Arvada’s annual celebration of its small businesses is set for Nov. 25, as Small Business Saturday returns as the kickoff of the holiday season in Olde Town.

The celebration will begin around 10:30 a.m. and wrap up with a Christmas tree lighting in Olde Town Square, which will take place at 6 p.m.

For Small Business Saturday, the first 100 visitors to the square will be treated to free coffee from Hunter Bay. Free chicken chunks from Secret Level will also be offered.

“We really view Small Business Saturday as the official kick-off to the holiday season in Olde Town,” Olde Town Business Improvement District Director Joe Hengstler said. “This time of year is critical for small businesses everywhere, and Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to remind the public of the importance of spending your dollars locally and supporting our local economy.”

The holiday festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with the first Holiday Maker’s Market of the year. The skating rink will return as well, along with two bars serving alcoholic beverages — a new addition this year.

One bar will be located outside Schoolhouse, while another will be near the skating rink.

Brass band Guerilla Fanfare will lead a merry procession starting at 5 p.m. outside Carly’s Boutique, at which time businesses will turn their holiday lights on.

“The Olde Town Tree Lighting is always one of our most popular annual events,” Hengstler said. “The amount of community support for this event is always incredible, and in turn the Olde Town Arvada BID has continued to invest in making the Tree Lighting bigger and better year after year.

“This would not be possible without the financial support from School House Kitchen and Libations and our other sponsors,” Hengstler continued.

NOTE: This article has been updated to correct the date for the tree lighting.

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