturday wraps up with the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Lake County Courthouse at 6 p.m. The Parade of Lights in Polson is planned for the following Friday, Dec. 2. For more details, visit: 

Arlee will hold their Parade of Lights on Nov. 26, beginning at the high school parking lot at 6 p.m. All are welcome to decorate and participate in the parade by lining up early at 5 p.m. The celebration will conclude at the Brown Building with coffee, cocoa, and treats for all. 

While Ronan and St. Ignatius may not be officially participating in Small Business Saturday, some businesses may be open for it and residents are encouraged to show their support. Additionally, St. Ignatius will hold its Christmas Carnival on Dec. 3 in their new St. Ignatius High School gym starting at 2 p.m. Following the carnival at 5:30 p.m., a tree lighting ceremony and parade of lights will take place.

Ronan will hold their Holiday Treasures event and Parade of Lights on Dec. 9. The parade will start at 6 p.m., travel down Main Street, and then deliver Santa to “Lights Under the Big Sky” at the fairgrounds. “Lights Under the Big Sky” will be held Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 from 5-9 p.m. at the Ronan Fairgrounds.

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