Nov 16, 2021

Celebrate ‘A Country Christmas in Northwest Nebraska’

Posted Nov 16, 2021 5:33 PM

By Kerri Rempp, Discover Northwest Nebraska Director

CHADRON – Northwest Nebraska is full of old-fashioned Christmas spirit!

From shopping events that feature unique gift items for your loved ones to fun decorating opportunities and family-friendly events, Northwest Nebraska is a great place to spend the holidays. Discover Northwest Nebraska and the Chadron and Crawford Chambers of Commerce, along with several local businesses, are excited to promote a variety of holiday events this Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

“Christmas is about pictures and memories,” said Mike Kesselring of Chadrad Communications, one of the businesses involved in the marketing effort. “As we have drawn from the Northwest Nebraska Christmas celebrations and get-togethers and collected them under the banner of ‘A Country Christmas,’ it has been with that in mind.”

Events kicked off Nov. 12 with unique shopping opportunities in the Pine Bough Bazaar and the City S’liquors Fall Craft & Vendor Market. Other shopping occasions include Shop Hometown Harrison Nov. 19-20, the Kris Kringle XMAS Boutique Dec. 4 and the Sandoz Center Art Show & Sale, featuring live music, Dec. 3-4. Shop Small Saturday is Nov. 27, and the organizations involved with ‘A Country Christmas’ urge residents and visitors to patronize local businesses in Harrison, Crawford and Chadron.

Fun family activities range from the SWAG Greenery workshop to two parades, community tree lightings, a Christmas Cruise and some old-fashioned Christmas cartoons. Santa will make multiple appearances in Northwest Nebraska during ‘A Country Christmas’ as well, with his first-slated arrival Nov. 27 at The New Leaf.

Businesses, organizations and individuals can also help create the ‘Country Christmas’ winter wonderland with several decorating events. The annual Festival of Trees at the Dawes County Courthouse returns after a COVID-hiatus last year; or those interested can Deck the Lawn at the Courthouse by setting up an outdoor scene in the courtyard.

“We are anxious and excited to see the outcome of joining forces with so many entities in Northwest Nebraska to pull off a well-rounded ‘Country Christmas’ for our community and surrounding area. With something for all demographics to enjoy during the holiday season, we are thrilled to continue adding the Christmas cheer and holiday spirit while serving the community and our members the best way we can,” said Chadron Chamber Director Gabby Michna.

You can find the full schedule for ‘A Country Christmas’ at

Registration forms for Festival of Trees (also available at the Chadron Chamber) and the Chadron Parade of Lights (also available at KCSR) can also be downloaded from the site.