Saturday: Shining Lights, Santa and Shopping
By now, let’s hope everyone is aware that Santa Claus will be coming to town this Saturday, Dec. 7 for Leadville’s Annual Parade of Lights on historic Harrison Ave. at 5:30 p.m. The event is shaping up to be one of the best in years, with a record number of parade entrants, so be sure to get there to see the show!
The Annual Parade of Lights will be Dec. 7 in Downtown Leadville
The Parade of Lights will line up at 5 p.m. in front of the Mining Museum on 9th Street and begin heading down Harrison Avenue to 3rd Street at 5:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce, folks are also invited to join in on all the activities immediately after the parade at the Lake County Courthouse, which include:
- Santa and Mrs. Claus in the foyer of the courthouse will take requests from children.
- Cookies and Hot Chocolate provided by Peoples Bank and the chamber in front of the courthouse.
- Christmas Karaoke and holiday carols provided by Curt Cooper also in front of the county courthouse.
The Chamber would like to recognize and thank the following sponsors: Peoples Bank, LeadvilleToday.com, ALCO, the Herald Democrat, Safeway and also Curt Cooper, Encore Home and Appliance, Max Duarte, Dean Routh and the Leadville Lions Club.
Other Happenings Saturday on the Avenue
You should also be aware of some other downtown happenings on Saturday that should add to the fun and festivities!
Home-Based Business Bazaar
A group of Leadville home-based businesses will be showing off their goods before and after the Parade of Lights, from 3 – 6:30 p.m. Brought together in a traditional Christmas Bazaar, the group will be gathered across from Leadville’s Sixth Street Gym in the Assembly of God Church at 117 E. 6th Street.
Shop locally for the holidays! So come, browse and buy, before and after the Parade of Lights. You’ve heard of Small Business Saturday, now support home-based business of Leadville!
Here are a list of participating businesses:
The Pampered Chef with Lesli Crenshaw – Independent Consultant for the Pampered Chef, Thirty-One Gifts with Erin Hardee, Majestic Creations features homemade soap by Lynette Brummer, lia sophia Jewelry with Crystal Flores, Mary Kay with Nicole Hymus Corman, Sun Rae’s Creations homemade jewelry by Courtney Crenshaw, and knitted creations by Emma Brummer
Christmastime Cash Mob
What?! While many people have heard of a “Flash Mob” in which people start singing or dancing in an organized group at a set time, a Cash Mob involves SHOPPING.
According to organizers, the general idea is to encourage people to go into small, local businesses and spend their money, en masse, to give the business owner a bit of an economic stimulus. In Leadville, the group’s goal will be to visit one locally-owned business each month for a Cash Mob event. This month the effort will start at Hundley’s Gift Store on the corner of Harrison and West 7th Street on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3 – 5 p.m.
There are three rules for a Cash Mob:
- Spend $20 (suggested – you can spend more if you want).
- Meet three people you didn’t know before.
- HAVE FUN!!!
For more information, contact Kathleen Fitzsimmons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, There’s a Decorating Showdown Underway!
Have you decorated your home or business for the holidays? Don’t let all of that hard work go unrecognized! The Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a business and residential holiday lighting contest for all Lake County homes and businesses. Registration forms are accepted through this Friday, December 6th and are available at the Visitor Center at 809 Harrison Ave or on the home page of the Chamber’s website, www.leadvilleusa.com.
Even if you are not interested in the competition part, consider submitting a registration form for your decorated business or home so that the address can be advertised to all Lake County residents. Leadville Today will be publishing a map of all of the locations that have registered to be part of this county-wide holiday lighting celebration. Addresses only will be advertised on the map, not names, at the request of the business or homeowner.
Maps will be published next week and judging will take place from Dec 9 – Dec 13, so you will want your display done and ready by the end of the day, this Sunday, Dec. 8. The prize for the business lighting contest is possession of the coveted traveling Santa trophy with your business name embossed on the base. The residential contest will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes including gift cards from Alco and restaurant gift certificates.
So join in the fun, scrounge around in the attic and find every last decoration, and make sure someone is there to hold the ladder in preparation for the Lake County holiday lighting contests.