HEADLAND, AL (WTVY) -- Dozens of families gathered at the Headland Town Square for the 5th annual Holiday Open House.
The event is meant not only to ring in the holiday season by lighting the Christmas Tree, but to also help out local businesses.
Nick Boatwright of Headland says that the holidays are a significant time for local retailers.
He says "Small businesses this time of year are important. For the community, for the local business owners, its just good to spend money in your hometown instead of going to big retail stores."
Rhonda Harrison, the Executive Director for the Headland Chamber of Commerce says the open house gives people the chance to visit store they may not normally be able to get to and support.
She said "We try to support those small businesses that are located here in town. That are invested into their businesses in Headland."
Katy Lewis owns one of these small businesses, and she says when you shop at these local places, the money spent is going back into the community.
Lewis says "You have to support your friends, and the people in your community if you want your community to be everything that it can be."
Headland will be hosting its annual Christmas Parade on December 7th. For start times and entry fees, you can see those at www.headlandal.org