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RONAN — The holidays are officially underway in Ronan with the start of this year’s Holiday Treasures. 

Holiday Treasures is an initiative to help incentivize shopping small. Those who spend their hard-earned money at businesses participating in Holiday Treasures in Ronan will receive one raffle ticket for every two dollars spent. Those tickets can then be taken to a signup location in town to get assigned a number and dropped off for the future drawing. 

On Dec. 9, the Parade of Lights will start heading through town at 6 p.m. with candy provided by the Chamber thrown on Main Street by Santa’s 4H Elves. On Round Butte, Santa’s sleigh will turn to deliver Santa Claus to the fairgrounds for the first night of Lights Under the Big Sky. All the floats will be tuned into holiday music on “The Big 100” 100.7 FM, and watchers are encouraged to turn their radios to the station as well to help turn Ronan into Whoville for the night. 

Once Santa arrives at Lights Under the Big Sky, drawings for the 15 prizes will get started. Those who didn’t take their tickets to a drop off location will have the chance to deposit their tickets into a bin there at the event. With all prizes valued between $800 and $1,200, lucky raffle winners who helped contribute to the local economy will see their generosity returned. 

“It’s three events coming together, and it’s really fun,” commented Ronan Revitalization Committee member Whitney Liegakos. 

Lights Under the Big Sky will continue Dec 9-10 and 16-17 with live music, a Christmas market, a tree decorating contest and plenty of kids activities for an entry fee of $4 per person or $20 for a family of six or more. 

Those interested in entering a float for the Parade of Lights can call 406-833-0570 or email for more information. 

Holiday Treasures raffle signup and ticket drop off locations can be found at:

- Access Montana

- Ace Hardware (signup only)

- Arnie’s Gas and Tire

- Harvest Foods

- Mission Valley Popcorn Kitchen

- Napa (signup only)

- True Value

- Westland Seed

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