Leadville News – November 29

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Merriment and Wonder Ring in Season in Leadville

Santa and Mrs. Claus greet the crowds gathered on historic Harrisoen Avenue in downtown Leadville Friday evening December 2 at the Annual Parade of Lights. Photo: LeadvilleToday/Brennan Ruegg.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet the crowds on historic Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville this Friday evening December 1 at the Annual Parade of Lights. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

Well, it’s that time of year when everyone will gather in downtown Leadville and kick off the Holiday season with the Annual Parade of Lights planned for this Friday, Dec. 1. Think of this yearly gathering as that Christmas present under the tree that you never really know what you’re going to get. Some years, there’s strong organization by the Leadville Chamber that sponsors the annual event, and the lights shine bright for the march down historic Harrison Avenue. While other years the event is little more that a mob of torch-carrying partiers.

With so many efforts and resources being pin-point directed toward Leadville’s core retail district in 2017, expectations are high; come see if yours are met! The parade starts at 6 p.m. Also, as noted on the Chamber’s Facebook page: “REGISTER AS A PARTICIPANT BY CONTACTING THE CHAMBER BY PHONE, E-MAIL OR PM. Ask for Lauri.”

Of course, the most popular parade passengers are Santa and Mrs Claus who usually arrive in style to the Lake County Courthouse. Children and families are invited to enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as they wait to share their special Christmas wishes and take pictures with the jolly couple in the lobby of the courthouse.

Holiday Happenings Heating Up In The Cloud City

You’ve probably got one in your closet. You can’t quite bring yourself to get rid of it, but rarely find the appropriate occasion to wear the thing. Well, it’s time to break out those ugly Christmas sweaters because this Friday you’ll have a place to “don your gay apparel.”

In just a few years, the ugly Christmas sweater trend has evolved from a byproduct of counter-cultural hipsters to an annual tradition embraced by families, and yes, entire communities. So not to be not to be out done, Periodic Brewing in Leadville will host its third annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party on Friday from 4 – 9 p.m.

Game on! Let's see your Ugly Christmas Sweater this Saturday at Periodic Brewing in Leadville.

Game on! Let’s see your Ugly Christmas Sweater on Friday, Dec 1 at Periodic Brewing in Leadville. Don’t have one? Check The Mule Kick on historic Harrison Avenue or Matchless Treasures Thrift.

So dig out that old standby that Aunt Sally gave you years ago and head on down to Leadville’s brewery to be eligible for the contest and prizes.

Party-goers are also asked to bring a donation of canned food, peanut butter and/or dry pasta, or to contribute financially to the food drive efforts.

Tis the season to have the perfect excuse to wear your ugly Christmas sweater in public.

And if you don’t own one, but should like to participate, one word of advice . . . . such an important decision should never be left until the last minute, lest all the good “bad” sweaters at The Mule Kick or one of the thrift/consignment stores get snapped up before you have the chance to get your mittened mitts on one!

Periodic Brewing is located at 115 E 7th Street in Leadville, Colorado. (720) 864-1012 or online at LINK.

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While the “Reason For The Season” has been replaced at center stage by a “shopping” message at the Lake County Courthouse, traditional Christmas celebrants can still find the Holy Family Manger off to the right side of the courthouse. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg

Give the Gift of Scenic Wonder This Christmas!

The Leadville , Colorado and Southern Railroad is having a Christmas sale that could be just the gift you need for that hard-to-buy-for train and history lover on your holiday list. Train_HolidayTix copy

From now until December 24 the train is offering discounted tickets for next summer’s train-riding season. So if you’ve got a relative of friend that comes to visit and always looking for something fun to do during the summer months, take advantage of this special. Regular train tickets are being offered at a 14% discount. #AllAboard for savings!

For more details and to purchase tickets online: LINK.

 

 

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