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Weekend roundup: Free parks admission, Craig shopping deals, Light up the Night

No sooner is the turkey cooked and devoured and the leftovers stowed in the fridge, and people are on to the next big holiday. Whether you're seeking a big bargain, leaping headlong into Christmas celebrations or wanting to enjoy the great outdoors, you can find it in Northwest Colorado.

Give thanks for nature

Following the big feast, work off the extra calories during Fresh Air Friday. All 41 Colorado State Parks will offer free admission the day after Thanksgiving, offering more than 33,000 miles of trails for hiking and other recreational activities.

Enjoy all that state parks Elkhead Reservoir, Stagecoach Reservoir, Pearl Lake or State Forest have to offer Northwest Colorado.

There will be eight parks in the state providing additional fun via social media, and among those participating in events with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Great Outdoors Colorado are area locations like Yampa River State Park and Steamboat Lake State Park, which will offer a photo scavenger hunt for prizes.

Refreshments will also be available.

When: All day Friday
Where: Colorado State Parks
Cost: Free
For more information: Visit http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Pages/ParkMap.aspx for a full list of state parks and directions

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Think big, keep it small

Amid the hubbub of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, remember to keep in mind Small Business Saturday for your shopping needs, as locally owned businesses across Craig will be featuring special sales.

As part of the shopping local incentive, Downtown Business Association will feature a progressive breakfast at stores along the 500 block of Yampa Avenue.

Businesses will also be promoting upcoming events like the Countdown to Christmas Sweepstakes and Down Home Country Christmas.

When: All day Saturday
Where: 500 block of Yampa Avenue
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: Call 970-824-7898

Light up the night

The annual Parade of Lights hosted by Craig Lions Club and Downtown Business Association officially kicks off the holiday season this Saturday.

The procession runs south along Yampa Avenue, west on Victory Way, north on Ledford Street, west on West Eighth Drive and Schrader Avenue and south on Finley Lane, ending in the former Safeway parking lot.

Floats will line up at the Craig Middle School parking lot to begin. Registration is free, and organizers encourage as many people as possible to join the parade. Prizes will be given for the best floats.

Sign up at Community Budget Center.

When: Lineup begins at 4:45, parade starts at 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Route begins at Craig Middle School and includes Yampa Avenue, Victory Way, Ledford Street, West Eighth Drive, Schrader Avenue and Finley Lane
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: Call 970-824-7898

Trees, please

The sixth annual Festival of Trees begins in the coming week and will be on display at Moffat County Courthouse through January. The theme for this year's holiday extravaganza is Christmas

Around the World and features trimmed creatively by multiple area organizations.

An additional gathering will take place Dec. 9 and will include an appearance by Santa Claus.

When: Open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Nov. 27 to Jan. 5
Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: Call 970-824-6222

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