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Parade of Lights heralds Christmastime in Craig

Santa Claus waves to the crowd from his float

The air was well below freezing Saturday night, but it was also full of the sounds and sights of everyone's favorite time of the year.

The Parade of Lights hosted by the Downtown Business AssociationDowntown Business Association brought the Craig community out and about to get in the holiday spirit as the Christmas season goes into full swing. brought the Craig community out and about to get in the holiday spirit as the Christmas season goes into full swing.

Downtown Business Association brought the Craig community out and about to get in the holiday spirit as the Christmas season goes into full swing.

Local businesses and groups took to Yampa Avenue and Victory Way in bright floats adorned with all kinds of festive features, ranging from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion to the Moffat County High School band providing musical accompaniment.

The sounds of holiday tunes provided by radio station KRAI could also be heard through many of the entries' speakers, such as "Silver Bells" and "White Christmas," as well as many more new and old in the yuletide songbook.

While it was jolly old Saint Nick and wife who closed the event, comic strip and cartoon characters were displayed on many floats, with more than a few opting for "A Charlie Brown Christmas" as part of the theme. It was Bears Ears Landscapes that was awarded the trophy for Best of Parade for dressing in costume as the "Peanuts" gang.

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Taking Best Lights was Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads for their nautical "Popeye" float complete with dress as the sailor man and his crew, while GCR Tires & Service had Most Original and Best Sound for their work using "The Flintstones."

The Craig Middle SchoolCraig Middle School cheer team was given Honorable Mention for their own “Peanuts” entry. cheer team was given Honorable Mention for their own "Peanuts" entry.

Craig Middle School cheer team was given Honorable Mention for their own "Peanuts" entry.

Seeing everything come together — including the parade glow with all the floats stationary in the parking lot of the former Safeway — was an early Christmas present in itself for organizers.

"I think everybody had a good time, people were laughing, drinking hot chocolate," said DBA member Kandee Dilldine. "Next thing is Down Home Christmas, and I'm excited about that."

Dec. 5's Down Home Christmas will feature plentiful downtown activities as the move toward the holiday continues.

April Vikse was among those in the crowd at Parade of Lights enjoying the good times.

"Just the atmosphere of everyone coming here and being together, I just love it," she laughed.

However, she wasn't merely a spectator, she and several others were working during the evening, ringing bells and collecting donations for the Salvation ArmySalvation Army. Bell ringers will be out in the community as the month goes on, with the proceeds they bring in going toward those in Moffat County who need some extra merriment. For more information on how to volunteer or contribute, call April Vikse at 970-620-3868.. Bell ringers will be out in the community as the month goes on, with the proceeds they bring in going toward those in Moffat County who need some extra merriment. For more information on how to volunteer or contribute, call April Vikse at 970-620-3868.

Salvation Army. Bell ringers will be out in the community as the month goes on, with the proceeds they bring in going toward those in Moffat County who need some extra merriment. For more information on how to volunteer or contribute, call April Vikse at 970-620-3868.

"It gives you a good feeling seeing people that are caring and like to donate, and 100 percent of the money stays in Moffat County," she said. "It's an awesome program, and we're glad to be part of it."

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

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