Holiday Happenings Around the Region – November 2019

Montrose Botanical Gardens, Garden of Lights

Garden of Lights, Montrose Botanic Gardens. Sat., Dec. 14; Sat.-Mon., Dec. 22-23; Thr. & Fri. Dec. 26-27. 5:30-8:30 pm.
Horse-drawn wagon rides, Tunnel of Lights, Santa and Storytellers, hot drinks, live music, illuminated garden paths and light dislays.

Mr. & Mrs. Santa in Ridgway’s Noel Night Parade. © Ninah Hunter

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s

It’s time to celebrate and share the holiday season. We look forward to community events and getting together with neighbors, friends, and family. We shop, we eat, we plan and host holiday parties and open houses. We proudly attend our children’s and grandchildren’s school programs and church pageants. In nearly every town, there are decorated homes, a visit from Santa, and a festive Christmas parade.

No matter where you live, holiday happenings are visible everywhere. Although each community is unique is its own way, we all share in the spirit of giving and remembering the history and significance of each special day.

Editor. One thing we found in this digital age, other than the Silver Stage, there is no one comprehensive or—with the exception of Weehawken—even individual or city-specific locations to determine what is happening where and when. It’s hard to plan to attend an event if you can’t find out where it is! We spent over ten hours sending e-mails, texting, and leaving phone messages—with about a 30% response rate. We perused outdated or incomplete websites and disappointing Social Media Pages. Here, on this page, the dining page, and in the Event Calendar, is what we determined. Next year, when we contact you, please respond, so we can all do a better job for you.

Around Town

Silverton. Silvertonians can enjoy a community Thanksgiving dinner at the Brown Bear Cafe. The holiday season begins with the Yule Log Festival Dec. 7th, then enjoy a Community Christmas Potluck Dec. 14th. Santa arrives Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day the school will host a Christmas luncheon.

Ouray. After much digging, we found out Ouray Winterfest will kick off with the  Annual Yule Night parade and Christmas Tree Lighting  on Dec. 7th. The Wright will be in full swing in November and December with Wednesday night movies and Sunday matinees. Check out their website and our calendar for a listing of your favorite Christmas movies. The Mysto Magic Show is on Dec. 20th at 7:30 P.M. There may be fireworks on New Year’s Eve—couldn’t find information!

Ridgway. The 610 Arts Collective Annual Regional Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale opens Nov. 13th and runs through Dec. 24th. The 610 also offers two remaining evening workshops to create your own unique personal gifts:“Give the Gift of Cheer,” Nov. 22nd, “Give the Gift Health,” Nov. 23rd. Tuition includes all materials.

Nov. 23-24 Weehawken presents “The Lion King Experience” at the Sherbino at 2 P.M. and 7 P.M., and Sunday at 2 P.M.

Friday Dec. 6th the Town of Ridgway kicks off the Christmas season with its annual Noel Night. The evening begins just after dusk with a light parade around town, starting in Hartwell Park, which glitters with an outstanding display of holiday lights. Participants in the parade and spectators string lights around floats, vehicles, bicycles, or themselves and their pets, and sing Christmas carols. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus normally bring up the rear, greeting children afterwards in the park. Stop by the Community Center for the first night of the 16th Annual Arts & Crafts Sale from 6-9 P.M. and on Saturday from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Ridgway’s various businesses stay open from 5-9 P.M. offering treats and deals, music, street entertainers, and late-night shopping or wining and dining at the various unique Ridgway eateries and pubs. Typically, over 30 businesses participate turning Ridgway into one big holiday street party.

Weehawken kids workshop, Gingerbread Houses. Courtesy Weehawken.

Montrose. If an old-fashioned Thanksgiving or Christmas experience is on your to-do list, plan to be in Montrose. Thanksgiving Day, a host of volunteers serve Thanksgiving Dinner, beginning at noon in the Fellowship Hall at the Montrose Fairgrounds. There is always a big turnout, so plan to come early. For those who can’t get out, you can arrange to have a meal delivered to you by calling (970) 318-6759.

Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30th from 10-2 P.M. with live music, a visit from Santa, and free carriage rides. The Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place November 29th, 5:30 P.M. at he County Court House. Immediately following, Santa is escorted to his cabin in Centennial Plaza to sit for photos. Santa will also be at his cabin from 4-6 P.M. on Dec. 14th-15th and Dec. 21st-22nd. Bundle up and come downtown for the Christmas Parade of Lights starting at dusk on Dec. 7th. This year’s theme is “A Very Vintage Christmas” where the magic of the holidays meets the Americana of Main Street. Another favored evening activity is the Botanical Gardens “Garden of Lights.” Dec. 14th, 21st-23rd, 26th-27th. Tickets $3-$12.

Montrose West End, Nucla, Naturita, Norwood. Dec. 5th. West End Parade of Lights. Dec. 6-8 Christmas Cantata at various churches.

Delta. “Christmas Around the World” Parade of Lights starts at dusk on Nov. 30th. Fort Uncompahgre hosts “Christmas at the Fort” after the parade from 7-9 P.M.

