Palisade set to host weekend-long celebration

The Palisade Olde Fashioned Christmas, brimming with holiday spirit, entertainment and events, is set for Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9–11, in downtown Palisade.


The Father Christmas procession with music from the Taylor Elementary School Serenaders and a tree lighting celebration will be from 4:45–5:30 p.m.

Rotary will serve hot cider and hot chocolate from 4:30–6 p.m. and Mumzel’s will have cookies and candy canes.

At Mesa County Libraries’ Palisade Branch, “Teens with Talent” will start at 5 p.m. and storytelling with Ruth Mary Allison will be from 6–7 p.m.


From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Olde Town Marketplace will be open downtown. There will be historic walking tours and entertainment plus a toy run and show-and-shine car show.

Don’t miss the architectural wonders at the Gingerbread House Contest and Showcase from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Palisade Community Building. For those wanting to participate in the contest, check-in is from 8–10 a.m., and information and entry forms are available at Winners will be announced at noon.

Santa Claus will be in downtown Palisade from noon to 4 p.m.

Warm up your tummy at the Soup Challenge from 1–3 p.m., featuring six contestants. Cost is $3 to try all the soups and vote for your favorite.

And if you need more soup, the Fireman’s Chili Cook Off is from 2:30–5:30 p.m. and the Altrusa Soup Kitchen will go from 4–6 p.m. at Slice O Life Bakery.

All this leads up to “A Storybook Christmas”-themed Christmas parade, starting at 5:30 p.m.


This year, the annual Palisade Chamber Christmas Tea and Christmas Boutique will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the Community Center.

The Sweet Adeline’s quartet “Cover Charge” will provide holiday music. Cost is $10 per person and tickets can be purchased by phone, 464-7458.

The boutique will be open to shoppers from 2–4 p.m. downstairs at the Community Center.

Also on Sunday, the Palisade Historical Society will give historic walking tours in downtown Palisade.

Information about the Palisade Olde Fashioned Christmas can be found at, or call the Palisade Chamber of Commerce at 464-7458.


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