The Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce has officially launched this year’s Passport to Christmas. The initiative encourages Lacombe and area residents to shop local this holiday season and support the local economy.  

“It's really easy to take part and the participating businesses and stores are on the website. They'll be on the passports as you pick them up at the store. For every $10 you spend, you can get a stamp and those contribute towards your chance of winning a prize in January,” said Jeffrey Hanger, Executive Director of the Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce.  

Each completed passport will be added to a draw that will take place in January for a chance to win the following prizes:  

  • $3,000 in Lacombe and District Shopping Bucks  
  • $1,500 in Lacombe and District Shopping Bucks  
  • $1,000 in Lacombe and District Shopping Bucks 

There also will be a draw for partially completed passports for $500 in Lacombe and District Shopping Bucks. Random draws at local businesses will also take place at local businesses leading up to January. 

Passport to Christmas has been happening in the community for quite some time, and Hanger says they’ve been able to track local spending through the project.  

“Last year, we were able to track over $4 million worth of spending that was done locally into this and that's a trend that we'd like to keep going. Obviously, now that the numbers of businesses participating businesses have gone up to 97, we can really track a lot of spending that's being done locally,” said Hanger.  

The Executive Director says each year, they see more participation as well and have to print more passports as a result. Overall, the program is a great way to highlight all the hard-working businesses in the community.  

“We have such amazing stores in our area. This is a wonderful opportunity to come out and check what's out in our local stores definitely,” he added.  

The Passport to Christmas draw will take place on January 5th at Sunny 94.  For more information on the program, click here.