After a rescinded attempt last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pioneer Town successfully launched last year’s idea of Christmas Town on Saturday evening, launching the holiday festivities with a tree lighting before inviting the community in to check the place out.

This holiday season event, which will take place 4-7 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 19, brings vendors into the buildings of the old downtown portion of the museum. The vendors sell ideal Christmas gifts that are locally made and sold. In the saloon, hot drinks for both children and adults are available for purchase.

“Christmas Town is modeled after the magical European Christmas markets,” Pioneer Town said in its newsletter shortly before Thanksgiving, headed with the subject line “We have much to be thankful for…”

The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society (SCVHS), the nonprofit responsible for the management of the museum, assured that the “combination of lights, decorations, music, and a wonderful holiday market with local artisans and non-profits, should make this a very memorable event.”

Soon after Christmas Town launched on Saturday, a member of the community commented that it felt like a Hallmark movie.

Pioneer Town listed a full schedule of events for Christmas Town this year, which is included later in this article.

Admission to Pioneer Town for this special holiday event is free and all the vendors are SCVHS members who don’t pay any additional fees for the market.

“So how do we pull this off? One way is with our commemorative Christmas ornament,” the newsletter said.

Christmas Town 2021 Ornament

The first 50 people to donate $50 or more to SCVHS for the costs of Christmas Town will receive a custom ornament by local business Orange Kat. The ornament features the Pioneer Town's Chapel of the Cross.

The custom ornament, pictured alongside this article, was created by local business Orange Kat and depicts the Pioneer Town’s distinct Chapel of the Cross. The ornaments, of which there are 50 in total, will be gifted to the first 50 people who donate $50 or more to SCVHS for the expenses of running Christmas Town.

The ornament can be picked up in the Pioneer Town gift shop during Christmas Town operating hours, 4-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 19.

The schedule of events consistently features gift-making for kids, run by the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC), while Sundays feature concerts. Every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 19, the holiday market, a.k.a. the vendors, will be open for business 4-7 p.m.

Opening night, Saturday, kicked off with the first GMAEC gift-making session from 4-5 p.m. and music on the boardwalk with Paul Chamberlain and his guitar.

Sunday featured music on the boardwalk with DJ John Early and a concert in the Chapel of the Cross with the Delta Methodist Bell Choir Quartet.

This upcoming Saturday, Dec. 4, the holiday market will be open 4-7 p.m. and throughout that time, DJ John Early will be running the music. The gift-making station with GMAEC will run again, 4-5 p.m.

At 6 p.m., the Cedaredge Parade of Lights will kick off starting at Pioneer Town, heading downtown, up Main Street and back to Pioneer Town. After the parade, Santa Claus will be at Pioneer Town.

On Sunday, Dec. 5, the same events will take place, minus the Parade of Lights. In addition to the holiday market and music, there will be a concert in the Chapel of the Cross with Frozen in Time Strings Band, starting at 4:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 11, the feature of the evening will be “Breakfast for Dinner” with Alarado Biscuit Company, which is scheduled to be set up for the entire three hours, 4-7 p.m.

GMAEC gift-making for kids will return that evening, 4-5 p.m., and the holiday market and music by DJ John Early will run in the same manner as before.

On Sunday, Dec. 12, “Breakfast for Dinner” with Alarado Biscuit Company will return for a second night.

At 4 p.m., the Montrose Harp Ensemble will have a concert at the Chapel of the Cross.

The holiday market and music on the boardwalk will run as normal.

On Saturday, Dec. 18, GMAEC gift-making for kids will return one last time, 4-5 p.m.

A concert with the Grand Mesa Sweet Adelines will take place at 5 p.m., but this one will be at Austin Depot.

Holiday market and music on the boardwalk run as normal.

On the last day, Sunday, Dec. 19, a 4:30 p.m. concert at the Chapel of the Cross will feature Andrea Kallsen, with another set kicking off at 6 p.m.

The holiday market will be open for the last evening of this year’s Christmas Town, 4-7 p.m., as usual, during which time, DJ John Early will provide the music, as usual.

Lucas Vader is a staff writer for the Delta County Independent. Follow him on Twitter, @lucasrvader.

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