Grand Valley holiday events kick off Saturday |

Grand Valley holiday events kick off Saturday

Brittany Markert
Palisade’s Olde Fashioned Christmasis planned for Friday through Sunday, Dec. 5-7. It offers a variety of family fun, from a parade of lights and contests, to wine and food pairings.
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Get in the holiday spirit and find local gifts in Palisade during the annual Art & Chocolate Walk on Saturday, Nov. 29.

In conjunction with “Shop Local Saturday,” Blue Pig Gallery (101 W. Third St., Palisade) will host its sixth annual Art & Chocolate Walk, featuring local artists and shops.

“It urges people to keep shopping local and keep small businesses open,” said Kay Crane, Blue Pig Gallery’s director.

Pick up a map at a Palisade participating location, including Blue Pig, Lavender Lady & Friends (213 Main St.), Slice ‘O Life Bakery (105 W. Third St.), and more. Ten business will have a sandwich board outside letting visitors know they are participating. Maps will be available for visitors, along with a punch card to be returned and filled out by all 10 vendors for a chance to win a prize basket.

Palisade’s History Center, located at 311 S. Main St., will be open as well. It will feature displays of historical photos.

What about the chocolate part? Each vendor will also have decadent chocolates available to taste and enjoy while walking around Palisade.

“Who doesn’t love free chocolate,” Crane asked.

Crane suggests to start at the Blue Pig since it’s a good central location and most people are familiar with it.

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Palisade’s annual Olde Fashioned Christmas weekend isn’t just celebrating the holidays; it’s also honoring Palisade’s 110 years in existence as a town.

Events — including a parade of lights, a gingerbread-house-decorating contest, and market place — are planned from Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 7. The event kicks off on Friday at 5 p.m. downtown.

According to Dixie Burmeister, an event organizer, Olde Fashioned Christmas started 10 years ago as a way to pay homage to Palisade’s vintage feel during the holiday season.

“Palisade’s town square is something out of a Hallmark movie,” Burmeister noted. “It gives you that feel-good feeling.”

Plus, Altrusa — a nonprofit with a focus on literacy and other local needs — will provide a “cup of warmth” for $1 each outside of Slice O’ Life bakery, located at 105 W. Third St.

The parade of lights will start at 6 p.m. and wind through downtown Palisade.


Starting at 10 a.m., the Artisan Christmas craft fair will kick off events throughout the day. The craft fair is held in the old Palisade High School gym, located at the corner of W. Eighth Street and Iowa Avenue until 4 p.m.

In Palisade’s plaza, near the corner of Main and Third streets, a holiday market place will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature vendors including arts, crafts, wineries and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available as well for a workshop and kid’s craft section.

Other events on Saturday in downtown Palisade include a silent auction, carriage rides and a nativity collection.

According to Grand Valley Winery Association, seven participating Grand Valley wineries will host “Wine into Winter” on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Tickets cost $35 per person and include wine pairings with hors d’oeuvres at each winery, a commemorative ornament, recipe booklet, and discounts on selected wine purchases.

Olde Fashioned Christmas’s infamous gingerbread house decorating contest is also planned for Palisade’s Community Center, located at 120 W. Eighth St. More than 80 houses will be on display in seven categories including children, serious adult, and businesses, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“What’s more traditional for children and adults alike than gingerbread houses?” Burmeister said.


As the weekend winds down, many events will still take place on Sunday, Dec. 7, including a festive home tour showcasing festive decor. Tours will begin and end at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, located at 401 W. First St. between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Varaison will also host a special tea sitting with limited seating.

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