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Christmas caroling, Christmas Tree lighting, a holiday movie, an appearance by Santa and Mr. G, cookie decorating, shopping … sounds like a Hallmark movie, doesn’t it? You can enjoy these activities and more during Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 30 as Downtown Beckley will be a buzz with holiday cheer.

Several businesses will offer shopping activities including coupons, prizes and special activities. The Downtown Beckley Business Association has organized Small Business Saturday coupons at participating businesses: Tickety Boo, Top Knot Coffee, Dragon’s Den Comics & Games; Cheap Thrills Records, Melody’s, Fosters, Kilted Barber, Raleigh Playhouse & Theatre, and Beckley Art Center.

The Raleigh Playhouse & Theatre will show A Christmas Tree Miracle – a movie filmed in WV which features Princeton native Kevin Sizemore throughout the weekend (Friday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 pm; Saturday, Nov. 30 at 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm; and Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3:00 and 6:30 pm).

Top Knot Coffee will feature several musicians during the day, and cookie decorating from 3:30- 4:30 pm ($3) along with a visit from Santa.

Tickety Boo Mercantile is planning specials, door prizes, refreshments, 3 rd floor sales benefit the Women’s Resource Center, and Raleigh County Humane Society Angel Tree from 10am to 5pm.

A pop-up shop vendor fair in a building on Neville Street is being planned. Beckley Events will work with #BeckleyWVRocks to offer holiday rock decorating from 1:00-2:00 pm, music by Chloe Florence, and appearance by Mr. G., Grinch character, posing for selfie photos.

At 4:30 pm, the FWC Heritage Choir, who will be dressed in vintage costumes, will lead caroling. Join the choir as they stroll along Neville Street singing Christmas carols ending at the big City Christmas tree at Word Park for the countdown to the lighting of the tree at 5:15 pm. A couple of vendors will also be set up at the park selling hot chocolate, coffee, cupcakes and kettle corn.

The First United Methodist Church on Heber Street will host their monthly last Saturday pancake dinner from 5:00-6:00 pm.

Representatives at the McDonald’s located on the corner of Robert C. Byrd Drive and Prince Street will read Christmas books at 5:30 pm.

After dinner, either check out the movie at The Raleigh or head to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine for the Appalachian Coal Town Christmas Festival. The admission of $12 for adults and $10 for children includes ice-skating, the underground mine tour, caroling in the church, cider, marshmallow roasting, vendors/shopping in the gift shop, and the exhibit, planetarium and craft at the Youth Museum.

For more information, contact Beckley Events at 304-256-1776 or visit the Beckley Events Facebook page or city website at www.beckley.org. For details about the ice skating rink (open over a two-week period) or the Appalachian Coal Town Christmas, call 304-256-1747.

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