"Grand Holiday’ returns to downtown Glenwood | PostIndependent.com

"Grand Holiday’ returns to downtown Glenwood

Sharill Hawkins
Special to the Post Independent
Photo by Greg AdamsCome visit with Santa and his reindeer in Centennial Park during the Glenwood Springs Grand Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 5.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A few days ago my family and I were driving back to Glenwood, late in the evening, after a day trip to the Denver area. The lights and holiday greenery had been going up on the lampposts that morning. As we turned to go over the Grand Avenue Bridge we were glad to be home. The lights and the greenery on the bridge led our eyes to Glenwood’s Grand Avenue, filled with the glow of red and white lights wrapped around the trees. Downtown felt warm, friendly and inviting, a real hometown. The storefronts seemed to have been transformed in the one day we had been away. Our downtown businesses are ready for this holiday season.

Saturday, December 5th, downtown Glenwood Springs will host “A Grand Holiday Celebration.”

Santa will be listening to children’s wishes for Christmas in Centennial Park, 9th and Grand Avenue, from 4:00 until 7:00pm. His reindeer will be in the park at his side. Children can enjoy free reindeer-pulled cart rides. Families can feel the warmth of a fire and roast marshmallows. The Mountain Harmony Singers will be caroling in the park and then strolling through the downtown area where Glenwood’s downtown businesses will be staying open late offering evening shopping.

Many downtown businesses are showing items that are made locally this holiday season. Passion for Picnics is carrying Patsy’s Pride of the Rockies toffee, a great stocking stuffer. They also carry backpacks for winter picnics. Cook a la Carte is roasting and selling Defiant coffee. It smells and tastes so good on a cold night. A snack to go with the coffee at Cook a la Carte is Too Haute Cowgirls gourmet popcorn , made in Carbondale. The Chile Con Chocolate popcorn is perfect for a winter night snack. In the same block of Grand Avenue, Main Street Gallery is showing the work of local painters including Mary Noone and Dean Bowlby. A’ la Carte and Confetti continue to include unique handmade jewelry and clothing accessories with their clothing collections. Mountain Valley Textiles and Gifts is a must when shopping for warm and cozy textiles, that are locally woven. Candles are a natural gift during the winter and the Candlestick Maker has a candle for everyone.

If your planning to make special gifts for your Christmas list this year, Artist’s Mercantile, Silver Bead, and Glenwood Sewing Center can help you with ideas and supplies. Good Health Grocery’s shelves are filled with local food items for holiday gift baskets. Locally made Avalanche Cheese, herb crackers and special chocolate would make an easy and well received gift this season.

If you run out of time for making those gifts, a gift certificate from a local restaurant is a thought. For that teenager a gift certificate from the Springs Theater would be a hit.

The past few years the stores and restaurants have participated in a holiday window contest. The judges have had a harder decision each year as the competition goes to a higher level. The stores are asked to use their merchandise in their window displays. On the night of the December 5th , this year’s winners will be announced. It’s a fun walk up and down Grand Avenue, across on the side streets, down Cooper Street and also across the bridge to see the creativity shown in the window displays. Be sure to take a close look at the displays in the smaller windows of our local jewelry stores, Jewels and Gems, Fine Things, Robert Stull goldsmith and The Resident Goldsmith. All the clothing stores put out their finest to view in their windows. The bookstores, sports and outdoor stores and Treadz shoe store will be showing their newest arrivals ready for holiday wrapping.

There are two new stores opening in December. Elizabeth Dean Boutique will be opening in the alley behind Lilly’s Consignment. Tracy Truelove Photography and Robin Proctor Photography will be opening December 15th at 214 8th Street. They will have an open house on Saturday, December 19th from 1:00 to 4:00 with Santa, if you miss him this Saturday.

The Frontier Historical Museum will be hosting an open house for locals and visitors. Christmas trees decorated by local businesses will be displayed in the historical rooms of the museum, from 4:00 – 7:00pm on December 5th

Downtown Glenwood Springs is decked out for the holidays and ready for “A Grand Holiday” on the 5th of December. Thank you Glenwood Springs for a genuine hometown holiday celebration.

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