Bastrop and Mer Rouge merchants will be ushering in the holiday season with their annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, November 15.

   The Holiday Open House, which will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., will feature coupons and door prizes. According to Susan Arnett-Plonnigs, “We are going to be kicking off the holiday season, and the stores will be decorated beautifully. We will have light refreshments, but they will be safely presented. It won’t be buffet style like in past years. We are taking special precautions due to the pandemic. We will be social distancing and masks are encouraged.”

   The event will also feature the kick-off of a receipt raffle being done by the Bastrop Morehouse Chamber of Commerce. The Holiday Receipt Raffle will be ongoing from Sunday, November 15 to December 12. According to a flyer for the raffles, it is a thank you to the public for supporting local businesses. Each week the Chamber will give away four $25 gift cards and one $50 gift card to a participating local business or restaurant that is a member of the Chamber. To enter people must make a purchase of at least $25 from a participating business. There is no limit to the number of entries, but there can be only one entry per receipt in each week’s raffle. More information on the raffles will be given at a later date.

   The stores participating in the Holiday Open House event include Antiques and Accents, Arnetts Jewelry, Downs & Daughters, Flower Tree, Freckled Frog Children’s Shoppe, Heirlooms & Accents, Pearce Pharmacy, Roma’s Italian Bistro, Seligman’s Department Store, Steve’s Jewelry, The Chandelier in Mer Rouge, Perkin’s Pharmacy in Mer Rouge, The Market, Tuhmaras, and Whit’s Pharmacy and Gift.

   Arnett-Plonnigs noted of the event, “Everyone seems really excited about it and ready to get out and see people, but we want everyone to remember the safety precautions.” She added, “We want to encourage everyone to shop local. It’s more important for Bastrop now than ever.”

   For more information about the event and other upcoming holiday events visit the Bastrop-Morehouse Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page.