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Santa Claus is coming to town on Sunday, along with a parade, courthouse lighting, Christmas carols, a free meal and lots of games in Neligh. There will also be bingo cards for the $1,000 Business Bingo giveaway.
Sponsored by the Neligh Chamber of Commerce, the annual Christmas kickoff is going to be bigger than ever on Sunday.
Events will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday with the Lighted Parade lineup in Riverside Park. The parade through Main Street will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Courthouse Lighting at 6 p.m.
More events are planned at the American Legion from 6 to 7:30 p.m. There will be a free hot dog feed sponsored by Carhart Lumber, games from the Neligh-Oakdale FBLA and photos with Santa Claus, sponsored by the Antelope County News. All families will receive a free professional 4x6, courtesy of the ACN.
Bingo cards will be available at the Legion for the $1,000 Big Bucks giveaway. Assistant Economic Development Director Lauren Sheridan-Simonsen said every receipt for $20 or more spent at a Chamber business is worth a spot on a bingo card.
Receipts should be taken to the Chamber office, where they will be validated. Participants will then draw for their space. She said $100 will be given away every week with a $1,000 grand prize drawing on Dec. 23.
She said everything from city water bills and chiropractor receipts to haircuts and prescriptions are eligible as long as there is a receipt for at least $20 and the businesses is a Chamber member.
The Chamber and City of Neligh will again be sponsoring a Christmas Light Contest with the winners of the three categories receiving $100 of their electric bill. The categories are residential, religious and commercial. Judging will be during an evening sometime between Dec. 13-20.
Many Neligh businesses are planning specials during the holiday season and some will be staying open late at various times.