December 10, 2021

Wishing you the happiest holiday season

12 Days of Social Media Content

Your business is likely the busiest it’s ever been this year, so how can you take advantage?

We are now in peak holiday season and it’s time to get ready for social media holiday campaigns. A great way to get engagement (and have fun) is to implement a “12 Days of Christmas” campaign.

(Tip: if you want to end your campaign on Christmas, Day 1 is December 14.)


Before you create your campaign, change your profile and cover photo for the holiday season. There are many great free online tools that can help you get your Facebook page in the festive mood. Colours like red, white, gray, blue or green themes are great for the holidays.


Here are some suggestions for each day, but have fun with it and customize it to your industry.

  1. Song lyric quote – Get into the Christmas spirit by creating a graphic around a Christmas song and tying it back to a message to your brand. You could take this a step further and post a video of you and/or your employees singing your favorite holiday song!
  2. Discount promo – Create a 12 second Christmas video on discounts you are currently offering a week before Christmas.
  3. Industry tip – Give a tip or trick relevant to your industry in a Christmas-y way. If you are a yoga studio owner for example, create a graphic or video on how you keep fit during the holidays.
  4. Go live – Use Facebook live to talk about what you like to do during the holidays. What kind of office party you are planning with your team? What are your traditions for the holidays with your family (if you don’t have an office)? This is also your time to be an expert! Talk about your service or product and promote!
  5. Season of giving – Share any charities you are planning on giving to as a company for the holidays.
  6. Testimonial for the holidays – if you have had your business long enough to have many reviews, find one from the holidays or near the holidays! You can also get a testimonial and put a holiday spin on it (Santa was really good to us this year….here’s an amazing testimonial)
  7. Thank your community – Post a video thanking your followers and your fans of all they’ve done for you in the past year.
  8. Post your holiday hours – Sounds simple, but it’s very powerful. Create a graphic listing your holiday hours to let people know when you are available this season.
  9. Share your goals – Create a graphic or video about your wins for this year (or what you are thankful for!) and what you’re focusing on in the coming year.
  10. Holiday contest – Try a photo contest with your fans or customers. Set up a booth or backdrop in your store where customers/clients can take pictures. If you don’t have a physical location, ask followers to take photos and tag your business. Create a little hashtag like #christmasfunin(yourstorename) #holidayswith(businessname) and enter the participants in a random drawing for a discount or prize.
  11. Provide a gift guide – What’s on your list this year? This would make a great video, and you can tie in products and services to what you offer. For example, if you’re a dog groomer or walker, talk about the latest products that make your job easier, like a new leash or toy.
  12. It’s Christmas! Not everyone celebrates Christmas, so consider a graphic or video that says “Happy Holidays!”

With these ideas, you can make your social channels stand out in your industry and community. Happy Holidays!

North Railway Street was the heart of the commercial district in the early days. In the 1890s and early 1900s, Okotoks attracted many entrepreneurs who set up a diverse array of businesses to cater to the needs of the growing population. In a few short years the town boasted hardware stores, dry goods dealers, clothing stores, shoemakers, grocery stores, butchers, bakers, a watchmaker, and a barber--to name a few.

In the early 1900s, land sold for $2.00-$4.00/acre.

Wages in the early 1930s were $600-700.00/yr.

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The Town of Okotoks seeks public input on e-scooter pilot program

In order to determine next steps for another potential e-scooter program in Okotoks, the Town is seeking feedback on the recent shared pilot program

The Town wants to hear about your experience with the program; share your thoughts by taking the survey before Friday, December 17, 2021.

“Having e-scooters available as a shared service increases transportation choices for residents and visitors. This option also helps riders potentially save money by utilizing an alternative to cars and other personal modes of transportation. The Town is closely monitoring interest in having another season of the program and will make any necessary adjustments to support the safety and well-being of our community”, said David Gardner, Transit Specialist for the Town of Okotoks.

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Town of Okotoks says Federal Support Needed on RCMP Costs

Significant and unbudgeted costs linked to contract policing following the recent RCMP bargaining agreement will have a significant financial impact on municipalities. The Town of Okotoks is joining the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in calling on the federal government to absorb all retroactive costs associated with the implementation of the new regime.

“Maintaining effective police services is a top priority in Okotoks,” said Mayor Tanya Thorn. “Yet, municipalities cannot run deficits and we have limited revenue tools, and the recent bargaining agreement between the federal government and National Police Federation has left municipalities across the country with unexpected costs. We need support from the federal government.”


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Santa's Christmas Eve parade

December 24

Registration: FREE!

Santa will be visiting Okotoks on Christmas Eve night! Join our parade around Town with his friends from Emergency Services. The parade will be visiting the usual route from previous years and you will be able track Santa throughout the night as he makes his way through Town at Santa requests that you abide by the current AHS guidelines and stay safe!


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Downtown Holiday Shopping Passport

December 9 - 21

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The downtown businesses have put on a promotion to encourage shopping local this holiday season. Businesses should let their customers know that they can pick up a holiday shopping passport at one of the 12 participating downtown retail businesses. For every $10.00 purchase they receive one stamp. It takes 10 stamps to fill up a passport. Customers can fill up as many passports as they like. The more they fill, the better their chance of winning the grand prize of $1000 cash!

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Level Up Series: Story and Content

December 16, 3:00 p.m.

Registration: FREE!

In this webinar you will learn how to:

  • Map your digital marketing and social media tactics for the year ahead, alongside your monthly sales themes and goals.
  • Establish your company’s integral content pillars while adding interest, variety and readability using content categories and post types.
  • Learn today’s top tools to aid in your content creation and scheduling and how to iterate your plans based on data insight and analysis.

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Christmas Social at D'Arcy Ranch

December 16, 7:00 p.m.

Members $35 | Non-members $40


  • Mix and Mingle event with an appetizer style menu
  • Special guests will be the new Mayor and Council
  • REP – QR code for proof of vaccination is required, medical exemption, or proof of negative COVID test results within 72 hours of the event (rapid test results are not valid proof)
  • Masking when not seated at table is required

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New businesses in Town

New Business Listings

The Town of Okotoks is thrilled to welcome the following new businesses to Town:


  • Pure Alternative - Reflexology services
  • Ladle Of Love - Making soup for sale
  • Blue Chip Detailing - Auto & equipment detailing
  • Luke Baburic Crystals & Minerals - Retail sales of crystals & minerals


  • Pearly White - Teeth whitening clinic
  • Adanac Liquidation - Liquidation centre general merchandise
  • Bell - Bell authorized dealer store
  • Authentix - Paint protection installation, ceramic coatings

You can find more information on these new businesses as well as many others at our online business directory.

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Holiday supports

Are you looking for ways to support those in need over the holidays? Local agencies are working together to ensure the needs of everyone in our community are met over the holiday season. For details on the different ways you can give, where to donate, and to request assistance visit the link below.

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Kindness Day is December 17

November’s Kindness Currency recipients are a great example that Okotoks is caring! The six Educational Assistants at St. John Paul II Collegiate endeavor to spread kindness each and every day in the community and at their school. From keeping an eye out if someone needs a listening ear, to checking in on a struggling student, this team takes meaningful small actions to make sure the people around them feel like they matter. Watch the video and find out how you can nominate someone for Kindness Currency in time for the next Kindness Day, December 17 at the link below.

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