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Christmas in Pagosa weekend

The fifth annual Parade of Stores will take place this weekend, Dec. 3 and 4, with a No Tax Shopping Extravaganza at more than 45 locations throughout Pagosa Springs.

If you haven’t participated in the Parade of Stores before, jump on the bandwagon. Many people have already made out their shopping lists for shopping at the various stores around town and are just waiting for the no tax incentive as well as many stores offering even additional savings. Here is how the two-part Parade of Stores Shopping Extravaganza is held.

Part 1: Each store that is participating will offer a prize. In order to qualify for the prize you must obtain a booklet from a participating store or at the Chamber. You will then need to visit 22 stores and have your card validated. You can drop your booklet off at the last store you visit or at the Chamber. You can even drop it through our mail slot at the Visitor Center. We will tally the stamps and draw names for a winner at each store on Tuesday, Dec. 6. All booklets must be turned in by Monday at noon. There will be 45 chances to win a prize, so there’s an excellent chance you will win a gift if you participate in the frequent stamper program. You must be 18 years or older to participate in this part of the program.

Part 2: For every $10 you spend at a participating store, you will be eligible to obtain one chance to enter the drawing for three getaway trips. So, the more you spend, the more opportunities you have to win! This year, instead of waiting in line at the Chamber, shoppers will be able to fill out their tickets right at the store. They will not need to come down to the Chamber unless it is easier for them to gather all their tickets, bring them to the Chamber and fill them out all at once. We are trying to make it more convenient for the shopper and encourage you to stay in Pagosa and support our local businesses.

Last year, there was one grand prize. This year, there will be three getaway prizes. Tickets will be collected from the stores and entered into a drawing for wonderful escape trips to Santa Fe, Taos and for a local package. Out-of-town packages will include a two-night stay, meals, gas and other amenities. Wouldn’t it be nice to win a trip for an upcoming anniversary, birthday or even family celebration?

Remember that, through the Parade of Stores Shopping Weekend, you benefit store owners who are your neighbors and friends, parents of children that your children go to school with, and fellow church members and you benefit our local community as a whole. Buy local and unique gifts and let’s keep our dollars circulating here.

There are also many lodging facilities that will offer “Shop and Stay packages”. Just mention the Parade of Stores and the participating lodging facilities will extend a discount package to you.

Other activities

Friday, Dec. 3.

On Friday evening people can enjoy either the Festival of Trees or the Community Choir holiday program.

The Community Choir will perform at the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. They offer their holiday program to the community free of charge but, of course, donations are gladly accepted.

The Festival of Trees is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. Tickets for the event are only $10 and this price includes tasty hors d’oeuvres, music and a cash bar, as well as a silent auction. The sale of the trees benefits various non-profit agencies in the community. Bidders will find trees from the whimsical to the elegant and everything in between. This is a perfect time to donate a tree to a less fortunate family, add a tree to another room in your house, or change out your tree that you’ve had for years.

Trees will be decorated until Dec. 1. They are then available for public viewing on today from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The doors open for the festival at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. If you cannot attend the festival, you can place a bid in advance with the Festival of Trees volunteer staff. Call the community center at 264-4152 for more information or to leave a bid on a tree.

Restoration Fellowship will hold their fifth annual World Trade Fair at 264 Village Drive. Handcrafted goods from around the world will be available including clothes, jewelry and home décor.

Saturday, Dec. 4.

The Parade of Stores Shopping Extravaganza continues throughout the day. Beginning at 3 p.m. the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center will again be prepared for Santa and Mrs. Claus’ visit. This is always a fun and magical time for the children and parents. There will be treats and beverages for all and gift favors for the children.

Jeff Laydon will be on hand to take a picture of the children with Santa then provide a free 3x5 holiday framed photo.

At about 5:15 p.m., just prior to the lighting of the Visitor Center, the Pagosa Springs Dance Academy will be on hand in the parking lot to perform some holiday dances in preparation for their performance on Monday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. at the high school. The three grand prize winners from the Parade of Stores weekend will be announced at this performance .

At approximately 5:30 p.m. we will perform the traditional lighting of the downtown area. The Chamber and The Springs Resort will lead the lighting ceremony. We will participate with the Town of Pagosa Springs as the Reservoir Hill star will also be lit and other businesses may join in the collective lighting. Light up your downtown business at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 4.

After the lighting, head over to the high school to watch and listen to the Community Choir holiday concert beginning at 7 p.m.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts will host a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 333 Bastille Dr.

The Restoration Fellowship fifth annual World Trade Fair continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 264 Village Drive.

Sunday, Dec. 5.

The Community Choir will give its last performance at 4 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

This is the final day for the World Trade Fair held at Restoration Fellowship. The times for the fair on Sunday are noon to 5 p.m.

Everyone is encouraged to stay in town this weekend, support our local economy and enjoy the community festivities.