Asheville Downtown Association seeks volunteers for Holiday Parade

Press release from the Asheville Downtown Association:

Asheville Holiday Parade Returns Saturday, Nov. 20 Beginning at 11am – Volunteer Opportunities

The 75 Annual Holiday Parade returns to Downtown Asheville on Saturday, Nov. 20. The parade begins at 11am at the intersection of Biltmore Avenue and S. Charlotte St. It moves north to Patton Avenue, then west on Patton Avenue ending at South French Broad. The parade features local businesses, nonprofits, school/youth programs, and of course, Santa Claus.
The parade impacts many downtown streets. Please be sure to notify your staff about the parade since access will be affected.
Entries: We have a limited number of spots still available to be part of the parade. If you’re interested, please email for more information.
Volunteering: We need a few more volunteers to make the parade happen. You can help with lineup, walk (or bike) with the parade, help with egress and more. Email for more information.
We are consulting with local public health officials and follow any guidelines in place at the time. Entries will be limited to allow for spacing and we’ll incorporate other safety measures.

The parade is produced in partnership with the City of Asheville. Thanks to Bojangles, Explore Asheville, Ingles Markets, Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum, Apple Tree Honda, Deerfield, Sun Soo Martial Arts, WLOS, Star 104.3, 99.9 Kiss Country, Mix 96.5, 98.1 River, Go Minis, Kimpton Hotel Arras, Aloft Asheville Downtown and Asheville Color & Imaging.
No Cost Holiday Promotional Opportunities for Downtown Businesses
The holidays are right around the corner. We have a few holiday promotions downtown businesses can participate in:

  • Downtown Holiday Windows Walking Tour: if you’re decorating your windows for the holidays, this is an easy way to get some publicity. You can also enter the Windows Contest.
  • Gift Card Swap: You provide 5 $20 gift cards for your business, and in return, you receive 5 $20 gift cards from other downtown businesses. You can use these any way you’d like…hold a raffle, gift with purchase or reward your employees.
  • Holiday Shopping Promos: Share any holiday shopping promotions with us and we can help spread the word.

If your business is interested in participating in any of the above, please fill out this short form.

Buncombe County Hosting Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony
Buncombe County will host a Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11 at 11am.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Laura Tugman, Ph.D., Chief Mental Health Services Director at the Charles George VA with readings from two writers from Brothers and Sisters Like These and a story told by the Director of the Charles George VA, Stephanie Young.
Honor our Veterans by tuning in: Click Here to access the virtual ceremony.
Member News: Asheville Chamber Hosting Events This Week, Winter Tree Carnival, Thanksgiving Meal Options
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Smart Series: Applying an Entrepreneurial Mindset in your Business on Wednesday, November 3 at noon.
In this program from AARP, Sherree Lucas, of Go Local Asheville, will review the eight principles (or mindset lessons) presented in the best selling book “Who Owns the Ice House?“. She will be using examples from the Asheville local business community as exemplifying these principles and mindset. The power of these lessons are 1) they can be learned and 2) they’re within everyone’s reach. Learn more.
The Chamber is also hosting its November Business After Hours at new downtown restaurant Melting Pot Social. It’s Thursday, November 6 from 5:30-7pm.
Rabbit Rabbit is hosting a Winter Tree Carnival. Businesses can sponsor a tree to decorate as part of the festivities, which begin Nov. 15. More info here.

Bears Smokehouse BBQ is offering a Thanksgiving menu for groups and families to make your holiday planning easier. More info here.

Bargello is offering a Thanksgiving Family Style Prix Fixe on Thanksgiving Day from 12PM-8PM by Reservation Only. Check out the menu here. HERE is a DIRECT link to the OpenTable reservations link that leads directly to Thanksgiving Day! District 42, also located in the Arras Hotel, will be open Thanksgiving Day with a pizza menu.
Go Local Directory Deadline Friday, Nov. 5
The deadline to be included in the 2022 Go Local print directory is Friday, November 5. If your business is locally owned and independent company in Buncombe County, NC, you can apply for membership by joining the Go Local Card program. Your business will be listed in the online directory as well as over 35,000 copies of next year’s print directory. Get more info here.
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