Fruita hosts holiday events Saturday
WHAT: Fruita’s Hometown Christmas events
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Fruita Community Center (324 N. Coulson St.), Cavalcade (201 E. Aspen), Fruita United Methodist Church (405 E. Aspen St.), and downtown Fruita
Fruita will host its annual Parade of Lights and hometown Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 13, which includes a craft fair, photos with Santa, and a parade.
“These events are great because it’s by the people that live here,” said Lori Buck, Fruita’s mayor. “It’s a nice event to appreciate the time of year and be with neighbors. It’s small so it makes it more intimate.”
The third annual holiday arts and crafts fair is planned for the Fruita Community Center, located at 324 N. Coulson St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free to attend. All vendors offer hand-made crafts made by local artists.
Nicole MacDonald, Fruita Community Center’s guest services supervisor, confirmed that more than 65 vendors have signed up. Crafts include wreaths, metal art work, alpaca items, scarves, and jewelry.
“Since it’s not a bigger vendor event and we are keeping it local, it makes it more personal,” MacDonald added.
Stick around the Fruita Community Center from 3-7 p.m. and enjoy a meal at the 18th annual Fruita Lioness chili supper. Meals cost $2 for children and $4 for adults. It includes cornbread and dessert.
For families with young children, Fruita Rotary Club will host its 20th annual photo session with Santa Claus at Cavalcade (201 E. Aspen) from 1-4 p.m. Photos and visits with Santa are free with a donation of a canned good. Food donations go to the Lower Valley Fire Department.
“Even if you don’t bring a can we will let children meet Santa,” Rotary Club member Tom McNamara said. “We see a lot of people and local kids who otherwise don’t have a lot and it’s an inspiring program. That’s why we keep doing it to be focused on the kids.”
After Santa, Fruita United Methodist Church (405 E. Aspen St.) will host a community chorus to sing at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
The day finishes with Buck’s favorite event, the annual Parade of Lights, which starts at 5:30 p.m.
According to Fruita Chamber of Commerce, just over 30 floats will wander through downtown Fruita.
“If the parade doesn’t get you in the mood for Christmas, I don’t know what will,” Buck said.
The route starts on Peach Street and ventures west on Aspen Avenue. Floats will head through the traffic circle and connect to North Mesa Street heading north, then turn west on Pabor Street, ending on North Coulson Street.
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