Craig has many Holiday Happenings in store |

Craig has many Holiday Happenings in store

Craig Daily Press Staff Report
From left, Albert Villard, the Rev. Geronimo Gonzalez, Delores Hart and Kathy Janosec display the numerous toys, tools, religious icons and other items available at the silent auction portion of the Christmas Bazaar hosted by St. Michael's Catholic Church this Saturday. The event is one of many that will kick off the beginning of the holiday season.
Andy Bockelman

Turkey Day may be the closest holiday on the calendar, but Christmas will be upon us before the table is even cleared. Craig is already in the swing of things, with plenty of cheery activities to round out November and get you in the holly jolly mindset.

Give, give, give

• Operation Christmas Child

Take the reason for the season into consideration by helping those less fortunate. As part of Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse International Relief will be collecting wrapped shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene materials and other items for needy children overseas this week at Calvary Baptist Church.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday and Monday

Where: Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.

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For more information: Call 970-824-5222

Show your spirit

• “Mr. Scrooge”

The Moffat County High School drama program presents its take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” complete with performances comprised of local students of all ages. Tickets are $5 per person for the first, but certainly not the last, holiday show this season.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane

For more information: Call 970-824-7036

Crafty Christmas

Pick up a few things for those on your shopping list or even for yourself while having some fun this weekend at multiple craft events.

• St. Michael’s Bazaar

The Catholic Church will host a gathering for the community, including coffee in the morning, a Mexican lunch, a white elephant sale with crafts and a silent auction and drawing for multiple donated items.

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: St. Michaels Catholic Church, 678 School St.

For more information: Call 970-824-5330

• VFW Craft and Bake Sale

Swing by the Veterans of Foreign Wars post for a day with local vendors’ goods surrounded by the men and women who have given lot for their nation. Space is limited, but tables and chairs are provided for those who participate.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way

For more information: Call Mary Walters at 970-824-2923

• Gifts Galore!

A selection of about 20 vendors featuring both homemade crafts and sales items like Scentsy, Mary Kay and other goods will be set up at the Clarion Inn & Suites. Door prizes will likely be available for those who attend.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Clarion Inn & Suites, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13

For more information: Call Jessica Barrios at 520-241-9986

Out and about after the big feast

Once Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, you may or may not be inclined to jump into the holiday shopping season and the crowds of Black Friday. Either way, the following weekend you’ll find a lot to do right in downtown Craig.

• Small Business Saturday

Support your locally owned stores as you embark on the annual Christmas shopping adventure. Many Craig establishments will be offering special deals, and even if you’re not buying yet, getting out of the house and socializing can help get you in the holiday spirit.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29

Where: Downtown Craig and other local Craig businesses

For more information: Call 970-824-7898

• Parade of Lights

If you’re still not feeling it, you won’t be able to avoid the yuletide joy once you watch the procession of the Parade of Lights, sponsored by Downtown Business Association and organized Craig Lions Club. This year’s theme is Down Home Christmas, and entries will be accepted until the parade begins. The route begins at Craig Middle School, runs down Yampa Avenue and turns onto Victory Way, continuing until Ledford Street. The Festival of Trees will be visible on the second floor of the Moffat County Courthouse, as well, before the display becomes public on Dec. 1.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29

Where: Downtown Craig

For more information: Call 970-824-7898

This is just a selection of the Christmastime events in Craig and Moffat County in the following weeks. Be sure to follow the Craig Daily Press for updates, and if you have a Holiday Happening you’d like to see promoted, email us at

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