OA: Bookend the Valley December 12, 2008

FROM THE EAST TO THE WEST, XMAS CELEBRATIONS ABOUND

The weather may be frightful, but the fun will be delightful on Saturday, Dec. 13, when both Fruita and Palisade spread Christmas cheer across their towns for big holiday celebrations. Here’s what to expect.


Palisade’s Old Fashioned Christmas

•  11 a.m. — In the downtown area, there will be activities for kids, a self–guided art studio and historic walking tours. The Olde Towne Marketplace opens with vendor booths and holiday entertainment, which continues the rest of the day. Most of the activities end at 4 or 5 p.m.
The Gingerbread House Contest and Showcase also opens to the public at 11 a.m. at the downtown Methodist Church.

•  Noon — Tour eight Victorian homes in Palisade for $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at The Arts & Antiques of Palisade store and the Palisade Chamber of Commerce.
Clark Family Orchards is offering wagon rides through downtown.
From noon to 5 p.m., participate in the silent auction at the Fruit & Wine Real Estate office in the downtown Palisades National Bank building.
Classic cars don’t have much to do with Christmas, but toys do. The Toy Run and Show & Shine Car Show lasts from noon to 2 p.m.

•  1 p.m. — The Soup Challenge, last year’s most popular event, is at The Blue Pig Gallery. Taste soups from area restaurants for $2 and cast a ballot for the best.

•  2 p.m. — Of course Santa can be more than one place at once, he’s magic. The jolly man will be in downtown Palisade taking pictures with folks until 3 p.m.
High Tea has moved to the new Wine Country Inn. Tickets cost $10 or $15 for an adult and child and can be purchased in advance at The Arts & Antiques of Palisade, the Inn and the chamber of commerce. A shuttle will run from downtown to the inn.

•  3 p.m. —  A complimentary wine tasting begins at Palisade Cafe.
Also at 3 p.m. is the Palisade Fire Department’s Chili Cook-Off at the fire department building.

•  5 p.m. — The Peach Queen lights the town’s Christmas tree and the parade begins immediately following the lighting. The route starts at North River Road.

•  Throughout the day Palisade businesses and restaurants will offer specials. Organizers encourage those participating in festivities to dress in Victorian period attire.

More information about Palisade’s Old Fashioned Christmas and an extended schedule can be found at http://www.palisadecoc.com.


Fruita’s Hometown Christmas and Parade of Lights

•  11 a.m. — The old Boneyard Brewery building, 127 E. Aspen Ave., will serve as an indoor retail mall filled with 15 area vendors selling goods. Entries to the Hometown Christmas pie baking contest must be dropped off at the brewery building by noon.

•  2–5 p.m. — At that same location, Santa will be taking pictures with kids. His photo session also is a canned food fundraiser.
The Girl Scouts of Chipeta Council will have a mitten tree set up in the Civic Center and will accept cold weather accessory donations such as gloves, hats and scarves for the needy.

•  4 p.m. — Singers will perform Christmas carols both old and new at Fruita United Methodist Church, 405 E. Aspen Ave.

•  4:30 p.m. — The Fruita Lioness Club is serving an all you can eat chili dinner at the I.O.O.F. Hall. Tickets cost about $5.

•  5 p.m. — Fruita’s Parade of Lights begins in front of the Family Health West building on Cherry Street. This year’s theme is “Penguins in Paradise” with a tropical feel.

• Throughout the day Chesnick Realty LLC, a main sponsor of Fruita’s Hometown Christmas, is having an open house at 137 N. Peach.


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