Holiday Happenings |

Holiday Happenings

Hotel Colorado General Manager Larry MacDonald and his team are gearing up for the winter holidays.

The highlight of the season will be the annual Pageant of Lights from 7-9 p.m. today, Nov. 23. More than 200,000 lights are on the building and common areas, and themed decorations honor the birth of Jesus, children, the message of The Polar Express Story, and Colorado winter. Santa will have his first public appearance of the season at the Hotel Colorado lighting ceremony. The ceremony will also feature seasonal music, with national recording artist and sax player Brian Savage; local duet Michelle and Kelli, the Gabossi Sisters; and vocalist Jon Chandler.

The hotel’s chef has developed a fall menu taking full advantage of fall harvest produce. On Thanksgiving Day, holidaymakers can partake of a menu featuring ham, turkey, or beef with a cornucopia of accompanying appetizers and side dishes.

The Family Visitor Programs sponsors the Moms Christmas Project, a program which provides gifts for new moms. Donations of a new gift item, gift certificate or cash to buy a gift will help a new mom who devotes her efforts to her new baby.

Gifts don’t have to be elaborate, a candle, bath soap, shampoo, moisturizer, hats, gloves, scarves, razors and shaving cream, socks, disposable cameras, candy etc., are all highly appreciated.

The deadline to make a donation is Dec. 3, so the staff has time to get the gifts out to their moms. All donations are tax deductible. If you can help, please contact the Family Visitor Programs at 945-1234, ext. 10, or drop off gifts at 401 23rd Street, Suite 204 in Glenwood Springs.

The Christmas In New Castle Market Place will take place from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the New Castle Community Center. This event in downtown New Castle features handcrafted and party items and is held in association with the New Castle Chamber’s annual Christmas Tree lighting and the chili and chowder cook-off.

For more information, please contact Mickey Tucker at 984-3530, evenings; or Julie Samuelson at 984-2646, days.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is having extended gallery and gift shop hours this holiday weekend. If you’ve been looking for a gift for that special someone, swing by and check out the selection of local arts and crafts. The Center for the Arts offers amazing jewelry, pottery, artwork, and crafts that are sure to please. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Glenwood Springs Art Guild will be hosting its annual Christmas Party at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. A buffet dinner will be served.

The annual gift exchange will take place for the gifted artists; and then for the non-artists, so bring a gift to share. This is always a terrific evening of fun and frivolity after a year of hard work, so come and join the fun.

For information, please call Alice at 319-9773 or Pat at 945-7345.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” by NCC Productions, will be presented at 6 p.m. Dec. 18-22 in the Devereux Room of the Hotel Colorado, with a noon matinee performance Dec. 22. Seating for each show will begin 15 minutes before the start time.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the ticket hotline: 984-0233.

The community is invited to the lighting of the large community Christmas tree in front of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association building, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

The holiday celebration includes Christmas caroling with the Girl Scouts, a lesson in the history of the largest tree in town and a visit from Santa Claus, who traditionally lights the tree. Dress warmly and visit with Santa following the lighting ceremony.

The Christmas tree was planted in the 1930s and dedicated to Louisa Schwartz, a kindly woman who was dubbed “Mrs. Santa Claus,” because she loved to serve cookies warm from the oven to neighborhood children as they got out of school. The annual lighting is a highlight of the holidays and has been a Glenwood tradition for several decades.

For more information, contact the chamber at 945-6589.

Valley View Hospital’s Heart to Heart Gift Shop will have its annual stocking stuffer sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the upper lobby of the hospital. Take 30 percent off the price of every item that has a color dot on it. Free valet parking. All proceeds from Gift Shop sales benefit the goals of the Valley View Hospital Auxiliary.

The Basalt community will celebrate the season with the 2007 Peace Tree Lighting from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in Lions Park, Old Town Basalt. Included in the festivities, Santa hears holiday wishes from 4-6 p.m. at the Basalt Library, Matt Nieslanik’s horse-drawn wagon offers free tours through historic downtown Basalt, the Basalt Heritage Society serves hot chili bowls; the Lions Club doles out free hot chocolate and cookies, the Basalt Middle School Band plays holiday favorites, and Mayor Leroy Duroux lights the giant evergreen tree in front of the Red Caboose at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 927-4031.

Fine art by Laurel Astor and Betsy Blackard. Also pottery, jewelry, knitted hats and scarves, handmade Santas, hand-painted ornaments, handmade soaps, potpourri, specialty baked goods and much more. Tuesdays through Fridays 4-8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Red Canyon Plaza, 3768 Highway 82, Suite 205, across from Holy Cross Energy.

For more information, call 945-0905.

During the week of Thanksgiving, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21, 23, 24 and 25, including the Iron Mountain Tramway, 70-minute guided cave tours, the Canyon Flyer, the Lookout Grille, and gift shop.

Please call 945-4228, ext. 117, for more information about group discounts, to book a holiday party and special events.

The Basalt Chamber is offering sponsorship opportunities for the 2007 Peace Tree Lighting ceremony to be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

In exchange for sponsorship, your name will be listed in all advertising for the event and your banner displayed in the park the night of the event.

Call 927-4031 or e-mail for more information.

Symphony in Valley, the community orchestra for the Roaring Fork Valley, will present its annual Holiday Concerts Dec. 1 and 2.

– 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Snowmass Chapel, 5307 Owl Creek Road in Snowmass Village.

– 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs.

The program includes orchestrated holiday favorites, including Carol of the Bells, Coventry Carol and Joy to the World, followed by the opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” with a cast of 16 singers.

Tickets at the door.

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