Cedaredge starts off the holidays with “Deck the Halls” at GMAEC. The show runs through Dec. 8th. On the 6th of December, GMAEC hosts their annual “Mingle Jingle” at 6 P.M. The following evening, Dec. 7th is Cedaredge’s Parade of Lights down Main Street. The theme this year is “O’ Christmas Tree.” After the parade, Santa will be at GMAEC.

Gingerbread Houses

In Ouray, Ridgway, and Montrose kids of all ages get to play with-Weehawken’s “Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops.” Family workshops are held  at the Montrose Field House Sat., Dec. 14th, noon-1:30 P.M. and at the Ouray Community Center  Sun., Dec. 15th,, 1-2:30 P.M. For adults only (which includes adult beverages), sign up for theARTbar “Gin & Gingerbread House Decorating” on Tue., Dec. 17th   at the Sherbino in Ridgway. Registration includes the house and stuff to decorate it. Reservation required 970-318-0150.

Music and Dance

An annual highlight of the holiday season is the The Nutcracker. Presented by Weehawken, several performances take place at the Montrose Pavilion Dec. 5-8th.

Music has always been the hallmark of the holiday season. Christmas celebrates a holy birth with song and psalm, and all the churches throughout our area offer special Thanksgiving and Christmas services, which give us all an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of this special season. Ouray County Chorus presents “A Bit of Holiday Cheer” Concert at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center, Dec. 15th, 4:30-6:30 P.M. Montrose United Methodist Church presents “Lessons in Carols” Dec. 5th and 7th and their annual “Music at Noon” concerts Dec. 4th, 11th, and 18th. Concerts are free and usually standing room only, so please pick up tickets at the church office on S. Park Ave. Valley Symphony’s annual “Christmas By Candlelight XI” is at the Montrose Pavilion Nov. 30th, 7:30 P.M. and Dec. 1st at 3 P.M. The orchestra and chorus will perform selected pieces from Handel’s Messiah. The Anglican Church, 2057 S. Townsend, presents “Lessons in Carols.” Dec. 19th.

Wherever you may be, take the time to enjoy the season, spread some cheer and kindness, and give thanks for the blessing of living in such a beautiful part of Colorado.

2019 Montrose Woman’s Club Annual Arts & Crafts Bazaar, Friendship Hall. San Juan Publishing tables up front. ©Kathryn R. Burke.

2019 Arts & Crafts Fairs

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fairs. For our local artisans and crafts persons, this is their opportunity to show and sell their wares at a multitude of bazaars, craft fairs, locally-owned boutiques, creative co-ops, and specialty shops. Montrose merchants displaying a First Friday logo will be open late on  Dec. 6th with in-store specials, and we will be co-hosting featured artists both Fridays at the Montrose Center for the Arts, whose member show and sale is Dec. 6th.

Sat., Nov 23rd, three events: Montrose and Ridgway.
Fri. & Sat., Nov. 22nd & 23rd, Happy New Merry Thanksmas, Montrose Fairgrounds. Fri. 1-7 P.M. and Sat. 9 A.M. -3 P.M.
Sat., Nov. 23rd, San Juan Weavers Guild show, Montrose Center for the Arts, 9 A.M.-4 P.M
Sat., Nov. 23rd, Holiday Bazaar, 4H Event Center, Ridgway, 10 A.M.-3 P.M.

Fri., Dec. 6th. Three events: Cedaredge, Delta, and Paonia
Fri., Dec. 6th, “Handmade Holiday Crafts Show,” Bill Heddles Recreation Center, Delta, 9 A.M.-3 P.M.
Fri., Dec. 6th, Holiday Art Bazaar, Blue Sage Center for the Arts, Paonia
Fri., Dec. 6th, Arts and Events  GMAEC, Cedaredge, all day.
Sat., Dec. 7th., Ute Indian Museum Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival. 9 A.M.-4 P.M.
Sat., Dec. 14th, two events: Montrose, Ouray
Sat. Dec. 14th, MCA Holiday Art Market Montrose Center for the Arts, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.
Sat., Dec. 14th, Annual Pasta Bar & Holiday Goodies Sale, Ouray  Community Center. 5:30-7 P.M. (There is a charge at the door as this is a fundraiser for the Ouray schools.)

Small Business Saturday

This American shopping holiday is always celebrated the Saturday in November after Thanksgiving, traditionally, one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. This year it falls on November 30th.

This Saturday always falls between two major big-box retail and e-commerce, pre-Christmas shopping days: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The event originated in 2010, and was originally created by American Express in partnership with the non-profit National Trust for Historic Preservation, as a way to encourage shoppers to patronize local, brick and mortar businesses. Small Business Saturday is a registered trademark of American Express.

For our small towns in Western Colorado, like those you see advertising in the Silver Stage and community newspapers throughout our region, celebrating this day helps our downtown businesses to prosper and successfully compete against the larger chain stores. It is also an opportunity for merchants to showcase and carry locally made items, ensuring a vibrant creative community for our artisans and craftspersons, with the hope they will forge new business relationships and continuing outlets for their wares.