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Our View: Craig’s Christmas celebrations are top notch

It truly is the "most wonderful time of the year."

If we had to choose one word to describe the holiday events in Craig these past few weeks, it would be "success."

It's extremely gratifying when hundreds of community members show up at events that took months to plan, and it was a pleasure to watch families and friends gather at the numerous Christmas activities throughout Craig this winter.

The Parade of Lights helped kick off the holiday season, bringing a record number of attendees and participants into downtown to watch brightly lit floats Nov. 29.

Next came Festival of Trees, hosted by Moffat County Youth United Way and Moffat County High School Key Club. If you haven't had an opportunity to look at the festive and creative trees, there's still time to stop by Moffat County Courthouse. Festival of Trees runs through Jan. 9.

Holiday joy also was exuberant at Cowboy Christmas, an annual event organized by the Boys & Girls Club, on Dec. 6.

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As a matter of fact, Dec. 6 was jam-packed with Christmas glee as various groups hosted a number of events, including the artisans market at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Moffat County artists boasted their amazing works of art and were incredibly busy catering to the hungry holiday shopper.

Additionally, the Downtown Business Association hosted its inaugural Down Home Christmas Celebration, where patrons roasted chestnuts on an open fire, enjoyed horse-drawn carriage rides, listened to live music — and the list goes on and on. More than 300 community members attended the event, which was a wonderful surprise for the organizers.

The annual Holiday Drive hosted by KRAI collected nearly $27,000 in donations for kids, senior citizens and those in need.

We can't forget to recognize the success of the gingerbread house contest, the Craig Daily Press' Letters to Santa event, the Holiday Tour of Lights and the Christmas Community Concert that took place Sunday.

Craig should be proud of all the splendid events that made Christmas so special for children, adults and for those who visit our rural city.

Also, have you noticed all the beautifully decorated homes this year? We have. It seems that the Christmas spirit is as alive as ever in Craig, and we have one another to thank for that.

The Craig Daily Press Editorial Board would like to wish you a very merry Christmas, and we hope that the new year brings Craig and its residents success, happiness and joy.

Editorial board

Renee Campbell — newspaper representative

Noelle Leavitt Riley — newspaper representative

Sheli Steele — newspaper representative

Shannon Moore — community representative

Bob Mueller — community representative