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Holiday Happenings: ‘Tis the season for decorations, goodies, community


With December upon us, the list of holiday activities in Craig and Moffat County goes on and on, so just like Saint Nick, you may want to check it twice to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Festival of Trees

Hosted by Moffat County Youth United Way and Moffat County High School Key Club, this display of terrific tannenbaums will brighten your day as much as it spruces up the halls of the Moffat County Courthouse. In addition to the regular hours for the public, special seasonal activities will be available Dec. 11, 13 and 18, for which all are welcome.

When: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Jan. 9; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13

Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

For more information: Call 970-824-6222.

Gingerbread House Contest

If you like to make gingerbread houses, enter your creative edible house in the Craig Gingerbread House Contest. All entries must be received at the Museum of Northwest Colorado by 3 p.m. Thursday. To enter, participants can pay the $6 entry fee at KS Kreations or The Kitchen Shop. The entry fees cover the cost of Masonite boards given to participants. A $50 downtown Spree Bucks prize will be awarded to each the kid/family division and the adult division.

When: Deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday

Where: Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave.

For more information: Call 970-824-8148 or 970-824-2151.

KRAI Holiday Drive

Help make Christmas a little merrier for those in the area who might not otherwise have much by contributing to the 16th annual Holiday Drive, hosted by KRAI. Organizers will be out in front of Centennial Mall bright and early collecting cash, nonperishable food items, toys and other types of gifts on behalf of Interfaith Food Bank, Advocates Crisis Support Services, Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Seniors. Last year, the effort brought in more than $28,000 in funds, 2,000 new toys and nearly three tons of food, with their sights set on more.

When: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday

Where: Parking lot of Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way

For more information: Call 970-824-6574 or visit

Holiday Home Tour

Get ready for loads of decorations and plenty of good cheer as part of Philanthropic Educational Organization’s scholarship fundraiser for local students. Groups will travel to several locations around town to take in lights and other displays, as well as getting to know people from around the community as they open their homes to them.

Those involved can also get their names in drawings for gift baskets at each stop. Tickets are $10 and are available to ages 12 and older at MJK, The Kitchen Shop and Precision Auto Service.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: 990 Alta Vista Drive, 590 Taylor St., 860 Tucker St., 701 Taylor St., 2918 E. U.S. Highway 40

For more information: Call 970-826-2915 or 970-629-8817.

Holiday Artisan Market

Photographers, artists, musicians and more will show their work at the fifth annual Holiday Artisan Market at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Yampa Valley Artists will have gifts galore on hand for the thirsty holiday shoppers. Stop by between 3 and 7 p.m. Friday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 to view handcrafts, woodworking, gourd art and stained glass gifts.

When: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6

Where: Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion

For more information: Call Roberta Hawks at 970-629-1307 or 970-824-7214.

Down Home Christmas Celebration

The Downtown Business Association will host its inaugural Down Home Christmas Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 in downtown Craig along the 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue. Participants can check out decorated storefronts and vote on their favorite decorated business by submitting a canned food item. All canned food donations will go to the local food bank. Wagon rides, live music from local performers, Santa Claus and plenty of refreshments are only a few of the activities.

When: 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: Downtown Craig

For more information: Call 970-824-7898.

Cowboy Christmas

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig celebrates 10 years of Cowboy Christmas, a night of good food, dancing, live music and more as a way to support the youth organization that benefits many local kids. This year’s entertainment includes Yampa Valley band Sun Dog, silent and live auctions and games of Texas Hold ‘Em and blackjack.

Honorees that will be announced include the Boys & Girls Club’s Youth of the Year.

When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40

For more information: Call 970-826-0411.

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

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or

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