Christmas still is just more than a week away, but the holiday was in full swing during the weekend in Craig.
On Saturday, dozens of families and hundreds of people attended the Wyman Museum’s Christmas for Kids, which featured crafts, hot cocoa, sleigh rides, J.R. the elk, and, of course, Santa Claus.
Nicky Boulger has been organizing the event for the past six years to bring the community together and “get into the Christmas spirit.”
“A lot of these kids don’t get a chance to do this kind of stuff at home with their parents, and this is a great place to do it because the mess stays here and the craft goes home,” Boulger said. “It’s just a fun afternoon with the kids. The weather’s perfect and we have snow, which is awesome.”
In addition to the crafts, sleigh rides and a visit from Santa, the festive atmosphere was topped off with live Christmas music provided by members of the Moffat County High School band.
“We usually have them out here for this and then again at Valentine’s Day,” Boulger said. “It just gives them another venue because they practice hard to play only one or two concerts a year. This just gives them another opportunity to show their talents.”
The music may have been festive, but most families were drawn to another attraction outside the museum walls immediately upon their arrival.
Holly Mayfield attended Wyman’s Christmas for Kids with her friends Tristan, Connie and Leah LePlatt, and snapped what could be a contender for next year’s Christmas card with J.R. the elk.
Meeting J.R. was an unexpected surprise, Mayfield said.
“He’s pretty cool,” she said. “I just moved here. I haven’t even been in Craig a year. I used to live in Utah and I’m not used to seeing an elk at a museum.”
Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.