Jackson County Chamber of Commerce hosting festive events this holiday season

Jackson County will have a lot of holiday spirit as it gets closer to Christmas.

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is planning many events that all county residents and families can partake in and be festive.

The Chamber Holiday Passport is returning and can be used through Jan. 3. It is a free passport program where you can be entered to win some great prizes just for shopping at local businesses during the holidays.

Once a passport is completed after visiting a certain number of local businesses, it can be submitted for prize drawings.

Passports will be included in The Tribune and The Jackson County Banner the weekend after Thanksgiving. They also can be picked up at the chamber office or at participating businesses.

Nearly 40 Jackson County businesses are participating. Visiting the following eight businesses garners double points: Big O Tires, Blush and Brush Beauty Bar, Brewskies Downtown, Brownstown Hardware, Far Out Fitness and Health, Jackson County Visitor Center, Premier Farm and Pet and RE/MAX Professionals.

Completed passports must be returned to the chamber office, 105 S. Chestnut St., Seymour, by noon Jan. 3. Prize winners will be announced Jan. 4. This includes the grand prize of an overnight stay at West Baden Springs Hotel, which is sponsored by Steve Silver of RE/MAX Professionals.

The chamber is located at the historic Farmers Club building in downtown Seymour. This year, the building went through renovations that includes new flooring, lighting, furniture and a coffee bar.

For anyone interested in checking out the new updates, the chamber is hosting a holiday open house from 7 to 8 a.m. Dec. 1. Stop by the office to enjoy some holiday cheer. Refreshments will be served.

Santa, reindeer and Christmas carolers are quintessential parts of the holiday season, and the chamber’s Christmas at Crossroads event will feature all of that and more.

It will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at Crossroads Community Park, 101 E. Tipton St., Seymour.

The free family event will have live reindeer, Christmas carolers, cookies and hot chocolate. Santa is expected to arrive on a firetruck, and the city’s Christmas tree will be lit. Make sure to bring your letters for Santa.

Santa will make more appearances in Seymour before Christmas Eve. From Dec. 6 to 10 starting at 6 p.m. each night, the chamber is facilitating a Santa Tour.

Saint Nick himself will tour the city on a Seymour Fire Department truck while being escorted by the Seymour Police Department. Santa will visit each neighborhood within the city limits on the evening of their trash and recycling pickup day.

Formerly the Seymour Chamber of Commerce, the organization changed its name to the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce over the summer to be more inclusive and build relationships with businesses outside of Seymour.

There also were structural changes for the chamber. Businesses and community leaders from outside of Seymour are being invited to be a part of the organization’s board of directors starting in 2022.