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Downtown Craig feels like home with Down Home Christmas

From left, Michael Chase, 10, Lana Newkirk, 11, Kylee Batson, 12, and Chantel Chase, 11, pose for a holiday photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as volunteer elves Sean Stacy, back, and Nicole Borroel, far right, during the Down Home Christmas Celebration on Saturday in downtown Craig. The event included wagon rides, seasonal foods and more for community members.

Downtown Craig may not have had Jack Frost nipping at your nose or folks dressed up like Eskimos this weekend, but with chestnuts roasting on an open fire and yuletide carols being sung by choirs, the area was full of the best parts of that old tune.

The introductory Down Home Christmas Celebration held by Downtown Business Association on Saturday evening had much to offer for those looking to start their holiday right, from horse-drawn wagon rides around the block of Yampa Avenue to a fire pit with tasty treats in Alice Pleasant Park to the plentiful decorations across storefronts.

People offering displays like snowmobile equipment, remote-control cars and pet supplies and adoption through Moffat County Humane Society were available, as well as local vendors wanting to promote their materials.

Janet Espino manned a table selling hair accessories along the Yampa sidewalk. Sales weren't bad, she said, but what she was excited about was all that was happening around her, including but not limited to Santa and Mrs. Claus striding up and down the street or a huge selection of sugar cookies and hot chocolate.

"I used to live in Denver, and I never got to see anything like this with the community coming out," she said. "I think it's great."

Holiday music from local elementary school students could be heard from the park, while other performances like the "guerilla theater" sketches of Colorado Northwestern Community College's theater appreciation class also gave the crowd a show.

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Among the actors was Jeremy Chambers, who said he appreciated the thought put into such an event.

"The lights are good, the decorations are good and it seems like people are getting into the spirit," he said. "It's a really nice place (downtown) and it needs to be utilized more."

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