Santa bucks giveaway brings joy and good tidings

Yukon businesses get in the Christmas spirit

All smiles for the big Santa Bucks giveaway are Yukon Chamber of Commerce staff members and special guests, from left, Mrs. Claus, Jami DeBusk, Julie Simeroth, Pam Shelton, and Santa Claus. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

By Cara Pattison

Contributing Writer

The Yukon Yuletide Express ensured a holly, jolly Christmas for many lucky residents Thursday night to the tune of $4,000 with their big Santa Bucks Departure Party giveaway.

Organized by the Yukon Chamber of Commerce, the evening brought plenty of cheer to those who have shopped locally since Nov. 19. Since that date, participating Yukon businesses have been handing out raffle tickets to customers for every $10 spent in their establishment with a maximum of 500 tickets per visit.

Christian Respicio, 9, is all smiles as he mugs with Mrs. Claus and Santa at the Yukon Yuletide Express Santa Bucks giveaway sponsored by the Yukon Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

On Thursday night in the parking lot of the Yukon Chamber of Commerce, 10 W. Main, participants wrote their name and phone number on each ticket and dropped them in a drawing box at the Yuletide Express Departure Party. Santa and Mrs. Clause were on-hand to draw the red tickets from the hopper.

Having won a Santa Bucks drawing at the Yukon Chamber of Commerce Yuletide Express giveaway, from left, Sheri Campbell and Becky Stevenson can’t hide their excitement. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

Those shoppers whose names were drawn received Santa Bucks for upcoming shopping trips. Participating retailers that handed out the red raffle tickets agreed to accept the Santa Bucks certificates for winners to use like cash.


The exciting night kicked off with Christmas trivia led by Chamber of Commerce CEO, Pam Shelton. Participants were awarded with large candy canes and other sweet prizes.

Trivia winner Jason Fuentes, 10, shows off the fruits (or sweets) of his labor – a huge candycane – at the Yuletide Express giveaway. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

After some photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Shelton and her elves – Chamber employees Jami DeBusk and Julie Simeroth – started drawing names.

Unable to hide their excitement at winning $500 in Santa Bucks are, from left, Curtis Schroeder and C. Gerber. The lucky winners are able to use their Santa Bucks like cash at participating businesses. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

Lucky winners that night included: C. Garber, Curtis Schroeder, Together We Center, Becky Stephenson, Sherri Campbell, Veronica Garcia, Debbie Covington, Angey Thomas, Ron Cobb, Tami Mitchell, Katie Bechtol, Nancy Scholtess, The Kapkas, Alicia Cox, Helena Scott, Rhonda White, Jamie Tucker, Beautiful Day Foundation, Joshua Stieferman, Charles Vandiver, Candy Sturgeon, Keri Barker, Norma Ray, Lisa Corn, Debra Sparks, and Tammy Peterson.

Mother and daughter team Ashley and Sadie Niswender wore their Christmas best to the Yuletide Express giveaway. (Photo by Cara Pattison)
Photo 6-Mrs. Claus Draws Tickets


Mrs. Claus draws a red ticket out of the box at the Yuletide Express Santa Bucks giveaway on Thursday night at 10 W. Main. (Photo by Cara Pattison)