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The USA tree illuminated in front of the Upshur County Courthouse last Thursday. / Photo by Katie Kuba

BURMA, Buckhannon team up to bring Upshur County ‘Christmas Around the World’ — and kids have one last shot to partake in a scavenger hunt and maybe even meet the Grinch!

BUCKHANNON — This Saturday, Dec. 12 is the last chance for children to participate in a fun, Christmastime scavenger hunt, thanks to a partnership between the Buckhannon-Upshur Retail Merchants Association, the City of Buckhannon and local businesses.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, children are invited to participate in a fun scavenger hunt as they walk both sidewalks of Main Street looking at each pole to discover hidden symbols. They can pick up a scavenger hunt form at participating locations anytime after Thanksgiving.

Participating businesses have each adopted a country to feature in their business and have decorate a tree to represent their chosen country.

Those include:

  • Austria will be featured at Sweet-A-Licious
  • Brazil at Ameriprise Financial
  • Canada at Anderegg Jewelers
  • Denmark at Mountain Lakes Insurance Agency
  • France at Sprint Store
  • Germany at Trump’s Salon
  • Ireland at Stone Tower Brews
  • Netherlands at Tateep Unique Boutique
  • Philippines at Just Cuttin’ Up
  • Poland at Jesterline Gaming Technologies
  • Russia at First Community Bank
  • Spain at Mama Roma’s Restaurant

Once the symbols are located and recorded on the form it can be deposited in a box located at Christmas Headquarters at 56 East Main Street (beside Dairy Queen) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While there, they can sample some hot cocoa or cider and a cookie. Surprise guests from the North Pole dressed in red and a funny green Grinch may drop by for pictures now and then!

‘Christmas Around the World’ in downtown Buckhannon is brought to you by a partnership between the Buckhannon-Upshur Retail Merchants Association, the City of Buckhannon and local businesses. / Photo by Katie Kuba

Adults are not left out as they can pick up a punch card at any of the participating stores to enter a drawing for a gift card. They must visit each store to view the twelve featured trees, have their card punched, and drop it off at Christmas Headquarters in the drop box. Winners both adults and children will be notified on Dec. 18.

Christmas traditions in the Philippines as detailed in the city’s and BURMA’s downtown ‘Christmas Around the World’ display.

The City of Buckhannon and the members of Buckhannon-Upshur Retail Merchants Association invite everyone to shop downtown this holiday season and participate in this “social distancing” event.

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