Big holiday season events are in store this weekend.
The annual Parade of Lights will take place in Cedaredge on Saturday, Dec. 3. The parade begins at 6 p.m.
But before the floats and other displays begin their procession along Main Street, there will be other events taking place in the community to mark the day's holiday heralding main event.
Special events on tap include:
• The Chapel of the Cross and Pioneer Town will be hosting an expanded program of holiday concerts at the chapel this holiday season. There will be performances by the Kokopelli Bell Choir at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 3. There is limited seating in the Chapel and so admission by ticket is required. Free tickets for both performances are available at Leisure Time Sports and at Gazebo Florist.
There will be two other special holiday concerts at the chapel this season. There will be performances at 4 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, and another concert on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Admission to the Dec. 11 and Dec. 17 events does not require a ticket, but as always donations are appreciated. Watch for further details.
• Immediately prior to the parade event emcee Pat Means is scheduled to announce the winners of the Chamber of Commerce Christmas lighting contest.
• A local resident has arranged to host a cookies and caroling event prior to the parade. It will include a Christmas Tree lighting and will take place at the corner of West Main and NW 3rd Street, according to organizers.
• Chamber officials report that the Cedaredge Community Band will be on the chamber porch playing Christmas carols on Saturday evening during the parade. The announced start time is around 5:45.
• A former favorite of the Parade of Lights events --gingerbread house building -- will be absent this year. Taking its place will be a new children's reading adventure just installed along the Surface Creek Trail. It will observe an official grand opening on Saturday, Dec. 3 beginning at 1 p.m.
The new feature on the trail is comprised of 20 story boards that have been installed along the walking trail between Independence and Deer Trail Avenue. Each of the story boards will have part of a children's story that can be read as they hike along the path. Stories displayed will be changed from time to time by library staff.
• The Cedaredge United Methodist Church will host its popular Chili and Potato Bake again this year. Parade-goers will find a dinner that will warm clear down to the toes available at the Masonic Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• There will be warm cider available for parade goers at the Town of Cedaredge offices for the event.
Other special events scheduled for the holiday season include:
• A turkey shoot sponsored by the Cedaredge Rod and Gun club will be held on Dec. 17 beginning at 9 a.m. at the club range west of Cedaredge.
• The Little Sprouts Community Preschool will hold its popular holiday fundraiser Cookie Walk this year on Dec. 10 at the Stolte Shed. The event, which is planning to host other vendors as well, will begin at 9 a.m. and go until noon. There will be lots of great homemade items to enjoy or give as gifts this year for the holidays.
The annual Cookie Walk is one of two major fund raisers for the Little Sprouts Community Preschool, a local institution that for over 20 years has been providing quality, certified preschool learning activities for local children in the Surface Creek Valley and beyond.
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