Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, traditional Christmas activities on the Square in Sheridan have been cancelled and replaced with expanded decorations, light shows and more photo opportunities.

According to the Sheridan Headlight newspaper, sponsorships from many local businesses allowed the Grant County Chamber of Commerce to continue the tradition in a different way.

The newspaper quoted Tina Hurtt as saying that one to three times a week, each week, beginning Nov. 27, there will be a music and light show. The Christmas Tree and an array of lights will flash to music during these events.

Hurtt said people will be able to walk the courthouse square or sit in their vehicles and tune in to the music on their vehicle’s radio. The channel will be posted on signs around the square.
Photo opportunities will include Santa and the reindeer in their usual spot as well as Santa sitting on a bench on the side of the courthouse. Other photo spots include Frosty and friends with lighted snowflakes, Santa’s bag and the nativity scene.

The newspaper also reported that plans for the Chamber’s Christmas on the Square decorating contest and the Santa Scavenger Hunt are still being finalized and should be posted on the Chamber’s website later this week.

A mailbox so that children can send their letters to Santa will also be available, Hurtt said to the newspaper. Children can make up their own letter or pick up one in any of the many businesses around town.