Holiday Shoppers in Colorado Support Local Businesses at Winterfest 2013

This year’s seasonal kick-off of Crestone’s holiday fun will be December 6, 7 and 8. Mark your calendars and invite your out-of-town friends for the magical, cheer-filled celebration of Crestone holiday spirit.

Photo credit Town of Crestone

The Crestone Artisans Gallery opens the festivities on Friday night. The gallery will be featuring new work by area artists and special holiday music. Hot cider and wine with holiday snacks will be served during the opening from 4 to 6pm.

Afterward, go across the park and join the campfire and singing where area youth will be hosting the event. The Bliss Restaurant will be offering dinner, and of course, the usual beverage selection and camaraderie until closing.

Saturday begins with the traditional Gift Bazaar in a centralized location this year: the new Crestone Charter School. Hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and 11am to 4pm on Sunday. A variety of craftsmen and fine artists will offer new and exciting products and gift ideas, as well as old favorites you have come to expect. Look for wooden toys, fine fibers and knitted items, special ornaments, natural beauty products, handmade soaps, leather wrapped jewelry, beadwork and antler jewelry, and much more. Chokurei and other vendors will be offering delectable warm foods at the Charter School both days.

Robin Blankenship will have that beautiful horse and cart you’ve seen driving around town by the Charter School, carrying a load of pumpkin bread and hot cider between 11:30am and 1:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday. It will make traveling between the school and town a charming delight.

Santa will be arriving on Saturday. We expect him to land sometime around 2pm. Who knows what goodies he’ll bring for good little boys and girls? Watch out, you may see him strolling around town, or perhaps he’ll hitch a ride behind a horse, or maybe even a reindeer. We’ll also have storytellers and listen to musicians play special music to build the holiday mood.

So put on your holiday spirit, get out your shopping list, and support your local artists and craftsmen.

For more information on how you can participate, call Mati Fuller at 256-5330. Special thanks to our Early Bird Angel sponsors The Crestone Mercantile and the Artisans Gallery for their support. Thank them early and often by sharing the generosity and shopping locally!

Lodging is available at Casa Del Soul in downtown Crestone

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