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Down Home Christmas to debut in downtown Craig this weekend

Many traditions come to mind when you think of the holiday season, and odds are you'll find at least one cherished memory brought to life this weekend if you happen to swing by downtown Craig.

Downtown Business Association will host the first-ever Down Home Christmas Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday along Yampa Avenue, bringing with it the sights, sounds and other sensory wonders that make up everyone's favorite time of year.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas …

The décor of the downtown storefronts will reflect the festivities, as merchants add some Christmas flair to their entryways. A friendly competition among business owners will be left in the hands of those in attendance as they vote for their favorite new look with canned food donations.

Those hoping to make a little headway with their holiday shopping can check out what the local businesses have to offer, but they may want to do it in between or before everything else going on during the day.

Old-fashioned fun

Many acts are in store throughout the celebration, including a children's choir, a puppet show, Yampa Valley Brass and "guerilla theater" sketches performed by Colorado Northwestern Community College, all of which will take place at various locations downtown. Between shows, people can view the gingerbread house contest entries at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, hop on a wagon ride provided by the Anson family, take a remote-control car out for a test drive, get their face painted or engage in many other facets of the event.

All the while, cocoa, cookies and other seasonal refreshments will be free for everyone.

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Between food and fun to be found all over, organizer Nadine Daszkiewicz said it will offer something for everyone.

"I just love it when we're able to get together and do something like this downtown," she said.

Be social!

Another element of the event organizers are pushing is a photo bomb contest with Santa Claus, who is indeed scheduled to be downtown, even at his busiest time of year. Downtown Business Association seeks entries for the funniest photo snapped with Kris Kringle, to be posted on the group's social media page, facebook.com/downtowncraigbusinesses.

This, as well as the overall idea behind Down Home Christmas, is to get people in the area active and together, said organizer Karen Brown. Though not everyone has the exact same picture of the ideal holiday, being able to share in such an event still bonds them.

"It's a good community we have, and it's not a big city or anything like that," she said. "We want something that makes people feel like they're at home and they're a community and they can do all those fun things."

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

If you go

Down Home Christmas Celebration

4 to 7 p.m. Saturday

Alice Pleasant Park and 500 block of Yampa Avenue

Details: The event includes free refreshments, live entertainment from numerous local acts, a Facebook photo contest and more. For more information, call 970-824-7898.