Chamber Chat: Farmington chamber celebrates Christmas

Farmington Daily Times
Audra Winters

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and I love it.  There is nothing about the holiday season that I don’t like: the decorations, the lights, the music, baking, buying gifts for the ones I love and spending time with family and friends.

The Farmington Chamber is in full swing for the Christmas season.

It started at the J.A. Jewelers and Next Level’s Business After Hours Coat for Kids in November during which chamber members donated more than 137 coats for children right here in San Juan County. Then Kysar Millennium Leavitt Insurance Agency, Re-Max of Farmington and the Courtyard by Marriott hosted the December Business After Hours, and once again, chamber members stepped up and donated food and money to ECHO food bank.

Nothing says Christmas more than a parade, and this year’s was one of the best ones ever.  The Farmington Christmas parade, sponsored by ConocoPhillips, was held on Dec. 1. This year’s theme was "Christmas Around the World." We had more than 40 entries participate in the parade, and everyone did an outstanding job. Thank you to everyone who supported, volunteered and attended the parade.

We want to see how your business is getting into the Christmas spirit. If you have decorated your business — whether it is on the inside or outside — we want to see it and share it with everyone else.  Each week in the chamber’s newsletter and Community Roundup, we will be sharing pictures of how our businesses are celebrating the holiday season.  Email your pictures to Please feel free to include pictures of your staff.

We also want to remind you to shop local.  I know you have heard it before, but shopping local helps our community in so many different ways. When you shop local, you keep your tax dollars right here in our community, helping to pay for services like fire and police, roads and other services our city provides.  It also helps keep people right here employed.  

Remember you can always stop by the chamber office for all the latest news that is happening in the community or give us a call. Our office is located at 100 W. Broadway Ave., and our phone number is 505-325-0279. We would love to see you. The chamber is organized for the purpose of serving and advancing the civic and business interest of the city of Farmington and the Four Corners region.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am very excited for 2017 and all that it will bring.

Audra Winters is the president and CEO of the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce.