PALISADE, Colo. (KKCO) - Palisade is gearing up for its Annual Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration and it all kicks off Friday. Keep reading for a full list of events.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Dec. 11-13
Friday will be the Chocolate Walk followed by Palisade's traditional Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:30 pm.
On Saturday, Dec. 12 get away from it all and enjoy the nostalgia of Palisade’s Olde Fashioned Christmas. Visitors will enjoy a full day of festive holiday events, shopping, and colorful characters.
Activities begin at 11 a.m. in downtown Palisade with kid’s train rides and a kid’s craft tent. Shop the Olde Towne Marketplace, filled with vendor booths, and the town’s shops. Take a self-guided walking tour of historic downtown Palisade. Enjoy live holiday entertainment. Outdoor fire pits will be placed around town to provide warmth for the day’s events.
And what would Olde Fashioned Christmas be without a Gingerbread House Contest & Showcase? Located at the downtown Methodist Church, “builders” (contestants) can enter their “homes” from 9 to 10 a.m. The showcase opens to the public at 11 a.m.
Tours of seven of Palisade’s holiday homes begin at noon. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance at the Arts & Antiques of Palisade and the Palisade Chamber of Commerce. Starting at noon, take a nostalgic wagon ride of Palisade’s downtown district, compliments of Clark Family Orchards. Join in on our Silent Auction from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Palisade Chamber’s office in the downtown Palisades National Bank Building. The Show & Shine Car Show, hosted by the Just 4 Fun Car Club, consists of classic and custom cars, and will be on display from 12 to 2 p.m.
The Soup Challenge begins at 1 p.m. the Blue Pig Gallery. Savor the taste of incredible soups from chefs of the Grand Valley’s finest restaurants. For $3 you can taste these fine soups and participate in judging the contest.
Santa arrives at 2 p.m. at Tucan Coffee House. Take pictures of your children with Santa. At 3 p.m. enjoy a complimentary tasting of Palisade wines at the Fruit & Wine Real Estate Office inside the Palisades National Bank Building in downtown.
The Palisade Fire Department’s Chili Cook-off starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Palisade Fire Department. At 5:30 p.m. stay and enjoy the Christmas parade. For those wishing to cap off the evening, festivities kick into high gear at Palisade’s local taverns the Palisade Brewery, Peach Street Distillers, and Palisade Livery.
Throughout the day, be on the lookout for Palisade’s cast of holiday characters, including the Town Grinch (a.k.a the Town Grouch), Ebenezer Scrooge, and the Town Crier. Visitors are encouraged to dress in the style of the time.
On Sunday, Dec. 13, guests can take pleasure in Christmas Tea at 12 p.m. at Palisade’s Wine Country Inn. Tickets are $10 per person or $15 for an adult and child, and can be purchased in advance at the Wine Country Inn, Palisade Tribune, and the Palisade Chamber of Commerce.