Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Nederland's "Magic of the Mountains"

Location: Nederland, CO 80466, USA
The Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Town Hall
On Friday, December 6th, at 5:00pm outside our centrally located Town Hall, Mayor Gierlach and his elf assistants will conduct the first tree lighting ceremony in over 20 years. Sponsored by the Nederland Downtown Development Authority, and with the help of some donations from Arapahoe Ranch and Indian Peaks Ace Hardware, they will be putting up a few trees with lights in public spaces. Lights will be at Town Hall, the Visitor Center, the Roundabout, and the Bridge over Middle Boulder Creek. (Even Governor Hickenlooper brought his family to Nederland to witness our light installation)

First Friday Art Tour:

From 5:00-9:00pm, the town will shine with family-friendly activities and unique shopping for Nederland's December First Friday Art Tour, sponsored by the Nederland Community Center Foundation's "Art at the Center". (Click here for details) Stop by the Visitor's Center to pick up a passport and map. For each venue visited that is displaying art, participants get a stamp on their passport. Collect 8 stamps and earn a free ride on the Carousel of Happiness. Passports and maps are also available at participating businesses.

As the holiday lights brighten the evening, musicians enliven the local restaurants and stores. Listen to live music, enjoy a variety of restaurant choices, sip on a locally crafted draft beer or warm up with a steaming latte while perusing original artwork. Find unique gifts to take home. Stores will be open until 9:00pm for your shopping pleasure.

See below for more events all weekend.

Don't miss making a pine cone wreath and recycled gift wrapping and live festive music at Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center. The bear will be there with special gifts to give away to children throughout the weekend. Visit Mountain People's Co-Op for their open house and check out the newly stocked gift items. Dandelion is celebrating 'being in business' for one year, so stop by to congratulate them and view fine art and gifts. Cori Boogaard will be featuring her own photography at Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery, and hopes her images will inspire you to travel. The Nederland Community Library will have refreshments and artwork to view until 7:00pm. The Dam Liquor Store will feature wine tasting. Updates on other artists and events will be posted as we get closer to the event.  Complete your tour with a carousel ride, holiday lighting and singing holiday songs outside the Carousel of Happiness.

Holiday Mountain Market all weekend:

Extend the celebration by visiting the Holiday Mountain Market featuring locally crafted gifts and artwork on Saturday 10:00am–5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am–4:00pm at the Nederland Community Center.

Every year, the Nederland Area Seniors sponsors the Holiday Mountain Market which hosts over 40 artisans and crafters. A silent auction with a weekend getaway, gifts, certificates, and original artwork, along with a 50/50 cash split raffle on Sunday afternoon offer more gift opportunities. Children visit Santa for wishes and photos both days from noon to 3:00pm. Live music and hot food make the Holiday Mountain Market more than just a shopping spree. Enjoy your favorite Nederland choirs, instrumental ensembles, and dancers for two full days of family fun. (Click Here for the Schedule)

[Here is a Video Valediction] This is Bela Fleck & The Flecktones covering Vince Guaraldi's Christmas Time as well as Lucy and Linus at the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival. [What is a Video Valediction?]
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